Dianthe Rising (Dia McLearey, #1)

My rating: ❤❤ of 5!

Dianthe Rising


Dia, or Dianthe as her full name is, have just flown her parents nest and moved to London by herself. Almost right after moving (we hear that her things are still in boxes) Dia her BFF Annie are going out to celebrate Dia’s 20th birthday. Really this is also a way for Annie to play matchmaker and set Dia up with her cousin, Daniel, so when Dia and Daniel are getting to know each other (as much as one can in a club), Annie bails to give them some privacy. When Dia finds out about this she for some unexplainable reason thinks it’s perfectly fine for her to waltz through the streets of London, all by her lonesome self and get the tube home, instead of the safer option which would be either letting Daniel take her home or get a taxi.


But no, we’re dealing with an overconfident dumb female, who even though being raised in a catholic family and have an overbearing father and brother, can’t possibly see anything wrong with that plan. So of course, she gets attacked and saved by a mysterious stranger. Kale, the wolf in shining armour, instantly recognize Dia as his mate but so does Robin, who’s really the mischievous fae, Puck. So Dia does what any Reverse Harem heroine does, she refuses to choose – or actually, the males tell her she doesn’t have to because as a good little catholic girl, that thought would never cross her innocent thoughts! So now Dia has her harem containing:

Robin / Puck – Faery
Kale – Alpha wolf
Daniel – Human

As the story progresses we learn more about why Dia’s male family members are so over protective (apparently, she’s adopted), who she is and where she comes from. Daniel also have a few secrets up his sleeve, or rather, in his heritage.

This is the first book I’ve read by J.B. Miller and if it wasn’t because it’s a series, I’m not sure I would read any more books by this author.

There’s huge potential for the plot, which I found really intriguing, however, I’m a bit torn about the execution of said plot as there’s quite a few things I would have liked better explained. It seems that the parts that doesn’t have a deeper meaning is explained in great length (like how her hair moves, what patterns are on her clothes) whereas the things with a deeper meaning and big relevance are just explained briefly and then swept under the rug.

The characters are extremely shallow and there’s hardly any development or progress on any of them, which is a shame, because as of right now I don’t feel a connection to any of them, so I don’t really care if they’re safe or not.

Even for a book with paranormal deities it’s quite unrealistic.

Dia is your virgin-damsel in distress but that doesn’t stop her from just thinking “okay”, when a second man out of nowhere join her bed escapades, the night she loses her v-card. Sure, there’s some magic involved but when that magical veil is lifted she’s still totally fine with all of it. Personally, I think my biggest “WTF” was that J.B. Miller goes out of her way to explain how important Dia’s catholic upbringing is and yet, the girl has sex with three different guys within a very short time span. I am neither religious nor a prude, but I like even fiction to make a bit of sense and therefore, I really don’t buy into the whole “the church is so important to me, but hey you over there let me just spread my legs for you”.


I will be reading the other books in this series because I still find the mythology aspect interesting and, I do very much hope that the rest will fall into place as the story continues.


Have you read the book? Thinking about reading it? Please comment and let me know.


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