Rising

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In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea-humans will lose.

Xanthus Dimitriou-the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean-is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there's one small thing he needs to do... kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.

Killing her doesn't start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning himself with his enemies, he prepares to send ...

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Overview

In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea-humans will lose.

Xanthus Dimitriou-the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean-is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there's one small thing he needs to do... kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.

Killing her doesn't start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning himself with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she's a criminal. And her crime? Being born. She's a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she weren't so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet...

Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781940534220
  • Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/6/2013
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 592,563
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    I requested a review copy of this (okay, I begged) and was grant

    I requested a review copy of this (okay, I begged) and was granted it and then I read it all in one sitting and am waiting until I can re-read it again. This book releases in 2 days and you, too, will be able to enjoy Xanthus & Sara. 




    The prologue opens with a woman giving birth and not one, but two nurses fainting dead away when they see the baby. And then chapter one opens twenty years later...




    Sara is in a wheelchair thanks to her disfigurement (her legs...which, of course, are not legs but a tail!) Xanthus is on a mission from King Triton to find and punish those polluting the oceans and killing off sea creatures and Dagonians alike. Imagine Xanthus's surprise to find one of his own on land...




    The chemistry between Xanthus and Sara is immediate. He is an overwhelming presence and Sara knows not what to make of him. I loved how Xanthus has this protective attitude that he just can't seem to help and sets about making sure Sara is safe. Sara's BFF is so happy for her; it was so sweet to see a friendship between women that wasn't catty. 




    I was livid at Xanthus's mother, enamored of his sister, ecstatic of Sara's parentage, and disgusted by the evilness that is Xanthus's brother, Gael, and his father. Just pure maliciousness poisoning the waters there! 




    The ending is incredibly satisfying and, after much turmoil, a HEA. I love mermaid tales, paranormal fantasies, romances, and books with action, a woman who doesn't melt into her lover's demands/opinions, and a man who adores and takes care of his woman. This has it all. By far the best mermaid tale I've read yet, I want this to be a series. A long series, exploring different characters with Xanthus & Sara popping in and out. 




    This is from Clean Teen Publishing and the romance is just that, clean. But you know...I was not expecting it to steamy! The sexual chemistry and tension was nearly palpable! Oh, and the epilogue. OMG MS KELLY! I know this is releasing in 2 days, but PLEASE tell me you have more written in this world?! Pretty please?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

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    I loved it!!!

    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!

    **Received an ebook copy from Clean Teen Publishing for an honest review

    The cover is absolutely beautiful!! I was intrigued from the first moment I saw it! Marya did a fantastic job!

    The story was phenomenal and I loved every moment of reading it! I couldn’t put it down in fact I read it straight through much to my son’s chagrin.

    I totally fell in love with Xanthus and Sara. Sara is strong, independent, and doesn’t just cower and hide when something bad happens. I couldn’t imagine being confined to a wheel chair or people thinking you were an abomination. She is very strong and a great role model for not giving up. Xanthus is a fierce and protective warrior with a soft spot for Sara. He also sounds very dreamy :)

    This is a awesome combination of mythology, sea creatures, and the real world. Can you imagine if Dagonians or mermaids were real? What if they lived among us? Do you think they would appreciate what we do to the world? I think it would be cool to swim the oceans and not fear for your life from sharks and everything else that lives in the ocean especially if Xanthus was by your side.

    Okay the ending frustrated me, but you have to read it to see what I mean!! I can't wait to read more about this awesome world!! Holly totally rocks!! :)

    I will definitely be adding this book to my library in paperback. If you like mermaid adventures, you will love this one!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    This was my first book of Holly Kelly's and I enjoyed every mome

    This was my first book of Holly Kelly's and I enjoyed every moment of it.  
    I love paranormal and mythology, so this book was right ups my alley.  Ms. Kelly took you to the depths of the sea and on land.  She created such wonderful characters, Sara, who thought she was crippled to Xanthus the warrior.  They both were on they own adventures, Sara to find independent and Xanthus to stop a war from occurring between mankind and the sea or Dagonians (similar to mermaids, but not the same).    

    The characters are well written and paired and you read how they become attached to each other and fall in love.  But, danger is always around and the twist and turns of this story keeps you involved. 

    Ms. Kelly did a wonderful job in writing this book and I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal/mythology romance.   

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    The book was a very unique take on the mermaid book. I loved the

    The book was a very unique take on the mermaid book. I loved the author's style of writing. Can't wait to read more about the main characters and secondary characters. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Awesome

    Couldn't put down, I love a great mermaid novel!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book and found myself neglecting life so I

    I really enjoyed this book and found myself neglecting life so I could squeeze in another chapter. :) There were some really unique and interesting details in this novel that really helped the world building. I was fascinated by the social structure of the Dagonian society (I agree with Sara, they need a women's rights movement!). The whole men-can-smell-fertile-women thing was interesting, and reminded me a little bit of Twilight (in a good way).

    I loved Xanthus as a character. He was the perfect hero--strong, handsome, and protective. I loved watching Sara come out of her shell with Xanthus's influence in her life.

    I appreciated the challenges Sara encountered as a wheelchair-bound individual, and I enjoyed seeing her struggles in the human world. But I really liked the Dagonian world! The author gave enough of a description that I had a very vivid picture in my head, but not so much description that I grew bored.

    Towards the end of the novel, the dialogue grew oddly stilted at times, and I felt like Sara broke character a bit too much. It may have been intended as a character arc, but it was too abrupt and swift for me. There were a few grammatical issues as well. Overall, however, this book was a story that kept me up late at night reading and had me hiding away in my bedroom to finish while my husband took care of the kids. A fantastic debut novel! I can't wait to see what this author comes up with next. I really hope there will be more stories set in the Dagonian world.

    Rising is set to release on September 6, this Friday! Start saving your pennies, because this one is worth buying.

    4.5 stars raised to 5.

    I received a free ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    This was a gripping book. Sara has a deformity of the legs since

    This was a gripping book. Sara has a deformity of the legs since birth. She's part human, part not. And Xanthus is a Dagonian (picture huge merman) who is supposed to clean up messes like her to keep their existence a secret. But then he ends up falling in love with her. He comes to the surface with an assignment to bring some humans polluting the water to justice and ends up finding Sara instead. It was great to see the torture Xanthus experienced as he tried to fight his attraction to her and to also do what he'd been assigned to do.




    It isn't for young readers. It's clean yet romantic. Violent and gripping, yet not to the extreme. I'd recommend it to adults and older teens since there is some content that's pretty mature.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Let me start by saying that I've been burned by several books in

    Let me start by saying that I've been burned by several books in the paranormal romance category lately. One book I couldn't even finish because it became too graphic. RISING was like a breath of fresh air. It stayed clean, yet the romance was still enjoyable. This was a new twist on the mermaid tale. I didn't feel like I was being retold Ariel's story. I enjoyed the history of the Dagonians and the mermaids. It kept my interest throughout. I never felt like it dragged. In fact, I finished it in two days, while being sick and having all four kids at home. I'm also very impressed with Clean Teen Publishing. I feel like Alice waking up in Wonderland. You mean I can read the books I love without wading through all the garbage? Yes, please!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    The first chapter of this book had me hooked. I didn¿t want to s

    The first chapter of this book had me hooked. I didn’t want to stop reading. This book fantastic! I would recommend rising for all fantasy lovers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Unique, fun, filled with action, and just the right amount of romance!

    This is not your typical mermaid book! I was drawn in by the cover, held by the promise of a good read, and captivated by the creativity and execution! Dagonians rule the sea and are torn between their feelings of humans. Some want to destroy all human kind while others feel not all humans are bad.

    Meet Sara, a half human and Dagonian who has no idea what she is. To the world, she is a beautiful woman in a wheelchair. But to the Dagonian's, she is marked for death.

    Enter Xanthus, super hot Dagonian fish guy who has a mission to destroy Sara and keep their secret safe, until he discovers that saving Sara is worth more to him, even if it means his life.

    I was pulled in from the first word and loved to see how the characters developed. The story line kept my attention and I found myself stealing moments away from the day to finish the next sentence, paragraph, chapter. :)

    I am looking forward to more from this author!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

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    Unique, fun, full of action, and just the right amount of romanc

    Unique, fun, full of action, and just the right amount of romance!!   This is not your typical mermaid book!  I was drawn in by the cover, held by the promise of a good read, and captivated by the creativity and execution!  Dagonians rule the sea and are torn between their feelings of humans.  Some want to destroy all human kind while others feel not all humans are bad. 
    Meet Sara, a half human and Dagonian who has no idea what she is.  To the world, she is a beautiful woman in a wheelchair.  But to the Dagonian's, she is marked for death.  
    Enter Xanthus, super hot Dagonian fish guy who has a mission to destroy Sara and keep their secret safe, until he discovers that saving Sara is worth more to him, even if it means his life.    

    I was pulled in from the first word and loved to see how the characters developed.  The story line kept my attention and I found myself stealing moments away from the day to finish the next sentence, paragraph, chapter.  :)  I am looking forward to reading more from this author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Another 5+++ star book. This review is a short one, so I dont sp

    Another 5+++ star book. This review is a short one, so I dont spoil it for everyone who reads this. IT WAS AMAZING.... this is one of the best paranormal books wit merpeople and humans there is, if you havent read it then get it and read this, you will not be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2014

    I have always been fascinated by Greek Mythology, so it is no su

    I have always been fascinated by Greek Mythology, so it is no surprise that I loved how the author weaved this tale, adding her own personal touch to the mythological details. Holly Kelly maintains a unique and interesting setting by pulling the storyline underwater with a mermaid-like Dagonian species as well as humans and half-humans on the surface. I especially enjoyed the latter-end of the book where the reader gets to dive into the Dagonian world. The author has a descriptive talent for helping the reader see through her creative eyes!

    The love-story is sweet and innocent (it was so refreshing not to have to worry about unneccessary sexual details) and definitely peeked my interest for book 2!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    Holly Kelly Rising I¿ll admit I got a little confused in the b

    Holly Kelly
    Rising

    I’ll admit I got a little confused in the beginning, but that may have something to do with the fact that I was ill and my brain really wasn’t focusing on anything. Once I got passed that, and the answers fitted into place, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I loved that it was told from the 2 main characters POV, giving the full picture and letting the reader feel how each was affecting the other. Both Xanthus and Sara are strong characters, and with the descriptive nature I was completely drawn in to their developing relationship. A sweet and intriguing read.

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2013

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    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!! **Received an

    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!

    **Received an ebook copy from Clean Teen Publishing for an honest review
     
    The cover is absolutely beautiful!!  I was intrigued from the first moment I saw it!  Marya did a fantastic job!
     
    The story was phenomenal and I loved every moment of reading it!  I couldn’t put it down in fact I read it straight through much to my son’s chagrin. 
     
    I totally fell in love with Xanthus and Sara.  Sara is strong, independent, and doesn’t just cower and hide when something bad happens.  I couldn’t imagine being confined to a wheel chair or people thinking you were an abomination.  She is very strong and a great role model for not giving up.  Xanthus is a fierce and protective warrior with a soft spot for Sara.  He also sounds very dreamy :)
     
    This is a awesome combination of mythology, sea creatures, and the real world.  Can you imagine if Dagonians or mermaids were real?  What if they lived among us?  Do you think they would appreciate what we do to the world?  I think it would be cool to swim the oceans and not fear for your life from sharks and everything else that lives in the ocean especially if Xanthus was by your side.  

    Okay the ending frustrated me, but you have to read it to see what I mean!!  I can't wait to read more about this awesome world!!  Holly totally rocks!!  :)
     
    I will definitely be adding this book to my library in paperback.  If you like mermaid adventures, you will love this one!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    I loved this book, a clean Romance/Fantasy. Great Debut for Holl

    I loved this book, a clean Romance/Fantasy. Great Debut for Holly. She really drew me into the story with her vivid characters and descriptive style. I look forward to your next book Holly Kelly, hurry up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    2 stars

    2stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Pleasantly Surprised.

    I am an avid reader. Often reading books in a single sitting or finishing whole series in a weekend.

    With that said, science fiction romance novels are actually a guilty pleasure of mine and one I found all to easy to indulge with a free book of the day app on my new nook.

    Holly Kelly wrote an amazing book. I enjoyed every bit of Rising and will soon begin the second. It was also my first introduction to Clean Teen Publishing and their brilliant advocacy for content rating.

    The characters were fun and I loved the inclusion of mythology. Too often Mer folk are referred to and overlooked as viable main characters and truthfully speaking, vampires, were's, witches, and the fae have been overused. This was refreshing and exciting. THANK YOU! I even came to love Nicole and I really look forward to resolutions with the rest of the characters.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    I have always been a huge fan of mermaid books. Up until recentl

    I have always been a huge fan of mermaid books. Up until recently there haven't been many to choose from.
    I received Rising from the publisher for an honest review, and I am being very honest of my review of Rising.
    I read Rising very shortly after it came out. I just realized that I never wrote a review for Goodreads. 
    In Rising we were introduced to Sara and Xanthus. 
    Xanthus is a Dagonian. He has to bargain with the God Triton because he is on a mission to save both Dagonians and humans that deserve it. Triton is hesitant as he bears much hatred to the Dagonians as they slaughtered his merchildren - children and grandchildren.
    Xanthus succeeds in bargaining with Triton and is allowed a year on the surface.
    Sara is a human woman with a disability that she has tried to hide all her life. One night, Xanthus was driving near where Sara lived and got a whiff of something he didnt think he would be smelling on land - a female dagonian ripe fertility time. He knew he needed to know who she was and he also knew that she was crying.
    Xanthus is drawn to Sara. She has no idea what her past is. During the course of Xanthus' time on the surface he helps Sara discover who and what she really is.
    The love that develops between Xanthus and Sara is adorable. Xanthus discover who Sara's father is and many things change between the two of them.
    Rising is an incredible story. Holly Kelly can write a great mermaid story. Rising is currently free and is a story that should not be passed up. Desending is the second book in the series and continues the story or Xanthus and Sara and brings two new characters that have their own amazing story. I really hope that Holly Kelly is planning a third book for this series. I have enjoyed both books and am really looking forward to what she comes out next

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Very enjoyable read....

    Loved it

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