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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Review: Ethereal Fury by Jessica O'Gorek

Ethereal Fury (Gemini Rising #1) by Jessica O'Gorek
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: April 13, 2013
Publisher: Cogent Publishing

The Blurb:

Angry at the human race and its methodical destruction of her resources, Mother Earth recruits souls who have just left their bodies to serve Her, and turns them against humanity. Gemini, a clan of paranormal beings, picked from these possessed humans, emerges. A powerful, rising force proceeds to carry out Mother Nature’s plan to systematically destroy towns, cities, states… and eventually, the world. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between a human girl, Violette, and Onyx, a lead Gemini, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.

My Review:
Ethereal Fury is the first book in the Gemini Rising series by Jessica O'Gorek. The premise behind this series is a great and unique one. If Mother Earth was an individual being, I'd imagine she would be quite angry with humans and what we've done to her pretty Earth. There were things I didn't understand about this story though. Why are the Gemini almost exclusively targeting the churches?? If it is in fact Mother Earth who is mad, wouldn't she go after those who are hurting her, like the people cutting down her rain forests or the factories polluting her waters and air? But churches and orphanages?? I don't get it. The people who know about the Gemini think they are demons, and rightly so. They have many demonic characteristics. They possess people, exorcisms get rid of them, they can't go on holy land easily, etc. etc. So, I never saw Mother Earth attack anything or anyone who was actually damaging her. These things just don't sound like Mother Earth is mad at anyone except for... God maybe? So, I'm not sure what to think. Of course, many people in this orphanage aren't very nice, but again, they aren't hurting the environment as far as we know. So, why is Mother Earth sending her cronies after all the churches? It seems more like a demons vs the church story than it does a mad Mother Earth story. So, is Mother Earth really Satan in disguise? Did I miss something entirely? I just didn't get it.

The romance is a different kind of triangle. You have Paige who is crushing on Slate. Slate is just starting to notice her. Then you have Onyx who becomes obsessed with Paige. He basically stalks her. So, rather than seeing him as a love interest for her, I see him more as a creeper. Onyx/Slate describe Paige as being beautiful, intelligent, and independent. Love is blind. Paige is very naive and lacks self preservation skills and sense. There was a lot of romance, but again it wasn't really Slate she was with. It was Onyx in Slate's body, so, it still keeps to that creeper vibe. Aside from the romance, the story I read about in the blurb was very different from the story I read in the book itself. This made it hard for me to rate. The blurb pumped me up. I wanted to hear more about Mad Momma Earth. What about the revolutionary war the blurb spoke of? I wanted to see the Gemini attack the people who are actually hurting the Earth. I didn't want to see them attacking churches and orphans. That just didn't make sense to me. Maybe I missed something.

Ethereal Fury by Jessica O'Gorek was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

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. He took me around the country to different places so he could research and write his Wilderness Survival books. One of his greatest works, “The Path of Power,” was written with a great medicine man, Sunbear. When I was twelve I started
hand writing novels. My first one was two thousand pages. My dad always encouraged me and would rave about my writing. He gave me the confidence I needed to keep writing and follow my dream. My daughter, who is twelve, is currently working on her first novel. I hope to continue the legacy.

To learn more about Jessica O'Gorek and her books, visit her blog.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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