Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake
Published by Entangled: Teen on January 8, 2019
Genres: magical realism, Modern, Young Adult
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Half-Blood meets Antigoddess in a thrilling, romantic new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Drake.
When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.
But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.
Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’m so excited to be a part of this book tour! Analiese Rising sounded fascinating to me the moment I read the blurb, and I’m happy to say it did not disappoint. Be sure to scroll to the end and enter the giveaway!
I had an error in blog scheduling and apologize that this post was supposed to be up yesterday!
4/5 stars! I definitely recommend Analiese Rising, especially if you enjoyed Percy Jackson or similar stories. I’ll be on the lookout for more from Brenda Drake!
Things I Loved
- The ancient gods of MANY different countries (not just Greek or Roman, as is so very common) are plunked down in the middle of modern day Europe. The way their quirks and foibles and abilities are revealed was absolutely fascinating.
- After the first few chapters of set-up, the action was non-stop. Analiese and Marek go globetrotting, and so much happens to them in such a short time. Phew!
- The whole premise of death-risers. WHAAAAAT. I need more. Please tell me there will be a sequel.
- Analiese’s relationship with her brother, Dalton. I love those two so much and seriously needed more of Dalton. He seemed like such a cool guy and kind of got the short end of the stick.
- Diversity! Yes! While the MCs are straight and white, there are several secondary characters of various colors and sexualities/genders.
- The insta-love. I know this is YA and it’s kind of expected but really. Sigh. Also, let me repeat for the 9,909th time…BOY SWEAT DOES NOT SMELL GOOD.
- The way adults treat teenagers, like they’re still small children. I realize this happens in real life, but come oooooon can’t we have at least one adult who realizes that their underage charges are actually capable?
- Would like some more background on how the Risers came to be…maybe another book?? Pleeeeease? Hehe.
About the Author
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda’s world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there’s always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she’s not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hash tag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
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