Love in the time of superheroes...
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Confucius
The year since Galilee Falls lost its reigning superhero Justice has not been kind to Joanna Fallon. She's lost her best friend, her boyfriend, her badge, even her mind. The city of Galilee Falls hasn't fared much better with supervillain related crime skyrocketing to cataclysmic proportions. Deliverance for the city arrives in the guise of The Royal Triumvirate--King Tempest, Lady Liberty, and Lord Nightingale--who vow to be the heroes the city needs. Salvation for Joanna appears in the brilliant form of Dr. Jem Ambrose, another lost soul in need of saving. But salvation comes with a high price. When Emperor Cain, an old nemesis of The Triumvirate, decides he will stop at nothing to make sure there is no city left to defend, it is up to Joanna to rise not only for her city, for her new love, but for herself as well…
*Galilee Rising was provided to me by the author Jennifer Harlow in lieu of an honest assessment of the book.*
Galilee Rising takes place almost a full year after the ending of Justice (Galilee Falls # 1). For 33 year old Joanna Fallon, her entire life has been fundamentally changed and there is no going back in time and wishing that things could be different or that she could change who she's become. Joanna went from being a disgraced cop with no boyfriends, to a billionaire thanks to her best friend Justin Pendergast's will.
Joanna is NOT the same character she was in Justice. I think the bottom line of this book is Joanna picking herself off the group and rising to the occasion to say her city from being drowned in blood. If you haven't read Justice yet, I would absolutely recommend that you do so. Joanna had her entire life changed because of the events surrounding her best friend and superhero known as Justice supposed death. No longer is she Detective Joanna Fallon member of the GFPD's Priority Homicide division. No longer is she with Harry O'Hara her former boss and former lover thanks to some really foolish indiscretions.
Because of Justin's will, Joanna is now the head of Pendergast Industries but she hasn't truly given up the feel of putting people behind bars for their transgressions. While not running Pendergast, she monitors the city for crimes against its citizens and passes on this information to the police. This leads to her involvement with a group of superheroes known as the Triumvirate (Lord Nightingale, King Tempest, and Lady Liberty) who arrive in town in order to step in for Justice and to make the citizens feel safe once again.
Galilee Falls is an interesting place to live. There are more villains and superheroes than any other place on the planet. Joanna once thought that the superheroes were the antithesis of everything she believed in. She fought hard against rallying to their side and trusting that they would do the right thing for the residents of Galilee Falls. I would say that she has come to accept the need for superheroes as a deterrent to the villains like KitKat, Alkaline, and Emperor Cain who is truly one of the more vilest and evil villains you will read about.
Joanna's life does get a little bit better with the arrival of Dr. Jem Ambrose along with Brendan and Alexia Darby. Jem is a shy, nerdy character who is more than a match for Joanna's head strong and driven character. Brendan and Alexia more than make things interesting by being a married superhero couple that befriends Joanna. I was a bit surprised by the relationship that forms between the Joanna and Jem. I was pleasantly surprised that Harlow gave readers a happy ending which was 360 degrees different from the ending of Justice.
The last book in the series is tentatively titled Fall of Heroes and will release sometime in 2014. I am definitely on the Jennifer Harlow bandwagon. She knows how to get into characters heads and make readers understand what her characters are feeling at the time. She definitely uses adult situations and language to get her point across which absolutely does not turn me off.
Expected publication: December 10th 2013 by Devil on the Left Books
**Blog Sthttps://www.goodreads.com/#op 12/10/2013 @ Gizmos Reviews with Review*
Author - Jennifer Harlow
Title - Galilee Rising (Galilee Falls Trilogy # 2)
Publisher - Devil on the Left Books
Releases - December 10, 2013
Genre - Science Fiction
Copy provided by Jennifer Harlow
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