02 June 2014

Title: The Space Beyond (The Book of Phoenix #2)
Author: Kristie Cook
Publisher: Ang'dora Productions, LLC, (May 19th 2014)
From: Kindle e-book ARC from publisher
Format: e-book, 330 pages, May 19th 2014
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+


Synopsis: As members of the Phoenix, Jeric and Leni are thrust into their new lives, expected to lead Earth’s Guardians. But Leni struggles with trusting her own soul, and Jeric is more concerned about keeping Leni safe than meeting others’ demands. When Darkness swarms Lake Haven, they embark on their first mission with little preparation and no idea which soul the Dark hunts.

Born and raised in Lake Haven, Bex hopes to escape her small-town life, ideally in the arms of her soul mate. She knows he exists, and her heart aches with the need to find him. When her long-lost mama calls to announce she's knockin' on death's door, Bex reluctantly makes the trip to see the uncaring bitch (bless her heart), only to be knocked off her feet by the sexy and charming Dr. Mason Hayes. Is he really The One?

Leni’s soul felt an instant connection to Bex, but if Bex found her soul mate, she isn’t their mission. So who is, and why does Leni instinctively feel drawn to her? Can Leni even trust her intuition? And will Jeric step up and lead when the time comes orcontinue to hold them back?

If they don't learn to trust themselves and each other quickly, Darkness will claim them all…along with the rest of Earth’s souls.

Review: 4.5 stars - I want to start this review at the end. Kristie Cook has made it so I am incredibly worried about one of my favourite book couples. I have two questions.

How could she do that?
Can we please have book three NOW?!

Jeric and Leni our favourite twin flamed dyads, have been living at the Phoenix manor for a few months. Learning what it is to be a guardian, learning to fight and guarding the Gate with other guardians, Brock and Asia. Finding out that Leni may be the key to finding broken lost souls before they turn dark. A new addition to the knowledge they have gained is that they are the leaders of the Sacred Seven; seven twin flame pairs.

When an unexpected occurrence happens at the gate, Leni and Jeric are soon set on their first mission to help a soul in need.

In The Space Beyond we are reintroduced to Bethany (Bex) when Jeric, Leni, Brock and Asia move back to Lake Haven. In The Space Between, Bethany didn’t really make that much of an impression on me; apart from the fact she was a distraction for Jeric. I actually hated her, for nearly ruining their relationship. I think that was a part of Cook’s success with this character. Stronger willed, yet unsuspecting Bex is soon to play a lead part in a storyline I was not expecting.

Bex has had a hard upbringing, many things have happened to her that could make her go dark; now she’s working three jobs to help cover her mother’s medical bills. When Dr Mason Hayes shows an interest in her; cue a life changing and sometimes scary storyline. It is a delicate subject for anyone to read about; but as you read on you understand that Bex will do anything to survive, and to protect the ones she loves.

Kristie has written a very sensitive storyline well, and the reader can’t help but feel for Bex. Although domestic violence has been brought up in a lot of my favourite shows, and a couple of the books I’ve read; I don’t think it has hit me as emotionally as it did in The Space Beyond. You know Bex is a good honest girl, who is just on the search for her soul mate- so why do things have to go so badly for her?

I can’t say a lot more without completely spoiling the book. It was a treat for me to be able to follow Leni and Jeric’s journey some more. Their relationship is blossoming and although we know their relationship can’t be any stronger- they were made for each other, two halves of a whole. Their reactions and the way they ‘read’ each other is perfect. Definitely a favourite couple of mine.

I’m looking forward to reading The Space Within in July, but at the same time I don’t want Jeric and Leni’s story to end.

If you haven’t already started reading The Book of Phoenix series, start now. They are a rollercoaster of events- steamy scenes, real life issues and the hunt for true love and soul mate.










About the Author:

Kristie Cook is a lifelong writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at www.KristieCook.com.

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