Author: Brenda Drake
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Mythology
Thank you to Storygram Tours and Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy of Analiese Rising.
I honestly feel terrible about writing this review but I have to be honest with myself, I did not like this book. That in no way means you won’t like it, I think it really comes down to a style preference which I will try to explain my thoughts on.
This story of Analiese and her ability to mysteriously bring back to life things that have died seriosuly underwhelmed me. The premise of a teenage girl that finds out she has this power and needs to travel the world on a “treasure hunt” to find out answers was eye roll worthy. I feel like I am being mean, I am not trying to be but I just think this story could have been so great but it was not executed well.
The sentences are short and choppy, which lead me to be distracted because it always felt like something was missing from the story. I feel like if this had been written differently, maybe with more in depth sentences, it would have been more appealing to me. Another thing with the writing is that the story kind of jumped all over the place. One minute Analiese is watching this old man die in a street, next thing I know she’s in his grandson’s basement, then Analiese and Marek are suddenly in Rome?
Can we also talk about how Analiese makes some very poor life decisions and how I wanted to throw the book across the room because of it? She just blindly trusts this man’s grandson, freely goes into his house and then into his basement to start unraveling these random clues. Then she’s flying ACROSS THE WORLD with him and staying in Rome with what is literally a complete stranger. She is also an incredibly immature seventeen year old. She spent the entire book talking about how hot he is, and how she can’t stop staring at him. Don’t get me wrong, I like a little romance in a book but this just felt a little creepy to me how obsessive she was about his looks. She knows NOTHING about this kid other than she has seen his chest and loves the way it looks.
Another thing that bothered me is that Analiese suffers from these anxiety/panic attacks and while I appreciate the intention of including a mental health issue I feel it could have been done better. They come on suddenly and sporadically with no triggers or reason and I just wish there had been an explanation for why she has anxiety in the first place and what brings it on. It’s like it was thrown in there to have something be ‘different’ about her. All of her anxiety scenes could have been taken out and nothing in the story would have changed.
I also felt no connection to the characters. I was bored with them and their crazy antics from the very beginning. I ended up skimming a lot because I had no interest in their conversations because they were so immature and poorly written. There was no depth or interest to them at all.
One thing I did like was the mythology that was a big part of the story! This story is all about the God of Death’s descendant so we got to see lots of other gods and goddesses as well. Unfortunately, it kind of came off as a National Treasure and American Gods mash up knock off.
If you enjoy quick reads with short choppy writing then I would definitely give this a try! This one just wasn’t for me.