Author: Haley Fisher
Publication Date: February 2013
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
On Cara Weaver’s first day at her new high school—merely the next in a long line of new schools—she meets two senior boys: James Sable and Crispin Calaway. They’re new too; they’ve been at the school just longer than she has, and they’ve never made an effort to reach out to anyone. Until she comes. When her friends find out, they’re awed. But Cara can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to James and Crispin than the two are telling.
As the days go on, everything at her new home seems to be going better than it has in any of the previous cities she’s lived in. She loves her friends, gets a job at a bookstore, and even starts to spend more time with Crispin and James. She’s happy. But all that begins to change when she comes to realize that the two boys she’s becoming close to are hiding something. It’s then that she knows her unexplainable wariness of them has been justified all along. But she keeps it a secret.
Days later, when a stranger accosts her outside a small shopping center, Crispin and James arrive just in time to help her. But they seem know the attacker. And instead of running him off, Crispin and James take Cara away, for her own protection.
With little explanation, Cara is told that she’s important and that she can’t go home until the boys have sorted some things out. In the meantime, Cara’s world is being turned upside down as she finds out that there is more to her life than she possibly imagined.
I should start by saying that I can’t wait for the next book! I am so impressed with this debut novel! My biggest hope is that I don’t have to wait too long for the next in the series!
Cara and her family have just moved – AGAIN. Then her parents are pretty much nonexistent after that. They expect her to get the house in order and to be mother to her little sister Sophie. This move is different from the others. Cara wastes no time in making friends. Even Sophie has a new best friend. Plus Cara finds that someone is making her heart flutter for the first time. Something’s different about James, though, and she just can’t figure out what it is. Whatever it is, it also involves his friend Crispin. Then after an attack in town, Cara learns that not only are James and Crispin different but she is, too.
The book is an easy read, and has a nice smooth pace. I must admit that I wanted to rush it along a few times just to see how things progressed between Cara and James. I loved Cara’s character. She just calls things like they are, and James’ personality really seems to complement her. I really loved how Cara took such good care of Sophie at the beginning. I did question why she doesn’t make a bigger deal about returning to her after they are separated, however. I also have to say that the POV switched sometimes without any warning.
The plot is very intriguing. It’s unpredictable and leaves you wanting to know what’s next. I have wondered why some of the characters have just been forgotten, but they may come into play in the future books, so it’s hard for me to really comment on that at the moment. There are still so many questions to be answered. The big thing is that I want to know the answers. I think at least most of the things I question right now will be answered in the rest of the series. I suppose my biggest question right now is when can I expect the next book?? I rate this a solid 4 stars!! It was an impressive debut novel! I should also say that with the exception of some rare strong language, it is also a very “clean” YA novel.
This was a great read! It’s geared toward young adults but even as an old adult I loved the story and found the characters smart and engaging. I am very much looking forward to the next installment! – Midge (Amazon)
Haley Fisher does an amazing job of really bringing the story to life with her words. She is a very talented young author. I can’t wait to read the sequel to this book. – Patriot (Amazon)
About the Author
For as long as I can remember I’ve been an avid reader and an aspiring writer, but the step toward actually getting a book published is an enormous one for me. This is a big deal. And, as I’ve been told, the next step to being successful is getting the word out that my book exists.
So, though it’s not in print yet – it’s coming out February 14th–I’d love for people to keep an eye out for Rising Calm. It’ll be the first in a series of books about a young girl who finds out her life and her fate are far bigger than she ever realized. At the risk of giving too much away, the most I can tell you for now is that there is magic, prophecy, new worlds, and a cast of characters who I love to write.
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