ARC REVIEW: Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake

Dear book-lovers,

First, I have to mention that Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake was kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. So I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Title: Analiese Rising
Author: Brenda Drake
Publication date: January 8th 2019
Published by: Entangled Teen
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy (Paranormal), Romance
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Recommendation: Recommended if you like books filled with ancient gods, goddesses and teens on clue hunting mission and puzzle solving travel around the world.


“A fast-paced adventure brimming with romance, mythology, and dangerous secrets. I was hooked!” –Elly Blake, New York Times and international bestselling author of the Frostblood Saga

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.



You’re in  danger, Analiese. Run. Don’t stop.

Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake was hard to rate, as from one side I really enjoyed the adventure and clue hunting but on the other hand at time Analiese annoyed me. I can’t say much about Marek as I didn’t get enough chance to really get to know him, also I wanted more from the romance. It was kind of slow burn and very innocent.

My skin is sensitive to Marek’s touch – every slight tremor registers high on my internal Richter scale.

I enjoyed the scene when they meet for the first time. You could really see that she is a teen girl, it was kind of funny and cute at the same time. Analiese is still young, naive and immature, and gets distracted by a half-naked guy. But who are we kidding? Most of us were like that at some time in our lives. However, she felt younger than she was supposed to be.

The doors are open, and a guy about my age works a tattered punching bag hanging by a chain attached to the ceiling. He’s shirtless, and his shorts are slung low on his hips. Tall, with dark, wavy hair, the boy isn’t bad to look at.

The cast of side characters was diverse but not flashed out well enough because they were so many, however they did enrich the story, which was intriguing and had a cool concept with many different gods and goddesses from different cultures, however, there could have been more of mythology and magic. Also writing was quite simplistic with a lot of short sentences, which at times had some negative impact to the enjoyment of reading but it did add a feeling of fast pace plot, which is something that I appreciated.

“[..] I have left you with a sort of treasure hunt. We have played many games in practice for this, and all you have to do is remember them, and you will know what to do from here”.

Adam Conte clears his throat again.

“Should I die, someone will deliver a possession of mine to you. Solve the cipher and follow the bread crumbs, and all will be revealed to you.”

The beginning of the books was exciting, a bit mysterious and promising, by the middle it became a bit stale, afterwards it improved again. Due to one thing, which Analiese was told about close to the end of the book, all the story was underwhelmed because it made it kind of unfinished, so this should have been a first book in a series. I would read a second book if there was one. Because there is a lot of promise and possibilities for more fun and new adventures.

“[..] Ah, unrequited love. It’s the best kind. The pain is a reminder you’re alive”.

Overall, this book was entertaining, filled with action, danger, mysteries and hints of romance. You can read an excerpt on my book blitz post here.

analiese rising by brenda drake

Have you read Analiese Rising? What were your thoughts on it? If not, are you planning on joining Analiese and Marek on their journey on finding his grandfather’s clues and solving their puzzles, meeting different ancient gods and goddesses, and visiting some famous cities of the world?

Happy reading,
Lady of Bookland

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