Review: Rise- Anna Carey


3/5 Stars

Rise (Eve, #3)- Anna Carey

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The first quote is spoilery so skip it if you’d like.

I knew this was my doing-he was hurting because of me. Now, in the midst of it, I felt like I was shrinking into nothingness. I’d gone into his suite and poisoned his medication while he waited outside the door, thinking I was sick. Here, like this, he was just the man who loved my mother. Who’d found me, after all this time, to tell me that.

 

 

I didn’t want to lose her. I didn’t want to lose the possibility of what she would be, of what I could be for her. I couldn’t now. Every time I pushed the idea out of my head it returned, until I found myself sitting on the windowsill, the T-shirt in my hands. I pressed the thin fabric to my face, trying to control my breath, but each one caught somewhere inside me. I stayed there like that, in the quiet of the room, for hours, barely able to force his name past my lips: “Caleb.”

 

Plot:
After the death of her first and only love, Caleb, Eve spirals downwards into a whirlwind of melancholy, revenge, and hatred for her father. More than ever, Eve wants to escape her new life as a princess where she is married to Charles, whom although is a kind man, she is repulsed by the thought of physically being with someone other than Caleb, and where he father can control her every action. Eve knows her father is an evil man and as the rebellion in the Outlands heats up, her patience runs out. She knows she’ll have to do something dramatic and potentially deadly to help the rebels. Working with Moss and the colonies, Eve comes up with a plan to take back government control from her father. After a series of plans that come to fruitation, Eve flees the palace with Clara but still she is not safe as long as her father is alive. Hunted by soldiers, in a war zone of rebellion, Eve must make a decision, to risk everything, her life, and those of her friends for a better future or to turn herself in as a traitor.

PROS:

  • After waiting for something exciting to happen for the entire book, the last page simultaneously shocked and filled me with regret. Do yourself a favor and don’t skip to the end. This was also the best part of the story. Unless you want to ruin the rest of the book for yourself RESIST THE URGE!
  • Eve is so tragically broken by her loss but she rises above her grief and makes impossible decisions for the good of the country no matter how they break her heart. She risks not only her life but any one she’s associated with in the palace as she is marked as a traitor and rebel. She’s incredibly brave, daring, and takes initiative in dire situations.

CONS:

  • The secondary characters are so mediocre that it’s nearly impossible to form any attachment to them whatsoever, whether it be good or bad.
  • A few minor typos.
  • The plot was fairly predictable and stunted. After each new ‘climax’ or ‘plot twist’ I was a little more disappointed. The whole book lacked the wow factor that takes a good book from average to unforgettable. As the last book in the series I was so underwhelmed.

If you liked any of the following books you’d probably enjoy this:

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Happy reading! Check back tomorrow for Book Blogger Challenge Day 3 and A Touch Morbid review.

-BB

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