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Rising by Holly Kelly


Rising by Holly Kelly is a tale of underwater romance.  Holly Kelly creates a vivid underwater world with new creatures and a swoon-worthy hero, Xanthus (I love that name!).  There’s nail-biting conflict from the beginning and the author manages to keep you on your toes right until the very end.

What I liked:

The setting.  Not only do I love to read about Hawaii, Kelly created an awesome underwater world that I could easily visualize.

The Dagonians.  I loved the lore behind them which was well thought out, and I loved the conflict with the Mers.

Xanthus and I have a love-hate relationship.  He pushes the limits of the Alpha male trope, and there are some things he did that drove me crazy, but overall, I enjoyed his character.  Although dropping Sara in the water when she was terrified was not cool, man.

What didn’t work:

Sara.  She was such a pushover from the gate.  I mean Xanthus scheduled a cosmetic surgery for her to get her eyes changed (it was a good reason) and she didn’t even blink.  Also, their relationship seemed a bit rushed for me.

Some of the dialogue came off a little stilted and formal, and I did find a couple mistakes, but overall, the writing wasn’t bad.

My Rating: 4/5

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 3/5

Dialogue: 2/5

Writing: 3/5

Entertainment: 4/5

Creature Feature: 5/5

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One thought on “Rising by Holly Kelly

  1. Thank you for reviewing my book! I’m so glad you liked it. 🙂


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