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Phoenix Rising

(Phoenix #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  75 reviews
A dangerous man with piercing green eyes.

A powerful ability that is rearing out of control.

Daughtry stumbles into a world where magic is real and the possibilities for her future are greater than shes ever believed possible.

But the road to that future isnt easy to navigate.

As she engages in a wrenching game of give and take with Cody, the man whos gripped her heart in
Paperback, First, 344 pages
Published October 6th 2014 by Blue Tulip Publishing
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Apr 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another bomb. The jerky, disjointed writing style, the ott reactions and behaviour of the two-dimensional characters, the endless angry lust the heroine has for the hero who all but calls her a whore and treats her insultingly from the word go. Then all sorts of magic, one element piled on top of the other. I slogged on until 43% but have reached the threshold of my tolerance for too-ridiculous-to-believe. There is so much great PNR out there- dont waste your time with this series. ...more
Stephanie Marshall
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am not sure what I expected when I began this book, but I can tell you that it is a FANTASTIC story. It keeps you guessing from beginning to end and when you get to the end, lets just say, it left me thinking oh my gosh what just happened!!!! I cant wait to read book #2 to see what is going to come next.
Daughtry has had a pretty hard year, and from the sounds of it a pretty hard life all around. But after her wedding was called off her life got extremely worse. She lived in constant fear of
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I was provided a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review.

What an amazing book! We first find Daughtry, who has this unwanted ability. Whenever Daughtry touches someone, her mind instantly starts seeing all things death. Talk about a downer!
She isn't the type of person to give in and give up, so when the wrong people find out about this 'ability' of course they imagine her as a weapon to be exploited. Daughtry then has to decide what she wants to accomplish with her gift. Before she
Heather andrews
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Daughtry knows how to push Cody's buttons, "jealous much?" His jaw dropped open, his expression like she'd clocked him upside the head with a two-by-four." Cody he can get tongue tied and it's funny as hell, "when you're done admiring the decor, we might actually make it to a place where we can shower." At Cody's words, her mind went to a bad, bad place. She glanced away cheeks heating. "What I meant was..." He gave an uncomfortable cough, and Daughtry knew he was imagining the same things she ...more
C.C. Ravanera
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is my review of Phoenix Rising by Elise Faber. Cheesy as it may sound that was the crystal clear message I got from reading the story. Its fast-paced, action-packed and verrry hot.

The story tells of Daughtry who gets visions of death with every touch.

Not the best of gifts, Id say but thankfully for her a knight in shining armour came, scooped her up and saved her with his gleaming SUV! I thoroughly enjoyed the banter between Daughtry and Cody. Swooned at all the
Nicola Anderson
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One word... WOW!! I was completely hooked on this book from start to finish!
Daughtry holds a dark secret, any contact with others brings on visions of their deaths and the more she tries to make their demise less painful the worse it gets. She has isolated herself from her family and friends in order to keep them safe from this curse, until one day her world is turned upside down.
Daughtry learns her whole life has been a lie and powerful enemies are after her in order to use her power for
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the first page to the last Phoenix Rising got my attention and held it. Daughtry is a strong female role model yet she handles her femininity in a way you can definitely feel is genuinely her. No spoilers here, but liked the twists and turns, the pace and the absolute surprises that happen throughout Phoenix Rising. Elise Faber, with her first release of a trilogy I am dying to read the rest of, is an author who really gets it and delivers exactly what you were hoping to receive!
K.D. Wood
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great story, interesting characters and sharp dialogue held me tight in the story to the very end. The hot factor was smoking! Very much looking forward to the next book in this series!
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars


This story is told from the female lead's point of view. I have to say that I love books with various point of views and would like to have seen it from the male lead's point of view as well. I can see why Ms. Faber only chose the female lead POV further on in the book.I think it would be to confusing if she chose separate POV angles in this book.

This book is not for the faint of heart, it does contain mature themes and situations. Because of the sex scenes and
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review posted here...
Phoenix Rising is the first book in the Phoenix series and I thought it was a pretty good read.
We start the story with Daughtry, a down on her luck woman, her life is in ruins lost her job, dumped by her fiancé, being evicted and has turned to drink to numb a power she wishes would disappear. After making one of the worst decisions of her life, she is saved by a couple of men who want her to go with them to somewhere safe..ummm
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
Heat level: 2 (nothing overly descriptive)

I enjoyed the book. It has elements that reminded me of other PNR and fantasy books-a little bit of Significance, a little bit of Star Wars (light vs dark). Elise still manages to make it unique though and that is tough to do! I really liked Daughtry-she wants to be tough and save herself but she admits when she is just overwhelmed. Cody was tougher to love at times. Maybe if the book was dual POV I would have given it 5 stars. I also sometimes felt
Jenn Sut
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Phoenix Rising
by Elise Faber

I was given an ARC book for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

When Daughtry touches anyone, her mind gets filled with images of death. She avoids human touch as much as possible. For some reason, John's touch does not provoke the images. The relief of this discovery is short lived as dangerous enemies attack them. Daughtry's has no idea who or what they are.

Soon she finds herself on the run with John and his
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal

You know a good book when you can't find yourself to put it down or when you think about it while doing mundane tasks.
I never expected that i'd be so hooked with the story. I've read my own fair share of Fantasy/Paranormal books and it's amazing how Elise made Phoenix Rising a little bit different.
If anticipation or guessing could kill, I'm probably dead by now! This book sucked me up from start to finish! I am so antsy to know what will happen between Cody and Daughtry and the
Melissa Christenson
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a great paranormal story about a girl who doesn't know she has powers and finds herself learning about them rather quickly. The only reason it got 4 stars and not 5 was because I got confused going from chapter 1 to chapter 2. Otherwise this book was awesome. Phoenix has no clue she's anything but human until John comes to tell her otherwise. There's action and adventure and love and heartbreak. Then there's Cody. I loved and hated Cody lol. If you read this book you'll see why. It's a ...more
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
3.5 rating for me. It was really hard for me to get into at first and I didn't care for the characters. There were parts of the story and dialogue that seemed to skip a beat making it awkward. It wasn't till about halfway through that the story really caught my attention. In the end I ended up enjoying the book and can't wait to read the next. The characters did grow on me.
kelly {BookCrushin}
4.5 stars - really fast paced, action packed, and really intriguing story! I was confused half the time but I couldn't stop reading! Loved Daughtry & Cody! Great characters whom are both flawed but perfect!
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. This was one of those rare books that I literally could not put down and now that I've finished it, I'm eager for book #2! This story has it all: fantastic writing, next to perfect editing, charismatic characters and a plot that has you turning the pages to find out what's next. It's certainly anything but predictable.

The book is about magic and for those readers who don't really care for this subject, I urge you to give this one a try. I didn't
Julia Red Hatter Book Blog
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love when I pick up a new PNR and find it goes off the normal script. It ventures into new and original worlds. Phoenix Rising is one of those books. I loved the bits and pieces we get of magic and those who wield it. Something new and different.

Daughtry is a big bundle of contradicting emotions. While I loved her spirit, i often found myself wanting to smack her for fighting every single thing. She grows a lot though and starts turning into a badass. Cody is going to piss you off, at first.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this edge of your seat read. A complex storyline is paired with engaging characters and powerful emotions to create one very intriguing read. As this story of good vs rvil unfolds your interest is captured and held with a entertaining blend of twists, secrets, drama, magic, romance and suspense. This is my candid, volitional review.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
We meet Daughtry who has a gift or curse of the death touch. Every time she touches someone she can see their death. She discovers everything she knew was a lie. She meets Cody and things take a wild turn. This was a good read.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wasn't a fan :(
Jodi Elias nyahay
Dec 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
COuldnt finish. Just wasnt my thing. ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I love stories about people rising from the ashes to overcome life's hard obstacles and come out better for it.
Kim Bishop
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
**Book provided by the author for an honest review**
This book starts out with us being introduced to Daughtry and what her pathetic life has been reduced to. After getting dumped by her fiance, Jimmy, via Dear John letter, her visions started. Pure touch from another triggers Daughtry's visions of their death, and the visions have a relentless grip on her. Already feeling devastated at being dumped by a dude that treated her like shit, the visions force Daughtry into seclusion in order to keep
Lady Living  In Bookland
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed on behalf of Ladies Living in Bookland

Daughtry struggles with horrid visions she knows little about, but break her away from human life and contact. The visions start after being left by her ex fiancé, and incredible shame on her family because of the way their relationship ended. But with her being so Jaded, Daughtry is hardened on hoe to deal with people, deal with herself. Because that was what she had needed to do after being abandoned.
...emotions never solved
**The ebook was provided in exchange for an honest review**

Phoenix Rising describes Daughtry's perilous life as she unexpectedly vision the inevitable deaths that appears in her current life. Due to her situation, she's starting to slip away from having a peaceful and guilt-free life when John rescued to help her understand who she is and her true powers to initiate it for the development of controlling them. She may have attempted to alter death but what comes after may be even more than just
Angela Cruz
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fast paced, paranormal romance, definitely not a stand alone. The author left me flabbergasted, she left off with a cliffhanger... but what a great beginning for another book! I recommend this for adults only, due to the sexual content. I started the book and was automatically emotionally connected to Daugherty. She is such a strong character, one that I could cheer for. I wanted more for her. But she aggravated me at the same time, I found she over thinks everything, sometimes it is ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
We meet Daughtry at quite possibly the lowest points in her life. Seriously low. I dont think Ive ever been at such a state that Id consider doing what she was considering to do. But she was met just in time by an old friend named John. From there, it just starts getting odd. John isnt what he seems, but then neither is Daughtry. And when some super bad Dalshie decide that she needed to die, John and his friend Cody turn out to be some of her biggest allies.

I will say that though there is MUCH
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am a huge lover of giveaways and contests; especially if they involved free books. So I attended a release part on Facebook and was really excited to win this book from the author. Please note, that this did not alter my opinion of the book in any way.

I really enjoyed reading this first installment of the Phoenix series. The story begins with the leading lady, Daughtry, in a dark place, desperate for something to change or end. Daughtry had been tormented by visions of death for a year when we
Morgan Terry
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elise-faber
***Arc received in exchange for an honest review***

***Reviewed by Morgan at Twisted Soulmates Book Reviews***

Omg, I don't know if I've got the right words to express just how much I loved this book. The storyline, the characters, the writing, are all brilliantly conveyed in an outstanding story! I've had a rough go of reading anything otherworldly lately, but this book has certainly put my faith back into the fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal world!

Daughtry is such a sassy determined young woman for
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USA Today bestselling author, Elise Faber, loves chocolate, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team -- the Sharks! -- are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise is the mom to two exuberant boys and lives in Northern ...more

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