Mini Reviews: Benedicts Series by Joss Stirling

 Finding Sky (Benedicts #1)
Author: Joss Stirling
Publication Date: 7th October 2010 (Oxford University Press)
Pages: 320
Genre: Paranormal
Format: Paperback

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When English girl Sky, catches a glimpse of bad boy Zed in her new American high school, she can’t get him out of her head. He talks to her with his thoughts. He reads her mind. He is the boy she will love for ever. Dark shadows stalk her past but a new evil threatens her future. Sky must face the dark even if it means losing her heart. [Goodreads]

Starcrossed (by Josephine Angelini) mixed with Significance (by Shelly Crane) and you get Finding Sky. I can’t believe it took me this long to read this book. Third time lucky, right? Finding Sky blew those other two novels out of the water.

At a young age, Sky was left scared and afraid of everything around her yet she couldn’t remember why or how. Getting put in foster care, Simon and Sally adopt her and bit by bit coax her out of her shell. They relocate to Colorada in America when Simon and Sally get a job in a high school. This is where Sky gets a glimpse of Zed, a known bad boy and the youngest brother in the Benedict family (a family of seven brothers!!). From hating her to suddenly becoming in love with her, Sky doesn’t understand why Zed’s changed so dramatically. It turns out that some things aren’t under their control. Sky is left to question the truth about herself and the future she now holds, as well as unravel the past.

A fuzzily ball of cuteness – I have no other words to describe this book! I loved everything about Sky’s narration, more so with the phrase “kill me now” which she said throughout the book. (Might be because I actually say that phrase and have never heard anyone really use it in speech, so it was nice to see her use it.) Anyway, this book has great lines in that tugged a smile out of me but there is also a fair share of action in this book. The fact that we also have a British family move to America exciting because you can pick up on the contrast of the language as well as making jokes about the accent.

But this book isn’t all about the cuteness, of course. The Benedict family are part of a larger world of the Savants and help take down those who use their Savant powers for the wrong reasons. It was a shame that the real ‘battle’ took so little of the novel however it was definitely very exciting to read.

My rating:
I really liked it

4 cup



phoenixTitle: Stealing Phoenix (Benedicts #2)
Author: Joss Stirling
Publication Date: September 2011 (Oxford University Press)
Pages: 264
Genre: Paranormal
Format: Paperback

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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. The Community owns Phoenix’s past and it wants her future too. Can Phoenix save the boy she loves . . . and herself? [Goodreads]

Ah, man. Okay. This book was a bit of a let down for me. I absolutely adored Finding Sky, there was a right amount of cuteness, I adored Sky’s narration and there was a good amount of action. But in Stealing Phoenix something wasn’t right.

Yves is the ‘brainy’ brother out of the Benedicts and this book sure did express this. He is the ultimate nerdy millionaire, but when it came to the romance he surprisingly annoyed me. Somewhat desperate. He would become so desperate and annoyed quickly, which, ultimately was a huge turn off for me.

But oddly enough, a brother that did seem to grab my attention was Victor. He’s slowly growing on me and I wish that the next book followed him and finding his soulfinder. He’s the eldest and hasn’t found his?? I feel like that’s a bit unfair. I would love to see someone crack his ‘toughness’ as the FBI serious brother. I’m watching (well, reading) him very closely. He deserves his girl (or guy? Is that possible for the Savants? I never thought of that until now! IS THAT POSSIBLE? That would be somewhat amazing. Anyway….

Phoenix was an intriguing character to follow. At a young age she was told everything about soulfinders and the Savant way of life were all lies. She doesn’t trust anyone and survives through stealing – eh, clever, right? Stealing Phoenix? I know – along with a criminal group of Savants. Stealing ensures her safety. She doesn’t know anything else. This brought together two opposites, with the poor and the rich.

Can I also just add, WHERE WAS PHOENIX’S FRIEND AT THE END OF THE BOOK? Right he completely vanished and I was so sad that we don’t even get a hint on where he went, he was just there one moment and gone the next! Where are you????

My rating:
It was okay

2 cups

13181901Title: Seeking Crystal (Benedicts #3)
Author: Joss Stirling
Publication Date: 4th October 2012 (Oxford University Press)
Pages: 258
Genre: Paranormal
Format: Paperback

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Sparks will fly . . . Passion will ignite . . .

Crystal Brook has always been the dud Savant in her family; paranormal powers just aren’t her thing. Dropping out of school with a clutch of ‘E’ grades and no future, she lives in the shadow of her high-flying sister Diamond. On a trip to Denver, a chance encounter with the dashing Benedict brothers leaves Diamond head over heels in love and engaged to be married. Crystal, on the other hand, is unimpressed by their charms . . . in fact no boy can annoy her as much as Xav Benedict! Back in Venice, their families assemble for Diamond’s wedding and a powerful enemy seizes the opportunity to attack. Crystal and Xav must join forces to save their loved-ones, unlocking a secret that, until now, has lain deeply buried . . . [Goodreads]

Two boys in one book? Seems like that’s like an easy way to get rid of one, but I assure you that it works out all swell. Admittedly, I knew that this book wouldn’t top Finding Sky, however I was hoping that it’d be better than Stealing Phoenix – which it was!

Crystal believes she’s a disappointment to her family because her power is so pointless she may as well not have one. Unlucky for her (but possibly lucky for the reader), Xav won’t leave Crystal alone. The best thing about this book was that we got to see Sky and Phoenix and the whole crew together. They made a bigger appearance in this novel, which is also great.

I’m gutted and hoping that Victor will get his novel someday! He is probably the one I am most interested to know more about, since he is the eldest and he is the one who looks out for everyone, I want to know about what happens when he finds his partner!!

My rating:
I liked it

3 cup




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