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Today I’m reviewing one of Ms. Therrien’s own novels – Oppression.
AUTHOR: JESSICA THERRIEN
GENRE: YOUNG ADULT/FANTASY
RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She’s been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she’s well over eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don’t make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she’s been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning-and she’s not entirely willing to play by their rules.
Elyse is a young woman who had been kept sheltered by her parents since she was a young child. She ages far slower than a normal person, and can heal. Elyse thinks only her parents and best friend know her secret, and the latter was by accident. That’s not the case. When her parents are killed in a tragic car accident, she begins to find out the truth about who she really is.
There are many more like her – descendants of Greek gods, each having their own ability, depending on which gods they are descended from. (Ms. Therrien does a great job breaking this down.) Unlike the others, Elyse is special. Her reason for being is cause for celebration to the oppressed, but a danger to others (the “Council”). It’s why her parents kept her hidden for so many years. She is the one destined to fulfill a prophecy, but she doesn’t even know who she can trust.
I love books that revolve around mythology – Greek, Roman, Norse, or whatever. I’ll read it. I liked the premise and story. Most of the characters were fleshed out well, with distinct personalities. William turns out to be Elyse’s love interest, though she initially isn’t sure if she can trust him. Their attraction is instantaneous, and it seems as if they’re destined for each other.
Kara is one that I loved to hate, but felt for her as the story unfolded, because I got to understand her predicament. I really love the depth of her character. We don’t get to know much about Ryder except that he has a hatred for Elyse and is a bad guy. The Council, well, they’re just out for Elyse.
It took me the first chapter or so to figure out the aging delay. When Elyse initially stated her age as 50 on page 1 or 2, I was confused. It’s explained soon after, and I finally got with the program. 🙂 I would liked to have read more about the Counsel, why Ryder hated her so much, etc. I don’t want to give away spoilers, so I won’t say any more. I was left with some unanswered questions that I hope the next installment will answer.
Overall, this was a read I enjoyed and would recommend it to others.
RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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. Aside from her trilogy, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011. Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round. After growing up in the tiny town of Chilcoot, CA, population 108, Jessica currently lives in Irvine, CA with her husband and two young sons.
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