Thursday, October 29, 2015

Uprising {Review + Giveaway}

Release Date: 10/02/15
Summary from Goodreads:

Elyse has done everything she can to protect her friends from The Council's reach. As long as they believe she's dead, she has time to rest and train for war. And war is inevitable.

When Kara arrives with the news that Anna and Chloe have been captured, Elyse is faced with the realization that no one is safe until The Council is stopped and Christoph is destroyed. She doesn't need a prophecy to tell her to lead an army. Christoph has done the one thing that ensures she'll fight to the death. He's threatened the people she loves.

It will take more than the words of an oracle to help them fight against the most powerful Descendant alive. To break The Council's oppression and rise up against a plot so many years in the making, Elyse will need to get dangerously close to her enemy. So close, in fact, she may not survive.

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About the Author
Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release in February of 2012.

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round of Rachael Harrie’s Writing Campaign Challenge. Her story, Savedis also available as part of the anthology.
Jessica spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no street lights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.

In 2003, Jessica attended California State University Long Beach where her passion for language found her studying Chinese, and in 2005 she moved to Taiwan to study abroad. From 2005 to 2006 Jessica was fully immersed in the Chinese language as she attended National Taiwan University, and in 2008 she graduated from San Diego State University magna cum laude.

Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two sons. She is planning a re-release of her series through Acorn Publishing in September of 2015. The re-release will include the third and final book in her Children of the Gods series as well as a bonus chapter in the back of Oppression.

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My Thoughts:
Note: this review may contain spoilers for book one. Proceed with CAUTION!!
And I've read book two, people! After such a long while I am so glad I finally made time to read it. Thanks to author Jessica Therrien and YA Bound Book Tours for giving me the kick in the pants. And trust me, there are NO regrets.

'Uprising' begins right where 'Oppression' left off, which should really make you want to pick up both books at the same time. 'Uprising', however, features a lot more action. Elyse is training for a war with The Council. We get to witness her practicing hand to hand combat and (finally) using her left side (the poison side of her blood). She is becoming harder and tougher because the people need her to be. They are looking up to her as a leader and Elyse willingly/not-so-willingly steps up to take the reins. (And yes! Kara returns! All my questions from my previous review were answered :) yay!)

Truly, a lot happens in this book, and I am struggling to know where not to give any spoilers. Let us say, for safety's sake, that THINGS happen. Thing One: why then and there? Ew, and poor timing. Thing Two: AWWW! Romantic and cute! Thing Three: Wow, what a tough place for Elyse to be in! I can personally easily relate because I am in the same...'health' way. This made it hard to read some of the latter parts of the book. Skimming may have occurred once or twice. And Thing Four: William is so heroic and romantic!! Why is 'that' piece needed?! So sad, yet romantic kind of too...yet sad. Book three had better have some answers!

Okay, whew! Made it through that sticky patch :) I do have to add my one, tiny complaint: I feel that as a reader, we aren't getting enough of why. Why Elyse cares for Anna and Chloe so much. Why The Council is evil (like what are they really trying to accomplish?). Or what the 'outside' world is up to. We get tiny glimpses, but I feel like some emotion and attachment are missing that is making it hard to become truly invested in Elyse's cause. Though, I am quite invested in her relationship with William :)

Again, I am left with so many questions that book three had better answer! What IS Christoph up too?? And what happens with that now? What part will newcomer Hannah play? Will William ever remember again? Can humans and Descendents co-exist? Lucky for me, I just received a copy of 'Redemption', book three, today! HAHAHA suckers :) The Children of the Gods series are fast, easy reads and pretty short. I've read both in 24 hours each. I can easily recommend it for those who love powers, quick learning female characters who can step up in a tough situation, or a series that has an adorable 'made for each other' romance. 4 stars. 


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