I really loved Alma. I resonated with her so much it was nuts. From the estranged relationship she had with her father,to the on and off again relationship she had with her high school boyfriend. Really just those two things were SO similar to my own life.We got a few flashback snippets of her relationship with her mother and that’s where the similarities ended.I am extremely close with my mother (best friend close) and Alma was not.
Paul was so awesome throughout the book. You knew that he loved Alma.It was plain as day.Especially when he agreed to join Alma on a quest for the truth.Yes he had kind of a douche-y history but it was clear that it was always Alma.Thankfully the romance/mushy stuff took a backseat to the creepier stuff.
Eeeek, I loved Jacker. He was another awesome character who turned out to be so much more complex than anyone could have imagined.Rachel and Stephen were awesome too,even if Stephen was a tad bit overzealous about the whole Widowsfield thing.I actually felt sympathy for Rachel because Stephen seemed SO obsessed with it.Now I wanted to like Aubrey,I really did but she came in so late in the book that it was hard for me to really care too much about her.
I didn’t even realize this was book 1 of a series until I reached the end. GAH! I was so aggravated about that.However I still plan on reading book two. Now that I look back on this book it does seem like the entire thing was the beginning of a series.There was a LOT of character development which I loved.This book is getting 4.5 stars from me. It was practically perfect except for that small lull that I mentioned earlier and the addition of Aubrey who I think was brought in too late in the book.
Disclaimer: I purchased this book off of Amazon.
Just as I predicted,this week started off with an onslaught of books. I actually felt terrible for the mailman on Monday as he handed me 3 packages.Things did not improve for the poor guy as the week went on. I got at least 1 package through Friday.
Delia’s Shadow (e-galley from Netgalley)
Run to Ground
Say When (Something More #1) (e-galley)
So today I am going to talk about some of the book blogs that I love and make a point to visit & comment as much as I can without overtaxing myself.
These are the blogs that I visit & comment on most often. These ladies have been so welcoming to me from the beginning. Christina is my rant & snark buddy. Giselle & Ashley are my sensible book buddies. Jamie could really be my twin as we think so much alike on SO many things. Molli & Marie are where I go when I need to fangirl over stuff. Plus Marie has been a HUGE support to me as I begin to write my first novel.
I worried when I started this book blogging thing that I wouldn’t fit in. That it would feel like I was the new girl in school where everyone had their own cliques & friends. I needn’t have worried about that. I have been welcomed big time and not just by the ladies I mentioned in this post but by basically everyone. It’s like this awesome little community where we can talk our heads off about books and no one CARES because it’s a shared interest.
Even if we don’t all have the same tastes in books,it’s STILL fun.Besides the world would be quite boring if we all had the same tastes in books.So thanks to those awesome ladies that have made me feel so at home in the past 3 months.
About the Book:
Title: Ethereal Fury (bk 1 Gemini Rising) by Jessica O’Gorek
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Genre: Fantasy / Futuristic / Teen
Synopsis: BEWARE! THE PLANET IS WOUNDED… THE GEMINI ARE RISING AND OUR TIME ON EARTH IS LIMITED Mother Earth, wounded by the human race and its disregard for her resources, will recruit human souls to serve Her and turn against humanity. A rising force festers.
Gemini, a clan of paranormal beings will systematically possess and destroy towns, cities, and states. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between Onyx, a lead Gemini, and Violette, a human, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.
Disclaimer: I received this book in e-book format in exchange for my honest review & participation in a Book Tour.
At first,when I agreed to participate in the book tour I was a little uneasy. This book pushed the boundaries in what I am normally interested in reading.However one of my goals in doing this book blogging thing was to expand my horizons and read books that I wouldn’t have ordinarily picked up.
At the beginning the book is sort of slow and usually when it starts off slow I end up having to throw it in my DNF pile.Not with this one. Yes it had started slowly but when the book picked up,it REALLY picked up.I ended up absolutely loving it by the end,despite feeling like I was going to have to put it in my DNF pile when I started.
I love the name Onyx.It seemed to fit him so well.Normally I don’t like it when main characters have funky names but in this case,it totally worked.I think he was a very complex character and I liked that. I suspect that in a book like this one,the characters have to be somewhat complex or it would read like a terrible fan fiction.
Oh Slate,dear sweet trusting Slate. How much I adore you.He has that whole knight in shinning armor thing going on.He’s definitely crazy about Violette but he is several years older than her. I love that he’s starting to question things about his surroundings and about the people he thought he could trust.
Violette has a sad story about how she came to live at the home for orphans but she seems pretty normal. That is until she starts to feel things.Not only for Slate but also for this strange body-less spirit that seems to be around her more and more.Watching her begin to distrust those who took her in was very interesting.At the beginning she appeared shy & quiet and by the end of this book she was more willing to question things.Even to authority members.
This book is NOT just a love story.If it were I wouldn’t have loved it as much.It’s about good & evil.It’s about doing the right thing even if you will stand alone.It’s about realizing that what may seem bad isn’t bad at all and what some see as good may not be good at all. I give this book 5 stars.It has everything that a great YA \fantasy has to have and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
About the Author:
I was born in Chesapeake, Virginia on April 19th, 1979. I was raised within the American Indian religion and was taught great respect for the earth and all its living beings. Powwows, sweat lodges, vision quests, you name it, I’ve done it. I was the weird kid who would confront kids on the playground in elementary school when they squished a bug. I would very sincerely tell them what they were doing was morally wrong and then I would pray for the bug to come back as a butterfly in its next life. I grew up admiring my father, Barry Weinstock, as an author. When I was twelve I started hand writing novels. My first one was two thousand pages. My daughter, who is thirteen, is currently working on her first novel. I hope to continue the legacy.
Website: http://1geminirising.wix.com/geminirising Blog: http://geminirising1.blogspot.com/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jessica-OGorek/e/B00CT8A5TM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
I was hoping that this week would be a little busier at the mailbox.Well guess who was wrong again? Very quiet week at the mailbox but I did manage to score some great Kindle freebies. What’s better than free books? Not much!