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Saturday, 27 January 2018

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway - Rise by Sierra Cross

Rise 
(Coven of Fire, #1)
Author: Sierra Cross
Publication Date: June 15th, 2017
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
I closed the door on magic long ago…the day it made me an orphan. 

Ten years ago, the Coven of Fire sacrificed their lives—my mother among them—to hold off an overwhelming demonic force. Now it’s back.

As a poorly-paid bartender, how can any of this be my problem? But Callie, another orphan of that battle, swears I’m the key to reviving the coven. And there’s an incredibly sexy guardian stranded on my couch who’s promising to help me stop the demons and keep the veil between the realms standing.

One problem: I’ve never been able to use magic. Our local bad boy warlock assures me I have the talent, but even if I did, we don’t have enough witches to complete a coven. The only way to survive is to pull together this pack of magicborn misfits, who have more secrets than spells, into a makeshift coven.

Can we—three untrained witches, a sarcastic warlock, and an overly intense guardian—take back the city…before the demongate falls and the forces that killed my mother destroy us too?


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MY REVIEW

A book featuring magic that I actually enjoyed (other than Harry Potter, of course). I'm not big on witches/warlocks, but Alix Hill and her coven eased many apprehensions I may have had. The book didn't have me jumping out of my seat, but it was entertaining enough to convince me to read to the end.

For many years, Alix has been led to believe that she's a Wont (a non-magical folk) like her guardian, Aunt Jenn, who she has lived with since the unfortunate demise of her parents in a freak bus accident nearly a decade ago. When she meets Asher at the bar where she works, she learns that things are not quite as they seem and that she may have inherited a lot more from her powerful mother than she had realised. Having discovered the truth behind what really caused her parents death and learning that the same threat that destoyed her mother's coven was still present in her city, she goes about reforming the coven to safeguard the city from the horde of demons that have infilitrated her world.

I'll be honest, apart from Alix, the characters didn't capture my focus - well, not enough to leave lasting impressions. As a team, they worked well together, but I didn't really care much about them as individuals. There were a lot of predictable moments (with one or two surprises) along with some convenient incidents (Alix helping Matt escape the Void with no prior training or any idea of what she was doing, for instance). I understand that things just happen sometimes, but when there's no explanation behind why it happened (the entire story is in the author's control, after all), it makes the story a lot less plausible. Using hindsight would help portray the story with a better understanding of all the contributing factors. The reason behind certain incidents doesn't have to be direct but rather alluded to. At least then, readers would have something to work with.

Overall, this was a good read. There were some good action and fight scenes with a potential romance brewing between Alix and Matt. I thought the plot and characterisation was a little underdeveloped, but it was good fun all the same.

VERDICT


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Review copy via Xpresso Book Tours



EXCERPT

“Alix.” At the familiar sly, British-accented voice, I turned to see Asher’s classically beautiful gaze trained on me. He wore a crisp linen button down with the sleeves rolled up his lean chiseled arms. Whips of black tattoos peaked out from the edges of his long black leather gloves. “What’s a sexy witch like you doing in Wont’s clothing?”

“Uh, witch?” I could hear the irritation in my own voice, which meant he could too. But hey, I no longer worked at Sanctum. I didn’t have to treat Asher with kid-gloves because he was a regular. Sure, he had diamond-sharp cheekbones, but if magic was some big turn on for him, screw that. “I’m as Wont as Wont gets, remember?”

“Right.” Asher gave an incredulous little laugh. Then, when he saw I wasn’t kidding, I guess, he quirked his eyebrows, perplexed. “Who cast that deception spell on you, I wonder?”

I rolled my eyes. “Listen, it’s been fun exploring your witch fetish.” Not really. “But I’ve got a job interview—for a real job—and I need to get my head in the game.”

“Of course, that explains your kit.” Asher bowed sardonically. “Much more Wontish and respectable than the bar gig, I’m sure.” He gazed down at the stainless steel to-go cup in his hand as if deliberating. Knowing his penchant for whiskey, I wondered if it contained just coffee or something stronger. When he looked up again, his entire tone had shifted. To anger. “Alix, did you not hear a word your friend was trying to tell you?” His normally measured voice clipped, ultra-low. Whoa, what the hell was happening? The urbane man I’d flirted and joked around with so many times at the bar was now glaring daggers at me. “The scales are tipping. Every one of us magicborn must do our part…”

He went on ranting at me, but my brain stuck on two words: us magicborn. Us? So Asher wasn’t a tourist after all? My mind reeled as I ran through all the magicborn beings my mother had told me about, so long ago… There were witches, and guardians, of course. Shifters, who kept to the margins of city life. Fae, who avoided cities altogether. What was Asher?

Other than, spitting mad at me.

“Are you blind?” He motioned to the bustling foot traffic outside. “Or are you really that repressed that you can’t see that our local crowd is increasingly more demon than human?”



About the Author 
Spells and skyscrapers. Warriors and warlocks. Coven secrets and forbidden romances. Sierra Cross lives for urban fantasy, for modern magic and the bold supernatural beings who stalk our contemporary world. Her Spelldrift universe stars kickass witches and their heroic guardians, as well as vampires, shifters, mages, Fidei, and the dark demonic forces that threaten them all.


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14 comments:

  1. I'm not that crazy about magic either, but I am glad you gave it a good honest review. I will read this! (jozywails@gmail.com)

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  2. The covers on her books are alluring! I love the sound of her books too.. I would love to read them!

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  3. You may say you're done with magic but that doesn't mean magic is done with you.

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  4. This sounds like a great read.

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  5. The book description and excerpt sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

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  6. Beautiful cover, looks interesting.
    Best wishes everyone!

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  7. I love an exciting book with magic in it.

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  8. I love that, in fiction, female characters get to take the negative, fearful mantle of “witch” and turn it into something positive and powerful.

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