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Analiese Rising

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Half-Blood meets Antigoddess in a thrilling, romantic new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Drake.

When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unloc
Paperback, 350 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Entangled: Teen
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Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake is a young adult romantic fantasy read that is heavily based on mythology. This one is not set on any one specific era of mythology but instead pulls in characters from all of the different areas with the story centered around all of the Gods.

When Analiese Jordon witnesses and accident she goes to try to help the old man as he lie waiting for an ambulance to arrive. As Analiese approaches though he asks that she not touch him and instead take his bag he’d been car
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 d
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

DNF at 22%

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
Ashlee » Library In The Country
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I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Analiese Rising was definitely one of those books that I was excited to dive into. However, once I did - well, I ended up either bored or excite throughout the entire book. There was no in-between.

In it, you will meet Analiese and Marek. They both are connected to something bigger than themselves. Whether it's Analiese basically being an orphan or being the romantic interest for Marek. He, who just happens to be her keeper and s
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
I loved this! Started off with some eye-rolling but once the action really started I was totally on board. Full review to come.
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Sadly, this book was not my cup of tea. I wanted to like it, truly. The premise was interesting enough., and the writing was okay, though nothing special. But something about this story simply did not click with me.

I did not grow to care about the characters much at all, as such I did not feel invested in their journey. It was certainly interesting to have a main character with panic disorder and I am glad that's being represented here. But everything just felt too surface level.

Perhaps, this
Nov 05, 2018 marked it as currently-reading-1
I received this ARC copy of Analiese Rising from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Entangled: Teen. This is my honest and voluntary review. Analiese Rising is set for publication January 8, 2019.
Mar 23, 2019 marked it as dnf
The premise sounded interesting however I couldn’t get past the first chapter, I even struggled to finish that one too. I didn’t like the writing style, it’s amateurish with short sentences that became irritating very fast.
3.5 In all fairness, there should be another book to pick up where this one left off. Otherwise the ending is a major issue.
N.N. Light
Just when Analiese gets her life back on track, she witnesses a brutal car accident. The dying man thrusts his leather bag into her hands and insists he take it to his grandson. Ditching grief camp (who knew that was a thing), she goes on a road trip upstate to return the bag. Marek and her uncover his grandfather’s true identity. Banding together, they go on an epic journey following clues Marek’s grandfather left behind. The more they uncover, the more danger they’re in. All that Analiese thin ...more
3.5 Stars

I absolutely love mythology and love when authors mix it into the current world settings. Going in, I didn't know that this book would be so entrenched with mythology so that was a very pleasant surprise.

There's something special about Analiese but she's not quite sure what it is. It all starts when she touches a dead frog in science class and it immediately comes back to life. That's not normal and it's enough to freak a girl out. Add that to watching a stranger die - a stranger who k
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid
Reviewed by The Teen

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
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
3.5/5 Stars

I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author.

This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This was such an exciting book! I absolutely loved Brenda Drake's Library Jumpers series so I knew that I had to pick up this book.

I absolutely adored this unique take on mythology. I think that the premise for this book is incredibly original and thought-provoking. The plotting was delightful. The suspense and the mystery that was unfolding as the story prog
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 c ...more
Sara Kiplinger
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy mythology so I figured I would like this book going in. I like that the story takes you to different locations around the world while Analiese and Marek try to follow the trail his grandpa left for them. It felt like an adventure. The characters were relatable and easy to get to know. The ones who were not likable were that way for a reason of course. The plot did keep me guessing and I never knew who to trust. I'm not sure if there will be more to this, but I wouldn't mind reading more ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Analiese Rising is a young adult fantasy romance by Brenda Drake. I love Brenda's Library Jumper series hardcore, so I was super excited to see a new novel come out from her. Analiese Rising is a standalone novel, but I can easily see a sequel, spin off or companion novel come from this world and these characters, and I really hope we do get to see more into this world. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of mytholo
Lorryn Woodward
Jan 04, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2019-tbr, netgalley
*I received a copy of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions. All opinions are my own.*

I went into this so excited. The idea behind it sounded amazing. There's adventure and mythology which immediately had me sold. However, I ended up DNF at 24%. This was only because of the writing. It just isn't working for me. If the writing were better (in my opinion) I think I could love this. It reminded me of the DaVinci Code a little, in the heroes find
Lauren the Book Slayer
-DNF at the 70 page mark-

I liked nearly everything about this book:
- Swift pace
- Intriguing mystery
- Strong-willed heroine
- Unique take on mythological gods and goddesses (at least from what I saw so far)

The one thing I did not like, that I couldn't overlook, was the writing style. It just didn't work for me. Most of the sentences were short, stiff, and blunt. Example: "I'm looking forward to it. I'm just tired. I was on the phone late with a friend. His grandfather died recently. He's not reall
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one where the brains win out over brawn. Loved the puzzles/cryptics in the story. Enjoyed learning about some lesser gods and goddesses and from other cultures and how they worked into the story. The story was well paced. The ending was a little rushed compared to the rest of the book and could have used some more info on what happened to who, otherwise it would have been a 5. No instalove for Ana and Marek even though they were thrown together, this was a big plus for me. Overall I can' ...more
Lisa Mandina
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Suz Jay
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
“’…Ah, unrequited love. It’s the best kind. The pain is a reminder you’re alive.’”*

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I am a fan of Brenda Drake’s FATED series and consider myself a mythology buff, so I jumped at the opportunity to request an ARC of ANALIESE RISING through NetGalley.

Analiese is an orphan, who lives with her aunt and her cousin Dalton. She considered her deceased uncle to be a parent, but her relationship with her a
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Analiese Rising is a solid start to what I hope will be a triology or more. Meet Analiese, a teen who has experienced more than her fair share of tragedy in her short life. She meets a cute stranger with a strange list... one that her family members and herself are on with no explanation. In the coming weeks, Analiese's world will be turned upside down - she isn't who she thinks she is, she's got unexpected powers and it's really hard to know who to trust!

In my opinion, Analiese Rising is one of
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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.

Erin Cashman
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adored every page of Analiese Rising!!! This action-packed YA fantasy has it all - mystery, suspense, adventure, and romance. I loved the unique world Brenda Drake created in this book, drawing on Greek mythology. The story has plenty of twists and surprises, keeping me guessing. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! I especially loved the characters. Analiese is a wonderful heroine - smart, insightful, and struggling with panic disorder. And then there's Marek - steadfast, supportive, clever ...more
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 ju ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was hard for me to get fully on board with this book, but once the action started it was easier to roll with the punches and let go of the unrealistic expectations of a teenage girl traveling the country with the hot boy alone.
Brenda Drake did an excellent job at writing the descriptions of scenes. It was easy to close my eyes and find myself in the scenes she had cast just by her descriptions.
I liked that in the acknowledgments the author talks about her struggles with her own panic disord
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it

* I was provided an ARC of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I had a difficult time staying in this story. I didn't really connect with the character or care much for the plot line. It was just an alright read. There is just something about the main character analiese that just couldn't keep me connected. I think this would be a decent starter book if someone is trying to get more into this genre.
Amber (The Book Bratz)
DNF @ 27%

Thoughts to come soon
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
Ready for a read that is full of mythology and all sorts of deities? Then look no further as this fantasy book gives you that, travels around the world and characters that have you second guessing on whom to trust. Mystery abounds in this read!!

{I requested a review copy from the publisher and made no guarantee of a favorable review. The opinions contained herein are unbiased and my own.}

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Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up 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 Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing ...more