Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Review ~ ANALIESE RISING by Brenda Drake

Analiese Rising
by: Brenda Drake
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Entangled ~ Teen
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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.



Analiese Rising is the story of a girl who finds her name on a mysterious list. This list is given to her by an old man who has been following her just before he dies. At the old man’s request, Ana takes the list to his grandson, Marek. Marek agrees to work with Ana to find out why her name is on the list and what it all means. While on their journey, Ana and Marek are thrust into a world they know nothing about.

Their quest reveals that Ana is a descendant of the God of Death. Thus making her a Riser, which means she has the power to raise the dead. Throughout the book, Ana learns more about who she is along with her power while death follows her.

I admit, it took a little while for me to get into the story. Once I did, I found Analiese Rising to be a captivating and adventurous read. Brenda Drake has written realistic and likeable characters. Ana, like many teens, is finding who she is. As the reader, you can put yourself in her shoes and learn more about yourself just like she does. Marek is the best partner you could ever want. While fighting and helping Ana, Marek is right by her side, even when he is faced with life and death. Throughout the book, Ana and Marek grow close. The scenes are described perfectly. It’s easy to close your eyes and see everything happening before you. Analiese Rising is perfect for anyone looking to read a romantic adventure book.

**Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**


Rating: 4

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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 hashtag, #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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