Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Review: The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies #3) by: Pittacus Lore

Release Date: August 21, 2012 from Harper
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"In Pittacus Lore’s The Rise of Nine, third in the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, the stakes are higher than ever as John, Six, and Seven try desperately to find the rest of the Garde before it’s too late.

The Mogadorians who destroyed the planet Lorien continue to hunt down the Garde, the small group of Loric survivors who have taken refuge on Earth. The Garde must come together. They are Lorien and Earth’s only hope.

During the dangerous mission at the Mogadorian base in West Virginia, John found and rescued Nine. But even with their combined powers, special abilities known as Legacies, the pair barely escaped with their lives—and they lost Sam in the process.

In order to save our world and their own, John and Nine must join forces with Six and Seven who have been battling the Mogadorians in Spain, and who are now trying to locate Number Eight in India.

Power in numbers will save us all."

My Thoughts:

I really really really wanted to love this book, but sadly I just didn’t. I think I expected more from the book. I wanted to see the Loric come together and start kicking ass, instead we spent a majority of the book waiting for them to find each other. That’s not to say that other things don’t happen, they do, but I felt as if this one was very repetitive. There are only so many times I can watch John/ Four or whoever get cornered by the bad guys and somehow miraculously fight his way out. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book. I like the action and suspense and sci-fi goodness this series brings. I love the kickass characters and how they really are just simply awesome. What I don’t like is that I still don’t have many answers concerning Lorien. I feel like I just have to accept certain things without any real reasoning or backing. Maybe the answers are being withheld until the conclusion, but I feel like there are a lot of things we should have answers to by now. 

John/ Four is still awesome and I still love him, even when he is being all mopey over Sarah. Gosh, Sarah, I dislike her… a lot. She isn’t even in this one really and she still aggravated me. Then we have Six, who is all sorts of awesome. She is the definition of a tough chick. I love that we got her perspective in this one. With that, I wish we could have lost Marina’s perspective. She annoys me. Then we have what I think is the best addition to this series, Nine. Nine is an awesome character. He is hysterical! He always has a response and is always ready for a fight. Heck, he is always looking for a fight. But underneath the snark and wit, there is a good hearted guy there. He was rude, but I pretty much fell in love with him. 

The ending to this one kinda kills and not necessarily in a good way. There really isn’t much closure. I get that it is a series, but I still want a story ARC and this book lacked that. The story came to a climax, but I feel as if the climax has been left to conclude in the next book. Plus, I thought the ending came about abruptly. I also didn’t like the transition between chapters. Every chapter seemed to end on a cliffhanger, almost as a ploy to keep you reading. While I am all about keeping your readers invested in the story, I don’t think you need to end every chapter the way the author did. 

All in all, The Rise of Nine was a good addition to the series, albeit a bit disappointing. However, I have hopes for the next one as this book really sets up for the event we have all been waiting for.


  1. I haven't started with this series yet but I hope that I'll soon. It's a sad thing that this one was a bit disappointing. I hope that the next one will fix that. Great review :)

    PS. I'm reading the Iron Queen right now and Hades *_*

    1. Oh gosh! Hades! I'll be starting that one soon and I am so excited!

  2. Awww, wifey, I'm sorry this one didn't rock your world. At least it set up the next book perfectly, though, right? I still need to start this series, but right now I just can't get past all these angsty books that are giving me the feels. I love your honest and informative review. *huggles*

  3. I've only read the first book, and just haven't gotten to the other ones. Now, even though this one was a bit disappointing, I'm glad it was still good! I'll definitely try and get to the rest of the books. You know, when I can! :D

    Great reviews!!!

  4. Sorry you didn't enjoy, this one hasn't appealed to me, and will prb skip

  5. I really enjoyed I Am Number Four, but could never get into The Power of Six. Sounds like the series is getting weaker as it goes. I do hope it improves.
    Great review, Teresa!

  6. I'm just about to start this series after leaving it off for a loooong time. Sorry you didn't enjoy this one :(
    I made the mistake of watching the first movie before reading the book, and it let me feeling kind of ... disenchanted. Oh well...


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