Book Review & Discussion || Rise & Shine Contemporary Fairytale


A girl with the  fiery red locks graces the cover of this tween-chick read looking book. But as usual as per the usual, ” never judge a book by its cover”. The pages are covered from start to finish in long strokes of a tragic event. With  the wave of her magical skill, Sandra Bricker wrote it from a tragedy to a fairytale.

The story goes with Shannon Malone waking up from a coma ten years after her accident with her new husband. Tears trickle down your face as you realize soon that she lost everything. Time didn’t stop for her, and it wouldn’t stop if you were in that position too.

The reality of death and regrowth is so real and needed in the book world today. All too many books are lustful and glamorous but hold no sustenance. It’s the brutality of truth that really makes you want to keep reading on.

If you like the fairytale types, Bricker covered your bases too. She rose a prince up from no where and interweaves their relationship and struggles in an painstakingly realistic way. It was a flawless compiling of reality and fantasy. The merging between two realms was so well done and resolved that after reading, you really just want to burn the cover so that no one could ever judge it by that misguiding cover.

I would give this book endless praise for its simplicity of raw gut wrenching truth, but also its wide attempt to capture an audience that craves the glamorous fairy-tales. Definitely read for the sake of getting the both of two worlds. And please. If you are a graphic designer, please don’t ever make covers like this one. You really become the protagonist of the story. You ruin it before it even started.

DISCUSSION: Imagine waking up from a coma you didn’t realize you were in and finding out the one you love is dead, you don’t remember your family, losing your talent for things you once excelled at and forgetting the memories you knew you once treasured. Do you think one kiss would fix all of this? Is love powerful enough to cover truth, pain and past? 

Hope you guys enjoyed this little review. I was given this book by Moody Publishers to review. All thoughts and opinions are genuinely my own.

xoxo, Jen


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