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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  379 ratings  ·  149 reviews
A combat warrior will risk everything to awaken the dragons and save her kingdom in Jillian Boehme's epic YA Fantasy debut, Stormrise, inspired by Twelfth Night and perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce.

If Rain weren’t a girl, she would be respected as a Neshu combat master. Instead, her gender dooms her to a colorless future. When an army of nomads invades her kingdom, and a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Tor Teen (first published September 10th 2019)
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Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Where does the line go between being inspired by someone else's story, and plain copying? Because so far this is Mulan. With different names. ...more
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

DNF at 21%. There were so many issues just within the first fifth of the book that I knew continuing would be a waste of time.

The plot revolves around a girl called Rain, who lives in the province of Tenema. When invaders breach the 'Stonewall', a protective wall, conscription is levied on every able-bodied man. Rain uses a magic powder to disguise herself as a boy and takes the place of her twin brother Storm, whose childlike min
J.M. Frey
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
***Slightly Spoilery***

STORMRISE is a compelling adventure about a young woman who is determined to save her twin brother and her country from an invading force by disguising herself as him, and taking his place in an elite combat unit. Rain, sister of Storm, has spent her life trying to make up for her father’s loss of a son. A fever as infants left Storm with brain damage that means he’ll need to remain in his parent’s care for the rest of his life, and Rain has taken it upon herself to learn
The Nerd Daily
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice
It’s not very often that I pick up books without knowing too much about them. In this case, I picked it up at a conference because of the cover. It’s got this imposing dragon on the cover that just screamed: READ ME! So, without any knowledge or expectations of what was going to happen in this book, I enjoyed the story that I found within its pages!

In Stormrise, Rain would be a great Neshu combat warrior, if her gender didn’t ge
Jun 04, 2019 marked it as interested-in
Ooooh I saw this on Alexa loves books YouTube and it sounds awesome 😎
Adam Heine
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is so much fun. It starts off feeling familiar, but it soon twists into its own unique and gripping story complete with dragons, martial arts, and forbidden love. What's not to love? ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mulan meets Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce in this standalone debut fantasy! I haven't seen too many people talking about Stormrise, but it's a lot of fun and I think more people should pick it up.

Rain disguises herself as a boy and joins the military in order to protect her family. While there she is chosen to be a hero by a dragon, and has a forbidden romance. So very similar to Mulan, but with its own world and magic system! It slows down a bit in the middle, but the pacing is mostly d
Macky Santiago
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book lives up to the blurb and the Hype!! Totally understand how Tamora Pierce could have devoured it in one sitting. Didn’t have the tome to do that but i finished it in a couple of days. The story fills you with wonder and you want to cheer for our heroine who didn’t count for dragons but now has to deal with them. The world is rich and yet simple enough to allow for more mystery. Loved it!
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I was fortunate enough to score an advanced reading copy of this fantastic debut novel, and I could NOT. STOP. READING!! Such a powerful story--written first person--of a young girl finding her place in a man's world, true courage deep within her own heart, some humor, some romance, magic, dragons...couldn't be better. Jillian drops you right into the action and ties your heart up with the characters barely a page in. Fantasy novels can get a little heavy on the descriptive text, but there isn't ...more
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received a copy in a giveaway hosted by TorTeen! This did not affect my opinion.


Admittedly, I didn't see the Twelfth Night nod, but I did see something that was like a Mulan retelling. Which I was totally here for.

Rain lives in a village with a twin brother, Storm, and an older sister, Willow. When she and Storm were children, they got very sick and he was supposed to get the medication that accidentally went to her. Storm is very sickly because of that. In the past, this world had dragon
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I didn’t know much about Stormrise before I started reading, and less than ten pages into it, I had to pause my reading to check to see if it was a debut. Yes, this is Jillian Boehme’s first novel and I think it shows a bit in some of the cookie-cutter characterizations and overdone plot points. Still, to the author’s credit, there’s a clear effort on her part at refining a well-tread narrative to make it her own, and ev
Oct 13, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF'd @10%

TW: ableism (mentioned in this review)

So many problems with this. So many technical and thoughtless errors in the first ten percent of this book. My gosh. If you're planning on reading this, I want to make you aware that in the first chapter, the main character - Rain - describes her mentally disabled brother as "half the boy he was meant to be" and this isn't something that's dealt with. This is her perception of her brother. And that's only one instance of ableism in the first 10%. N
Sep 28, 2019 added it
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This is a Mulan retelling with dragons, and I wanted to like it, really, but at almost page 200 I DNFed it. I mean, the story was promising, but it was lacking in character development and consistency. Also, there were parts in which the plot was dragging and I got the feeling the story wasn't moving forward.
The dragons idea was a good one, but was also lacking more consistency, as it seemed very apropos and only developed when needed to.
I found myself not caring for the characters or their stru
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

A book with dragons?
Mulan inspired? Yup check.
Also forbidden romance? Triple check!

Stormrise caught me from the moment the cover was revealed. It caught the ferocity of the dragons and the ferocity, combined with bravery, a girl takes as war looms closer and closer.

Rain and her twin brother Storm live in a village where, tales of old dragon magic make people fearso
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Jul 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
inspired by Twelfth Night and it also has dragons??? was this book written for me??????
Lynn Nelson
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love a book that sucks you in within the first few pages and doesn't release its grasp until the end; sometimes holding on long after the cover has been closed. In this regard, Stormrise did not disappoint at all.

From the beginning, it is obvious that Ms. Boehme is a genius with words. The way that she weaves the story, page after page, through character and plot developments feels incredibly natural. Her characters are relatable, with a fantastic mixture of realness, humor and awkwardness th
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, 2019
This is a tough one. I enjoyed the dragons and the lore surrounding them, but I feel like a lot of ground has already been covered here. The book read like an old school fantasy, and I wished for fresher ideas.

There aren’t many descriptions of landscape or feelings. The book feels like it’s mostly dialogue. I also wasn’t super invested in Rain because she didn’t really face many challenges where I was worried about her success or survival.

This book had a lot of potential, but I just don’t thin
Tammy Archambeau
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to read this one, and it did not disappoint. Once I started reading, it was very hard to put down. The world the author created was fresh and the story was edge of your seat unpredictable. I loved the main character immediately, and didn't want the story to end. I hope the author will write a whole series of Stormrise books because she has gained a huge fan. 10 stars for this one. ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I adore Jillian (aka the Authoress). She is an inspiration to the writing community, and I know how long and hard she's worked to get her books published. I was so excited to see her debut, Stormrise, finally making shelves.

This is a good Mulan retelling. You can tell Jillian has been writing for a long time. Her line by line writing is flawless, it has good flow, and her dialogue is quick and crisp and sincere. I just wanted more from this.

Personally, I like my re-tellings to have some uniquen
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing can make my blood race faster than the speed of light than dragons and if is a girl awakening them, I am in absolute fantastical bliss.

Meet Rain

Ylanda was a patriarchal land where women were not considered good enough to become Neshu combat master. But when the nomads invaded the land, to fight them, the king needed all able men to join. Her brother was not of a sound mind, so Rain went to the medicine woman to get a powder which helped her disguise as a boy, gave her the power of the dr
Angela Cuéllar
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4.5 Stars

This book is pretty much Mulan infused with a bunch of cool dragon lore and I've gotta say I really enjoyed it!

Stormrise is a YA military fantasy infused with dragon lore and it was captivating from start to finish. War, battle training, a band of young men (except one lol) marching to evacuate the king, a dragon prophecy set into motion, and a young heroine who sets forth on a dangerous path impersonating a solider to save her family and her kingdom. Lots of acti

I liked this. It reminded me a lot of Mulan. Maybe too much? I do love Mulan though. It had a lot of the same situations as Mulan had. A girl taking the place of her father by dressing up as a boy. There was even the same arrow task as the one that was in Mulan. I'm not saying that that was a bad thing, it was just something that was definitely noticeable.
This had different dragons then I was expecting. The had hair, six legs, and I don't think they could fly, but they could run really fast. It
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Thank you to Tor Teen for the ARC of this wonderful book!

When I read the plot summary, I really did not expect this book to be particularly good or surprising. A girl dresses up as a boy to go to war in place of her brother and father. Sounds pretty derivative and overdone, right? However, while the basic plot was certainly derivative, the character development and the actual details of the story felt fresh and interesting. I loved the addition of dragons and the history surrounding them. I lov
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review. Thank you!

Stormrise is beautiful. At its core it is a retelling of Mulan, in a fantasy world, with dragons. It's familiar, yet different enough to surprise and feel fresh. The world feels so real--the history is rich, and the magic is simple yet authentic. And the characters--I LOVE the characters. They could walk right off the page. Even the minor characters are distinct. The MC, Rain, is flawed--she makes believable mistakes, and her feelings when she ha
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stormrise hits all the high points I look for in a fantasy. A main character I rooted for before I was halfway through chapter one. Danger from all sides. Desperate choices. Intrigue. Dragons. Gripping combat scenes. Fear. Hate. Bravery. Friendship.

I mentioned dragons, right? Wicked cool dragons, too.

When the kingdom demands each family send a son to war, Rain disguises herself as a man and goes in her ailing brother's place. Rain is tough on the outside and determined on the inside, but she kn
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read an advanced reader copy. This is basically a re-telling of the legend of Mulan only it takes place in a different world rather than China. The basic premise is the same. Overall I thought it was well written and the story really draws you in. I would have liked a little more backstory for some of the characters to understand their motivation but not having it didn't detract from the story. Also, there is one point when Rain's character does a complete 180 from what she has built up to be ...more
Zoe L.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, I received an ARC of Stormrise from TorTeen. However, it was not given to me for the sole purpose of a review, as I won it in a drawing.
Spoiler alert.
Rain L’nahn is a girl in a family of five with an older sister and a twin younger brother. She practices the art of Neshu fighting with her father who is a grandmaster. There is a great divide between men and women since only men can fight, while a woman’s goal is to become betrothed. In time, a decree comes down from the High King
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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I believe that this book was supposed to be inspired by a story but to me, it was somewhat similar to Mulan which I am not at all mad about. I found that I really enjoy the trope of a young woman disguising herself as a male to fight for her country. *Spin the Dawn is another prime example*

I found that I really enjoyed the pacing and the plot in the book. It wasn't too fast nor was it too slow and I also really enjoyed the dragon element as well. I al
Macie Kluting
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book..... 😍
I always loved Mulan growing up and I love the slight tie-ins this book had... Yet it had so much more.
Rain is an amazing character and I loved going on the journey with her... So many times I gasped or laughed or, yes, cried haha
And the ending was PERFECT!!!
A great adventure that spoke to my independent soul and made me love every page.
So if you're on the fence about this book.... Just give it a read, s'da? 😉
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JILLIAN BOEHME is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark's First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors. In real life, she holds a degree in Music Education, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and homeschools her remaining youngster-at-home. She's still crazy in love with her husband of more than thirty years and is happy to be surrounded by family and friend ...more

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“I raised an eyebrow. "You don't mind girls who fight Neshu after all?"

For a moment, he looked sheepish. "I can't imagine there are many girls like you."

"There will be, once I start training them,”
“Storm grabbed my hand. "Were you brave, Rain? Were you a good soldier?"

"I was brave," I said.

"Braver than me?"

I squeezed his hand, thankful for its warmth and strength in mine. Thankful that he was there, safe and whole. "I thought of you every day, Storm," I said. "You made me brave."

His smile lit the room. "That's what twins are for.”
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