Sunday, March 24, 2013

Rising (Book 1: Resistance)

Rising (Book 1: Resistance)
by: Laura Josephsen

All Alphonse wants is a quiet summer at home before his final months at university. What he gets is a half-dead stranger on his doorstep and the task of delivering a package to the leader of his home country. Not long after he boards a train toward the capital, he's attacked by knights, elite soldiers of the neighboring king. 

Alphonse is temporarily rescued by Mairwyn, a mechanic with a haunted past and a deep hatred of knights. Together, they attempt to carry out Alphonse's urgent errand, only to learn that if they fail, countless people will die. 

And even if they succeed, they may not be able to prevent the war that lurks on the horizon.

5 Stars

This is one of those books that I have a hard time reviewing. I liked everything about it and its hard for me to pin point exactly what it was about the book that made me like it so much. The book is full of intrigue, pain, love and so much more.

Alphonse was by far my favorite character. He was just so nerdy, and they way he was so clueless to a lot of things was amusing. The banter between him and Mairwyn was a good way to lighten up an other wise serious story line. 

Mairwyn's story was, for lack of a better word, intense. It was given to you in increments and that work great, it made you start to slowly care for her and continue to read to see why she is so broken. And when you finally do find out its heart breaking.

I liked how part 1 was told from Alphonse's point a view and part 2 from Mairwyn's. It was a good way for you to get to know them both and to care about them. I really liked how everyone's story intersected with everyone else's. Laura had to put a lot of thought into each character to make this work. 

The plot of the story was great in itself. Traveling across the country to try and stop a horrible war. Filled with meeting new people along the way and the development of a sweet romance. Seriously there is nothing in this book not to love.

I'm looking forward to reading the second book. From what I can tell its told from different point of views, but that works great because it gives me a chance to learn more about other characters that I liked but didn't get a chance to really know.

Would I recommend this book? Yup, its going on my favorites lists. . .and I believe that everyone should have to read the books I have on that list.


  1. LOL that last line made me laugh. Angie the book dictator! Have to admit, I do really really like the sound of this one. Has lots of elements in I that I love, like a nerdy but lovable main character.

    1. Haha Angie the book dictator. . .has a nice ring to it.

      This is one of the best books I have read this year and is well worth checking out.


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