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Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Review: Rise by Andrea Cremer

By: Andrea Cremer
Published by: Philomel Books
Released on: January 8th, 2013
Series: RIFT #2
Source: arc from publisher to review / purchase book
5 Stars: I LOVED It!
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Everything Conatus stands for is at risk. Hoping to gather enough resistance to save their order, Ember and Barrow attempt a desperate escape. But fate offers little mercy. When their mission is exposed, the couple face relentless pursuit by the supernatural horrors that act on the commands of Eira's ally: the mysterious Bosque Mar. A shocking revelation forces Ember out of hiding, sending her back into the heart of dark magic at Tearmunn keep, where she must convince her old friend Alistair of her love or face dire consequences. Ember's deception offers the only chance for the resistance to succeed, but what she discovers in the shadows beneath the keep will shatter her world and bring about the Witches' War. -quoted from here

A sequel rich in lore, embedded with deception, magic, danger and fueled by love, RIFT is a must have it, must read book! There's something to be said about an Andrea Cremer story, and that's that I LOVE her writing! I didn't think I'd love this series as much as I loved the Nightshade series, but Andrea proved me wrong with RIFT. Now with RISE all I can say is the same thing I did with RIFT, this is Andrea's best book yet! I am hopelessly in love with the way she creates her world, her incredibly enchanting, and yes dangerous world, and her characters.

There is something about the way Andrea writes her characters that just gets to me, and in a good way. In RISE as has been the case with the rest of Andrea's books I've read and fallen in love with, somewhere during the course of reading the story, her characters cross over from being fictional to becoming real. At least in my mind. I can easily not only visualize Andrea's stunning, and captivating world, but I can clearly picture the characters in their elements. I love that Andrea makes me fall for each of her characters, but I can't help but love them, even the ones I wish I could despise, because she allows me to understand them. She shows me what motivates them, what drives them to make the choices they do. Whether driven by love, devotion, greed, jealousy, the need for power or what ever it is. It's through those realistic emotions that makes each of her characters feel more real. I loved being able to see what motived and drove each of the characters on their quests and their downfalls.

My favorite part of this book was getting into the makings of what becomes the lore and back bone of the Nightshade series. This rich history was nothing less than incredibly enticing. I wanted more! Some things I started to figure out right as things were being revealed, and other things I was shocked by. There is plenty of deception, twists, and shocking discovery that fueled how addiction with this exciting storyline. What really drives this story is love. Andrea Cremer knows how to write sensual, and she does it well.

Yes, I'm a hopeless romantic and I can't get enough of Ember and Barrow. They have this truly dynamic, unbreakable bond that makes me believe in this story's true love (*sigh* who doesn't wnat to believe in true love?). These two are a perfect match for each other, at least in my eyes. Ember is ever the fierce, brave warrior I knew she'd be in this story. Barrow is the one that surprised me the most in this book. I LOVE that he embraces Ember for all she is. He helps her and is there to protect her and do anything for her, but I love that he also allows her to do things on her own, and doesn't smother nor does he try to change her. The two of them together could make me sigh, and laugh all within the same scene.

There are a few other relationships in this book that brought out the emotions and also fueled the twists that take place. I was surprised that I felt that each relationship was not only believable, but just as in-depth as the characters are. Honestly, this story has it all. Strong well rounded characters, a rich history into what started it all, and incredible writing. You don't need to be a wolf fan to pick up this series. If you love magic, danger, adventure and romance than this is a book for you! I highly recommend picking it up!

Don't miss your chance to meet Andrea on this year's West Coast Breathless Reads Tour! She'll in AUSTIN next Friday 2/16 at 7 pm at BOOK PEOPLE and yours truly will be there to interview Andrea and the rest of the amazing Breathless Reads authors! If you're not in Austin, here's a few other stops you'll be able to see Andrea on.

Breathless Reads Tour 2013 WEST COAST LEG 

  • Andrea Cremer (Rise)
  • Jessica Khoury (Origin)
  • Marie Lu (Prodigy)
  • Brenna Yovanoff (Paper Valentine
Sunday, February 10th – LOS ANGELES 
Barnes & Noble, The Grove, 2pm
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036  
Monday, February 11th – LOS ANGELES 
Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop, 7pm 
1030 Bonita Ave., LaVerne, Ca 91750  
Tuesday, February 12th – SAN FRANCISCO 
A Great Good Place for Books, 7pm
6120 La Salle Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
Wednesday, February 13th – PORTLAND, OR
Barnes & Noble, Clackamas, 6:30pm 
12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97086
Thursday, February 14th – BOULDER, CO 
Boulder Bookstore, 6:30pm 
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 

Friday, February 15th – AUSTIN 
BookPeople, 7pm
603 North Lamar, Austin, Texas 78703
Saturday, February 16th – SALT LAKE CITY 
Barnes & Noble, Orem, 4pm
330 East 1300 South Orem, UT 84058


  1. Great review. I just put Rift on my mp3 player and am excited to start it as soon as the weather gets warm enough to walk outside. It's under 20 now. Too cold. Hope I can read Rise in audio version too. Thanks for the great review.

    1. Thank you Natalie! I need to listen to this series on audio. I hear RIFT is good. WOW, 20 degrees! Come to TX ;) Thank you for reading my review.