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ARC Review: Deadly Rising (Booke Of The Hidden #2) by Jeri Westerson

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Flora Reviews… Deadly Rising by Jeri Westerson. Book 2 in her urban fantasy series, Booke of the Hidden. My thanks to Jeri for an eBook to review.

Quote from Deadly Rising

Strange Herbs & Teas was carved in gold letters above the door. That didn’t begin to describe what went down here these days.

My Overall Rating: 4/5

Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5

What’s Deadly Rising about?

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ARC Review: Deadly Rising (Booke Of The Hidden #2) by Jeri WestersonMy Rating:
Title: Deadly Rising by Jeri Westerson
Series: Booke of the Hidden #2
Published by EverAfter Romance, Independent Publishers on 23 October, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Formats Available: Audiobook, eBook, Kindle with Narration, Paperback, CD - Audio/MP3
No. of Pages: 273
Narrator: Suzanne Elise Freeman
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

Things were quiet in Strange Herbs & Teas. For about a week.

Our crossbow slinging hero and her ragtag gang of Wiccans have earned some rest. But when Kylie learns that the Booke may have released not one, but two creatures of horror out into the world, it’s up to her to save Moody Bog. Again.

Calling upon the devilishly handsome demon Erasmus once more for help, Kylie’s determined to handle the mischief of the Booke and go back to a normal life. But when digging through Moody Bog’s history leads her to the ghost of her grandfather, the past she once knew is turned upside down.

Can Kylie save the town and her grandfather, or will the horrors of the Booke be too much to handle?


Source: ARC
Purchase Links:Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ Book Depository

Read: 2nd – 9th February 2019

Publication Date: 23rd October 2018

Jeri gave me Deadly Rising as an ebook for free. However, I bought the audio version myself using my free monthly credit. I alternated between reading during the day and listening to the narration before bed, which is becoming my favourite way to “read” a book.

What did I like about Deadly Rising?

Jeri’s still a fairly new-to-me author. However, I find her writing style engaging, intelligent and easy to read. I love the way she weaves her plots; they’re complex enough to keep me intrigued without being convoluted. Plus there’s always a good balance of humour, action, tension, mystery and romance in her tales. The pace that they develop and when things are revealed just feels right.

As a narrated book, I was impressed with Suzanne Elise Freeman’s performance. Loving the pace at which she read the story and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue. I’d definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.

I loved the way Jeri crafted her world, building on the first book and its history. Finding myself back in the village of Moody Bog almost instantly. Her descriptions just brought the place to life in my imagination once again.

I really like our heroine, Kylie.

She’s intelligent and has heaps of gumption (even if she does find herself in a quandary on the romantic front during this book) and I like how she’s evolving, becoming more self-assured, looking at less supernatural sources to help solve the mysteries. Kylie’s grown since the first book and she continued to do so during this adventure. Both her skills and knowledge have grown and developed.

I love the fact that the secondary characters that Jeri created to populate her world, feel just as real as our leads.

All have strong, memorable personalities and weren’t just filling the page. Kind old Doc Boone who’s turning into quite the mage. Teen Jolene who definitely comes into her own in this story and who out there doesn’t know a person like Ruth Russell with her self-important air! I loved that Jeri’s characters have the complexities that we’d see in those around us. They have a good balance of strengths and insecurities to make them feel real, even the supernatural ones.

Deadly Rising kept me guessing and had me holding my breath at times.

I was on the edge of my seat with shocking revelations, tense standoffs and action-packed fight scenes. But fear not, good readers it’s not all tension and scares. There are giggles and a good sprinkling of tummy tingling passion to balance it all out.

Was there anything I disliked about it?

As you can tell, I did really enjoy this book but I feel I should explain why I rated it 4 stars rather than 5. In other words, what took the shine off for me?

As my regular followers will know, I’m not a fan of cliffhanger endings. Although Deadly Rising doesn’t end in a life or death situation for our heroine, Kylie Strange, it does for one of the supporting characters. PLUS we have a new threat from a big bad burst onto the scene in the final few pages! That did it for me.

I’ll also take this opportunity to remind you that as the second in a new four book series, not all of our questions or mysteries are resolved within these pages. However the monster escapees are satisfactorily dealt with before the end of this book.

So far, Kylie and her coven friends have had to deal with different Booke escapees in each book while the story-line of Kylie’s destiny/curse, the origins of the Booke and her romantic relationships continue in the background. Jeri eloquently weaves any pertinent facts regarding previous adventures into this tale. However, I feel that as the series grows, you’d likely miss the nuances of knowing re-occurring characters and understanding the dynamics of those relationships meaning that I don’t feel the books in this series should be read as standalones or out of order.

Basically, what I’m saying is…

I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t stop reading until I found out how it ended. I love it when a story keeps me guessing, makes me chuckle, puts a lump in my throat, warms my old romantic heart and sends tingles of titillation to my nether regions. Book 3 “Shadows in the Mist” is due to be released in May and I can’t wait to see what happens to Kylie and her friends next.

Content Warning:

There are scenes of an explicit sexual nature and graphic violence within these pages. Therefore, I’d only recommend this book to adults who aren’t offended with this type of content.

I’d recommend Deadly Rising to lovers of well-written tales of magic, curses, mystery and horror. Not forgetting the sprinkling of romance. It’s a perfect mix of scary, paranormal, mystery and adventure.

Has my review of DEADLY RISING (BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN #2) encouraged you to find out more? I really hope so. Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about Jeri and this amazing series.

Booke of the Hidden by Jeri Westerson

A girl. A mysterious book. Misfit Wiccans. A Baphomet biker gang. And a handsome demon. What could possibly go wrong?

Booke of the Hidden is four book adult urban fantasy series. The series is set in the beautiful, rural fictional village of Moody Bog, Maine, USA.

Our key human characters include: Our heroine, Kylie Strange. A local coven of Wiccans – retired doctor and part-time plasterer, Doc Boone, middle-aged Seraphina, a bohemian free-spirit and ‘sensitive’, Nick Riley barista and Goth and sixteen-year-old Jolene Ayrs, researching whiz kid and budding Wiccan. Moody Bog’s Sheriff and hotty, Ed Bradbury and Ruth Russell, a descendent of Moody Bog’s founding families.

There’s no set mythology (e.g. Norse, Christian, Egyptian, etc) to the paranormal elements. So, the non-human species that we encounter, which includes the elusive and enigmatic Mr Erasmus Dark, are more of a generic amalgam rather than from a specific belief system.

Books in the Series

This quirky-humorous yet edgy-romantic urban fantasy series is set in a small town in Maine. Booke of the Hidden is a completed urban fantasy series. Click on the titles to find out more and read my review.

The Booke of the Hidden titles are available in print, eBook and audio formats through the usual sources, including:

Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ The Book Depository ¦ Waterstones

About Jeri Westerson

Author - Jeri Westerson

Los Angeles native JERI WESTERSON is the author of eleven Crispin Guest Medieval Noir novels, a series nominated for 13 national awards from the Agatha to the Shamus. Booke of the Hidden, Jeri’s debut urban fantasy series released in 2017, Romantic Times Magazine gave it Five Stars and it finaled for the Seal of Excellence from RT Reviews.

She frequently guest lectures on medieval history at local colleges and museums, and lives in southern California with her home-brewing husband, a complacent desert tortoise, and 40,000 bees.

About Suzanne Elise Freeman

Narrator - Suzanne Elise Freeman

​Suzanne is passionate about audiobooks - as both a narrator and a fan. Her narrating origin story involves a figurative lightbulb and a literal couch. While listening to an audiobook she realized that her entire career - as a television reporter, writer, actor and avid reader - had led to an astonishingly obvious conclusion. To Suzanne, narrating is the quintessential mix of performance and literary artistry. A union of her father’s life-long dedication to theater and her mother’s love of reading. In short, the perfect occupation for an introverted extrovert.

Suzanne is a Minnesotan and a sci-fi fan - either of which can take precedence depending on the day and whether there’s lefse in the room or a new Star Wars movie coming out. She is not ashamed to admit that she enjoys 70s music. Just try to argue against Elton John or the BeeGees. You can’t.

Thank you for taking the time to read this review of Deadly Rising. Now go add it to your TBR piles! Lol! 😉

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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