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Gemini Rising #1
by Jessica O'Gorek
Genre: Paranormal Dystopian Romance
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**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**
GEMINI RISING is a unique tale, a lesson to those who care nothing for this planet we live on. In this story, Mother Earth is getting herself some serious payback by turning the souls of the recently departed into Gemini, a race of supernatural spirits bent on destroying humanity.
In ETHEREAL FURY, we follow an important Gemini in the movement, known as Onyx, as he embarks on a mission to bring a bishop and his flock to its knees. With violence in his heart, he is surprised to find there is one human being invoking a whole new set of feelings inside him, and she may just wind up being his downfall.
For the first part of the book, I admit to some difficulty in getting into it. I wasn't really sure how everything would come together or how I felt about the different angles and relationships, but I determined to stick with it and I was glad that I did. Things got a lot more exciting as it went on and by the end of the book, I found myself invested in Onyx, Violette, and poor Slate and I am greatly looking forward to the next book in this series!
To Note: There has apparently been some discomfort among readers regarding the 40-something year old Gemini spirit having lusty thoughts about the 16+ Violette. I did not have any issue with this because to me, the Gemini aren't human - they're spirits. If Onyx was 300 years old, would it be more acceptable? Not if he was human... but if he's an ageless spirit, sure, why not?
Also, the main setting is a church/orphanage/school run by some religious folk who don't seem to especially like kids, and Mother Earth hates to the point of extermination. This book might make you uncomfortable, but you have to admit, it keeps you reading and it definitely has its own voice.