Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Pawn of the Phoenix (The Memory Collector #2) by Jamie McLachlan

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Book one Review

     Braxton, 1903.
The serial killer known only as the Phoenix continues to roam the streets and a new victim falls prey. For Moira and Detective Keenan Edwards, still on the hunt for the Phoenix, the rules have changed. The killer remains beyond their grasp. 
     Moira is willing to give into her fierce attraction to Keenan. However, the detective proves to be more reluctant despite a moment of heated passion. Then discovery of a secret Keenan never planned to share creates an unwelcome rift between the new lovers. 
     Keenan isn’t the only one hiding something. In this continuation of the Memory Collector series, Moira makes a startling disclosure about her past. This revelation will not only test the boundaries of love, but might also prove to be the clue that will finally unravel the mystery of the Phoenix. 

Book Beginning:
Braxton, Fortland
Legislature Building, Churchill Road
March 28, 1903
     As a child Alyssa had never once imagined her life as a slave would ever permit her to obtain any sort of power.
This opening is really engaging, and where things left at the end of the first book I was pretty excited to get a chance to read this one.

My 56:
He tries to hide his impatience behind that cool exterior of his, but the emotion still manages to trickle in my direction. "Moria, we don't have the luxury of time. The Phoenix can strike at any moment."
   "I'm aware of that, but I still need time."
This discussion is referring to the detective asking Moria to allow another empath to read her mind for clues, and she's hesitant for various reasons. This series is really entertaining and interesting.


  1. This sounds interesting! I love serial killer books and the cover at least has a steam punk vibe. I think I'd enjoy this one.

  2. I am totally getting the steampunk vibe from that cover as well. Perhaps another steampunk series I would like? Though I am buried in books to read at the moment.

  3. A slave with power? Unheard of.
    Intriguing to read though. Happy weekend!

  4. I really like the sound of this series and the snippets were great! I'm adding this series to my reading list. Thanks for visiting my Friday meme