by Becca C Smith
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Riser 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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Love how it grab me in it a purfect teen book
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T_Sinns More than 1 year ago
I wanted to love this book as much as everyone. And it is a fantastic book. But I just couldn't enjoy it as much as the hype lead me to believe I would. Sometimes I think the hype destroys the book in a way that it has to live up to a high expectation that most things can't. Riser shows the truth about high school and the struggle. It brings the bully side of high school up front and in your face. And if high school isn't enough trouble you have to know that your mother dies because someone was after you and rather or not you want to stop your aging. Seems like 18 is going to be a tough year for those in years of 2320. Grab a copy and find out just how Chelsan deals with everything being tossed at her. It is a bit slow but once you hit that special speed button you'll be turning pages like fire.
code7r More than 1 year ago
“Riser” had me from the moment I saw the cover. It is the first novel in a saga by Becca C. Smith about a 18 year old girl who is a senior in high school who has the ability to connect with things that are dead (including humans and plants) and control them. The story takes place in the year 2320. Life for an 18 year old in 2320 isn’t much different than present day. Chelsan Deree lives on the wrong side of the tracks but goes to an elite private school on scholarship where she is treated with distain and is a target from a bully named Jill. Chelsan’s mother married a man who is physically abusive and Chelsan as a child sees this abuse. It isn’t until the events take place in 2320 that she understands why her mother married and stayed with this man. One big difference between then and now is the introduction of Age-pro, which stops aging at the age you start taking it. This leads to its own problems such as over-population. Age-pro is its own character in this story. I feel that this book would be enjoyed by tweens, teenagers and young adults. The author has definitely put a new spin on having a power to “resurrect” dead things and shows us through Chelsan how it can be both a huge burden to be different but how sometimes our negatives turn out to be just what we needed in certain situations. At the focus of the story is when Chelsan’s mother is murdered and Chelsan is then thrown into a fast moving, ever changing world where she tries to find out who the murderer is, learns who her true friends are, and sees how people can surprise you when you least expect it. It is a good story without a dull moment. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
Ohmygosh, can you imagine having to live with having killed and then revived that same person at the age of 7? Most 7 year olds have difficulty grasping the concept of death and often refuse to go to funerals because it freaks them out. But then Chelsan isn’t home one day and the unthinkable happens and everyone at the trailer park exterminated. Then she is hounded by her grandfather who is trying to kill her. Talk about your messed up family. This is a clever premise. I loved the whole idea of someone having these powers. Humorous, thought provoking, thought book you go from exhilaration to wanting to weep as you root for, fear for, and rejoice for the heroine. I can’t wait to share with my kids. I can’t wait to have my teens read this. They will love it. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
FranJessca More than 1 year ago
I love the dystopian genre. I find myself not getting enough of this genre after reading "The Hunger Games". When Innovative Online Book Tours introduced the Riser tour, I knew I had to read this book. I definitely was not disappointed with Becca C. Smith's writing style and the world she created in "Riser". I love reading books where the author comes up with an alternate future. This future entails a girl who can raise the dead and actually control the dead she rises. Where you can take a little pill called Age-pro and never grow old once you take the pill at a certain age. (Here's the catch though, you can't take it until your 18 (if you are the rich)...age 30 for others). If your caught taking the pill sooner..you will regret it. You have the Population Control Center where they study and regulate the population. This future the population is getting out of hand....Age-pro has made it where no one dies (except if you are in a freak accident you can die). What happens when the world is over-populated? You'll definitely find out when you read Riser. The main character, Chelsan is the one who can raise the dead. She's part of the lower class in the future. She goes to a rich school where no one likes her except for her two best friends, Bill and Nancy. Chelsan is put into a predicament where she's being hunted by people she has ever met. Her Mom is killed one day at their trailer park and reveals the truth about what happened in the past with Chelsan and her Dad...and who is out to kill Chelsan. It's up to Chelsan and her friends to find out the truth about what really is going on at the Population Control Center and who is out to kill her. I do not want to spoil this book...so that's all I'm giving you. =) My thoughts on "Riser" is I could not put my Kindle down when I was reading it. Becca took me into a world where I was scared for the characters and also thrilled to find out more about this world she created. I do not think I would ever want to take Age-pro after reading this book if it was a real product. If you read "Riser" you'll find out why. I would rather grow old and pass away like I'm supposed too. I would not want the government controlling me like they do in this book. I felt terrible for the character, Chelsan when she does find out the truth. The people who are trying to kill her are people who should love and take care of her once her Mom is killed. The mean girl, Jill who gives Chelsan grief when she is school...Grr!! My thoughts on her is that hate her and I wanted to go through the book and beat her butt. She was a "mean girl" to Chelsan. I'm glad Chelsan had friends to help her out with Jill. This book will take you on a rollercoaster from the minute you read the first chapter to the last chapter. Just to let the readers know I read the original "Riser" where one of the characters punches a certain character and I did not take offense to it. If you've read "The Hunger Games", you'll understand how the dystopian genre is. In "The Hunger Games", kids were killing kids. Riser just had minor violence in it. "Riser" is well-written for the dystopian genre. I did not find myself confused at all by what Becca was writing. Yes I did get annoyed at first with Chelsan pining over Ryan and not being able to really control how she talked around him. (She's a high school girl...and I bet every reader out there understands how a crush can make you feel when they talk to you). I know it reminded me how I was in high school, whenever my crush talked to me. I had butterflies and ended up blurting out stuff that I never would have. That is how the character Chelsan is with Ryan. I finally got over her annoying factor with Ryan, once Ryan admitted his feelings of her. Awwww!!! =) He was one of my FAVE characters in the book. I could go on and on, what I loved about this book, but I do not want to spoil this book for anyone who wants to read it or who is thinking about reading it. I recommend this book to dystopian genre readers out there and readers who enjoy the YA genre. You'll definitely enjoy this future world Becca has written and you'll have a hard time putting it down. You'll want to know what happens next to the characters and if Chelsan will ever have something "happy" happen to her.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Source: Free copy provided by author, via Innovative Online Book Tours in exchange for an honest review, as part of the Riser book tour Becca Smith is a new author for me, but I absolutely love her debut into the YA Paranormal genre. Riser is complex because it contains so many elements of suspense, romance, and dystopian havoc. As we are introduced to the various, likable (though, disappointingly static) characters, the plot propels forward. Eventually, the line between technology and the paranormal is blurred, but the action never falters. As a whole, I would say I'm pleased by Riser. It is sentimental, entertaining, and thrilling in all the right places. The plot is SO creative and fast-paced, and it definitely makes me want to keep turning the pages. The concept of raising and controlling the dead is completely new to me. Chelsan isn't your everyday tomb-raider, and Riser isn't your everyday zombie story. Chelsan can control any living thing, weather it be goldfish or beetles or even plants, and throughout the story, she uses this skill to her advantage. In a way, it is a fresh approach to the paranormal genre because it introduces not only a supernatural dilemma, but one wrapped with a supernatural superpower. As with most books, it isn't without flaws, however. First and foremost, I am not impressed by the writing style. Smith's tone is often stale and sometimes just awkward. I emphasize that it is not the author's way with words that makes this book interesting. It is her ideas, her imagination, that shape it into a good read. As a Young Adult novel, it does broach a few dark topics, but it isn't one of those shocking and scandalous YA books. Overall pretty clean; mothers, you can hand this off to your daughters. But let's be honest. From a teenager's perspective, shocking and scandalous does make for interesting, which, in turn, indicates Riser could be received as rather bland. Not the plot, no — the plot is exciting and fun. But the overall mood is placid because of how chaste it is. I think there could be much improvement in characterization. While each of the cast members are well-defined (we know exactly who the protagonist, antagonist, best friend, love interest, et cetera are... no twisted betrayals or sudden disturbing plot turns), they all seem very superficial. The main character, Chelsan, especially. We do receive a glimpse of her innermost thoughts and insecurities, but I feel all the individual 'turmoil' is very frou-frou — just not realistic. Combined with the fact that she just happens to be super lucky in SPOILER SPOILER always finding a way out of abductions, attacks, and the like, and having boys crawl all over her despite her 'geekiness', I can't say all of it is very believable. This statement rings true for not only the action, but also the dialogue and personal conflicts. But thanks to the plot that continuously plows through the risky circumstances of Chelsan's deadly mission, I did enjoy this one fairly and recommend it to fans of Young Adult romance and the dystopian (futuristic) paranormal genre. Stephanie Loves: "'We were so worried. You should have seen Ryan, he was a crazy man trying to find you.'" Radical Rating: 7 hearts- A few flaws here and there, but overall enjoyable.
AradiaFaith More than 1 year ago
Riser is a fast paced novel that takes place in the year 2320. Where since Chelsan was a little kid she had control over the dead. Anything dead. Not just humans - animals, bugs, even plants. She keeps this a secret from everyone, including her mom for fear of being seen as freak. (Even though she already is considered a leech by her classmates because she lives in a trailer park with her mom and step-father.) She can make the dead do whatever she wants- walk, talk, even cook for her. One day everything is normal, least normal as it can be for a girl who can control the dead. But it all changes when her trailor park is terrorized by green smoke killing everyone in it. Including Chelsan's mom, Janet. Chelsan quickly learns that she was the one the green smoke was suppose to kill. The murderer knows she is still alive and will stop at nothing to kill her. She also learns that she is not the only one who has control over the dead... In Riser all the characters have depth to them. From flirty Nancy, a rich girl who is shunned by the popular kids since becoming bestfriends with the moneyless Chelsan, to Ryan the smartest kid in school who Chelsan has the biggest crush on. And the plot is intricate. There is never a dull moment. This is a book that would be hard for anyone to put down. Even though it takes place in the future it has a realistic feel to it. You can almost imagine this happening hundreds of years from now. Riser is imaginative and original. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. I could'nt put it down until it was finished. Im currently reading the second book, reaper, and its also a very good book. I cant wait to read the third book!
RedheadedBookworm More than 1 year ago
A dark dystopian novel that kept me wanting more. There is a lot going on in this book. Chelsan has to deal with bullying, teen love triangle, being an outcast, an abusive step father, her mother's death, and her strange gift all while surviving high school. I really liked this book. The characters are great. I was rooting for them all through the book. Fast paced and very well written. Jill, Chelsan's nemesis, was a great villain that you love to hate. There are twists that you don't see coming and keeps your heart pumping. From the way it ended, I believe there may be a second installment coming soon and I can't wait to read it!
TashaX23 More than 1 year ago
(I'm reposting this from my review on Amazon!) As a high school teacher, I'm always looking for new fiction to get my students excited about reading. While I was not a big fan of the Twilight series, I was just happy my students were reading books. A friend of mine gave me a copy of this to read because she thought I might like to share it with my students. I was a little skeptical, but once I started reading this, I had a hard time putting it down. Ms. Smith shows a great deal of maturity in her first work, spinning a compelling tale that combines elements of science fiction and fantasy seamlessly. Chelsen's gift is unique in fiction. Trust me, you have not read this story before. It is so rare to find something so original handled so well. I was surprised to find myself caught up in the story so quickly and, to be honest, I did not put it down until the final page was turned. I was only upset that it ended! I shared this with a couple of my students and now they are both on Team Chelsen! We all cannot wait for the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book ever Can all you guys that read it belive what she can do and what she did to her dad.plus what her dad did to her.im going to get the 2book its called reaping.yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so awesome. I reccomend this to middle schoolers who love action. Even some people in the twenties might like it. If you have read this book move on to the next one.
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ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
The year may be 2320, but one thing hasn't changed: the unrelenting, tortuous hell of high school. For eighteen-year-old Chelsan Derée, the daily ritual of doom is made even worse by her vicious schoolmate Jill Forester - who specializes in making her life miserable - as well as her desperate crush on the dreamy Ryan Vaughn - who hardly even notices that she exists. Just when Chelsan thinks things couldn't get any worse, though, everyone in her trailer park is brutally killed - including her mother - and Chelsan is even more dismayed to learn that she herself was actually the intended target. Now, forced into a dramatic race against time, the young survivor struggles to protect her friends and uncover the identity of the evil killer - and her uncanny ability to control the dead may just tip the scales in her favor... Creatively crafted - and highly imaginative - Riser is a thoroughly entertaining read. In a patently unique style that's all her own, author Becca Smith mixes the mundane with the surreal in presenting a deeply relatable tale of the woes of teen angst. The only twist? Unlike Chelsan, most teens don't have the ability to solve their problems by raising the dead. Nonetheless, readers young and old alike will have no problem relating to the ups and downs of the adolescent's fantastical misadventures; after all, none of us are too old to remember the particularly hellacious toll that teenage life once wreaked over our daily existence. An engaging read.
javier estrada More than 1 year ago
Even though i havent read it looks good