Review: Uprising by Jessica Therrien

Title: Uprising
Author: Jessica Therien
Publication date: October 2, 2015
Series: Children of the Gods
Number of pages: 388
Synopsis: Elyse has done everything she can to protect her friends from The Council’s reach. As long as they believe she’s dead, she has time to rest and train for war. And war is inevitable.

When Kara arrives with the news that Anna and Chloe have been captured, Elyse is faced with the realization that no one is safe until The Council is stopped and Christoph is destroyed. She doesn’t need a prophecy to tell her to lead an army. Christoph has done the one thing that ensures she’ll fight to the death. He’s threatened the people she loves.

It will take more than the words of an oracle to help them fight against the most powerful Descendant alive. To break The Council’s oppression and rise up against a plot so many years in the making, Elyse will need to get dangerously close to her enemy. So close, in fact, she may not survive.

Uprising by Jessica Therrien
**I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the author, publisher and YABound Book Tours for this opportunity).**

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

After reading Opression I was so thrilled to be able to continue straight away with the series! I really enjoyed this book, though I still prefer the first. Much like the first book, this one had Elyse as a strong, kickass character, but I wish there had been more action all the time. I understand why the first book lacked in action at times, but this one seemed to move too slowly sometimes and made me miss the action. However, the book had plenty of action by chapter seven and kept it going right through the end.

This book definitely expanded the politics of the descendants and the reasoning behind the council and Elise’s fight for freedom. It developed some of the council members more thoroughly and presented reasoning behind their actions.

Lastly, I really liked how this book flowed seamlessly from the first and portrayed real life. It kept all of the emotions appropriate to each situation and they were definitely raw and real. I could imagine myself doing, saying, and feeling the same way as Elyse and some of the other characters. The book was also a nice lead-in to the third book!

Overall, I really enjoyed Uprising but did miss some of the action from the first book. I definitely enjoyed the plot and character development in this book and can’t wait to continue with the series!


Review: Oppression by Jessica Therrien

Oppression by Jessica Therrien

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I love books with a mythical twist to them, but I especially love Greek myths. When I saw the synopsis to Oppression I was immediately hooked. I’m so glad that another Greek myth book was written, but this book was more than that. The book definitely brought out some new aspects and twists to the Greek myth. Moreover, it had a diverse cast of amazing and relatable characters.

First, Oppression was completely different from other Greek myth books I’ve read. It kept most aspects of the myths while twisting some in a very different and innovative way.

Next, the book has an awesome cast of characters. Elyse, the main character is one of the most kickass heroines I’ve seen for quite some time. She knew what she wanted and although she had to get used to a new world, she knew who she was as a person and she knew that she had to find her way in this new world. Despite being new and getting used to this new world, she kept going forward even though various people were against her.

William was the other main character and he was so sweet! He wasn’t the bad guy girls usually fall for–such a cliché–but was instead more of the boy next door. Like Elyse, William knew who he was and how he wanted to change their world. William befriended, and soon fell in love with Elyse. However, unlike most novels where the heroine waits for the guy to save her, Elyse was her own person and she didn’t let anything or anyone dictate what she did. William was more of a guiding figure who followed Elyse and showed her things about the world she’d been introduced to. Lastly, the romance in this book was a slow evolving romance and I absolutely love how it didn’t take center stage. Instead, it evolved as Elyse found out more about the world she’d been introduced to and her role in it.

The rest of the characters in this book were as diverse and unique as Elyse and William. Each character had his or her own unique personality and power, and each character had a purpose that moved the story forward.

Overall, I really enjoyed Oppression and would recommend it to those who like Greek myths and those who like a slow, sweet romance.