Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rising Book 1: Resistance - A Review

I've been waiting to read this book until I finally got some money to buy it!  I read it in a matter of hours!!  It's written by one of my blogging friends, Laura!  You should definitely check out her blog

Title: Rising Book 1: Resistance
Author: Laura Josephsen
Publisher: Kindle
Publication Date: February 21, 2012

Genre: Science Fiction

Plot: First, here is the summary of "Rising Book 1: Resistance" from Amazon -All Alphonse wants is a quiet summer at home before his final months at university. What he gets is a half-dead stranger on his doorstep and the task of delivering a package to the leader of his home country. Not long after he boards a train toward the capital, he's attacked by knights, elite soldiers of the neighboring king.  Alphonse is temporarily rescued by Mairwyn, a mechanic with a haunted past and a deep hatred of knights. Together, they attempt to carry out Alphonse's urgent errand, only to learn that if they fail, countless people will die. And even if they succeed, they may not be able to prevent the war that lurks on the horizon.  (Book 1 of 2)

My first impressions of the book were the fact that I couldn't put it down!  The main character, Alphonse starts out having a bad encounter with some angry cows at the start of his summer break and it only gets worse from there.  A strange man showing up at his door, being chased by members of the "military" and making friends with Mairwyn - a secretive young woman that works as a mechanic.  The book was incredibly well written!  I couldn't stop reading it.  All of the characters were full of secrets and captivating.  At times, I wasn't really sure who to trust, but things kept changing and the book twisted right when I thought I could guess the next turn.  The story was rich and exciting!  The first part was written in Alphonse's POV and the second in Mairwyn's.  I liked getting the chance to read both characters.  

Romantic Element:  The love element in the story was subdued and wonderful.  Alphonse and Mairwyn don't start out well and things are rocky between them.  She really kinda hates him, but the way that the author writes the changes in their relationship and how they grow is inspiring.  I won't ruin it for you, but these two characters... I loved them! :)

Overall:  I am eagerly awaiting the continuation of this story!  I was so sad when I reached the end of the book.  Alphonse and Mairwyn grow so much throughout the novel and you just have to know more about them!  I admit that one of my favorite minor characters was little Ellery - what a stinker and so cute!  The plot kept me engaged and it was amazing!  I definitely recommend this book to anyone!  You will not regret it!  The world that Laura wrote is simply beautiful and complex.  I wish I had wings and lived in such a beautiful place, just not the war part.  I haven't read a book so well-written in a long time.  Please, you will seriously fall in love with Alphonse and Mairwyn!  I can't wait to read the second book! :)
Have a great day! :)

22 comments:

  1. I am grinning from ear-to-ear right now. Thank you so, so, so much for reading this and taking the time to review it. I'm thrilled that you loved it so much. :D (And I giggled at your description of Alphonse and Mairwyn's relationship--I loved how you put the "she really kinda hates him".) THANK YOU!

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    1. You are very, very, very welcome! And thank you for writing such an enjoyable book! :D I really am excited to read the next one and I really loved all of your book!

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    1. It's an awesome book! You should check it out!

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  3. wow sounds an awesome read....another one for the list

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  4. Fantastic review. I'm reading it right now, and I agree with you about how well it's written.

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    1. It is so very well-written, like a traditionally published book. Laura put a lot of work into it and it really shows. :) Enjoy the rest of the book!

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  5. I love a book I can't put down! And I love Laura Josephson.

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    1. I love both! I can't wait for the sequel! :)

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  6. I put this book on my list recently. It sounds like I was right to do so :-)

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  7. I loved this book. Can't wait for Rising 2.

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    1. Rising 2 is going to be amazing and I can't wait for it! :)

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  8. Ooh, I really enjoyed this book! And I know which two characters are going to be the main characters in the next book, and I'm REALLY looking forward to reading their story!!

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    1. I'm REALLY looking forward to read about them too! It will be such an awesome story about those characters! :)

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  9. Interesting. I'll have to keep an eye out for this one.

    PS. I gave you an award on my blog. Hope you like it :)

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  10. Another one for the TBR list!

    I have given you an award. Please stop by my site to see what is involved!

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  11. Very interesting! New follower here. I’m getting a head start on visiting my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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    1. Welcome Sylvia! :) I'll have to check out your blog too!

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