Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rise by Andrea Cremer Review

Title: Rise
Author: Andrea Cremer
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Rift, book two
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The second and last Nightshade prequel novel, Rise is even better than the first, offering more action, sensuality, and mystery, as well as an explosive ending.

Rise opens literally the night after Rift ends, with Ember facing the consequences of her choice. As a result, she is led on a frightening, secretive path that proves to test everything Ember stands for. Even more exciting than its predecessor, Rise offers even more information into the origins of Nightshade, as well as a deeper understanding of its characters, particularly Alistair and Eira. (I'm not saying too much because I don't want to give anything away!)

What I liked:
-Deeper understanding in the character of both Eira and Alistair
-The sensuality--how it was necessary to the situation but not overly detailed or graphic
-The way the novel led the reader to the true origins of the Nightshade lore, and the way the reader sees it unfold
-The villain Bosque Mar (I thought he was frightening in the last novel!)
-Rhys
-Agnes and her fate
-Bosque Mar's strange powers
-Cian
-The surprising, explosive ending


What I didn't like:
-Alistair's contradictory manner
-Eira's sudden rise to power and the cowards that so swiftly joined her
-The way Agnes's sister was treated at the beginning of the novel
-The way Ember was sent so suddenly back into the lion's den
-The parts in the catacombs

Overall, despite the few flaws, I really enjoyed the last book in the prequel series as well as Nightshade and its sequels. If you guys like werewolves, magic, war, and strong heroines, go to the library and snag a copy of the first of either series!

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