Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Galilee Rising by Jennifer Harlow [Review]
Galilee Rising (Galilee Falls Trilogy #2) by Jennifer Harlow
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: November 14, 2013

Galilee Falls Trilogy
1. Justice
2. Galilee Rising - Paperback | Kindle

Jennifer Harlow
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Love in the time of superheroes...

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Confucius

The year since Galilee Falls lost its reigning superhero Justice has not been kind to Joanna Fallon. She's lost her best friend, her boyfriend, her badge, even her mind. The city of Galilee Falls hasn't fared much better with supervillain related crime skyrocketing to cataclysmic proportions. Deliverance for the city arrives in the guise of The Royal Triumvirate--King Tempest, Lady Liberty, and Lord Nightingale--who vow to be the heroes the city needs. Salvation for Joanna appears in the brilliant form of Dr. Jem Ambrose, another lost soul in need of saving. But salvation comes with a high price. When Emperor Cain, an old nemesis of The Triumvirate, decides he will stop at nothing to make sure there is no city left to defend, it is up to Joanna to rise not only for her city, for her new love, but for herself as well…
Thoughts on Galilee Rising: Holy crud, Joanna hasn't had an easy year. And with some of the foreshadowing I see for book 3 (unless I'm just projecting, which is ENTIRELY possible), things are going to get rougher once certain truths come to light. Honestly, I don't know what to think. I DON'T KNOW! I'm on the "there's potential for complete happiness and yet THINGS ARE GOING TO COME TO A HEAD! I CAN FEEL IT!" emotional roller coaster. Well played, Jennifer Harlow. Well played.

So, book 1 in this series kind of gutted me. When Joanna finds out the truth about Justin, I was ten kinda of weepy. As I was reading this book, I kept looking at the things that were happening and thinking "Oh, no. OH, NO!" And there was a point where we, as the reader, can see things so clearly that it looked like Joanna couldn't avoid being hurt in that same way again. Then, THEN, Joanna pulls a rabbit out of her hat and completely surprised me and IT MADE SENSE. I can't help but be impressed when things come together so nicely like that.

The ending is suitably climactic, the characters are put through the wringer, and bad, bad things happen. Joanna teeters between being a strong, confident woman and being a complete wreck. She's dealing with the events that happened a year ago but there are days when she breaks down and has a hard time finding her way out of the darkness.

If you dig superheroes, supervillains, and one ordinary woman who doesn't know how to sit idly by when people need her, this series will be one you want to try. Just, you know, have tissues handy because the betrayals are brutal and the buildup to them is painful to watch. In a good way. And by good, I mean entertaining. And by entertaining, I mean you'll hurt as the characters hurt.

But in a good way! I SWEAR!

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