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Phoenix Rising

(Phoenix #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  69 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 she’s ever believed possible.

But the road to that future isn’t easy to navigate.

As she engages in a wrenching game of give and take with Cody, the man who’s gripped her heart i
Paperback, First, 344 pages
Published October 6th 2014 by Blue Tulip Publishing
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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, let’s just say, it left me thinking oh my gosh what just happened!!!! I can’t 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 w ...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. It’s 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, I’d 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 me
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 thei
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 langu
Jun 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, fantasy least I'm getting books cleared off my nook today? This book immediately drops you into this insane world with visions and magic and deadly aliens and in the 34 pages i managed to get through you're not given a chance to catch your breath much less figure out what the hell is going on. The writing wasn't working for me either it kept having these crazy swings. She's suicidal now she's not. She's cowering now she's grabbing swords that apparently were invisible until part of her apartme ...more
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ry-2014, 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…..umm
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: paranormal, fantasy

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 colony
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!
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 wasn’t my thing.
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 h
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 anyt
**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 s
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 g ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
We meet Daughtry at quite possibly the lowest points in her life. Seriously low. I don’t think I’ve ever been at such a state that I’d 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 isn’t 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 MU
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
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 hav
Morgan Reeves
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Phoenix Rising was a solid Fantasy Romance. Daughtry and Cody were in turns sweet, spunky, frustrating, and kickass-y. (What? That’s not a word?? Psh. You’re just jealous because you wish you were all…kickass-y…and…stuff. Oh, never mind.)
Anywho! The pair operated amazingly well as a team, and just as well apart, managing to avoid co-dependence while maintaining an extremely intimate relationship. It was well written and plotted, avoiding the pitfalls of a heroine that is either stone-cold, with
Decadent Kane
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"There was no one in her life who cared if she cried."

-Lines like this one really help create the feel and ambiance of the story. Faber pulls the reader in with intense phrases and emotionally packed plot and encourages the reader to root for her underdog. I was enthralled completely by the end of chapter 5 and knew there was no way I was putting it down.

The leading female, as a character goes through all the right emotions- starting out a bit rough, well her life isn't great in the beginning bu
Hopelessly Devoted
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Review
Daultry is a woman for whom the simplest, basic human need is denied and tarred, she spends a year living in a world where she is denied all physical contact, and all of the comfort that said contact can provide. After her engagement is called off she is thrusted into a world she doesnt understand. A world where almost every single person she touches is followed by visions of death and pain. When she was finally at her lowest ebe and considering doing something entirely out of character
Katrina Curry
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I am a picky reader who sometimes feels bored with the monotony I might find in some books. For me, books must be well-written, have intellectual elements of intrigue, and have heavy and light emotional atmospheres. I was reminded of my love for the written word through Elise Faber's 'Pheonix Rising. ' I have read through both books this series has to offer thus far obsessively.  I live for books like these!

Faber grabs my attention from the first page using the eleme
Terra J
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Daughtery has an amazing ability but it has a down side to it. When she touches someone she can see all things death related. Abilities automatically paint a target on your back, and people want to exploit you for your ability. Daughtery won't give up or give in left with the decision of what she would like to accomplish with the gift she has been given. At first she did try to supress it, but in the end she doesn't think that the gift is so bad. This book is filled with drama, suspense, death, ...more
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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 Californ ...more

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