Analiese Rising

Analiese Rising

by Brenda Drake


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ISBN-13: 9781640635081
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 439,396
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

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).

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Analiese Rising 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 4 days ago
First off, there was a LOT of stuff going on in this book. So many different gods and goddesses from different mythologies from all over the world. Some I recognized, some I did not. But this was really cool! I love when I hear about things I don't know, and then the story makes me want to go learn more about them. And that is what this story did. There was a lot of adventure, a lot of history, a lot of action, and a little romance thrown in, all together these made for a good teenage story. As I read, I was totally thinking about how I'd love to visit all these places mentioned, the Coliseum, the Louvre, etc. I'm guessing that if there are more books after this, which it sounds like there will be, we will get to go to even more exciting places. For one, I'd love to see some time spent in Egypt, or over in Asia with their mythology as well. Another thing I really liked about the story was how Analiese had been taken in by her uncle, and that she'd grown up with him as her dad. I think it is nice to once in awhile see a healthy step-parent situation, when so often there is not. Although I wasn't sure I liked her step-mother, Jane. By the end of the book I still was unsure about her. Although I haven't read Antigoddess, all of the other books this is compared to in the summary are exactly right. Definitely there is the feel of solving a puzzle like in The Da Vinci Code. You've got all these different gods just wandering around, getting in trouble, or even just being a part of the world, like what little I remember from reading American Gods. And you get the teen angst and fighting monsters that is a bit similar to one of my favorite series books, Half-Blood. Definitely a recommended title for anyone who enjoys paranormal romance, or mythology of all kinds.
Maja Vogrin 5 days ago
When I saw the blurb and the book cover I was totally sold on this story. But when I started to reading it, it was just not what I expected it to be. I was not expecting the main character to be so immature. And also the way the story unfolds is just too unrealistic to me. I cannot immagine how a young girl leaves to travel the world with a hot boy (her description), who she only met and not telling her parent or any adult for that matter. The scenes are too jumpy and to me they feel unfinished. Like how for example, this young girl is left to wait for her cousin all alone and not knowing, if he will really show up and then in the next page that is also a new chapter this whole matter is just skipped and not even mentioned. They why bother to write such a scene in the first place? It just makes the reader feel confused and the story slowly becomes more underwhelming. I think had the author connected the scenes more and made the girl more mature I would have loved this story. But sadly due to the issues mentioned above, this is just not my cup of tea.
LibaryInTheCountry 7 days ago
Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a review copy via NetGalley and the author for a finished copy in exchange for an honest review. Analiese Rising is a fun and fast-paced story that takes its reader from the streets of New York City to Rome to Paris. Analiese, a girl shouldered with grief and anxiety, is shocked when she is approached by a man moments before his death and given a cryptic message. Among his personal belongings she discovers a list with names of the deceased, as well as her own. Analiese soon finds herself thrown into a hunt of monumental proportions, alongside the man's grandson, Marek - the only other person in the world who can help her find answers. Overall, this story was a little predictable and cliche, but certainly pleasurable with an aire of urgency. Brenda Drake did a wonderful job conveying the haste behind Analiese and Marek's search, as well as adding in fair bits of humor and romance. The almost quest-like nature of this book kept the pacing on point and the puzzles always had my mind working. I thoughly enjoyed the introduction of gods and goddesses, particulary those more obscure and how she blended their traits and talents into the story. If you enjoy urban fantasy, cryptology, mystery and mythology - this is the perfect read for you!
Aphill 7 days ago
If you are looking for a young adult international, mysterious adventure, this is your book! Reminiscent of the, "National Treasure" movies, this journey follows Analiese and Marek around the world following a path of clues left by Marek's late Grandfather. This tale was chock full of more gods and goddess than I even knew existed, leading readers on a twisted tale where no one is who they seem. At times I found myself lost in the numerous mythical characters and I was occasionally stalled by jumping/repetitive plot points, but it was full of non-stop, keep running action. Overall, I enjoyed the quest and my time traveling to fantastic locations around the globe. *** A thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book to enjoy in exchange for an honest review.
Tanith Harbinger 8 days ago
I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really liked this book. It was fun trying to figure out who should or shouldn't be trusted. I was thrown a bit off on more than one occasion. The characters are likable. There was a bit more romance than I tend to enjoy in my books, but nothing was "heaving" or "throbbing", lol, and it wasn't the main focus of the book. I really hope there will be another one. I'd like to get to know Sid and Dalton a bit more, and of course we have to find out more about Analiese and who I suspect she really is.
Mind-of-Luxe 9 days ago
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Whew. This is one of those books that leaves me feeling soooo exhausted after reading it. In an incredibly good way, of course. Brenda Drake has written a rich, intriguing adventure in Analiese Rising that will surely make readers exhilarated with every flip of a page. Our main character, Analiese, together with the strangely charming Marek, goes on the hunt for whatever the heck Marek’s grandfather wanted them to find. With the cryptic clues and no one to trust but each other, would they survive the they find themselves smack right in the middle of? This book revolves around mythology, and once I saw that on the synopsis, I couldn’t have hit the request button fast enough! And as if that’s not good enough, this wasn’t focused or set on one particular culture or time period, but it involves different mythologies around the world instead. It was so much fun to read about the gods and goddesses from different cultures, and to see them in the light of the author’s story. (Oh, and also, I may or may not have screamed at the mention of Philippine mythology. Sue me, I just don’t know any other books like this. *wink wink*) With regards to the plot, I was not disappointed at all! Their excursion was full of surprises which always keeps me on my toes, especially since all of it leads to back-to-back discoveries. And the main character was one I’ve come to feel for. Analiese wasn’t the most ideal protagonist for this but that’s exactly why I liked her. It must be so hard to have been plunged in this quest without having an inkling of what it holds. And it wasn’t even her own quest to begin with, for Pete’s sake! But I admire Analiese as she never gave up despite the constant panic attacks, despite the uncertainty of what lies ahead, despite the danger she knows will inevitably catch up to them. And although I do think that the book could have done with a little less romance (i.e. Analiese checking Marek out), I understand that they are scared out of their wits and need each other to hold onto. The only downside for me was the ending. It left me quite… unsettled. I certainly wasn’t expecting that and I feel like I needed something more. And there was the writing style too; halting and dull sometimes but I didn’t really mind as the plot won me over. Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I recommend this one if you’re looking for an adventure!
HugsandKissesforBooks 10 days ago
Mythological fun! Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review Annaliese Rising by Brenda Drake! As the story opens, I immediately relate to Annaliese when she doesn’t want to dissect her frog in biology class. I had that same problem when I was in high school, but that’s where our similarities end. Suddenly, she’s bumped from behind by a classmate and falls into the frog and tray. Then the frog comes to life and hops across the classroom, seriously freaking everyone out! The story becomes more mysterious and interesting when Analiese witnesses an elderly man’s death and fulfills his dying wish by meeting his grandson Marek, passing on his leather bag as requested. Marek and Analiese travel to Europe while following clues that Marek’s grandfather left for him to find. Analiese discovers that she’s a Riser, a person that brings people back to life. Marek discovers a huge part of his grandfather’s life that he knew nothing about, while Analiese uncovers her heritage and family history. Analiese Rising is a mysterious fantasy full of riddles, codes, ciphers and clues! I enjoyed all of the fun and mystery and the mythology was an added bonus! Readers that have enjoyed the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan should find this book right up their alley, 5 fun, adventurous stars!
Anonymous 10 days ago
This book was a fun fast-paced read! I really enjoyed it and loved that they traveled to Italy and France. The best part was the mythology and solving clues. I liked Ana, though at times she annoyed me. But I really love Marek!! I can't wait to read the next book if there is one!
Jean Frances 10 days ago
I received an early copy of Analiese Rising and LOVED it! The mythology was really interesting. I never heard of some of the ones from the different mythologies around the world. I connected to Ana and her love of family and her struggles with her panic disorder. It was so similar to my own. Solving the clues really gave it a Da Vinci like feel. I would definitely recommend it.
Danii_045 11 days ago
Analiese Rising is an all-new story from Brenda Drake who brought us the Library Jumpers series and The mated series. Analiese Rising follows the authors signature suspense mystery pattern and is an original unique storyline. The title fits the book which I’m always a fan of! Brownie points Analiese lives with her cousin and his family. Her mom and dad passed when she was very little. She’s close with her cousin Dalton, but life is about to become a whole lot more complicated. She is told to deliver a bag to the man's grandson. It’s the mans dying wish and somehow he knows her name. In the bag is a list, which includes Analiese’s name as well as other members of her family. Some names are crossed out and the list holds the secrets to a world she doesn’t know exists. The dying man also told her she was in danger. The only way to find out the truth is to follow the clues. Analiese meets the grandson, Marek and starts a quest to find out who she really is. She meets some new friends, new enemies and a dark world. Analiese Rising is a fantasy, Greek mythology romance that kept me guessing until the end. It has action, adventure and a spooky feel. I enjoyed it. It’s a full-length story with a happy ending. There is a possibility for more but I was happy with the closing chapter. As you may/may not know about me I’m a big fan of reading the acknowledgements. Brenda Drake talks about how she connects with the main character, expressing her own struggles with panic disorder. It’s nice to see a glimpse of the author in story and dynamic characters with flaws and all. 4 star out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 11 days ago
ReadYourWrites 12 days ago
Analiese Rising is the story of a girl who finds her name on a mysterious list. This list is given to her by an old man who has been following her just before he dies. At the old man’s request, Ana takes the list to his grandson, Marek. Marek agrees to work with Ana to find out why her name is on the list and what it all means. While on their journey, Ana and Marek are thrust into a world they know nothing about. Their quest reveals that Ana is a descendant of the God of Death. Thus making her a Riser, which means she has the power to raise the dead. Throughout the book, Ana learns more about who she is along with her power while death follows her. I admit, it took a little while for me to get into the story. Once I did, I found Analiese Rising to be a captivating and adventurous read. Brenda Drake has written realistic and likeable characters. Ana, like many teens, is finding who she is. As the reader, you can put yourself in her shoes and learn more about yourself just like she does. Marek is the best partner you could ever want. While fighting and helping Ana, Marek is right by her side, even when he is faced with life and death. Throughout the book, Ana and Marek grow close. The scenes are described perfectly. It’s easy to close your eyes and see everything happening before you. Analiese Rising is perfect for anyone looking to read a romantic adventure book. **Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
tpolen 13 days ago
The beautiful cover first caught my attention, but the mythology theme clinched it for me - I needed to read this book. Along with Analiese and Marek, I enjoyed trying to figure out the obscure clues left by Marek's grandfather, and the beautiful and sometimes dangerous locations where those clues lead. The pacing is brisk, with little downtime between action scenes. As a mythology fan, the numerous gods and goddesses thrilled me - but so many of them are mentioned, I quickly lost track. Analiese is likable, and finds herself in many intense, life-threatening situations, but her internal thoughts about Marek's smile or how he looks at her during these moments pulled me out of the scene more than once. Until almost the end of the book, I never got the feeling he considered her more than a friend. Flying across the world with Marek, someone Analiese has known only a couple of days, then successfully hiding that fact from her mother requires a sizable suspension of disbelief. If a fast pace, nearly non-stop action, quests, and puzzles are your thing, you may enjoy Analiese Rising, but I'd recommend jotting down the gods and goddesses names to keep them straight. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
onemused 13 days ago
"Analiese Rising" is a YA fantasy that sets us up with a new world and new characters. Analiese (Ana for short) is walking with her brother when they witness a car hit a pedestrian. As they go to help, the pedestrian is insistent that Ana not touch him, that he will die, and that Ana take his bag to his grandson. Ana and her brother go to the hospital, but it is too late and the man is dead. Not wishing to deny his death wish, Ana finds his address inside the bag and takes it to his grandson, Marek. Soon, Ana is pulled into a hunt with Marek for something his grandfather left for him. They do not yet know what it means or even what they are looking for, but considering that the bag also contained a list of names with Ana and her parents crossed off, it seems to involve her and her family also. Together, the travel to Europe where they continue a scavenger hunt while also dodging people who seem to be after them. The book was a slow build but did not feel slow while reading, particularly considering the clues that increase interest and time sensitivity imposed by the people following them for seemingly nefarious purposes. I did find myself lost in a few places- the same way Ana and Marek were lost trying to discover this new world of gods and goddesses and where their place in the mess is. Ana and Marek are way smarter than I am in terms of figuring out the clues and cryptic hints left for them- at times unbelievably so. However, this is explained by the coaching they have had since childhood for such things. The reader is still left with a lot of questions at the end of the book, and I assume we'll get more answers in future books of the series. However, with that, it felt more like a prequel for something bigger to come. I would have liked more answers, but that is also my personality style (I don't like not knowing things!). Overall, I liked it and look forward to more books in the series. I do wish there were more answers in this book, but it was a really fun and at times very intense mystery/hunt with some interesting fantasy elements that I look forward to learning more about in the future. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.