Apr 10, 2012

Benedict Series by Joss Stirling

Book Description: 

When Sky catches a glimpse of Zed for the first time, lounging against his motorbike at school, she is drawn to him just like every other girl in Wickenridge. But Zed sees something special in her that the other girls don't have. Zed tells her they are both Savants - people with special powers like telepathy and the ability to see into the future. Not only that, she is a Savant too, and his soulfinder - meant to be together.

When a soulfinder speaks telepathically to her partner, it's like all the lights coming on in a building. You lit me up like Vegas. But for Sky it's just not that easy - she's a mystery to herself, haunted by nightmares from her past before she was adopted, and riddled with doubt and insecurity. Just when Sky is slowly coming round to the idea of being with Zed she is kidnapped by a family of criminal Savants. In a chilling twist, Sky and Zed's relationship is put to the ultimate test and the fate of those she loves lie in Sky's hands. Will Sky have the strength to embrace her power and be brave enough to control her own destiny, or will the dark demons of her past prevent her from realising her true potential?

Christina's BookReview
“like Belgian chocolate—absolutely sinful and completely irresistible’.” 

Finding Sky is about a girl, Sky, who has lived in darkness her whole life. She's blocked out all of her childhood because it wasn't a good one. After her adoptive parents receive a job offer in the US they leave London. So this book is your typical girl moves into town, boy is attracted to her and they fall in love. The difference between Finding Sky and other books is that she doesn't just fall for the guy, Zed. Yes she is attracted to him but the falling in love doesn't come instantly. I liked that when she found out what he is and what she is it wasn't a wrap. Sky questioned everything and didn't automatically believe what was told to her.

Zed Benedict, hmm what can I say about this bad boy turned good? Zed as the 7th Benedict son has a lot on his plate. When we meet Zed we see how much of a rebel he is but who wouldn't be when a person has seen so much darkness in there life? When we finally get to learn more about him you can't help but sympathize with him. See Zed and his family are Savants. Savants are telepathic and each have special powers. Zed being the 7th son makes his powers much more extreme. Enter Sky, his Soulfinder. Being a Savent it is rarely usual to find your Soulfinder especially at an early age. So when Zed does he automatically become dependent on Sky and protective of her. He is so patient with her and does not push the Savant/Soulfinder stuff on her. He lets her come to terms with her powers and new life.

Along with Sky and Zed is a great cast of secondary characters. From Sky's group of friends, Nelson, Tina and Zoe. To the Benedict Brothers, Xav, Yves, Will, Victor, Uriel, and Trace, who are just about the greatest guys!

Overall, this was a good story of finding yourself. What i didn't enjoy about the book was that the action was a little bit boring and that we never get to see Zed and Skys' powers working together. It is mentioned throughout the book how soulfinders powers increase but we never see that. That and the grammatical errors brought this down to 3.5.

Book Description:

Yves' story.

This is about getting you out...I'm stealing you.
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. But the Community owns Phoenix's past and it wants her future too.

Christina's BookReview
“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.”

Loved Loved Loved it!

So I finished this book last night and when the last sentence was read I was so sad. I thought that Finding Sky was a good read but Stealing Phoenix was a great read!

In stealing Phoenix we meet Phee, a thief for a community of bad Savants. When her target is none other then the 6th Benedict son things turn crazy for her. After trying to steal his good and getting burned in the process, Phee has to try again. She must steal from him. Its her only way to stay alive. So the next day Phee is on mission to try again but this time Yves is not going to be caught unprepared again. Little do both of them know that they are each others half. Each others Soulfinder. That is where the story gets interesting...

I loved the connection between Phoenix and Yves and loved having more of the romance and connection between characters in this book. I liked how, like his brother Zed, Yves didn't give up on Phee and showed her that she was capable of being loved. He was so sweet and gentle with her but he also showed his tough side as well. I have to say I loved to see a little of the other brothers strength in Yves, that made him so much more hot! :-)

And by gosh we got much much more of the Benedicts, including Sky, and I ADORE them! They are all so caring, generous and so accepting. From book 1 I loved Xav's and this book just made me love him more! I cannot wait to read his story in Seeking Crystal!

So if you haven't read this book you are missing out!

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