Monday, February 18, 2013

Rising Review

Title: Rising

Author: Stephanie Judice

Series: Saga of the Setti

Publisher: Studiokae Publishers

Release date: June 28, 2011


Synopsis from

Having waited a millennium to return to the fertile feeding ground of earth, the dark giants break through a portal and storm out into the world in the guise of a massive hurricane—famished and fierce. Across the ocean, seventeen-year-old Gabriel Goddard is being plagued by terrifying nightmares about creatures that singe and burn the flesh then absorb the life energy of humans and devour the ashes. A chance meeting with Clara Dunaway immediately distracts Gabe from bad dreams. He has always had a sort of sixth sense—to feel the emotions of others around him. Clara’s presence numbs his other sense, nearly knocking him into a hypnotic state. Bewildered and fascinated, he is lured in by her. When Clara finally confesses that she has a similar gift to see auras around people, a spark flames between them, ignited by a paranormal force. Fate soon reveals that there is a higher purpose for their attraction. Along with Jeremy, the head-bangin’ metal head; Ben, the air-headed golden boy; Melanie, the kind- hearted Creole; and the old hermit named Homer, they must face this enemy as one. Discovering that they are descended from an ancient clan of Norse warriors, they awaken their dormant powers, preparing for the dark giants' imminent invasion of their home. A shadow of darkness veils the land. Will the Setti rise to fulfill their long-awaited destiny?

My thoughts: 

THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS STORY.  Different and refreshing.  The prologue of the book easily captivated me.  I loved that there is the POV of Gabe and Clara so the readers can experience different sides of the story.  The characters were well-developed and the story was well paced.  The description and imagery of the setting was done well that when the enemies attacked, it truly gave me the chills.  As always, I always enjoy romance in a story and this book gives you a very sweet budding romance between Clara and Gabe.  I loved Gabe's protectiveness towards Clara and I enjoyed her straightforward personality.  There were a lot of humorous moments (Ben and Jeremy's banters - which I really really enjoyed) and some heart wrenching moment that may make some readers teary eyed.  This book has a lot of action that will keep the readers entertained.  Looking forward to the next installment. 

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