Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ephemeral by Addison Moore + Expert & Book Review

Ephemeral (The Countenance #1)
By Addison Moore
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date:  September 12, 2012

*Young Adult/ Mature Situations

The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield. 

Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely. 

Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma. 

In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says. 

Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she?

My Review:

Wow, this book was awesome, non-stop excitement and some witty funny parts too. For those who have not read the Celestra series by Addison Moore, I recommend you get on it, but you do not have to read them before this one, But Addison did say, characters from this book, will be showing Up in the next Celestra book Toxic, so those who read and enjoy the Celestra books, read this one before Toxic is out.

Ok, so I will do my best to keep this spoiler free. I know there are many who had not read the Celestra series, so I will give a vague rundown of who and what the Celestra are.
We have several factions of angels,(Nephilim)  who live among us, most have very diluted blood of the angels, but some are pure. Now in the Celestra series, the main character there, Skyla, is as pure as you can get of the Celestra factions, and there is a war between the factions. Countenance is another faction, now that’s what our main character in Ephemeral is.

Now, I went into this book, thinking I would have to accept and like the Countenance now (they are evil bloodsucking creeps, and I mean that literally, they like to drink the blood of the Celestra, as it’s the only way they can get the powers of the Celestra, like time travel, mind reading, etc.) We have other factions, won’t get into them all, but the Sectors are on Celestra’s side (and if you’re up on those books, that’s what yummy Marshall is, a Sector) it seems besides the Celestra, the Sectors are the most powerful. Countenance just wish they were, but aren’t.  There is the Levato, which is a smaller faction, also sides with Celsetra. Countenance has the Fems on their sides and the ones I only learned of in this book, called the Spectators, they are gross zombie like Counts, the failed resurrection attempts. Yuck.

So, now back to this story, Laken, wakes up in a strange forest, with the last memory being flying through the windshield in a car accident. But she is not in Kansas anymore, she finds she is in Ephemeral, Connecticut, and has no idea how she gets there.
Well, these Counts (or whoever is pulling the strings, not sure) try to create her a whole new set of memories, but she still remembers her old (real) life in Kansas, she is confused , especially when she sees her brother and Wes, the love of her life, alive and well, except they died 2 years ago in a lake drowning, so this is where they went, but they have no memory of her in that life, just some false memories, and it’s frustrating for her. No one believes her. Until Cooper, he is the only one who does.

I do not want to say much more. But will say, it’s extremely exciting, and I just love Cooper, he is the real deal. I also am super thrilled that Laken, who’s blood is a Count (Countenance) hates what they stand for as much as I do, so yay, she’s a rebel, and plans to infiltrate their inner circle to find her Kansas sister and mom (who she finds out something interesting about) and wants to get her old life back. Her heart is pulled between Wesley and Cooper, Wes is the guy she was with in Kansas and was heart broken when he “died” but this new Wes is not anything like the old Wes, he is brainwashed, she wants the old Wes back. Then we have sweet Cooper who is NOT brainwashed, and is helping her all he can. He even can help her get some of them Celestra powers she needs to beat these Counts at their own game.

Here is a sweet scene between Cooper and Laken:

Cooper and all of his mystery—he blessed me with his lips, and now I need a little bit more. This is just a dream and strange things happen in dreams that are generally out of your control.
He pushes in and kisses me again, slow at first then with a burst of trembling passion. His soft lips, his skin pressed against mine—there’s something achingly pure about kissing Cooper. An underlying sadness emanates from the two of us, lets me know this is more than just some fantasy. An alarm rails inside me and assures me this can never be.

Its super exciting, and I absolutely can’t wait for the next book, called Evanescent (The Countenance 2) Love Addison and her great vocabulary,  (Evanescent means: soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.)

I highly recommend this book. You can even get the first book in the Celestra series free right now (ebook) I also have them all that I can loan out to one person on Kindle (Amazon allows only to do this once) Called Ethereal (Celestra Book 1) Free Here at Amazon

Note: This book is for mature readers only. It’s YA with Mature situations.

About the Author Addison Moore

Addison Moore is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children, and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading.

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Books in this series and Celestra that ties in with this one.

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ETHEREAL (Celestra Series Book 1)
TREMBLE (Celestra Series Book 2)
BURN (Celestra Series Book 3)
WICKED (Celestra Series Book 4)
VEX (Celestra Series Book 5)
EXPEL ( Celestra Series Book 6 )
TOXIC PART ONE (Celestra Book 7)
TOXIC PART TWO (Celestra Book 7)
ELYSIAN (Celestra Book 8)
EPHEMERAL (The Countenance Trilogy 1)
EVANESCENT (The Countenance Trilogy 2)
ENTROPY (The Countenance Trilogy 3) Out late 2013
ETHEREAL KNIGHTS (Celestra Knights) (Celestra book 1 written fron Logan and Gage’s point of view)

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Ethereal (Celestra 1) (Free)
Tremble (Celstra 2)
Burn (Celestra 3)
Wicked (Celestra 4)
Vex (Celestra 5)
Expel (Celestra 6)
Toxic Part One (Celestra 7)
Toxic Part Two (Celestra 7)
Ethereal Knights (Celestra Knights) (Book 1 from Logan and Gage POV)
Ephemeral (The Countenance Book 1)
Evanescent (The Countenance Book 2)

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