Rise Book Cover Rise
Luis Almonte
YA, Paranormal
August 27th 2016
Paperback, Kindle
Xpresso Books

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?

Disclaimer: This book was given to me for by Xpresso Books free in exchange for an honest review, in no way my opinion about the book was affected by this. I judge the books only not the authors.

Well well, let me begin with saying that I have mixed feelings about this book. 

I mean I enjoyed it this cannot be hidden, but there were some elements that did not match my taste quite well. 

I loved the writing style, the fact that Luis was able to portrait the female leading character was really admirable and I really appreciated that. I loved the connection that Alexia has with her siblings and her family also the magic and the whole world were really well done. I am aware that this is only the first book so it was just a settlement of the whole story and there is much more to come. I did not like how fast some of the events developed, without spoiling anything it was not to my liking that there was some rush on the whole storyline and it did not feel right to me. On the other hand all the characters have a distinct personality and their own opinions, which is an important factor in a book.

There were some parts that reminded me of Divergent and Harry Potter I personally find it fine I did not dislike it. It felt familiar and I could more easily imagine the whole scene.

Overall I liked it and it was a quick enjoyable read for those who like magic, witches and vampires in one place like I do. I don’t want to  give too much away from the story so if you are interested pick it up and read it!

I am sure that the upcoming book will be more elaborated and I am looking forward to reading it! 




Luis Almonte


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 instalment 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 instalment in the series






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