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Rise from Darkness

(Battle for Souls #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  47 reviews
After witnessing the death of her mother, Gabby Moore suffers with psychotic delusions. When fallen angel Alexander Lohr reveals she’s been marked by a demon, she must make the ultimate choice or lose her mind. She can fight alongside her father, an earthbound hunter killing fallen angels and demons, give into the demon blood coursing through her veins and join the underwo ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published March 19th 2012 by Turquoise Morning Press (first published March 18th 2012)
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Liz at Fictional Candy
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angel

Gaby is a teen girl who has recently lost her mother in a car accident. Her father has some mysterious and dangerous job for the government, and they move a lot. Gaby never really gets the opportunity to form close bonds with anyone. Her dad works a lot and she basically raises herself. But she has her artwork, and that can be her safe haven in the storm, so to speak.

The very first chapter of this book made my chest tighten up. Gaby has gone into the water for a swim, trying to cleanse her mind
Fans of young adult angel romance novels will be in heaven! (pun wasn't intentionally intended, honest) I was immediately intrigued by Ciara Knight's novel Rise From Darkness. Right away you are drawn into the story with action and wonderfully flawed characters. Gaby's character seems to be barely holding it together at first glance. When she meets Alexander and Sammy they instantly start to fill the gaping loneliness that she has been dealing with since the death of her mother. As the story unf ...more
Romancing the Book
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, ya, fantasy
First Posted on Romancing the Book Blog
Reviewed By~Aubrey
Review Copy Provided By~Bewitching Book Tour

I don't often read YA novels but when I do I always love them! I really should start reading more. I really enjoyed Rise from Darkness. It had such an interesting world with the perfect mix of paranormal elements and real world issues. I was hooked to this novel from the first page and could not put it down. I wanted to find out what happened next and finished the novel in a couple hours. It rea
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first book in the Battle for Souls series by Ciara Knight takes up where the novella, Love's Long Shadow, ends. Both fallen angel brother and sister, Alexander and Sammy, are living with Grace when they meet Gaby, a high school aged girl new to their community. The book begins with Gaby being saved by Alexander when she is attacked by demons. There is an immediate connection between Gaby and Alex, but they have no idea the kind of challenges they will face from these demons. Gaby's life was ...more
Lynn Rush
I really enjoyed this book. Alex is an awesome hero. Stoic, loving, and caring all rolled up into a tough guy who will do anything to protect you. Even if it means making the wrong choice. All he can see is the safety of those he cares about.

Enter the heroine.

Gaby is sweet, tortured, delicate all rolled up into a strong girl. She's faced a lot in her limited years and made it through. I like that in a heroine. Yet she's vulnerable still, which makes her endearing.

Alex and Gaby are a fun coupl
Hildie McQueen
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new take. I loved that this story is not what you expect at all. The sadness compels you to feel for the heroine (Gaby) who is pretty much on her own and trying to make the best out of her life. Her mom is dead, her father when he isn't absent is drunk. Ciara Knight does a great job in bringing you into the emotions of teenagers and how they deal with situations, so unlike adults.

I applaud the author's ability to bring the reader into Alex's (the Hero) and Gaby's world, I not only felt the ev
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a surprise. I ran into this book on Amazon for free download on my Kindle. I didn't expect much but was pleasantly pleased to find a book I would have been pleased to pay for. I will definitely read the second book and happily pay any price. I love that the author handled "sensitive" subjects with creativity and class. I would let my young adult read this book without any concerns- so unlike many books in this genre ...more
Kristina Snyder
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rise From Darkness is a riveting story about good versus evil. Who doesn't love that concept? That alone, made me want to read this book. Then when I found out that it was about angels, I couldn't get my hands on it quick enough. Ciara Knight even takes this book in a whole new direction adding a twist to angel lore. I loved Ciara's writing style with this book. It was told in third person, but it is split between Gabby's voice and Alexander's voice.

Gabby has been suffering in so many different
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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This story consumed me from the exciting beginning to the very satisfying ending - to the point that I even dreamed about fallen angels and epic battles between good and evil.

Alexander is everything that I typically look for in a hero. He's arrogant, good looking, and protective to a fault. I immediately knew this story would entertain me when introduced to this character who wants to save everyone. The way he interacts with his not s
Kurt Bennett
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rise from Darkness was not what I thought it would be when I picked it up. And truthfully the first chapter made me realize this book was written for a younger audience than this 50+ year old warhorse. But since I really like Ciara and her writing, and my own wife says I am into chick flicks, I gave it a go.

Rise from Darkness was very hard to put down. The story pulls you in and there is so much going on that you just have to keep reading to see what is going to happen. Incredible detail was giv
I fell in love with this book from the first page. The heroine of the story is a teenage girl who has experienced a terrible tragedy. From the first time you meet her, you can sense her vulnerability as well as her strength of character. Ciara Knight has created a character you want to root for from the very beginning.

The hero of the story is a brooding teenage boy who is a lot more than eye candy. While he is gorgeous and hunky, he is also troubled and wounded by his own past actions. The auth
Shy The WidowMaker
The author has a hit on her hands. The first thing that I loved about this book was the amazing cover the blue and black colors just popped and made me want to read this book. As everyone knows I love angel stories and this one didn't dissappoint. Alex and Gabby have amazing chemistry and made me want them to have a happy ending. Gabby was a great heroine and I loved how she held it all together with all she had to deal with between her mom's death and her dad's alcholihism. She showed great str ...more
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
If I had to sum this book up in two words it would be: completely unexpected.

From the first page I was sucked in, and didn't put it down until the last line. Most angel books I've read have been quite the same, formulaic to a fault. Then came along Gaby, Alex, Sammy, Boon and the rest of the very well rounded cast of characters. Gaby finds herself displaced once again by her often gone and more often drunk father after her mothers tragic death. Although she's used to being alone, being secretiv
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Rise from Darkness and couldn't put it down once started.

Here you'll meet Gabby whose life is about to change especially when she meets Alex and his sister Sammy. The beginning you'll find out that Gabby lost her mother during a car accident and her father who became an alcoholic because he blamed himself for the death of his wife since he was the one driving. After the accident happened, Gabby has been experiencing things which leads her to question her sanity especial
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: angel fans
Recommended to Jenna by: bewitching book tours
Unexpectedly good. There are lots of angel stories springing up from everywhere, and some of them honestly are not good enough. But Rise from Darkness doesn't belong to that criteria. It's awesome delicate story brings on the hype of its fastpaced telling that makes you keep reading. Sure the main gist of the novel is not all new, but Ciara has this gift of making it into something that has never been done before, as far as I can remember.

Another thing that makes me love stories are the great c
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
Thanks to R2R and Ciara Knight for giving me the opportunity to this. It was a very enjoyable YA book. Knight 's interpration of the angel genre, their relevance and interactions is a unique twist on an age old theory and a strong start to the trilogy. She presents a strong story with twists and turns that keep the reader interested and intrigued.
Knight created teenage characters for this series that are endearing and believable, enabling the reader to feel connected to them and their plight. L
C.M. Brown
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I cannot wait to read the second book in this series by Ciara Knight. I really want to know what will happen next.

The lives of the characters in this story become entwined with one another and it will interesting to see where the story goes from this point and how it will progress.

Reading "Rise from Darkness" I connected most with Alexander and found myself understanding his emotions and self doubt as he battled to protect Gaby from himself as well as the demons.

Gaby changed during the story, g
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Gaby is a teenage girl who lost her mother in a car accident. Since then she has been having nightmares of demonic creatures. Her dad has some job with the government so he is never around and she is pretty much on her own. Gaby has never really had friends or a boyfriend while growing up. Her father is very strict and wouldn't allow boyfriends. The very first chapter Gaby is on the beach and goes for a swim. She begins to drown and is saved by Alex and his sister Sammy. Gaby forms a friendship ...more
Melissa Rheinlander
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This is a great start to the Battle of Souls Series!! Ciara (as always) does a wonderful job with creating a story line that grabs you and doesn't let go! The characters are realistic and you become invested in the outcome. There are several twist and turns and you are not disappointed in where you end up. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series ~ Fall from Grace. You can also check out Love's Long Shadow a prequel Novella, I read it first and felt that I had a better understandin ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r, angels
Rise from Darkness is enjoyable and a mighty quick read.

Gaby Moore lost her mother from a car accident which made her father become a workaholic and a alcoholic. Her paintings were her escape from her solitude and the revelation about her hidden gifts. She found herself drawn to the handsome Alexander the minute she first looked at him while saving her life. Gaby learned that her new friends Alexander and Sammy were actually fallen angels and was not scared by the news. Instead, she tried to ove
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
After reading this book, I have mixed feelings.. On one hand, I loved the creative take on "Creation" (God, Angels, Fallen Angels, Demons, etc, and I loved the relationship/angst that was building between Alexander and Gaby...

On the other hand, I felt like there was something amiss with the way that it was written.. In a way, the writing seemed a little too simplistic (??)... This might be due to the fact that it's written for teens...

Because this is a YA, I'm going to give it a pass and give
I won this book from the Goodreads giveaways drawing. Thank you Ciara for the signed copy and bracelet. Having received this for free has no bearing on my review.

Rise from Darkness is an enjoyable quick read for the first book in a new YA Paranormal series. Interesting characters and set up of plot dynamics for the series. I can see all sorts of possibilities for future developments and will be keeping and eye on this one.
Molly Frenzel
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
See the full review at here:

With archaic powers of an angel and the self-control of a toddler, Alexander is on the fallen angel fast-track to Hell. Seeking redemption and a second chance to ascend, he saves a girl from a torturous death by some local demons. Now with targets on their backs, Alex must guard Gaby with his life or risk losing his heart and both of their souls.
Joy Whiteside
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book just kept on going from beginning to end.

I really enjoyed the characters and the story and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.

Ciara Knight has written a story that has an interesting world, interesting characters that you hope no matter what overcome whatever ends up in their way.

I am looking forward to reading more from Ciara Knight and more of these stories.
Maranda Prigmore
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was the second series I've read by this author. I previously read escapement first. I thoroughly enjoyed it & so I decided to read this one as well. I loved the story & felt as though the characters are developing quite nicely. I love the writing style of Ciara & do feel as though she puts her whole heart into the writing. I'm not a huge angel fan but I'm willing to go beyond my doubts & continue on w/this series as well. I really enjoyed it & I'm ready for the next installment. :-) ...more
Lindi Peterson
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-challenge
Ciara Knight has done it again. Wrote a book that pulled me and kept me intrigued. There are so many great facets to this book--YA romance, mystery, action, relationships involving friends and family. Ciara blends these aspects into a story that begs you to keep reading. Can't wait to read book 2. If you like YA this is a book you need to read. ...more
Jackie  Kiwibooknerd
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a bit of a chance book for me as I wasn't 100% sure....But I actually enjoyed it....

Even though there are so many books out there about fallen angels etc, this one had a unique story line.... Would recommend...

Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once you start reading Rise from Darkness be prepared to become addicted to it. It will have turning the pages and not able to put the book down! A great read! But beware of what you may not see just from reading the back of the book!

*Received for an honest review*
Heather Robbins
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! want more .... review to come
Ginny Purvis
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love all the characters in this book. I am looking forward to the next one in the series. Oooh...I hope it's a series? ...more
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Ciara Knight is a USA Today and Maggie award winning author who 'Fights for Love. One Book at a Time'.

Her popular sweet romance series, Sweetwater County (rated for all audiences), is a small town romance full of family trials, friendly competition, and community love. Also, there is a sister series,

A brand new sweet, small town romance is coming in 2019! This one will be set in Sugar M

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Battle for Souls (4 books)
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