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Rising (The Blue Phoenix Series Book 5) by [Swallow, Lisa]
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4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 5 of 6 in Blue Phoenix (6 Book Series)

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I have enjoyed all the series so far but felt this one was the best so far. Jem's life has not been easy from age 8 and he went into the rock band and fell into drugs and alcohol to blot things out. He enjoyed the women too. He meets his match in Ruby a lead singer of a group who he semi manages and mentors and she also is going through some issues, i.e. abuse from people she thought cared about her, but not realising they were controlling her. Their lives clash and they have a turbulent relationship
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★✩★✩★ 5- Well... COLOR Me Surprised -Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

~in her eyes I can see she exists in the same place I do: a lost place at the edge of the world.
Did time stand still? The world fade away? Souls meet across the stars? I should give this snit to Dylan for one of his pathetic love songs. That snit doesn't happen.~

Jem Jones has finally reached his breaking point. After the recent events that had his life spiraling out of control, he is determined that his third stint in rehab will be his last. His focus has been on his sobriety and keeping himself distracted from the things that could cause a relapse. Music is the only healthy addiction left in his life and may be the thing that keeps his head above water but with Blue Phoenix on a break he has to find another way to reach his outlet. Funneling his energy into scouting for bands to open for Blue Phoenix on their next tour is what brings him across the up and coming band 'Ruby Riot' and suddenly he finds his outlet. He makes it his mission to help the band get they attention they deserve and prepare them for the upcoming tour. What he wasn't expecting was the affect the lead singer would have on him. He feels a connection to Ruby he has never experienced before and that is not necessarily a good thing. It's clear she is suffering from her own demons, caught up in an abusive relationship and the last thing Jem needs in his new sober life. He knows he can't try to fix her and helping her will lead him down a path he is not stable enough to handle... but he can't stay away. Can these two broken souls be just what the other needs to heal, or will they end up damaging each other beyond repair?
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Having read books 1, 1.5, and 2 in this series, I was really looking forward to reading Jem's story as he has intrigued me from the first time we met him. Talk about a troubled soul - not to be cliche, but he wrote the book!!

Jem has had the worst most fucked-up childhood ever. Fact. As a young adult, he enjoyed massive success with his band Blue Phoenix, and he indulged in all that the hedonistic lifestyle had to offer. Cue plenty of breakdowns, arguments, and meltdowns. He has just returned from his latest rehab stint during a period of band downtime. In order to avoid his demons, and keep distracted, he offers to help his Manager Steve out, in identifying a new support group for the next BP tour.

Enter Ruby Tuesday. Ruby's childhood puts Jem's in the shade. She has had one difficult event after another and now she is trapped in an abusive relationship that is threatening to destroy the one good thing in her life - her music.

Ruby and Jem crash into each others lives explosively. There is plenty of drama and angst as they enter into a game of pull and push. Both are so damaged by past events that it's hard to open up to anyone else, even if that other person is more emphatic than your average individual. Gradually, though, they find a way to support and love each other and it was so heartwarming to read (especially the last few chapters.)

For me, the underlying message is not to underestimate the redemptive power of love.

This is far and away the best-written book in this series and there isn't a single thing I could fault. The pacing is spot-on, the writing is superb, characterization is insightful and raw, powerful, and it's difficult not to feel a huge emotional upheaval reading it.

I'd give ten stars if I could. This can be read as a standalone though I'd highly recommend reading it as part of this great series.
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No spoilers from me..I loved this these books just keep on getting better..this is the beat one to date..The storyline and character's are brilliant ( jem and ruby) they go through so much..I loved it and cannot not wait for more..worth way more than the 5 stars I can give it its a must read...Rhiannon
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Rising is book #4 in the blue Phoenix series, I’ve somehow managed to mix up the books in this series and I’ve read Jem’s book out of order. I can truthfully say that this is a real standalone, because even having missed out Liam’s book I still managed to follow this book no probs.

I remember reading Summer Sky and really disliking Jem. I found him creepy and he kind of made my skin crawl. He redeemed himself a bit in falling sky but I think that’s because I felt sorry for him.

I’m gonna say it now I LOVED this book!!!! And I am now totally #teamJem!!!

Lisa Swallow has managed to tap into the deep emotional turmoil that Jem feels and within the first chapter I was completely smitten by all things Jem Jones!!!

Usually when characters are dark and brooding they are paired with little miss sunshine in a hope that their cheer and optimism will somehow rub off on them.

I adored the fact that Lisa Swallow does the exact opposite. Ruby is real and hurt and damaged. Her soul echoes Jem’s in that they are both broken beyond belief.

The saying opposites attract is true, but sometimes your soul mate is someone so alike you that they can understand the darkness and hurt that lives within. Ruby is the type of character that makes you want to stand up and fight for her!!!! I can’t relate to her but I did feel a sense of protectiveness for both her and Jem!!! My mom instincts came out full force with both of their characters!!!

This poor couple are fighting an uphill battle to be together but I honestly never ever doubted for a second that they were destined to be together.

It didn’t matter to me that their relationship boarded on unhealthy I love them together!!!

Dan needs to be castrated!!! What a cock!!!
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