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Deadly Destinations visits Black City to learn the Top 5 Tourist Attractions. Phoenix, the follow up to Black City by Elizabeth Richards was released on June 4, 2013 from Putnam Juvenile/Penguin. This is a young adult dystopian series. Want to know our thoughts on the first book in this series, Black City? Read Michelle’s review here.
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Hi guys! It’s Dayani from Black City here. Ash and Natalie are busy trekking across the country in search of the Ora right now, so they’ve asked me to fill in today. As geography’s one of my favorite subjects at school, I thought I’d do a countdown of the Top Five Tourist Attractions in Black City! Fun huh?
Day: Do you have something you want to say, Matthias Jones?
Beetle: I’m sure it’s going to be thrilling, babe.
Day: *glares* Okay, so here goes. The top five attractions, starting with….
1. BLEAK BRIDGE
Day: Don’t be fooled by its depressing name! Bleak Bridge is a beautiful structure, built over three-hundred years ago by our founding fathers, and is one of the few original bridges to remain standing after last year’s air raids. But most of all, it’s where Ash and Natalie first met! Awwwwww!
Beetle: You make it sound so romantic.
Day: It was!
Beetle: Ash was doing a drug deal, and he threatened to kill Natalie…
Day: That’s beside the point. People are going to want to remember where Ash and Natalie first met. It was a very important moment in our history.
Beetle: *smirks* Sure thing, hon.
2. CHANTILLY LANE
Day: If you like to shop, then you should head to our world famous market on Chantilly Lane. They have everything there, including the latest fashions from Centrum—
Beetle: They’re knock-offs.
Day: Jewelry from Gallium, Lupine fur coats from Mountain Wolf, spices from Thrace—
Beetle: And weapons developed right here in Black City!
Day: Mmm, yeah, you should probably get some Go Away Wrath Spray if you’re intending to stay here for a few days. Just don’t go to the market after dark.
Beetle: But that’s the best time to go.
Day: You would say that.
Beetle: The ‘Ladies of the Night’ come out then.
Day: *grits teeth* Yes…
Beetle: You get to see boobies!
Day: You’re not really selling it.
Beetle: I think the guys will appreciate it.
Day: Moving on. If you like a bit of culture, then I’d recommend…
3. BLACK CITY MUSEUM
Day: Black City museum—
Beetle: Snoreseum, more like.
Day: Black City museum is my favorite place in the city. I go there all the time.
Beetle: Only because everywhere else got blown up.
Day: Well…yes. But it’s a lot of fun too, and educational. They have a brilliant new exhibition about Bastets, and a whole area dedicated to the history of Black City and…
Beetle: Oh my god, Day, it’s like you’re trying to bore us to death.
Day: Fine, where would you recommend then?
4. MOLLIE MCGEE’S TAVERN
Beetle: No visit to Black City would be complete without a trip to Mollie’s! She does a mean beef and ale pie, and it’s two-for-one drinks every Thursday lunch time—
Day: How would you know that?
Day: Matthias! Is that why you’re never in school on Thursday afternoons?
Beetle: It’s not just me. Ash goes as well!
Day: *rolls eyes* If he jumped off the Boundary Wall, would you do it too?
Beetle: I couldn’t climb the Boundary Wall.
Day: You know what I meant.
Beetle: Sorry. Okay, I know a great place people can go…
5. BEETLE’S BARGE
Day: Your boat?
Beetle: Yeah, you know I host the best parties. Just ask Nat and Ash!
Day: That’s true.
Beetle: *whispers* If you come back with me after the interview, we could have our own private party…
Day: *blushes* So there you have it! The top five attractions in Black City. Sort of. Hope to see you soon!
Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist, who spent her early career reviewing videogames before making the bold (or crazy) move into travel writing, despite suffering from terrible travel sickness.
In her spare time, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls, where she got to interview many of her favorite bands, go to gigs and basically blag loads of free swag all in the name of ‘research’. She now spends her free time blogging for the League of Extraordinary Writers.
Elizabeth lives in Buckinghamshire, England, with her husband. Her second novel, PHOENIX (A Black City Novel), is out now.
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Available June 4, 2013 from Putnam Juvenile/Penguin
About this Book:
Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s Law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.
When Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings, her fate is sealed. Enter Elijah Theroux, the handsome Bastet boy Natalie once saved from her mother’s labs, where he’d been experimented on and tortured. It was his venom the Sentry used to create the lethal Golden Haze, the heart of the government conspiracy that led to Black City’s uprising and Ash’s rebirth as the Phoenix, the face of the rebellion. Elijah is back and Ash doesn’t like him; it’s clear he’s taken with Natalie, and Ash fears she may have feelings for him as well.
But Elijah also may have the answer to taking down Purian Rose for good—a powerful weapon called the Ora. Ash, Natalie and Elijah just have to escape Black City undetected to find it. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon (if it even exists) are easier said than done, and the quest could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.
This enthralling sequel to Black City is just as absorbing, delicious and steamy as the first book, leaving readers hungry for the series conclusion.
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