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Summer Shadows (Benedicts 6) by Joss Stirling

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Blurb:

Amongst the secret and lies, will love survive? Summer lives under a terrible shadow. It drains her, manipulates her and threatens to steal her future. A high-stakes mission offers a temporary escape. She must use her mind-shadowing abilities to hunt down her target and find the truth. Hal Robinson is a soldier. He does not get distracted. He wins. But what Hal wants begins to shift once he meets Summer. They must learn to trust each other if they are going to protect the Savant community. But will their secrets allow them to find a happy ending of their own?

 

I’m actually quite sad the series is now over! No more Benedict boys!

Summer lives with her mother and father in their big house but no one is allowed to go around. She lives with a savant that’s the worst kind. An emotional vampire. A savant that feeds off the emotions of others just to get a fix. Her father keeps her as safe as he can and has plans for Summer when she goes to university. But its not her plans.

When she’s offered the chance to go to the Middle East to help save Victor Benedict, who has gone over their to find his soul finder, Summer agrees, needing some time away from her family.

What she doesn’t count on is the Robinsons, especially the youngest brother Hal.

He’s obnoxious and arrogant and actually has no savant powers of his own. When the pair meet you can tell its going to be a love hate relationship, but after spending some time with Summer, Hal begins to thaw and lets her in. But Hal doesn’t have any savant powers so why, when Summer enters his mind, does she find out that they are Soul Finders?

But this isn’t as easy as everyone else’s because at this moment in time she wants nothing to do with him. But when they are captured and mistaken for Benedicts, Summer realises that she can’t exactly be apart from her soul finder.

But all the people that Victor has put behind bars over the years are after him, and it’s only a matter of time before they get him. Or will they?

 

Okay summary sounds lame because I was on a roll and then I completely forgot the plot for a minute and forgot what I was writing haha but I’ll try and explain in the next part.

I enjoyed Summer in this book. We’ve seen bits of her in the last few Benedict books and I was always curious of her. We got to see her family life and how bad it is. I felt sorry for her brother’s story too. Her mother, even though you wanted to hate her, you couldn’t because she was stuck in her own nightmare too. Her father tried to help but everything was left to Summer. I’m glad she took the chance to go to the Middle East, to get away from everything (even though it came with a cost.) She got the chance to use her mind powers, even though she was always wary of using them. I loved the relationship between her and Hal and how they bickered so much when they first saw each other.

Hal was obnoxious but he mellowed the more time he spent with Summer which I’m glad about. Yeah he did treat her badly in a few scenes but Summer always gave it back at him. I liked how he stepped up and realised that his savant powers could actually help Summer. They made quiet a team when they were together.

And then there was Victor! The one Benedict I was desperate for him to get his happy ending. It took six books but FINALLY! I always felt bad for him having to see his younger brothers and two older brothers finding theirs before he did and I was so happy when he found Atoosa! She’s great and I loved how he was with her. We’ve always seen Victor as moody and hard but with her he was cute and soft and GAH!

As Victor works with the FBI, he’s put away many bad savants, including some we’ve seen in previous books and I enjoyed seeing the epic finale come down to all of the bad guys against Victor and his family and extended family. I imagined the scenes in my head as a superhero movie!

Of course one of the Benedicts gets hurt… Okay kind of almost dies and my heart was in my throat for a little while there. But you’ll have to read the book to find out which one it is 😛

Summer Shadows was the perfect ending to a great series and I’m really sad to see it go but you know Joss there are two Robison brothers that have yet to find their soul finders so maybe, just maybe you could write about those two…? *HINT HINT CHEESY SMILE HINT HINT*

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!???

5 out of 5 stars

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Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling book review

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Ah I’ve been behind on reviews again!

So here is the first of three…

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Blurb:

Phoenix belongs to the Community, a gang of thieves with paranormal powers. Yves Benedict, an American student visiting London, is her mark. But Yves turns out to be more than just a target. He is her destiny. Her soulmate. The Community owns Phoenix’s past and it wants her future too. Can Phoenix save the boy she loves . . . and herself?

 

 

Phoenix, aka Phee, has had a hard life. She lives in a savant community that is ruled by The Seer. He wants all the riches, so with their powers, The Seer gives each community member a target to go and steal stuff from them.

Phoenix’s target is none other than Benedict brother, Yves. She uses her power to steal his goods, except Yves seems to know something is up and is still aware when Phoenix freezes time. Then he manages to blow up the bag once Phoenix has run away with it.

She then gets a second chance to steal from Yves but he soon realises Phee is his soul finder and begins to understand the terrible life she has been forced to live his sole aim is, with the help of his family, to get Phee safely away from The Seer…

AAAAHHHHHHH

YVES!!!

And I thought Zed was swoon worthy and then along comes Yves…

He is just so…

There is no words.

I love this quote from the book…

“I’m not a little woman you need to defend.’
His face hardened. ‘That’s exactly what you are: you’re my little woman and I’m not having you sacrifice yourself for me.”

I loved Phee. She was one of these girls who had a tough background like Sky did and then along comes a bright light into her horrible and lonely world.

Yves and Phoenix are so adorable together. They fit each other perfectly. I liked how their relationship gradually developed. They come from such different background it was only logical that there would be some issues in the beginning. It wasn’t just love at first sight. The pair of them grew together slowly, and even though we could see they were totally in love with each other, they took their time.
What I loved the most was how different Yves was in each book. In Finding Sky he was just Zed’s calm and always collected brother. But in Stealing Phoenix we see a whole new side of him. Yves’ special power is fire and the boy definetly lives up to it in this book. Especially when it comes to Phee. He will do anything for her.

I love Phoenix because she’s your perfect damsel in distress. She’s had a hard life, but she’s a survivor. She’s caring and selfless, but not in a depressing, gloomy kind of sacrificial way. She’s a strong character.

And I love the romance in this book. The concept of soulmates is really overdone, and sometimes it can be quiet boring. But not in this book. I liked that Yves and Phee are soulmates, and they’re attracted to each other right off. But Joss gave time for the relationship to progress. A lot of times, our heroine would fight it because she’s in denial or not ready or doesn’t want to give up her independence. In this case, the obstacle was keeping her safe and away from her corrupt and dangerous life before him. I don’t know how to explain it, but somehow, Stirling managed to make the soulmates concept work for me.

I also loved how we saw Zed and Sky from the first book in this one too and seeing them through the eyes of Phee you could see their love for each was much stronger. (Well a year had passed…)

I am so torn as to who I want more; Zed or Yves…

But then again there is one more book in this series featuring another Benedict brother so its about to get even harder.

Totally read this book too! I devoured it in a day and I’m sure the rest of you will too.