Title: Galilee Rising
Author: Jennifer Harlow
Series: Galilee Falls Trilogy #2
Publication: December 10th 2013 by Devil on the Left Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy ~ Adult
Cover Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 3/5
Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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 going to say this right away. I was slightly disappointed with Galilee Rising. I mean, it was still a likable book and the last 10 to 7 chapters I couldn’t stop reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen… yet it wasn’t enough to wow me like the first book, Justice, did.
I guess the main reason for not loving this book was that a lot had changed between the ending of Justice and the beginning of Galilee Rising. It was quite shocking. I guess I just do not well with change. I did approve of some of the changes but mostly I was left feeling meh about it all. Also some things were really obvious like who King Tempest, Lady Liberty and Lord Nightingale were in the real world. At least this time Joanna found out too pretty fast unlike with Justice.
I also had a hard time getting into the book. It took me at least the first 50-60% to really start enjoying it. Right about when the true action began. I do love the action scenes and the heroes and villain fighting. There were also some very shocking things revealed. And why do my favorite heroes always have to die?
I loved Joanna in the first but but in this one I liked her a lot less. The good thing is, after a year, she’s starting to get back on the right track, changing her life and finding new love. That’s all good and well but I really disliked the romance. Actually, I just disliked Jem. Maybe other will love him but I just didn’t. It happens. As for the other characters I loves the new ones like Lexie and Brendan. But I missed Harry. Due to everything that happened in the year between now and the last book he wasn’t as much in Joanna’s life. I felt so sad about it. Maybe I shouldn’t have focused so much on that but there you go.
Overall, Galilee Rising was a likable read. I didn’t love it but it wasn’t awful either. It was a slightly more darker book than Justice in my eyes, which is always a plus. I am curious to see, though, how the third book is going to turn out!
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.