Monday, 20 June 2011

Rise by Stefne Miller

Rise 
Stefne Miller
Tate Publishing & Enterprises
[March 6, 2011/June 21, 2011]

"I’d come to a place of realizing that even if only for a time, Attie’s existence was heavily dependent upon my ability to protect her and shine light in her direction. At the same time, I had to give her enough room to live her own life. I also knew the connection was fragile and that as I navigated the space just outside her world, if her life were to start to spin out of control, I wouldn’t be able to come closer and intervene without causing more damage. I understood that I was created to be a part of her life, but only at a safe distance.

Our universe, the one that seemed to only include us, was about to be hurled into an entirely new solar system."
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Attie Reed has finally found some happiness after the accident that took her mother’s and best friend’s lives and nearly destroyed hers. But that doesn’t mean life is going to get easier. She may not have nighttime monsters to fight, but her world is about to spin wildly out of orbit.

In the captivating, highly anticipated sequel to Stefne Miller’s Salvaged, Attie is faced with the challenge of fitting in at a new school while figuring out her next steps. Riley continues to fight with her and for her as she encounters difficult battles. He has been her protection, but he can’t protect her forever.

When Attie’s father finally comes back into her life, she is faced with her most difficult decision yet: to stay in Oklahoma and keep the life she has made or return to New York to repair her relationship with her father and allow herself to heal. What happens will define who she is and who she will become. Can she fight this battle alone and Rise? Or will she continue to fall out of orbit and be lost forever?

Intense. Unpredictable. Heart wrenching. Romantic. Wonderful.

Stefne Miller's grown into an even better writer. It's hard to believe, but she has. The emotions this time were so much more intense for both the characters and me. At times, it felt like my heart really was breaking and other times I nearly burst into tears.

The characters were as real as ever. For a lot of the book, I was annoyed with Attie for her reactions, but they made sense considering what was going on in her life and what's happened to her in the past. Riley was as sweet and patient as ever and that boy...he's trying to take my heart. I can feel it.

I just absolutely adore Attie and Riley's story, from Salvaged to Rise. I love how they transitioned as individuals and as a couple. I love how their families change. I love how their faith changes. And I love how Stefne's changed as a writer.

Really, I just think everyone should read this, even if you aren't religious or don't want to read Christian fiction, this isn't JUST about religion. It's about relationships (romantic, family, friends, and yes with God) and dealing with horrible events and just....growing as a person. They're phenomenal books that I highly recommend.

--Julie

*About the Release Dates: You can order a copy from Stefne's site and even get it signed now. But it won't be available on Amazon until tomorrow.

4 comments:

  1. I really need to read Salvaged as well! They sound like unique and intriguing reads. Thanks for the review!

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  2. I absolutely adored Salvaged when I read and reviewed it. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Rise. Thanks for the review, it just heightened my excitement to read the rest of Attie's story.

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  3. Glad you loved it! I loved Salvaged, and I have a copy of this waiting to be read...I need to get to it soon.

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  4. This one sounds really wonderful. I need to hurry up and get my copy. Fantastic review!

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