I'm very excited to introduce this talented new writer, Stephanie Judice and a new International Giveaway!
Goodreads Book description: Having waited a
millennium to return to the fertile feeding ground of earth, the dark
giants break through a portal and storm out into the world in the guise
of a massive hurricane—famished and fierce. Across the ocean,
seventeen-year-old Gabriel Goddard is being plagued by terrifying
nightmares about creatures that singe and burn the flesh then absorb the
life energy of humans and devour the ashes. A chance meeting with Clara
Dunaway immediately distracts Gabe from bad dreams. He has always had a
sort of sixth sense—to feel the emotions of others around him. Clara’s
presence numbs his other sense, nearly knocking him into a hypnotic
state. Bewildered and fascinated, he is lured in by her. When Clara
finally confesses that she has a similar gift to see auras around
people, a spark flames between them, ignited by a paranormal force. Fate
soon reveals that there is a higher purpose for their attraction. Along
with Jeremy, the head-bangin’ metal head; Ben, the air-headed golden
boy; Melanie, the kind- hearted Creole; and the old hermit named Homer,
they must face this enemy as one. Discovering that they are descended
from an ancient clan of Norse warriors, they awaken their dormant
powers, preparing for the dark giants' imminent invasion of their home. A
shadow of darkness veils the land. Will the Setti rise to fulfill their
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I was asked by the author to read and review her book Rising, the first in a trilogy (Saga of the Setti).
by Stephanie Judice is a riveting read about two main protagonists,
Gabe (the token hot guy) and Clara, the outspoken girl. We are first
introduced to Gabe who has the power to sense others emotions, and he
falls for Clara. Together, they realize something ominous is heading
their way and they work together to figure out how to save their loved
ones and their town.
I don't want to give away too much because
the secrets of this novel are very fun to figure out. I loved Clara as a
protagonist, and there are a strong set of supporting characters,
including the terrific Jeremy, the ever happy Ben, and the fiercely
intellectual Mel. I have to say that I was less enamored with Gabe,
possibly because the other characters are more interesting when placed
in direct comparison. I thought the first half of the novel was
extremely strong. We have great development of the world and the
characters, and a self contained plot even though it is a trilogy. We
have growth and development of both protagonists through their
relationships and what they learn. The darkness that they fight is scary
indeed-- maybe a combination of dementors from Harry Potter and demons
There were a few minor issues I had with the book.
First, while I do love smart teenagers, I felt that the parents were
painted as extremely one dimensional especially Clara's mom, which
becomes more important later on. Also, I felt like the first half was
stronger than the second half, as it was more centered on the characters
than the action.
That said, this is a very strong first novel, and I really enjoyed reading it.
Stephanie has just come out with the second novel, which is just as or better than the first novel! Stay tuned for my review of her sequel and also the great author interview she sent me! But for now, sign up to enter this great giveaway.
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