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Riser (Teen Horror/Science Fiction) (Book #1 in The Riser Saga) [Kindle Edition]

Becca C Smith
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Book Description

Black swirling holes churning madly in the center of every corpse. This is how eighteen-year-old Chelsan Derée sees the deceased. Her ability to connect to the black spinning holes allows her to control every dead thing within a four-mile radius.

But that’s the least of her problems. It’s 2320 and Chelsan Derée has to survive another year of high school, which for her is pure and utter torture, mainly due to the fact that her schoolmate Jill Forester’s favorite activity is making Chelsan’s life a living hell. If that isn’t enough, Chelsan’s impossible crush on Ryan Vaughn makes her brain do somersaults on a regular basis, especially since she is positive he doesn’t know she exists. And being eighteen Chelsan has to deal with the pressure of whether or not she should take a little pill called Age-pro, which cures aging, making the world eighteen forever and highly over-populated.

When Chelsan’s mother, Janet, is brutally killed, along with everyone else in her trailer park, Chelsan finds out that she was the intended target.

Chelsan must use her power to raise and control the dead to save herself, protect her friends and take down the man responsible for murdering her mother.

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About the Author

Becca C Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. Becca wrote and illustrated Little Family Secrets, a graphic novel based on the true story of her great aunt who was famous for murdering her husband. Becca is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two cats Jack and Duke.

Product Details

  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1452889074
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Frog Publishing; 1 edition (November 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PPDGF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,975 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I quite literally could NOT put this book down. From beginning to end, the suspense, characters, story, and intensity kept me captivated. The main character Chelsan is quite a tragic young woman with powers beyond anything I've witnessed before in a novel. The entire story takes place in a future version of our world, and the author paints an interesting picture of what may come to pass, and the dangers of that reality. I loved the interactions between Chelsan and her friends, and how loyal they are to her no matter what the circumstances. This is just a well-written and compelling story, and I cannot wait for the next in the series! The Riser series will become as beloved as Harry Potter and the Twilight saga, with followers that have a real connection to Chelsan and her adventures. Well done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! May 8, 2011
A rare breath of fresh-air to find an author that not only understands the teen reader, but also science fiction and can merge the two in a such a seamless way. Having worked at Penguin Books, Grosset & Dunlap, for the last seven years I have had to read my fair share of teen publications. Riser paints a vivid picture of society in a futuristic world that is clear for the reader. It's complex characters and suspenseful action scenes make it next to impossible to put it down. Yet, the characters face the same emotional problems and triumphs of the modern teen. Smith has definitely found her voice with this audience. The world and the book are so intricately painted that the continuation of the series is obvious and the end leaves the reader yearning for more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced thriller May 7, 2011
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From the strange and mysterious beginning through a labyrinth of surprises and 'what's next' situations, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat. Mix in a teenage crush and this makes a terrific summer read.
M. Smith
Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book was recommended to me, and I must say, I am most certainly glad it was. The author has provided a fresh and imaginative tale, brought to life by an array of fantastic characters, amazing scenes, and a plot so twisted and clever you'll be reading instead of sleeping at night. Ms. Smith, I take my hat off to you. This book was a delicious and fun read and I can't wait to see more from her!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read! October 13, 2010
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Ms. Smith has created a very strong character in Chelsan. Teenagers today need good role models. This book is exciting to the very end! I highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! September 15, 2010
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A fascinating peek into the future where the author had developed a truely unique view of an overpopulated (and immortal) world. I loved that the main character, a teen girl, uses her own wits...and special help herself and her friends out of some very dangerous situations. A refreshingly unusual story - I look forward to reading the next volume!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a sci-fi teen romance for everybody! July 11, 2011
Riser is a crazy, nail-biting adventure from beginning to end!

The future, as imagined by Ms. Smith, feels on the surface like a perfect, verdant Utopia, with a population of forever-young inhabitants made immortal by a miraculous anti-aging pill. But because of the out-of-control population, there's an ominous department called "Population Control" that everyone seems to turn a blind eye to, preferring the ignorant bliss of their perfect world to the horrific reality that makes it possible.

What I love about the world of Riser is that it actually depicts a dystopian future, dressed up neatly as a flawless utopian one... a whole different spin than I've seen before. Most shocking (and intriguing!) are the ways in which Population Control keeps the population down. Exterminations, serial killers... all secret, all legal. It's creepy, but fantastic.

I'm not all that into teen romances in general, but Riser handles it in such a way that even people like me (who tend to make a beeline away from books like Twilight) can enjoy the innocence and vulnerability of the very honest and down-to-Earth love story. Great summer read... see for yourself!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED this Book! A Must Read!! July 2, 2011
By Omega
Could not put the book down!! The author created a very dynamic character, Cheslan Deree. From the beginning you feel a strong bond with her and you just have to keep reading to find out what's going to happen. You defiantly feel strong emotions for the characters. All I can say is they're real. The feelings that they have and the way the react to situations are true to who they are. Along with a great cast of characters, the world Smith creates is like nothing I've ever encountered before. It's an insightful and creative view on the world and what it's become. As I read, I found there are so many unique ideas and concepts about society, the environment, Cheslan's ability, and of course Age-pro.
The story engages your imagination with its maze of events and twists that keep you hooked. Making it a must read!! Cannot wait for the sequel!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son loved this book.
Published 7 days ago by sherrie jenkins
3.0 out of 5 stars One you will remember.
I like the content of this book. Would have given it 5 stars but there are clearly proofreading errors. Misspelling, of words, double words that mean nothing more. Read more
Published 21 days ago by D. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
The story is a little predictable at times, and you can very see very clearly where the story is going, but if you enjoy dystopian novels with some fantasy flair, Riser is pretty... Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars YES
This book was a hidden gem! It reminds me of series such as The Hunger Games and Divergent. I'm surprised that it hasn't been discovered yet! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars So amazing!
This book was a great hook. I really couldn't put it down. it was a great thrill ride from start to finish. so well written and so visual. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eli Stevens
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Not bad. I liked it. It was a good story with likable characters and a decent plot.
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I suppose this would be a good book for young adults. It's ok just not my thing so if you like this kind of book then get it. Enjoy reading it.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Burleson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Really enjoyed the book. I could follow the characters and story, easy read with lots of twists and turns. Kudos
Published 3 months ago by Purple Valentine
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa
That was probably one of the scariest books I have ever read. It was so intense and awesome though. I was squealing every 5 seconds from the excitement of it all. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bess
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
I have not read this book yet but I love being able to order books online for my phone or on the kindle fire.
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More About the Author

Becca C. Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. In 2010 Becca published her first novel, Riser followed by the sequel, Reaper, in 2011, and the finale, Ripper in 2013. In 2012 Becca wrote the children's novel Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale's Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. Most recently Becca released Atlas, the first book in a new urban fantasy series. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan and their two cats Jack and Duke.

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