Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Rising (New Kid #2) by Temple Mathews

The Rising (The New Kid #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Will Hunter’s had a rough few months. He just survived the battle of his life. He learned the devil was his father. And his newly demonic best friend Rudy is trapped under glass until Will can find a way to bring him back from the dark side. All Will wants is to lay low for a while with Natalie, the girl he loves, and focus on saving his friend.

But Will never seems to get what he wants.

In Seattle, Will encounters a dangerous new breed of female demon, faster and more deadly than anything he’s ever faced, and a mysterious, striking girl who arrives just in time to save his life. Natalie doesn’t trust her, but Will is drawn to her in a way he doesn’t fully understand. Is she a powerful new ally? Or will her secrets destroy him and everything he cares about?

As the devil’s minions work to reassemble their leader’s body piece by piece, Will must once again become the New Kid to prevent the Dark Lord from rising—this time for good.

The Rising by Temple Mathews

My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

The Rising (The New Kid #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to BenBella Books, and Netgalley.)
Will has defeated the dark lord once, but now he’s got even more to worry about. He’s lost his power rod, his best friend is a demon, and he’s now got Natalie and her twin sister Emily to protect.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, there is more coming Will’s way; first his mother ends up in a coma, then he finds out that unfortunately the dark lord is still alive (albeit in pieces), and there’s also a team of she-demons out to get him.

Can Will save his mother? Can he un-demonise his best friend? And what lies in store for Will and Natalie’s relationship?

Like the first, this book had no shortage of action. There was plenty of fighting, and Will got his ass handed to him more than once!
I liked the introduction of Loreli, and the twists she bought to the story. She really put a spanner in the works, which I liked!

I did still find certain aspects of the story a little hard to believe in places – eg: Will gives someone his magical salve, someone who is pre-med, and they happily rub it on their friend’s wounds – without even asking what it is. Hmmm, just don’t see this one happening at all, and also, would Will really be that careless? What if this person took the salve to a drugs company or the press or something?

There is a little romance in this book between Will and Natalie, but nothing major. We even see the beginnings of a love triangle briefly, with Will finding himself attracted to another girl, although this doesn’t work out quite the way he expected it to!

Emily seems a little harsher than she was previously, and I’m interested to see where her character is heading, and things do not seem to be looking up for Natalie. We’re even left with a bit of a cliff-hanger ending.

Overall; lots of action for a younger teen audience.
6 out of 10.



  1. I haven't read the first book but this one sounds nice overall. Great review.

  2. I must obtain books one and two... up for another loan Sarah???

    1. I can't Lissa cause they're netgalley books x