The Rising Series by Kristen Ashley

I will be the first to say I’m not normally a fantasy reader. However, my friends have been hounding me for months to read Kristen Ashley, so when I had the chance to listen to this for free, I decided it was meant to be. I am so glad I did! I was completely hooked from beginning to end, then I immediately had to go on to book two.

This is such an interesting combination of romance and fantasy. I was completely invested in both the stories of the couples and the need to defeat the beast. There are definitely some dark themes I wouldn’t normally be okay with in something like contemporary romance or realistic fiction, but it is very clear who the good and bad guys are, and the fantasy aspect made it completely okay for me.

Each of these couples has unique and interesting challenges to overcome that had me hooked on each and every one of them. I wanted to see them work through their problems so they could possibly find some happiness amid everything else that was going on. While they’ve made progress on this, I’m still anxious to see how they progress. I’m also completely anxious to see what happens with the battle of the beast. While this ends on a complete cliffy, I’m glad the other books are either available or releasing soon so we don’t have to wait long.

I absolutely loved this continuation to The Beginning of Everything! I’m still 100% hooked on each of these couples. I love following each of them throughout this story. Each of their struggles is unique and interesting, but I really enjoyed watching the friendships that developed throughout this part of the story.

I am also becoming more and more invested in the story of the beast. As I fall more and more for these characters, my need to see the traitors and the beast brought to justice grows. I need to see good win over evil, but I think there is going to be a lot more heartache before we see that as a possibility. My emotions are as high as my need for book three. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of this series!

The narration for these books is excellent. I really enjoy the accents, and having a full cast is incredibly helpful in keeping the characters straight! These narrators bring all the drama and emotion of these stories through perfectly!

I highly recommend this series, and I can’t wait to finish it! While it’s not my normal listen, it had me completely hooked!

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