Gemini Rising: Ethereal Fury

Gemini Rising: Ethereal Fury

by Jessica O'Gorek

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ISBN-13: 9780925776273
Publisher: Cogent Publishing
Publication date: 04/13/2013
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Born in Virginia, Jessica O'Gorek was raised within the American Indian religion and was taught great respect for the earth and all its living beings. Powwows, sweat lodges, vision quests, were all part of her upbringing. At twelve Jessica started hand writing novels. The first one was two thousand pages long. Her father, author of many wilderness survival books, always encouraged her and raved about her writing. He gave her the confidence she needed to keep writing and follow her dream. Continuing the family legacy, her twelve year old daughter is currently working on her first novel.

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Gemini Rising: Ethereal Fury 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
andreea-deea More than 1 year ago
This year a sad that I want to read books with some unique storys. And this one was definitely different. I never imagined that someone will write some kind of story based on the pollution. Yeah, you read correctly. We know that every country, on this world have this problem. So, the author write suck o great story. About people that are mean, and that they have to be punished. And how better that the Mother Earth to punished them. Oliver was a ambitious man, he want to have power, and when he have it, he want more. And for that he pay the prize. One day, when he had all: money, house, beautiful wife, he died. But he died for a purpose. He became a Gemini Rising, and he have to punish people for polluting the Earth. He protected his species until one day, when he found love in a little girl, Violette. This story is awesome. Is about the damage that people do to Earth. About sacrifice, love. It`s a great story, but I dint`t like it so much. Why? I mean is different, but she dint`t drag me in to the story. Sometimes I read it and I dint`t fell the story. It is a good story, but, I don`t know.I like it but not love it. Anyway, you have to give it a chance. Because it is something different, and how knew..maybe the next one will be extraordinary.
maechs More than 1 year ago
Can I just say…NOOOOO!!!!  That was the world’s hugest cliffhanger ever!  That right there is my biggest complaint about this book!  People, people, people.  You NEED to read this book - if only so that I can read the second book, Gemini in Retrograde (which will only be published once Ethereal Fury gets a stronger following).    Gemini Rising started out a little slow, but quickly gained tons of momentum.  I was able to part with it after the first few chapters.  But once I picked it back up again, I struggled to put it down (hey, a girl’s  gotta sleep at some point . . . unfortunately).  I think the thing I found most alluring about Ethereal Fury was the attachment I felt for Onyx.  Yes, he’s supposed to be the weapon of mass destruction for all human kind, but I found myself cheering for him.  I guess it’s that hopeless romantic thing in me that likes bad boys and thinks there’s hope for them, or that they can be “saved”.  Yeah, that’s gotta be what fascinated me about Onyx.  That’s not to say the other characters fell flat.  Far from it.  I was completely intrigued by what could be the underlying cause of Violette’s charisma.  I wanted to know what was so special about her that drew Onyx to her.  Okay, I admit it – the “forbidden love” angle snares me every time. Other than the love story aspect, we get to experience the fight from both sides (the Geminis and the humans).  It was strange that I found myself rooting against the church – because after all, aren’t priests supposed to be good, and soul-snatching entities supposed to be evil?  Shouldn’t we always cheer good over evil?  But this book completely flipped that idea on its head.  After all, I can’t say I blame Mother Earth for being a little peeved and wanting to eradicate the source of the damage that’s been done to her.  I suppose it also helps that some of the human characters (and the politics and hierarchy in the church) in the story are really easy to dislike.  At this point, it’s hard to say where the story is  going to go because O’Gorek has left so many options open – and I really like that! There were a couple parts where the POV (point-of-view) shifted unexpectedly, and I spotted a minuscule amount of typos – but none of these distracted me from the overall story.  The words flowed smoothly and the imagery was beautiful.  Gemini Rising is one of those stories that gets into your head, churns your imagination, and makes you think, “hey, this could be real.” As I said at the beginning of this review, the ending was a killer cliffhanger!  I only wish the second book were available NOW!  I’d scoop it up in a heartbeat! Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Appropriate for ages 15 & up.
zissa122 More than 1 year ago
Ethereal Fury was unlike ANY book I have ever read. I have no words to describe how amazed I was with the concept of this book. It was not your usual cliche dystopian, it was a new BETTER twist on pre-apocalypse. Mother Earth wanting to get rid of humans on Earth??? VERY ORIGINAL.  The beginning of Ethereal Fury was REALLY confusing. I must have reread it three times and yet I didn't understand it. If the beginning was clearer, it would have gotten five stars.  After I got through the beginning, I was SUCKED IN. This book had so many twists and plot changes I could not set the book down. I also love the cover! Onyx and Violette look so realistic! The title I'm kind of confused about... Gemini Rising makes sense but Ethereal Fury is a little off topic on the book.  ANYWAYS I loved Onyx and Violette! I wish they described Onyx more, for example his age and appearance, but I still really liked the characterization. Slate was your typical church man, shy, quiet, and unsure about everything. I never really liked Slate by the way he treated Violette. Violette must be my favorite book heroin EVER. She is timid, yet tough. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE especially dystopian, SciFi, and fantasy readers. This was definitely a young adult book. I loved Ethereal Fury and am glad I pushed through the beginning to get to the AMAZINGNESS in the rest of the book!!! The ending? A heart-stopper. I NEED the next book!!! *Note: Thank you Jessica for letting me review this book. I'm sorry it took longer than I would have liked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister said it best: "First, I loved the concept of the Gemini and what they represent, the mystery of what they really are, and the idea that the planet has a soul and she is pissed. Humans have some serious karma to work out. What will happen? Will the human race redeem ourselves? Are we really doomed? Such a great idea! THEN I got sucked into the quickly moving plot and read the whole thing in one night. There is romance, there is danger, there is lots of suspense, and I can't wait for Book 2. Read it! Then you'll be hooked like me!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ethereal Fury is an interesting and unique concept. It's hard to believe that this is Jessica O'Gorek's debut novel. It was a little hard for me to get into a first, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Ethereal Fury is a story about Mother Earth and how she has decided that the human race has abused the planet for too long and wants to rid the planet of humans. She uses her Gemini's, which are souls that she takes from some unworthy humans, and uses them as tools to bring peace to earth.  Ethereal Fury is an exciting new story and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in this series!
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. What happens to people that destroy the environment when they die? Ethereal Fury takes an interesting look. Oliver Weldon, a rich oil tycoon destroys the environment over time with his oil drilling and fires that they’ve caused. He thinks money will fix everything, until his heart gives out and he ends up part of Gemini. Gemini is a group of supernatural beings that have begun a battle to wipe out the human race. This is an awesome and unique good versus evil novel with romance in the mix; it has interesting characters you’ll love to hate and those that you’ll fall in love with. Although the pace is a little slow, it’s fantastic first novel and I cannot wait for book two.
Skaiste More than 1 year ago
It was intriguing story. From the beginning details of events made me curious whats happening here, whats behind all that and how are these events connected to one another. I enjoyed to read and figure out some answers. I wondered what else would be revealed later. I kept thinking maybe there's some deeper meaning in some events. I enjoyed to read how things go between Violette, Onyx and Slate too. I enjoyed to read their thoughts, how they have to take time to think and re-evaluate their views and opinions when they encounter with events they didn't expect to happen. I was eager to know what would happen between them and I wasn't sure who's side I'm in. Sometimes I wondered how are Slate, Violet and Onyx connected. Maybe there's some secret in there too. I questioned what is what and who is who, what secrets are in here. I wanted to figure all this out, to know where it all is going and how it all will end up.  It was interesting idea of the story about Mother Earth getting angry with people making a lot of damage to her and recruiting souls to be Gemini and fight for her. I can understand that. And at the same time I understand people trying to fight for their lives. I kind of struggle with the idea about Gemini being the ones obeying to Mother Earth, and yet destroying people and churches, doing lots of cruel things. I wonder why is that, maybe there's some bigger explanation behind that. On the other hand, people are portrayed having flaws too, doing cruel things and injustice to one another. That made me wonder who is good guys and who is bad guys in here, Gemini or people. And which of the characters are good ones and bad ones. Or maybe they are not black and white, but something in between, something kind of grey, having evil and good qualities at the same time. And there is no one completely right or wrong in their goals and ways to achieve them. That reminded me a bit of similar ideas in books Night Watch and Day Watch of Sergei Lukyanenko. Also sometimes Gemini, the way Gemini takes a human body, the whole situation about Onyx and Slate kind of reminded me of aliens and situation between Melanie and Wanderer in The Host by Stephenie Meyer. But nevertheless the idea about Gemini was new to me. I enjoyed this story and I'm curious how it would go in the next book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal).
SherryF More than 1 year ago
An wonderful intro to the world of Centaurs. I have seen Gemini Rising making the rounds on the blogosphere and have wanted to read it ever since I saw the cover. I feel concerned about our exploitation of earth’s resources and the ME attitude that seems pervasive in our society today, so the synopsis jumped out and said read me. This fantasy romance is all I hoped for. Oliver Weldon worked for Spot Petroleum. His rush to tap into one of the largest African oil fields in 1956 was coming back to bite him in the ass. The 2:00am call warned him, but he had his millions and no regrets. Lost lives and the environment devastated was just part of business to him, so he went back to sleep. Mother Nature is pissed and she is not going to take it any more and he wears a bullseye. Gemini are the servants of the earth and since his death, Oliver is one of them. His name is now Onyx, for his black soul. They were an army of lost souls “living” in their own version of purgatory. “Possess and destroy.” The means did not matter. Their mission was part of Mother’s plan to fix the problem the human race had created. They spread plagues, famines, fires……Would she allow any human to remain? Was her goal to exterminate the human race? The Gemini’s strategy was to enter the churches first, then slowly spread throughout the town. Darius, seemed to be the only one who was aware of what was happening, but that was not so. Slate idolizes Darius, but soon becomes suspicious. What part will he play as the humans fight back? Violette holds a fascination for Slate and Onxy. She is sixteen, naïve and I feel something special is in store for her. Onyx no longer knows the way of humans. He no longer understands their feelings of attraction and desire, their need to protect. He is a supernatural being that can take on any shape or form, has the ability to become invisible and reverse time, able to heal all wounds and move at super speeds. He is extremely powerful and can obliterate the human species. What about Slate? Who would win the battle for his body – Slate or Onyx? Was he in love with Violette too? Was Onyx’s attraction to her because he wanted to defile and corrupt a virgin child? His biggest surprise was to find he had no defense again the wisp of a girl. I am leery of the Bishop. Does he have an ulterior motive? Gemini rising holds a warning for all of us, but doesn’t preach. It does emphasize the anger of mother earth and her need to eradicate the pests who are destroying her. Think about it! Is the Earth rising up in our current time? Is it warning us through plague, fires, landslides, polluted waters…….to be more careful. After all, our resources are finite. Gemini Rising reminded me of Host by Stephanie Meyer, when talking about Onyx’s possession of others, but he went from body to body intending ill will, murder and death. I feel there is much more to come. I love Jessica’s bio and can see how she came up with idea for this wonderful fantasy. I received the book in return for an honest and unbiased review.
StarGazer2 More than 1 year ago
Gemini Rising by Jessica O’Gorek was an interesting take on demons and the church. Without saying too much, Geminis are the demons who are led by what I interpreted as Mother Nature or Earth itself. Mother earth is angry at how humans have been treating her, so she has sent out her warriors—the Geminis—to destroy mankind. Of course, Jessica throws in another twist into the plot—love. Read Gemini Rising to understand how the borders of good and evil, love and hate can blur and make a life complicated yet intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay wow. I didn't expect that. Gemini rising (yeah I still call it that) was surprisingly brilliant to say the least. I generally don't like the whole battle between good and evil types of books but this one was really good. It was interesting. It was intreaguing to say the least. I could not put it down when I started reading. I would recommend that people read it and I can't wait to read the next.
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WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Ethereal Fury is the first book in the Gemini Rising series by Jessica O'Gorek. The premise behind this series is a great and unique one. If Mother Earth was an individual being, I'd imagine she would be quite angry with humans and what we've done to her pretty Earth. There were things I didn't understand about this story though. Why are the Gemini almost exclusively targeting the churches?? If it is in fact Mother Earth who is mad, wouldn't she go after those who are hurting her, like the people cutting down her rain forests or the factories polluting her waters and air? But churches and orphanages?? I don't get it. The people who know about the Gemini think they are demons, and rightly so. They have many demonic characteristics. They possess people, exorcisms get rid of them, they can't go on holy land easily, etc. etc. So, I never saw Mother Earth attack anything or anyone who was actually damaging her. These things just don't sound like Mother Earth is mad at anyone except for... God maybe? So, I'm not sure what to think. Ethereal Fury by Jessica O'Gorek was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.