Rise and Shine – Book Review

Rise and Shine 
By Sandra D. Bricker
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Third Person
Several different Points of View
284 Pages

A fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast

About the book: 

Shannon wakes up only to discover that she’s been in a coma for ten years due to a diving accident on her honeymoon. During those ten years so much has changed in the world, mostly with technology practically exploding. The biggest change of all, though, is that her husband died several years before from cancer.

Shannon has a hard time dealing with her doctor, who’s a stranger to her, having been great friends with her husband. Also, her best friend is now being married with three children and of course there are other changes that happen in a ten year period of time.

Shannon has to figure out how to dive back into life and deal with a foggy memory, changed preferences and a distrust for God.

Why I chose this book:
I requested to review this book for a couple of reasons 1) It’s a fairy tale retelling and I’ve wanted to read a fairy tale retelling for a long time but they always seem to have magic in them. I could tell by reading the review of this one that it didn’t. 2) The back of the book says “…Into a whole new world of madness where reality television has taken over the planet and everyone’s life appears to revolve around a tiny screen on their cellphones!” That intrigued me. Imagine falling asleep in 2004 and waking up in 2014. Lots of changes, folks. 3) I don’t normally pick and chose by the cover of the book, but I thought this one was really pretty. 
What I thought:

Sadly, I was disappointed. The book seemed to hold so, SO much promise. The idea is so intriguing and I felt like the book didn’t do it justice. I kept waiting to actually connect with the characters or at least feel something, but it never came. 
There were great comparisons in the book, but for some reason, they felt as if they were just randomly thrown in instead of going with the character who was using them. I have no clue why I felt that though. 
The characters could have been developed so much, and yet it felt like we stayed on the surface with them. Plus, there was head-hoping and as an author I don’t do well with head-hoping. (Explaining stuff from two different character’s point of view in the same paragraph.) 
Over all, the book didn’t seem very realistic. The way they just threw new information at her and the way she responded was so against the way I work that I just could. not. climb. into. the. story. And, the main character had a lot of her life confused with the old TV shows that they’d played in her room during the time she was in a coma. As someone who watches very little TV, it just pushed the connection even further out there. 

Just because I didn’t enjoy this book doesn’t mean you won’t! It has a 4.8 rating on Amazon, so that means a lot of people have enjoyed it. Of course not everyone can like every book, so don’t let me keep you away from something good! 🙂 
And, even though I didn’t exactly like this book, I’m still glad I read it and I’d be happy to read another book by the same author sometime in the future. Who knows, the next one might be just my style…

I’m rating it with two and a half stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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