Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Riser. Virtual Blog Tour

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As part of a virtual blog tour, I got a chance to read and write up a review for Riser, by Becca Smith. This book is a mixture of YA sci/fi horror.  Stick around, and I hope you enjoy the post!

BLURB: Black swirling holes churning madly in the center of every corpse. This is how eighteen-year-old Chelsan Derée sees the deceased. Her ability to connect to the black spinning holes allows her to control every dead thing within a four-mile radius. 

But that's the least of her problems. It's 2320 and Chelsan Derée has to survive another year of high school, which for her is pure and utter torture, mainly due to the fact that her schoolmate Jill Forester's favorite activity is making Chelsan's life a living hell. If that isn't enough, Chelsan's impossible crush on Ryan Vaughn makes her brain do somersaults on a regular basis, especially since she is positive he doesn't know she exists. And being eighteen Chelsan has to deal with the pressure of whether or not she should take a little pill called Age-pro, which cures aging, making the world eighteen forever and highly over-populated.

When Chelsan's mother, Janet, is brutally killed, along with everyone else in her trailer park, Chelsan finds out that she was the intended target. Chelsan must use her power to raise and control the dead to save herself, protect her friends and take down the man responsible for murdering her mother.

Review: Riser is a very intriguing start to what looks like to be a series, or at least have a few more books to go along with it. The concept is interesting and unique. Chelsan has a gift, if that's what you want to call it, and it's something that changes her life. She's always had it, but now that she's older, secrets will come out that may explain everything, but they won't do much to keep her safe.

This is a fast paced story, one that grabbed me from the start.  The book is set in the future, but there does't seem to be a whole lot that has changed in the author's version of a future world.

Riser also has some funny moments. Of course, in typical teenage fashion, there are the normal mean girls, and sometimes Chelsan uses her "power" to get back at someone. It's nothing dangerous at all, but just struck me as funny because I would have loved to be able to do things like that to people that decided to pick on me....

Becca Smith has created an intriguing premise with Riser, and I'd love to read other books by this author. I love a good horror and sci/fi mix, and Riser definitely rose to exceed expectations!


Becca C Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. 

Becca is the author of the teen horror/sci-fi novel, Riser. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted and also wrote and illustrated Little Family Secrets, a graphic novel based on the true story of her great aunt who was famous for murdering her husband.

She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two cats Jack and Duke.

Riser on Barnes & Noble


  1. Good review! This does sound like it has an interesting premise and it sounds different from a lot of the YA books that are out there.

  2. Nice review! Sounds like a fantastic read. Thanks for sharing it.