Title: Analiese Rising
Author: Brenda Drake
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Page Count: 350
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
American Gods meets the Da Vinci Code in ANALIESE RISING (Entangled; 01/08/19), a suspense-filled novel by New York Times bestselling author Brenda Drake. This first book in a new fantasy series offers a new take on the paranormal romance genre—with a mythological spin. Gone are vampires and werewolves; in are descendants of the God of Death.Brenda Drake is known for creating addictive, entertaining series with strong female characters (Library Jumpers and The Fated) and her fans will not be disappointed.
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.
“They must be connected to a sensor.” He crosses the polished concrete floor to the desk.
“Wow, this is nice,” I say, scoping the place. There’re built-in bookcases on one wall and a seating area in front of it with expensive-looking leather couches. “Talk about a man cave.”
Embedded in the wall above the desk are rows of security monitors—six down, six across. Marek clicks on the master power switch, and the screens blink to life. Each one is a live shot of a house or an apartment building.
“Was your grandfather in the CIA or something?” Or worse, a voyeur. I keep that to myself because the dude just lost the old man, after all.
“No.” His eyes scan the images. “At least, I don’t think so. He owns a butcher shop. Owned. Sold it. He’s retired. Those two,” he says, pointing at a pair of monitors on the top right. “That’s the front and back of this house.”
I try to keep my mind from going there, but there’s no stopping it. A butcher? A great profession for a serial killer.
One of the screens catches my attention. My stomach drops. I recognize the red brick structure with the blue shutters. “That’s my house. Why was he watching us?”
“I don’t know.” He searches around the desk and then kneels to inspect the floor. “There isn’t a recorder. He must’ve just been monitoring people.”
“Okay,” I say. “I’m completely freaked out.”
Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake is a young adult romantic fantasy read that is heavily based on mythology. This one is not set on any one specific era of mythology but instead pulls in characters from all of the different areas with the story centered around all of the Gods.
When Analiese Jordon witnesses and accident she goes to try to help the old man as he lie waiting for an ambulance to arrive. As Analiese approaches though he asks that she not touch him and instead take his bag he’d been carrying to his grandson. Analiese thought it was a strange request but wanted to help however she could so she gathered up his things.
After opening the bag to find out where to return it Analiese finds a list of names within it’s contents and is shocked to not only find her own name but those of her parents and uncle who all died in accidents. Tracking down Marek, the grandson, Analiese is determined that they both get the answers they need with his grandfather’s death leaving so many questions for them both.
Having loved the Library Jumpers series from Brenda Drake I had high hopes for this new novel so I was extremely excited to find it did live up to my hopes. This new series has that unique storytelling that I’ve come to expect from the author that doesn’t leave me thinking of every other YA novel out there. I’m a huge fan of stories using mythology and this one pulling in Gods from all areas was certainly new to me and it had plenty of action and adventure to keep the pages turning along as the story went on. I would be all for this one turning into a longer series and spending more time following the characters in the world that was created.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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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. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
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