Dawn Rising

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Ever since she can remember, Alyssia has seen things: flashes of other people's lives in a world that's not her own. She's always believed they're just her imagination, a way to fill the void left by the accident that killed her parents and took her memories. Yet when she wakes up inside one of her own visions, she's forced to confront the fact that maybe she was seeing the truth all along. More
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About A.F.E. Smith

A.F.E. Smith is an editor of academic non-fiction by day and a fantasy writer by night. She is the author of the Marked series for young adult readers, and the Darkhaven fantasy novels for adults.

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About the Series: Marked
When Alyssia Gale comes face to face with the people she's always thought of as imaginary friends, it's the start of an epic journey that will gradually lead her to unravel everything she understands about herself and the world. And behind every discovery, there is a deeper truth waiting to unfold.

Also in Series: Marked

Reviews of Dawn Rising by A.F.E. Smith

Cara reviewed on Aug. 6, 2021

It's been ages since I read a book that spoke to me as much as this one did. I'm no longer Alyssia's age but it took me back quite sharply to the misery of not fitting in at school and how much I longed for something else, something better and more meaningful. Which Alyssia gets, of course, but not without a whole heaping platter of danger and terror to go with it. A fantastic book that kept me reading late into the night to find out what would happen.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
Sarah Levy reviewed on July 2, 2021

Very good YA epic fantasy with plenty of action and emotion. Well written with excellent characterisation. Recommended.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
CharlieChica reviewed on March 14, 2021

really liked this. an epic fantasy with twists and turns, interesting characters and just a hint of romance, which suits my taste 100% (not all ya readers want fantasy that's basically just a romance where some of the people have wings lol)

looking forward to book 2.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
MegsB33 reviewed on March 7, 2021

I love this book so much! I already own a print copy but figured I'd get the ebook while it's on sale.

I guess you're wondering whether to take a chance on it, so here's some thoughts. It's fantasy, obviously, so don't read if that's not your thing. It's about a 16 year old girl who's battling with feeling alone and outcast as well as strange visions that she can't control. For me this was incredibly successful and captured pretty much exactly what it was like to be a 16 year old girl from my ancient perspective of 5 years later, lol. There's some fairly dark themes but handled sensitively. It has what I would say is the perfect balance of plot and character. Also a ship that I desperately want to come true in book 2. If you like the sound of all that then I suggest you go for it :) :) :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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