Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tour Stop | Gemini Rising by Jessica O'Gorek

Title:  Gemini Rising
Author:  Jessica O'Gorek
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance/Sci-Fi
Date Published:  4/13/2013

Angry at the human race and its methodical destruction of her resources, Mother Earth recruits souls who have just left their bodies to serve Her, and turns them against humanity. A powerful, rising force proceeds to carry out Mother Nature’s plan to systematically destroy towns, cities, states… and eventually, the world. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between a human girl, Violette, and Onyx, a lead Gemini, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.


Given the story and what it withholds, the book held me captive with wanting to know what was to come.  There are some areas where the story has a science fiction feel to it and at first I was not willing to turn another page.  There were a few scenes with the Gemini that were a bit gruesome even for my imagination.  The cover itself doesn't give away the story but does represent it quite well.  There is so much compacted into this book that you never know what will come next or where the author will take you with each turn of the page.  
The characters have a battle to fight, not only with others but within themselves.  They are well developed and likeable.  The romance that comes into play was a refresher but found in the midst of battle and war makes it hard.  Onyx and Violette come together in the most unimaginable place and time.
Our precious Earth is being destroyed, used up and damaged....  But ever wonder how Earth would feel being neglected?  Wanting back what has been taken - Earth fires back and sets out to destroy the very beings that have taken advantage of her. 

About the Author
I was born in Chesapeake, Virginia on April 19th, 1979. I 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, you name it, I’ve done it. I was the weird kid who would confront kids on the playground in elementary school when they squished a bug. I would very sincerely tell them what they were doing was morally wrong and then I would pray for the bug to come back as a butterfly in its next life.

​I grew up admiring my father, Barry Weinstock, as an author. He took me around the country to different places so he could research and write his Wilderness Survival books. One of his greatest works, “The Path of Power,” was written with a great medicine man, Sunbear. When I was twelve I started hand writing novels. My first one was two thousand pages. My dad always encouraged me and would rave about my writing. He gave me the confidence I needed to keep writing and follow my dream. My daughter, who is twelve, is currently working on her first novel. I hope to continue the legacy.



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