ARC Review: She Rises by Caitlin Denman

Attina and Raven made it to Sanctuary now the real work begins. When Attina is sent on a mission to find supplies for Sanctuary her alliances, self-worth, and powers are tested. She finds a new confidant in Roy, a scarred resident in Sanctuary. He knows more about Attina than she knows about herself. Her powers still evade her but with Roy and Raven by her side, she knows she can become the queen she is meant to be. But when Allister shows himself again her world is turned upside down as the lines between friend and enemy are blurred.

  • Title: She Rises
  • Author: Caitlin Denman
  • Series: She Awakens
  • Publisher: N/A
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2021
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Source: ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
  • Targeted Age Range: YA
  • Content Warnings: N/A
  • Rating: ★★★★

The book begins right where the first one ended. Attina is waking up in a new place called The Sanctuary. After walking and riding for days AND being bitten by a Solis she is finally getting a little bit better until she is face to face with James.

The 2nd book has been way more amazing than the 1st one. We’re getting 3 POVs, more action, even more world-building, and also character building because Attina is finally growing and shows that she can be a queen.

This time I really enjoyed her, she stood her ground and even tho she still had panic attacks she fought through them and fought back including James. And she is becoming a true queen. It’s indeed a slow character development but a really good one.

Allister & James are such complete characters, one is good but shows as bad, and one is bad but looks as being good. Such deceiving characters and they take you by surprise when you read them – they’re definitely not what they seem to be.

This time the book has been faster and more action and adventure-focused. If the first one was slower and more focused on the development of the characters and the world-building, the 2nd one will deliver lots of plot twists, gasping moments, and also very sweet moments. I love the feelings that are developing between Attina and Allister and I’m so excited about reading more about them.

There might be a small trigger warning – when comes to James, he is way more controlling and more abusive. It didn’t trigger me but some people might get triggered by it.

Overall the book is really great, I will definitely follow through with the next ones in the series because I want to know what happens next.

Disclosure: I’ve received an eBook copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.

Caitlin lives and grew up in Southern California with her family and her three horses, three dogs, and a cat. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s in agribusiness.

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