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Monday, July 16, 2012

Riser by Becca C Smith

Black swirling holes churning madly in the center of every corpse. This is how eighteen-year-old Chelsan Derée sees the deceased. Her ability to connect to the black spinning holes allows her to control every dead thing within a four-mile radius.

But that's the least of her problems. It's 2320 and Chelsan Derée has to survive another year of high school, which for her is pure and utter torture, mainly due to the fact that her schoolmate Jill Forester's favorite activity is making Chelsan's life a living hell. If that isn't enough, Chelsan's impossible crush on Ryan Vaughn makes her brain do somersaults on a regular basis, especially since she is positive he doesn't know she exists. And being eighteen Chelsan has to deal with the pressure of whether or not she should take a little pill called Age-pro, which cures aging, making the world eighteen forever and highly over-populated.

When Chelsan's mother, Janet, is brutally killed, along with everyone else in her trailer park, Chelsan finds out that she was the intended target. Chelsan must use her power to raise and control the dead to save herself, protect her friends and take down the man responsible for murdering her mother

OK, so there is one thing that pushed me into reading this, apparently there was some drama in an earlier addition where a guy punched a girl and a huge fuss was made over it. To the point that after reading the version where the guy does punch her, I honestly didn't find it a big deal. I felt bad for the author because she actually went back and changed it because of people being unable to take a book, that is obviously not real, and deal with it. I hate to say it but women get punched, more and more girls get punched. Girls go into war and fight guys, so why raise such a fuss?
I want to make it absolutely clear that I am in no way advocating it, I don't think violence is OK for anyone nor does it solve anything but I didn't see the huge problem that seemed to cause people to see red. I wanted to give the author props though, she handled it very delicately and professionally.

The book was fairly good, sure it was rough but that is how it starts out sometimes, obviously it is an ARC considering there was a re-write, but what grammatical error's I spotted, they didn't take away from the story at all.

I liked how shallow she made some of the rich girls, I know that some of you will read this in the future and think, how could they want to shop, or how could they be thinking about something as simple as a crush at an important time as running for their lives. But honestly, think back when you were young, back then, those things were more important then breathing sometimes, sad but true for the most part. I loved that the characters seemed realistic because of those flaw's.

The whole concept of the book was intriguing, the swirling black holes over, where I pictured, a major chakra point, didn't go unnoticed. I liked that by tapping into it and controlling it she was able to raise the dead, and it wasn't just humans either.

There isn't really much bad I could say about this book, it wasn't for me, but I didn't dislike it, I certainly would recommend it to someone who asked but it won't be a re-read for me.
It was just kinda simple, I don't really care what happens next.

3 Raven's (It was ok.)

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