Blog Tour & Giveaway: Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake
Book Blurb:Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 8th 2019
Half-Blood meets Antigoddess in a thrilling, romantic new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Drake.
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.
Genre: Heart-Wrenching, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen--
Analiese is still dealing with the tragedy of her adoptive father's sudden death when she and her cousin see a man get hit by a car. With his dying breath, he asks Analiese to give his bag to his grandson. What Analiese believes will be a sad yet fast trip to return a man's property turns into a life and death race to discover the truth.
SO sorry if this review is a rambling mess of fangirling, but I really enjoyed this adventure! I have read other books by Brenda and really enjoyed them but I can 100% say that I have never read a book like this. Analiese Rising was a nonstop action/adventure full of mysteries, death, heartbreak, anxiety, magic and mythology. I am a sucker for anything dealing with mythology but this was even better because Brenda took ALL mythologies everywhere in the world and created this story with an epic battle brewing.
The characters played a big part in creating the world and my connection with the book. Analiese was the main character and narrator of the book, a sad grieving girl who was thrust into the middle of a mystery she does not understand. She copes with her anxiety and loss the best she can, but adding this extra (huge) helping of stessors, Analiese showed her strengths in the middle of some terrible encounters. Marek was my favorite character, this solid reliable boy who just wants to help and honor his grandfather- And it doesn't hurt that he is cute, charming and protective. There are so many quirky characters from Shona the entitled socialite, to Sid and his flamboyant personality and pink car and loyal, best friend Dalton who Analiese would never have survived without. I loved the dynamic between them all and the mix of all the personalities.
Side note, I really appreciated the author's comments and encouragements after the book where she discussed her own experience with panic attacks and how everyone is different and experiences the attacks in different ways. It is always refreshing to see mental health issues portrayed accurately and respectfully in books, especially in the YA community so I love that Brenda used her own past experiences to make something helpful and show the character's strength regardless of any issues.
I am so glad that I got the opportunity to experience this world and get to meet Analiese and all the random, dangerous cast of characters (I heart Dalton and Marek!) The ending really felt like everything was wrapped up nicely, but I would love to see more adventures from this hodge podge cast of characters!
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).