Today I will be reviewing Rise by Luis Almonte.
This was a fairly typical book for what I was expecting from the genre, but that certainly doesn't mean it was bad. In fact, the book was really well put together and I liked the main character quite a bit. Alexia was a really provocative character and watching her go through her trials all while trying to deal with the normal things a girl her age would face were interesting.
It isn't my normal genre of book to read, but there were enough fun elements to the story and actual magic/wizardry to draw me in and make the book interesting even without some of the other elements I would expect from a story like this.
I'm not sure if I'll get the next book in the series or not, but I certainly did enjoy this first book and can see a lot of fans of this sort of coming-of-age story really having fun with this.
If you're looking for a story to break the mold and really do something new with this type of story, then this isn't for you. But, if you want a fun coming of age story about a witch, this should be perfect!
Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Alexia Wick is an ordinary girl, with extraordinary abilities. She attends the prestigious South Haven Academy for the Gifted and Talented, but unknown to the other students, she is an Alerium witch. The daughter of a High Priest and Priestess, Alexia must learn to navigate the pressures of high school, all while preparing for one of the biggest competitions of her life- the Annual Trials.
Skill, stamina, and loyalty will all be tested in Rise, the first installment of the Trifecta Series. In this debut contemporary fantasy novel, magic gets real as Alexia trains for the Annual Trials, which pits teen against teen, by focusing on her craft and pushing her magic and spell casting abilities to their absolute limit. When the handsome and confident Kaleb moves into town, he offers Alexia a welcome distraction from the Trials, but a dark secret could soon tear them apart.
In the trials arena, friendships will be put to the test, fears will be confronted head-on, and powerful spells will be unleashed. When Alexia is confronted with the ultimate game of chance, and is torn between her ﬁrst real love and the allegiance that binds her to her coven, will she buckle under the weight of the pressure ... or will she rise to the challenge?
About the Author
Almonte is an author and poet who resides in New York with his spouse and two dogs. Rise is his debut novel, and is the first installment in the Trifecta Series, a young adult trilogy that is setting the literary world on fire!
He is an alumnus of New York University, where he studied leadership and management. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, entertaining, and reading. He is also an avid poker player. He attributes much of his success to his family, and is looking forward to writing the follow-up installment in the series.