Paperback: 378 pagesRising Shadow follows the story of Ashlyn Woods, a junior at the University of Santa Barbara. She is trying to start her life fresh after a string of bad behavior and horrible boyfriends, but what she finds when she gets there is more than just a fresh start. Weird things are happening to Ashlyn and to her roommate, Rebecca, and soon the two find themselves in the middle of a fantastical adventure. They are Soterians, people gifted with special powers when the forces of evil tip the scales too far in the wrong direction. It is their job to bring the world back into balance by fighting evil wherever they can. The two joined by other Soterians, and along with their trainer, John, work together, learning how to use their special gifts, while also still dealing college life, and, of course, falling in love.
Publisher: Jacquelyn Wheeler (September 10, 2009)
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This story reminded me a lot of the t.v. series HEROS. Although it definitely had it's own unique and creative storyline and the characters and different powers. The story was filled with action and suspense, though the characters were always encouraged to use their brains to defeat evil, before jumping into butt-kicking.
There's definitely a political overtone to the story, as a lot of what is happening has to politicians. There are a lot of political views that are bashed by the main and supporting characters. Also, Ashlyn talks a lot about her decision not to eat meat anymore, or drink alcohol, as it was a destructive behavior in her life.
This book had a lot of great characters, that I enjoyed reading about. Ashlyn is admirable and strong. I liked that she decided on her own to change her life from one leading down a path of destruction, to a more responsible and healthy life. Kai was a fantastic boyfriend for her. Although, possibly too perfect....he was a "rock" for Ashlyn, always there for her when she needed him. Their romance was definitely on the fast-track to love, but this is spurred on by a connection that is formed by Ashlyn's gift, and not necessarily a bad thing. Rebecca is such an awesome friend. She is just the kind of friend anyone would want to have, and certainly helps Ashlyn keep her cool, and think about things rationally and unselfishly.
Overall this is a great read for those who like sci-fi, adventure, fantasy, or super heroes.
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