Saturday, May 21, 2011

Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #1)Phoenix Rising by Philippa Ballantine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this book! If it seems as if I always give 4's and 5's, I do not. If I truly do not like a book I either forgo it to try again later in case it is just my mood, or I donate it. When I first heard about this book about 2 months before it was released I watched the release date hoping it would release earlier than the date scheduled. I searched in the UK hoping it sold earlier there. But, alas, I had to wait until the scheduled release date and it was well worth the wait. It opened with a bang, pretty much literally! It was full of excitement and exciting characters. Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are an exciting team and it was not only fun to watch them relate but a good time watching their exploits.

Phoenix Rising is a great addition to the Steampunk genre. It was good to see the chemistry between the characters with their diverse backgrounds. I hope to learn more about where they all come from and how they came to be the way they are now. Wellington Books is the best kept secret the Ministry does not even know it has to offer! Sophia is seriously a great nemesis for Eliza, especially given the information that Wellington provides during the apex of the story. These are just a few examples of how the players were well developed. For example, describing the expressions and mannerisms of Wellington when he had Eliza pushed into his world. Priceless!

I'm happy to see that we will have more coming from the dynamic duo and mysteries left in play with Dr. Sound, Campbell and Sussex. Oh, and do not let me forget the awesome cover!

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