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Soon she and the other Soterians are learning to use their powers to prevent California from being plunged into chaos. But they quickly discover that they're up...
Soon she and the other Soterians are learning to use their powers to prevent California from being plunged into chaos. But they quickly discover that they're up against a much more dangerous enemy than they anticipated.
And when Ashlyn meets Kai, a devastatingly gorgeous guitar player, she realizes she must sacrifice more than she ever imagined.
Posted August 2, 2010
This was an extremely unique story, and I really enjoyed it. This isn't your normal paranormal tale. Our heroes are super heroes that only get their powers when the balance of good and evil tip in evils favor. Once the balance has been set back (because evil can never truly be defeated, only pushed back) the Soterians will once again lose their powers and be regular college students.
This book was filled with great characters, Ashlyn was a strong independent woman who is working hard at finding herself and becoming a better person. When she suddenly develops powers it's quite a shock, but she deals quickly and soon becomes quite a super hero. Our male lead has no powers of his own, but is truly a great guy and is the perfect counterpart to Ashlyn. There love happens quickly, but is built on trust and is beautiful and honest. The other Soterians are a great mix of personalities, I really enjoyed each and every one of them.
Full of action, this book had me turning the pages at lightning speed to find out just what will happen next. Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is that the author didn't feel the need to fill it with bad actions and decisions on the characters part. The martial arts teacher that leads the Soterians is always teaching them that self doubt will cripple you and to be better people all around.
I definitely recommend this book to adult and YA alike. I can't wait to start book 2 and see where the author takes these characters next
Posted June 20, 2010
RISING SHADOW, by Jacquelyn Wheeler, was an action-packed story about a team of supernaturals and their quest of balancing good and evil. Wheeler will stretch your imagination as you take the journey in discovering hidden talents and powers within her characters.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed the idea of the Soterians. I thought Wheeler's idea of balancing good and evil, and not destroying evil (because that is impossible) was a unique perspective on crime-fighting. I liked learning about the different jobs of each Soterian and the training that went with it. The relationship between Ashlyn and Kai was a bit cliche but really sweet. I liked getting to know the minor characters that were encountered and understanding their role in Ashlyn's life.
A couple things that I did not care for was the dialogue and forced views. I felt there was too much dialogue as a whole. There were a lot of conversations between characters that could have been skipped over. For instance, there were many moments of just having dialogue to fill a silence. This dialogue did not move the story forward and I found myself getting distracted by it. In terms of forced views, it is understandable that authors like to write what they are passionate about, but in this book I felt like I was being forced to think a certain way. I felt that Ashlyn was trying to force others to be a vegetarian and hate drinking. I understood that Ashlyn went through terrible things in her past with drinking, but the constant reminder was too much at times.
Overall, I really enjoyed the idea of this book, it was fresh and full of action. But personally, I did not like it as much as I hoped I would.
Posted June 2, 2010
I had previously heard about this book and when an ARC tour of it was announced I didn't hesitate to join. The idea of the Soterians is very unique and was a joy to learn about. It started out decent but felt like the author was trying too hard to push into our heads the idea that something was up with Ashlyn, the main character. But at about 60 pages in, that feeling fades away and it really starts picking up. New characters are introduced throughout the book and just when I thought I had everything figured out there was a twist in place.
As far as the action and romance went, Wheeler couldn't go wrong. The characters of Ashyln and Kai were meant to be together.
This novel involves a lot of politics. If you aren't a politcal person and think that just because this books talks a lot about politics that it won't be for you, then you are wrong. The Soterians can be helpful in any situation(I am sure of it!!), it just so happens in this book, its a politcal backdrop(I hear the next one is financial).
It's exciting to see YA go into a different direction. I've never read anything quite like this, and I think that's one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much. It's new and refreshing.
I look forward to the sequel, titled Merger, which was released March 18th.
Posted January 27, 2010
Hmm, ok how do I start this review? I could start out by saying how much I truly enjoyed this book, but that's not really going to capture my feelings. I could say, I cant wait to read the next installment of the Soterians series, but again - that's not going to tell you how I really felt about it...
So, I am going to start out by saying that Rising Shadow for me, was/is a breath of fresh air, in a room that's gotten filled by lots of vampire books!
The premise is much the same as a lot of novels I read, good verses evil - but there's a twist, with in the Soterians world, evil can never be 100% over come, it can never be beaten - the only thing that the "good guys" IE Soterians can hope to do, is to bring the world, along with themselves back into balance, where good may have the upper hand but evil is always forever lurking in the shadows. Much like the idea of a yin and yang - good is "on top" but there will always be evil!
Another thing that really struck me, is gentle woven into the fabric of the story are good lesson's for everyone, one that struck me as considerably poignant is that fear and self doubt only serve to take your strength away, how true is that? Ashlyn struggles with this a lot in the book, fear that she's not good enough, fear that she could never be good enough for Kai or for the rest of the Soterians.
Jacquelyn also has Ashlyn and Kai fall in love quite fast, and often with in books where this happens I am left saying um, WHY? However, I never once found myself saying that while reading this book - yes they fall in love quickly, but there also not normal "teens" they spend hours upon hours just talking to each other, filling each other up with information about themselves, never hiding anything...trust is built immediately, and from there love blooms - both Kai and Ashlyn are responsible in the way they are feeling, never rushing into things like sex - they take it one step at a time, though they know there love is real. Its a love that left me feeling it, if that makes sense - never once questioning weather it could be true...It's a love that reminded me that I have always believed in love at first sight.
For a debut novel, Jacquelyn Wheeler has gained my respect, as well as my money - I will be one of the first in line to pick up Merger when it comes out that's for sure! She has a way with characters and writing that I will call "earthly" - gritty, getting in your face and grabbing your attention.
Bottom line - if you have yet to be introduced to Ashlyn and Kai I recommend you pick up the book, you will not be disappointed...with it's fast pace, butt kicking action, down to earth characters and meaningful messages - Rising Shadow's has risen up to to become one of my favorite reads so far this year, I cant WAIT for Merger! A 5 mushroom read for me!