Book Review of Rise by Luis Almonte
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.
Fans of young witch stories and finding out there are powers inside of you will love this story!
Not normally my cup of tea, this book was compelling enough to suck me into the world and make me root for Alexia and her school problems she is facing with friends, Kaleb, and the trials she has to undergo. The thing is, the writing was superb and the characterization unique and interesting enough to suck me right in and keep its grip on me.
It kept moving without a lot of issues and didn't get bogged down, and it managed to add a few little unique and romantic moments without exiting from a kid-friendly book. I was really impressed with the way the action was described, too, and will definitely be looking for more from this author in the future.
If you like this kind of book, go out and grab your copy today!
About the Book
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?