REDEMPTION RELEASE BOOK TOUR

Good morning everyone! I’m participating in the book tour for Jessica Therrien’s release of Redemption, the last installment in the Children of the Gods series. I’ve included an excerpt for your enjoyment.

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Hello All! I hope you enjoy this little peek at the final book in my CHILDREN OF THE GODS series.

I traced my fingers below the gash on the right side of his chest and another on his left side. His collarbone was scraped from sliding against asphalt and his shoulder had been punctured by something.

I reached for my bracelet. “Let me—”

“Don’t.” He grabbed my wrist and stopped me before I could draw the blood. “You’ve given too much today.”

“It’s okay I—”

“I’ll be fine.” His fingers traced the skin beneath the hem of my shirt. “How about you? Any cuts or scrapes?”

“I don’t know.” I swallowed at the warm feel of his touch. “You should check.”

He smiled and our eyes stayed locked as he lifted my tank top over my head. I brushed my limp brown hair aside, and he pulled me closer. Skin on skin. Even after such a day, I could still smell the lingering hint of lime and warmth on his body. As he moved his fingertips up my back, he grazed a sore spot I didn’t know was there, making me flinch. “Just a scrape.”

His lips tickled my shoulder, and the feel of him so close was too much. My fingers curled into his hair and rested on the back of his neck.

“Shower?” I whispered in an exhale.

Without answering, he took my hand and led me to the bathroom.

The steam wrapped us in silk sheets of vapor. Warmth soaked into every pore. Clean water dripped from our eye-lashes and painted our flushed lips. It washed our wounds and rinsed away all the blood and pain. Breath and skin and bodies so close. A blissful ending to an otherwise un-worthy day. 

Redemption-TherrienLead 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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Elyse’s Story…

OPPRESSION (Book #1)

UPRISING (Book #2)

REDEMPTION (Book #3)

The Children of the Gods Series

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The Descendants have waited long enough for freedom… 

About The Author

JTherrienJESSICA THERRIEN 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 streetlights 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. Jessica currently lives in Southern California with her husband and their two children.

 

You can visit her online at

jessicatherrien.com

 

 

 

 

 

OPPRESSION

Hey everyone! Welcome to the Read and Review Challenge, started by the wonderful Jessica Therrien. It’s a great opportunity for authors and reader/reviewers to connect.ReadRev

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Today I’m reviewing one of Ms. Therrien’s own novels – Oppression.

Oppression

 

TITLE:  OPPRESSION

AUTHOR:  JESSICA THERRIEN

GENRE: YOUNG ADULT/FANTASY

RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

4/5 HEARTS

 

BOOK BLURB:

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.

MY REVIEW:

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: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

4/5 HEARTS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

JTherrienJessica 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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