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- File Size : 5208 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 270 pages
- Publisher : Covey Publishing, LLC (June 29, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07DPHF3HM
- Publication Date : June 29, 2018
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1948185431
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,139 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I bought the book pretty quickly after release and at that time none of the reviews held any warnings so I walked into this blindly. So I'm going to spend a few minutes giving others the warning I wish I had.
You might not want to read this book if you are suffering from depression as it is extremely sad for most of the book. A huge chunk of the book 30% is of Snow/River between the ages of 8-12 years old. I wish I could say that the story started to get happier after skipping forward six years but it really didn't. However at least there are some breaks but it is always a struggle and you should be warned there is more abuse and her being raped. There isn't any humor or happiness to help break up the sad and traumatic times like some books.
The seemingly unending sadness and sorrow that was prevalent in this book wasn't why I gave this book 3 stars. It was the fact that you don't really get to know any of the characters or connect with them. This book is missing all the little interactions and dialogues between people that bring them to life. It was a lot of telling in this book instead of showing. The authors other book was the same way it was a really interesting story and she is definitely creative and talented but if she could work on this one thing her books would be so much better.
I'll give a quick example Snow spent six years spending everyday with Doc and even the parts we see besides them having one of holding hands she realizes she never asked his name and knew nothing about him and he is one of the H's. Well guess what we don't know him either and although they have a few interactions I'm the book they fell flat for me because it wasn't showing it was just telling and we missed all those build up moments.
This book is a new and different take on the fairytale and for that alone some people will love this book and if the trigger warnings don't bother you and you are ready for a sad story where the h still has fight in her then you should give the book a try.
Just dont expect to have an ending as this book is the backstory and the beginning of the fight to take back Snow's country from the evil Queen. She has just started her reverse harem and the heat level is a few kisses.
Will I read this book again? No. Will I continue the series? Maybe. I wish it had been KU then it would be a yes but it depends on the price and reviews it gets. I still have hope that this new author learns that showing is always better than telling. Because while I felt sad for Snow over and over and over again I never cried or felt it like I should have that true connection was missing to make her come to life. The guys even more so.
River's Rise is a wonderfully clever RH adaptation of Snow White. It's heartbreaking, infuriating, shocking, and tragic. But that's only half of the story. It's a story of survival, overcoming hardships, reunions, strength, and love. It's a classic story of good versus evil. What makes this twist of the well-known fairytale is the complexity of the characters. River/Snow is inherently good. Her early childhood was charmed and she was a delightful child. Sweet, not spoiled. After one traumatic event after another equally tragic one, she could have become too broken, too bitter. Instead, with the love of a few close people, she found a way to stand strong again. Throughout each trauma, she never lost her caring, compassionate, sweet nature. She's incredibly sympathetic and likable. Her General is my favorite. From his first scene on, I adored everything about this boy/man. Her Healer and her Thief are complex men with layers still to uncover. Her Craftsman seems a solid, honorable man. Her Squire showed his worst side but seems to be maturing. I'm not a fan of his but he has improved significantly and seems to be trying to be better for Snow. I will trust River's judgment. I look forward to meeting the final men.
This is a grand adventure. Magical. Well-written with great character-building and world-building. I was caught up from the first paragraph until the last. As tragic as it is at times, it's also fun. Pure entertainment and I can't wait for more!
"I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own."
Top reviews from other countries
From the first page, Khan gives us a beautifully written tale of magic, heartache and loss. River goes through so much; at every turn life rips away someone she loves and sets new obstacles in her way. But even though River knows the anguish of loss and pain she also knows the warm touch of love, and there’s always someone there to help her through the dark times. The men fit perfectly with River, except for Evan, I hope he falls down a hole, and I enjoy learning more about who each one is and what their pasts hold. I’m looking forward to learning more about Torrin and Nico in the next book.
Khan’s world building is layered and intricate and is a direct reflection of her strong writing skills. The magic of River’s world and the politics between the kingdoms have depth but are not confusing. There is a trigger warning on this one, but the way Khan writes around the fade out for the scene prevents it from souring the story while still conveying the terrible pain caused to all affected.
River’s Rise is a vibrant story full of magic and hardship and it is RH so there’s plenty of love interests. The budding romantic relationships feel natural and, while definitely for mature audiences, it is slow burn. There is no cliffhanger but this is a continuing story, and while the book is not very long, neither is it rushed even though it spans over 18 years. Khan is fast securing herself as one of my favourite authors with her excellent writing and unique characters. I highly recommend this book, and I know I will be rereading it in the near future.