TBT Review: Riser (The Riser Saga #1) by Becca C. Smith

TBTI had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the blog hosting company, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  I will be posting these reviews under a new blog post called Throw Back Thursday Reviews, until I have posted them all on this blog. 🙂 See some that I have already posted here.


Goodreads Summary:

Black swirling holes churning madly in the center of every corpse. This is how eighteen-year-old Chelsan Derée sees the deceased. Her ability to connect to the black spinning holes allows her to control every dead thing within a four-mile radius.

But that’s the least of her problems. It’s 2320 and Chelsan Derée has to survive another year of high school, which for her is pure and utter torture, mainly due to the fact that her schoolmate Jill Forester’s favorite activity is making Chelsan’s life a living hell. If that isn’t enough, Chelsan’s impossible crush on Ryan Vaughn makes her brain do somersaults on a regular basis, especially since she is positive he doesn’t know she exists. And being eighteen Chelsan has to deal with the pressure of whether or not she should take a little pill called Age-pro, which cures aging, making the world eighteen forever and highly over-populated.

When Chelsan’s mother, Janet, is brutally killed, along with everyone else in her trailer park, Chelsan finds out that she was the intended target.

Chelsan must use her power to raise and control the dead to save herself, protect her friends and take down the man responsible for murdering her mother.

My Thoughts:


I got this book for free in exchange for a free and honest review.
This book was unputdownable! This book is set in the future (year 2320). This book is really creative. Boy has the future changed: hover cars; all paper products are outlawed, so you can only use e-readers or computers; a pill that makes you live forever, and makes you stop aging. And yet, not so much has changed: high school is tough, and high school girls are bitches; there is a distinct class system, and the rich people think they are better than everyone else; boys are clueless. It stars Chelsan, an 18 year old high school student, who has the power to raise the dead. She has a scholarship to go to a ritzy private school, where almost everyone hates her, because she is poor. She has to go to the private school, so that she can stay within four miles of her stepdad, who died 11 years ago, and she is keeping alive. Her powers quit working if she is more than 4 miles away. The book was written in first person, kind of like a diary/memory, with dates as the chapter names. So much happens in this book! It is non-stop action and drama. Chelsan finds out why she has powers, and no one else does, she also finds out her mom was murdered, and someone is out to kill her too. There is a semi-love triangle thing going on also. There is some strange things to consider about this future, like the fact that people can be over 100 years old and look 18, and dating seems to be based on the age you look, not the age you are. I loved this book. Book 2 is on my wish list for sure!




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