Saturday, July 13, 2013

Review: Ethereal Fury (Gemini Rising #1) by Jessica O'Gorek

Ethereal Fury (Gemini Rising, #1) 

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.

Description taken from Goodreads

My Review

Ethereal Fury was truly a great surprise.  It was unique and extremely refreshing with all of these books out with vampires, werewolves and angels, oh my.  Ethereal Fury consists of Gemini, hell-bent on destroying humans for destroying the Earth.

I love how Jessica O’Gorek made Mother Nature an actual force to be reckoned with and I love how passionate the Gemini are no matter how misguided they are.

The story and characters were a tad strange though.  The story was interesting enough and kept me entertained but I just felt that something was lacking, I really can’t even put my finger on it.  Maybe it needed more action and not just the fighting kind of action but the kind where someone does something to move the story along.  Sometimes I felt as though the story was just going along in circles and the same things kept happening but was just described differently and I was just left kind of thinking about when everything was going to start happen and when the shit was going to hit the fan. 

The characters were different as well.  It sounded as if it took place in present time but I couldn’t help feel as though the voice and the way the characters talked seemed like they were from the nineteenth century.  It just didn’t seem natural to me.  And don’t get me wrong, I love historical fiction and I love period dramas, it just seemed odd when they were talking all proper and noble and then say something about the internet or comic books.  It was just odd characterizations and maybe you can blame it on the setting, with them being in an orphanage run by a church.  I don’t know.

Other than those two, well I can’t even call them complaints really, just observations, I did very much enjoy the book.  The world building was amazing and left me questioning things just enough to crave the next book in the series.  The romance was definitely unique…and I have to say that I am Team Slate.  100%.  (Does anyone want to make a Team Slate avatar or button or whatever they are called for me?  I would be forever grateful and proudly wear it on my blog.)  I may be Team Slate but I really did like Onyx as well.  He was mysterious and otherworldly but also has a dangerous and forceful side to him as well.  In the end he just didn’t make me swoon as much as Slate did.  I loved Slate. 

I think this needs to be my new mantra whenever I fall in love with a character from a book.  Sigh.

There may have been some things missing, but overall it was a great book for the first in a series.  I definitely will be reading the sequel when it comes out.

 3.5 out of 5 hearts

An e-book copy was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Love it!!! Thanks so much! I will make a TEAM Slate Button... give me a little bit to come up with something:)

  2. So glad to read your review of this one. I saw the blog tour invites going out, but I just felt like I was too booked for right now. I'll have to check it out.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction