Rising (The Rising Series) Paperback – September 6, 2013
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OMG the prologue! I think it was awesome, and just wow. Can you imagine that happening to you, that’d be a story to tell people wouldn’t it haha! You seriously need to read it if you haven’t already!!!! Fangirling right now ;)
I absolutely loved this book right the way through to the epilogue which was also amazing! The writing was magical, seriously, I felt like I was under a spell. All day I was like “hmmm… I’ll just finish this chapter then I better do the cleaning before my man gets home” but nope no cleaning has been done today, bad I know but I just couldn’t help it ;)
Mermaids are one of my favorite fantasy/mythical creatures. The only way they can get better in my eyes is if they could fly. And they sort of can in Rising as they hover so I was well pleased. I also liked how it wasn’t just mermaids but Dagonians too who are sort of like Mers but not and yeah they totally hate each other which just a whole lot of fun to the tale.
Sara is a character you just can’t help but love. Even though she has had a rubbish life she still makes the most of it and powers through. Yeah so she hides her body as she’s self-conscious but she doesn’t let it stop her from going out (much), she’s still determined to do everything herself. I admired her a lot and was made up with how things turned out! You go girl :P
Xanthus *wipes drool from chin* is a sexy beast, well dagonian but still. He’s just full of yumminess. He’s 7foot tall, muscular, crazy-good looking and goes out of his way to help Sara and make sure she’s safe *swoon* arrgghhhh I think I’m in love. I can’t say much more about him I’m afraid or I wont be able to stop and I’ll ruin it for everyone who has yet to read it.
Just wow, everything about Rising is incredible. The plot, the writing, the romance, the fighting. It had the right amount of everything and I LOVED it. You guys get the point yet? Haha
And now I’m desperate to find out what happens next. But I have Descending (book 2) so I’ll be starting that as soon as I finish writing this review YAY. If you love fantasy books, and/or mermaids then I highly recommend reading the Rising series. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, I sure wasn’t!
This book was amazing!!! It was one of my favorite Mermaid books, it was more mature then most I have read and that I could relate based on where I am in my life. It was not mature in that it had sexual content, or profanity, it was very clean. It was just that the characters were a little bit older and that there were more struggles in their lives and more violent situations (that people living in poor neighborhoods or someone out at night alone might deal with).
I loved the complexity of the characters in that they were multifaceted. Some of the characters struggle with themselves and are neither good nor bad. I love the romance and mythology that Holly Kelly has created in her story. The different races of underwater life was a great twist and it not just being Mermaids, was a wonderful addition to the book.
The book starts with a woman giving birth to a baby that has deformation with her legs and they are fused together. There is also a war under water brewing as the waters have been polluted by the humans and the race called Dagonian's want to make them pay for killing some of them and ruining their homes. But Xanthus believes that these humans can be reasoned with and goes to the god of the under water and the last of the Mer people and asks him if he can live among the humans. He promises to make those who have caused the pollution pay to Triton and to see if he can then seek peace, but Triton only gives him a year to do this.
When Xanthus is in Hawaii he notices a young women and he senses that something is different about her and immediately he knows that he shouldn't be drawn to her but he is. He knows that she should be killed for if she is discovered it could mean bad things for their kind and her living here is against the law.
Xanthus decides to get close to her to try to find out her story, who is she, why is she here? He soon starts to question everything he has been trained to believe and questions his mission. He soon realizes that he would risk everything to be with her.
I love this book, it is one of the best books I have read! It was well written, imaginative, not vulgar or to sexual, it was romantic and so full of fantasy and action. This was a great book for a man or a woman! Definitely a 5 out of 5 stars!!!
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This story was such fun to read. Xanthos is the kind of hero you feel as a modern woman you should hate (he is over-bearing, over-protective, chauvinistic, and far too fond of clapping Sara against his heavily muscled chest) - and yet you can't help but fall in love with him along with Sara. The book is dramatic, romantic and humorous all at once (I loved the descriptions of the Dagonian's eating habits - they like to eat their fish fresh, ripping the heads off is best and are repulsed by the idea of eating 'dead, burnt, flesh' like a human. ) Kelly's mythology is fascinating and I loved the way she made it feel like the Greek gods and their offspring could be living just around the corner ....
The beginning was enticing. Had an issue in Chapter 8 where the author mentions the male characters first name in Sara's POV. However, Sara wouldn't know what it was because he only introduced himself by last name. It threw me off and I had to reread a couple paragraphs over and over to understand. I noticed misspellings, too many words or missing words that kept bringing me out of the story and I would have to reread the sentence to either take away or add a word so I could move on. Some areas of the story was slow and simple writing.
The love between Xanthus and Sara was the insta-love. As a reader I'm not a big fan of that, so it was a turnoff for me in this story. I prefer the cat and mouse games.
However, the story itself was impressive. I love the knowledge the author brought to the table about this world. Once certain areas moved along in action and suspense I couldn't put it down.
Overall, it was a cute love story with action, romance, and suspense. I rate this story 3 1/2 stars, mostly because of the lack in editing.
"Rising" follows Xanthus, a Dagonian (explicitly NOT a mermaid despite looking like one -- apparently real mermaids are extinct) who sees imminent war brewing between his people and the humans who are destroying their ocean home. Desperate to find a peaceful solution, he appeals to the god Triton, who gives him human legs and a mission to hunt down and kill various humans most responsible for polluting the oceans. But Xanthus' mission is derailed when he meets Sarah, a beautiful human woman bound to a wheelchair, one who entrances him beyond all measure. Sarah hides a secret, however, and Xanthus figures it out almost immediately and knows he must kill her for it... but how can he kill a woman he's falling in love with?
I was hoping for an interesting exploration of Dagonian culture, as well as some info on just what drove the Dagonians to wipe out the proper mermaids (and whether any of the mers survived). Sadly, we get little about Dagonian culture, as the book is pretty quick to ditch Dagonian waters and shift to the human world. I understand that building and writing about a fictional culture is difficult, but come on...
I can't find it in myself to care much about the characters either. Xanthus is pretty much every "nice guy love interest" cliche bound into one character, with some "noble non-human warrior" thrown in for flavor. He's handsome, kind, a powerful fighter, and in general flawless, and that gets boring fast. Sarah is built up to be a "strong independent woman" despite being stuck in a wheelchair, but the "strong" and "independent" bits are quickly thrown out the window when it becomes apparent that she has to be rescued at every turn. I'm not asking for a Black Widow character here, but it frustrates me when someone builds up a female character to be "strong," only for them to need a man to get them out of every sticky situation. As for her "secret"... like Xanthus, I saw it coming a mile away. I don't know if it was intended to be a shocking secret or not, but it's still blindingly obvious.
Minor characters are pretty forgettable. There's a Dagonian built up to be a stock villain and a foil to Xanthus, Sarah's best friend who encourages her relationship with Xanthus, an emotionally manipulative mother, a slimy next-door neighbor who tries to attack Sarah at one point, a jerkish male suitor who turns out to be a complete slimeball... and no, I don't remember any of these character's names. That's how forgettable they are. Even the god Triton gets no characterization... and frankly, I have to wonder why he's helping Xanthus at all, seeing as Xanthus' people killed the merfolk who were his children.
Also, this book likes to paint every man who isn't the hunky perfect love interest as a rapist. Seriously, Sarah is almost raped twice in this book -- first drugged and almost date-raped by the slimeball suitor, then later attacked by her neighbor. Rape is something that should be used sparingly and treated seriously in literature, so to see it used as a cheap means to have the male love interest rescue a character and forge a romance based on said rescue leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
I ended up not finishing this book -- it didn't hold my interest, and I got tired of reading endless sappy scenes of romance between Xanthus and Sarah. Another reviewer compared it to "Twilight but with mermaids," and I find that's not so far off the mark. While the leads here have a BIT more personality here than Edward and Bella, they're still unremarkable, and the book in general is just boring and unmemorable. Though if you're a fan of paranormal romance, you might still enjoy this book more than I did.
Best bits: I kind of liked that Sara’s personality is better than her genes would predict, thanks, apparently, to her rather crazy mom, who despite all odds raised her to be sweet and strong. I don't wholly buy the characters, but I don't hate them either. A super fast romance, but they intentionally avoid sex, even though her "fertile period" makes her particularly tempting, because he's figured out that sex is not the be-all and end-all, and that pregnancy in the midst of chaos would be bad. Rather violent, but the good guys are more policemen and the bad guys more homicidal maniacs. So meh, overall.
Issues: Lots of typos. Needs a good proof reader at least. Probably would also benefit from some paring down and focusing of plot lines. Not the best.
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Even though the author has created a fantastic new world that I would love to read more about, the execution on the story needs some work. So, I'll start by saying what I liked...
* new underwater world
* Cool "friendly" sharks - I am a massive shark fan, so the scene where the sharks help Sara was amazing!
* the idea of prejudice being discussed via the use of the paranormal.
Regardless of this, I had to give a low rating. Basically, there were too many scenes that reminded me of Twilight for the romance bit...
* he wants to kill her, but falls in love instead
* he is entranced by her scent
* he saves her from a rape situation
* their first date is a meal, and he does not eat human food
* they do not have sex, this can only happen after she marries him
* he installs loads of protection for her (Edward did it with the super car in Breaking Dawn)
As a massive Twilight fan, I have no problem in an author being influenced by a book (for starters, I was inspired to start writing after reading them!), but I do have an issue with the same scenarios being used. Although, let's face it the whole forbidden love thing was first done by Shakespeare in Romeo & Juliet! But, in Twilight at least R&J is mentioned (an authors way of saying... I know the idea is not mine).
Also, before Twilight, Roswell (TV series) had an alien heal the girl he is love with even though it is forbidden - awesome series if you have not watched it!
So anyway, not a bad attempt for a debut novel, but it needs a lot of polish and fine tuning for me to give it a higher rating.
Hope this is helpful...
Author- Holly Kelly
Rating- 4.5 STARS
OVERVIEW- In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea—humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou—the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean—is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there’s one small thing he needs to do… kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.
Killing her doesn’t start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning himself with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she’s a criminal. And her crime? Being born. She’s a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she weren’t so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet...
Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.
REVIEW- I always loved reading mermaid stories, but don't come across good ones very often. That is why when I received this book, I couldn't wait to dive into it. Rising did not disappoint my expectations. It is a fast paced novel with a fantastic storyline. Kelly has written this book beautifully. From start to end, I found that this novel kept me very interested. As it started out, it led me to believe one thing, and three quarters of the way in, the story totally changed with the identity of Sara being the most shocking. However, I felt that the only characters focused on fully, were Xanthus and Sara. While this may be a good thing for certain aspects of the book, I would've liked to see the side characters play a bigger part. Also, my favourite character was Sara. I have never favourited a main character and so for me this was a big accomplishment. Kelly has described Sara perfectly. I loved how Sara is portrayed as someone who has lived with many holdbacks in life, yet she doesn't lose faith in herself and knows how to stand up for herself. She is what every woman should be; strong, hard working and respectful. I also loved the character of Triton. He starts of as someone powerful, but as the story moves forward, he isn't spoken about much, till the very end, where he is practically the reason the whole story exists. The storyline is great, with very grabbing twists and turns. Kelly has marvellous writing skills, that transported me to the world of Xanthus and Sara. I felt like I was living every page. This is a once in a lifetime world, and you don't want to miss out!
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The prologue is very clumsily written. I almost gave up right there.
The first chapter is a bit better, so I thought I'd give it a bit more time, and see if the author was just struggling to find her feet with the story, and would improve once she got into it.
Nope. The characters are all very shallow and poorly developed. Everyone's either amazingly good, or amazingly bad - no shades of grey in the people in this story.
The plot is silly - he's supposed to kill her, but he can't because she smells so good (and he essentially falls in love with her on sight). There are forces that want her dead and now he has to wage war to protect her, yada yada. Near as I can tell, it's basically Twilight re-written with mermaids instead of vampires (that is not a good thing).
I gave up before the half-way point.
If this is a first novel,then well done Holly!
Thank you Holly for writing this book.
Able to put it down, I keep going back to it when I was supposed to do important work. I strongly recommend it