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December 12, 2013

Braine Reviews: Galilee Rising by Jennifer Harlow

Series: Galilee Falls Trilogy 2
Format: Mobi
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Devil On The Left Books
Source: Author
Genre: Adult Fantasy
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…







I'm on a roll and *knocks on wood* I hope I won't jinx it. The past few days has been spectacular reading-wise, which is great consolation because my immune system is currently at war fighting off the chills of Winter Colds. And with that, I apologize if I'm once again hovering over the blogosphere. 

GALILEE RISING is the heart stopping second book in Jennifer Harlow's Galilee Falls Trilogy. Let me get this out of the way before I proceed. Ms. Harlow, please don't end the series yet! These superheroes are the gifts that keeps on giving and I hope you'll consider extending the expiration date of this brilliant series of yours. I don't know how you're going to do it, overdose on your magic juju juice, talk with the leprechauns in your backyard, have your Muses serenade you, I really don't care what you do it as long as you write more superhero books! I'll offer a blood sacrifice on your behalf if you say YES!

Yup, Supies, I have to grovel and beg because Galilee Falls Trilogy is frickin' awesome! When I hear stories about superheroes I instantly think about comic books and thought bubbles. Superhero stories are visual and I was under the assumption that I need aids to clearly see WTH is going on because of the nature of the genre. JHarlow blew that assumption out of the water. Given the fast pace and marvelous imagery, I never had a hard time grasping all those explosive scenes with bridges blowing up and superhumans flying in the sky. I've always said my brain capacity short circuits when reading fantasy novels but JHarlow is so skilled with the "pen" not only did I have clear pictures of the story, I also felt every fear, anxiety and other nuance Jaoanna Fallon & Co. experienced in Justice and GALILEE RISING
--the life you had is over. That things will never be the same. That for better of for worse, you're not the same. Where you choose to go from there is entirely up to you. You can either let the pain, the guilt, become your only friend. Your prison. Or you can let it teach you, perhaps even make you stronger in some ways.
Af I have to sum GALILEE RISING up in one word my answer is rebuilding. When Justice ended, Joanna's life fell apart after Justin's death and Justice bid farewell to his beloved city of Galilee Falls. In GALILEE RISING, the town has moved on and now have three new resident superheroes, King Tempest, Lady Liberty and Lord Nightingale, which is makes up The Royal Triumvirate. As for Joanna, she's semi-adjusted to her role as billionaire heiress/corporate executive, though still an outsider amongst the ritzy cliques, she's now part of their circle regardless of the hows and whys. On a more personal level, Joanna found herself a new man in scientist Jem Ambrose. I instantly loved Jem, he's awkward, shy but gorgeous in a genius, geeky kind of way. There's a twist to this love match and I'm sure you'll be able to guess it right away. The only difference is Joanna's no damsel in distress because she's not a damsel, #1, and #2, she may not be a super but she's a hero nonetheless. And that's the what makes this series so exciting because the real hero is Joanna. This lady is an awesome tactician and that is her superpower.

Like a I said in my Justice review, the series has dark tones to it despite the fanciful plot and characters. To compare it to movies, this is like your Christopher Nolan superhero story where the heroes are noble but flawed. JHarlow mentioned in her Galilee Falls guest post that in essence the series is from an anti-heroes POV [Joanna Fallon] and as she's the main thread, the rest of the characters keeps up with the tone. GALILEE RISING's main conflict is about a suped up sibling rivalry and though it's very exaggerated, the concept won't escape you. The setting and other fantastical elements might fly over our heads but the human element of the novel is very relatable and heartbreaking even. And that's why GALILEE RISING is Suped Up, not only for its badass plot and vivid fight scenes but how human these characters are despite their superpowers.

As for the series plot, I found it so interesting that Joanna's greatest ally in GALILEE RISING is her greatest nemesis. That is just genius on JHarlow's part that put quite an interesting twist on things. Which makes me wonder if book 3 will revisit some parts of Justice of it it's going to be a whole new plot. And as we're a book away from the ending, I really don't know how JHarlow is going to conclude this story. It feels like there's so much more to tell and I don't think three books will be enough to cover so much ground. However, JHarlow never fails to surprise me so I'm sure that I'll both be wailing and laughing when book 3 comes out. As for now, stay safe and healthy guys, keep yourselves warm and curl up with a superhero book for a change. Joanna Fallon and her league of superheroes will provide you with much entertainment and joy.


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Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virgina home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills.


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25 comments:

  1. Love the sound of a heart stopping 2nd book!

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    1. You know what to read first in case you want to try a superhero book :)

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  2. I was asked to read this title a while back but I just couldn't squeeze it in. I'm now regretting that after reading your review! *face palm*

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  3. This sounds intense, so glad your reads have been good. I have been ill so I feel your pain regarding Winter Chills. I will add book one to my list!

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    1. I hope you're feeling better... You won't regret reading this.

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  4. I love this review! It's so great when you find a book/series that exceeds all expectations.

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  5. Great review! Lately my reads have been meh so I need to add what you've been reading to my list.

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    1. I know how that feels. This month has been really good in terms of books. I hope I won't jinx it.

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  6. Fantabulous review, Braine! I've never heard of this series but it sounds fascinating. And if you're willing to offer a blood sacrifice for more books...well, they must be something! ;)

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    1. Hahahaha! Yeah I am *grabs the poor chicken*

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  7. I have never read a superhero book. These sound good. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I have some books about superheroes but I haven't read one yet, I need to! I think I have the first one somewhere... I'm glad it was so good and I didn't know it was a trilogy, I understand that you want more of them lol.

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    1. Add this to your list, you'll get hooked!

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  9. That cover is badass! And a Suped Up rating! Wow! Glad you've been lucky with books lately. I don't think I've read a superhero book before, graphic novels yes, so will definitely check this series out.

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  10. I love super heroes and this book sounds totally up my alley! Thanks for the great review :)

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Glad to make a great recommendation to you :)

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  11. Lately I've been also on a roll, but sadly of not good books. I need a good book, I'm going to check out first book in this series.

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    1. I know how that feels! I hope you get a lucky reading streak, there's nothing more discouraging than reading a stream of meh books :S

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  12. The cover for book one has been putting me off but I guess I shouldn't judge a book by its cover. I still haven't learnt how not to do that. Great review :)

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