Risen; The Review

When I went to dinner with the Typelings on Saturday, Britney very graciously gifted me my very own copy of Risen. I started reading it that night and after hours of late-night suspense and creepification, finished it Tuesday (yesterday) at 10:15am.

First, I have to say... wow.


I will not give away any major plot points, but I will be talking about the characters a bit and their tendencies. If you don't want to hear it yet, get out of here and go order your own copy.

From a technical perspective, I could tell that this book was not professionally edited, as there were a few typo's here and there, (a misspelled word, or an accidentally capitalized letter, etc.) but for an avid reader like me, it didn't throw me off at all. In fact, it was almost refreshing to know that I'm not the only one who misses little things like that.

From a content perspective, I have to say that Britney has an amazing talent for description. I usually get turned off by too much description, but the pictures she painted for me were so beautiful, and described to concisely that I could see vividly what she wanted me to see. There were only a couple times in all 363 pages that I found myself looking for how long I had until the next dialogue, and that's saying something, because I do that all the time in EVERY book I read... even HP.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this novel is the characters and the way they interact. The main character, Sunny, is very honest, and real, which makes her relate-able. I find myself sympathizing with her and understanding the swings her emotions sometimes take. I also found myself physically reacting the way she was to certain things, you know, making the facial expressions, and saying her lines out loud the way I thought she would say them. Personally, I think I'd be a pretty good audiobook reader, now that I think about it...

Finn, the main supporting character, is charming, funny, and very attractive. {I think I may have a little bit of a fiction-crush on him, don't tell Turner} And for some reason, even though I knew he was American, I kept wanting to give him a British accent... hot fiction guys always have accents, right? Anyway...

The antagonist is an interesting character, and that's where I felt the most creepiness, almost to the point where I was afraid I would get nightmares. Also, I felt sorry for him at certain times, because he, too, is relate-able. But that only made it all the more frightening when he... well, I won't ruin it for you.

HA ha ha HA!

The one thing that made me the happiest though, was the ending. I'll tell you right now, it's a cliff-hanger. But Britney rounded it off so smoothly, ending it in the perfect place, so that I didn't feel jipped (sp). Of course there are unanswered questions, but that's why she's currently writing Book #2! Her ending gives me confidence that I can do the same with my book. Right now, my ending isn't an ending at all. It feels like it should just move on to another chapter. I have to work on it...

So if you haven't already, go enter the GIVEAWAY for your chance to win a free signed copy of Risen, along with other awesome prizes!

Scared Silly,

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