Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Redemption {Review + Giveaway}

Book Three:
Release Date: 11/02/15

Summary from Goodreads:
Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.

Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.

When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.

After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.

Only from the ashes can a new world be born.

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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:
As book three in a series, this review will most likely contain spoilers for the previous books. PROCEED WITH CAUTION!
Book three = explosive. This book started off with a bang and just kept going. The scope Therrien took with 'Redemption' was almost quite massive, quickly involving the destruction of America's greatest cities. Yeah. Whoa.

Elyse and William don't change much from the previous books. They become parents which creates a constant longing in Elyse and almost convinces her to give up the fight and let someone else lead. Almost. Also, her and William are still finding their footing together as a couple after William lost his memories. The two have some spats, but also some tender moments.

I really wish Elyse had taken more of an investment in the new Council as it was forming. It was quite obvious that Adrianna was using the children to lead the way she wanted them to. I would have loved to see Elyse step up, try to get to know the kids, and influence them for a more peaceful solution. Instead she allows herself to be blackmailed into something HUGE. HUGE people.

In book two, Elyse really had to step up and lead. In 'Redemption', she is floundering, completely unsure of her role and yet unwilling to let things just play out. And there is a TON of action. Some of it was unbelievable/hard to understand. I feel like this leads her to make some crazy decisions, but in the end, also some hard, good decisions. Elyse's floundering also let Kara have a chance to step up and make some good leadership decisions as well.

I could totally see Therrien writing a post series to this one! I would love to know if more refugees were created across America. What does the world become? Do the Descendents stay in the 'light' or do they go back into hiding? It would be a lot of fun to read something in say, Sarah's future. 'Redemption' was enjoyable, crazy, and tough. I'm giving it 3 stars and can confidently say I am glad I picked the series up again and finished it out. Congrats to Jessica Therrien!!


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