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Gemini Rising: Ethereal Fury Paperback – April 13, 2013
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About the Author
Born in Virginia, Jessica O'Gorek 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, were all part of her upbringing. At twelve Jessica started hand writing novels. The first one was two thousand pages long. Her father, author of many wilderness survival books, always encouraged her and raved about her writing. He gave her the confidence she needed to keep writing and follow her dream. Continuing the family legacy, her twelve year old daughter is currently working on her first novel.
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It was a little hard for me to get into a first, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down.
Ethereal Fury is a story about Mother Earth and how she has decided that the human race has abused the planet for too long and wants to rid the planet of humans. She uses her Gemini's, which are souls that she takes from some unworthy humans, and uses them as tools to bring peace to earth.
Ethereal Fury is an exciting new story and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in this series!
I had high hopes for Ethereal Fury. It was both refreshing and exciting to find a paranormal novel that is not about vampires, werewolves, or angels. The concept of Mother Earth and how she plans to destroy human race due to our long-going destruction to the environment screamed originality and I couldn't wait to start it. Unfortunately, after a long reading struggle (I almost give up on this book 5 times), I have to conclude that Ethereal Fury was not what I have hoped at all and this left me very sour at heart. So, be prepared and let the rant begin.
The synopsis of Ethereal Fury promised a lot of awesome things: a desperate and cruel divine force - Mother Earth, a clan of demon like paranormal beings, a forbidden romance between enemies, and a revolutionary war that will change the future of mankind. How can you possibly walk away from all that? But guess what, none of those promises were fulfilled in the book. Instead, Ethereal Fury spent most of its chapters focusing on the love triangle between Onyx, Violette, and Slate (a human), but the romance was still very much forced and lacking at best. I never really understood the attractions between the three of them. Their affections towards each other started with no reason and no bearing, sort of a instalove, which is never my type of romance.
The characters are not well-developed either in the sense that they are extremely one-dimensional, especially Violette. She is characterized as innocent and pure, but sometimes I think she is just naive and stupid, maybe even weak. It really annoys me the fact that she just absolutely loves the guy no matter how much he hurts her. Onyx is not any more likable than Violette. His back story, things he did before he was recruited as a Gemini, makes it even more difficult for me to perceive him as anything less than a despicable and selfish coward.
It is hard enough already to get through a book with uninspiring characters, but the writing made it even worse. Almost everything is described to the same extend which leaves no emphasis on what is important and critical. Too many unnecessary details also clutters the plot and makes it feel dry and boring. Another thing that really bugs me is Jessica O'Gorek's style of narrating in Ethereal Fury. To sum it up, you basically get everyone's POV regarding the same event. I understand that it helps readers to really get to know everyone's inner thoughts, but it is miserable to sit there and read the same exact thing 2 or 3 times. This really bogged the pacing down and the whole 280 pages of Ethereal Fury didn't end up progressing the story much at all. And maybe the worst part of all? It ended at a very obnoxious cliffhanger.
It always makes me sad when a brilliant idea gets ruined in execution. Ethereal Fury is one of these disappointments. It had a lot of potential, but O'Gorek was not able to fully utilize them and polish the storyline. Some of the plot points did not seem to be well-thought-out. Instead, they were rushed and sometimes even inconsistent. I truly wish to see another story from her with the same innovative look on a conventional genre and I wish next time I will be able to enjoy it.
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