Now I Rise by: Kiersten White

Summary:

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost.

The Review:

Last year, I read the first book And I Darken, and it was one of my favorite books that I read last year, so of course I was excited to read its sequel, and it really didn’t disappoint and was a really great sequel.

The book picks up some time after the ending of And I Darken with Lada trying to reclaim Wallachia. I like Lada in this book, she is starting to become a lot more darker in this book. I like that she has a bigger leadership role, she reminded me a lot of Adelina from The Young Elites. She is very blood thirsty, but what made it good was the fact that she was still sympathetic. She does a lot of awful things throughout the book, but in a way you see that there is a reason for her doing those awful things.

Radu, a character who I felt was very whiny in the previous book was a lot better developed in this book. He spends most of book basically torn between his allegiance to Mehmed and his sister, Lada. When asked to be a double agent for Mehmed he starts to learn about Mehmed’s dealings and wondering if there is more than meets the eye. I liked his relationship with Cyprian was really well developed and I liked his character. Radu was a lot more fleshed out in this book and is starting to become one of my favorite characters.

While the book wan’t was action heavy as other fantasy books it relied primarily on military strategy and forming alliances with kingdoms mainly with the Italians. I loved seeing the Italians, it was great that we were able to see other kingdoms within the series and it was nice to see it expanded upon. It also dives heavily into the political aspect of the world, which I always found was very lacking in other YA novels.

I would also describe this book as sort of a “bridge book”. While it isn’t as plot driven, it was very character driven. It also had a lot of build up that will hopefully pay off in the next book. I don’t know if this will be a trilogy or will there be more books, but if any of the first two books if anything I think the series should only get better.

In the end, Now I Rise was a fantastic sequel that expanded on both its universe and its characters. The two leads had a lot more development and had a lot more character progression. I really have high hopes for this series and I hope it gets better.

Grade: 4.5/5

 

Hype or Like Friday: My Most Anticipated Reads of 2017

Hello Friday everyone,

The Theme for Hype or Like Friday January is New Beginnings and the Book of the Month is The Serpent King

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.
January 13th Topic: Most Anticipated of 2017 – Which books are you most excited to get your hands on this year?

Another great topic, Wednesday I already did my debut authors I am excited about and this will talk about more books I am excited for.

Warcross by Marie Lu

When you find out that one of your favorite authors is writing another series, of course you would jump for joy. The premise also looks interesting. It looks like it will be a sci fi story. I am excited to see what Marie Lu does with that genre, as both a fan of Legend trilogy and Young Elites trilogy.

The Gatlon School of Vigilantes by Marissa Meyer

This already had me sold with superheros. It also had me sold with Marissa Meyer. I loved her Lunar Chronicles series, loved Heartless, now I want to see what she can do with the superhero genre. The premise also reminds me a lot of the movie Sky High with the school of superheros divided by heroes and sidekicks.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

I really liked This Savage Song, and I want to see where the story continues especially after how the first one ended. Victoria Schwab is slowly becoming by favorite author.

Now I Rise by Kiersten White 

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Another sequel to one of my favorite books And I Darken. I want to see how the story continues and what more twists and turns it will come up with it.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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From the author of the Divergent trilogy. While I wasn’t a huge fan of Allegiant, I did like the other two books, I also like that this is set in space so of course I have to read it, and I hope it is a lot better than the Divergent series.

Those are books I am excited for for 2017. What books are you excited to read in 2017? Is there any books you would like me to add? Let me know in the comments below.