Freewill

Rated 4.30/5 based on 25 reviews
Ellie has discovered an ancient world that exists within, and alongside, our own. To survive the mysterious and dangerous, she has to learn what she has become since her death, where her strength really resides, and how to love and be loved. Unbeknownst to her, destiny's stop watch is counting down, secret organizations are watching her every move, and her family's past may destroy her future. More

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About Elyse Draper

Elyse Draper, as a native Coloradan, brings a distinctive vision of the Rocky Mountains to life. When that sight is combined with her love of world travel, history, sociological sciences, psychology, and humanism, the outcome is a setting that spans the world and imagination. That aptitude when mixed with an educational background of law, philosophy, and French, brings the result of a fantastic yet realistic renaissance storyline, ultimately taking the reader on an exceptional journey.

Working as a freelance journalist for Examiner.com, Elyse reports on the publishing world and supports Denver's local literary contributors as Denver's Author Examiner. Still living in Colorado with her husband and daughter, she is working on her newest speculative fiction novel. Coming in 2012, keep a look out for the next two novels in the 'Freewill' trilogy, 'Consequences' and 'Vindication'.

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Review by: Shelly Hammond on Feb. 23, 2013 :
This is the first book in a trilogy and it sets everything up perfectly. The author is a brilliant story teller who immediately sucks the reader into the story and keeps them glued to the pages from beginning to end. You will find yourself caring about every single character very quickly and at times you will want to hug them and at other times you may wish you could reach in the pages and give them a bit of a swat upside the head! I won't give the story away, but there are a lot of twists and turns within that will leave you on the edge of your seat and right when you think you figured it out, you will realize you really didn't.

This book has a very unique concept and the author delivers a perspective on the world that hasn't been seen before. This book sets up the first of a trilogy that, if the other two follow the same pattern, promises to deliver a brilliant and entertaining reading experience and one that should not be missed by serious readers of all ages. Extremely fun and entertaining read and one that left me eager to get to the next in the series!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Janxcdlily on Oct. 20, 2012 : (no rating)
Spoiler Alert:
Freewill is essentially about a couple falling in love one of them living and the other a spirit or "ghost", both with perceivable cognitive powers. I received this book, the first of a trilogy by the author for review through the We ♥ YA Books, ARR program. The story is quite original and the characters are honest. The storyline begins one way and then suddenly goes in completely different direction although be it interesting, it does take an open mind to embrace all the different concepts that the author is trying to convey. I found the story confusing and eventually I had to put the book down then start over. I want to thank the author for the opportunity to read this trilogy, now that I have the storyline established in my head I look forward to reading the second book and follow Christopher and Ellie's story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Caitlin Lilllie on Sep. 21, 2012 :
WOW!
Why did you give this book to me for free Elyse? I would have gladly payed for an amazing book like this!
This is a beautiful love story about Ellie, a spectre, and Christopher, not a spectre. Then there's the villain; another ghosty thing, called James, wants to use Ellie for his evil group, the Symboulio. Did I mention that Ellie can feel people's feelings and Christopher, their thoughts?
There's twists on every page and romance in every chapter.
I didn't give this book a five because
a) there's a beautiful prologue about fairies and then there's nothing more about them; and
b) a cliffhanger ending!
I can forgive these since it is a series, so next book, here I come!

I got this book for free as a deal between We heart YA books on Goodreads and Elyse Draper
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alyssa on Sep. 21, 2012 :
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

*I received this e-book through We Heart YA Books!*

This e-book was good... the kind of good that makes a reader wonder why this author isn't as well known as other popular young adult authors. The beginning was a little slow, but once I got to the meat of the book, I completely enjoyed it! Christopher and Ellie were so cute together and James made for a good "bad guy". Overall I enjoyed this book immensely especially for the surprise twist at the end! I would recommend this book to any female teen.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mixi R. on Sep. 18, 2012 :
I wanted to like this book series! I was very excited by the description and I have had great luck with teh Goodreads ARR books. However, I just didn't like this series. I really thought the beginning was well done and I immediately wanted more story of the Tick Hill Farm and the fae, but what I got instead was a lot of dark, depressing, bitter events and convoluted stories told from too many perspectives that overlapped in confusing ways. I will admit that I skimmed many times in reading this and it may be my own fault that I missed some events that tied into others, but I never once felt anything positive about the characters (except for the "talentless" human, Michael). The characters were all annoyingly clingy and scarred/damaged by their "gifts". By the end of the third book I no longer cared if Ellie lived or died, was human or Other. It took until the end of the third book to learn about the events in the first chapter of the first book. I was angry with this book for leading me on such a windy path with so few clean conclusions that by the end, I didn't care how it was tied up. I hope I am in the minority on this, because I felt that Ms Draper put a lot of time and effort into creating it. It just was not a series that I enjoyed or would recommend to others.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lucinda on Sep. 13, 2012 :
Free Will, the first book in the trilogy, is overall a good read. The introduction leaves the reader wondering what is going on. There appear to be many loose ends to the story. As Ellie, the main female character, learns about herself and the world around her, you start tying up the loose pieces of the story. This is a unique series and I gladly began the second book, Consequences, immediately following the completion of Free Will
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lucinda on Sep. 13, 2012 :
Free Will, the first book in the trilogy, is overall a good read. The introduction leaves the reader wondering what is going on. There appear to be many loose ends to the story. As Ellie, the main female character, learns about herself and the world around her, you start tying up the loose pieces of the story. This is a unique series and I gladly began the second book, Consequences, immediately following the completion of Free Will
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carol on Sep. 13, 2012 :
OK, so here's the deal with this book and why it took me so long to review. My Kobo was having some troubles but I fixed it! And I loved this book so very much!

At first I was going to write a review that included spoilers, but I changed my mind because I want everyone to read about how much I enjoyed this book.

Elyse provided me with the entire trilogy to read and review through We ♥ YA Books (an amazing group on here) and even though school's started already, I was so hooked that I couldn't put the book or rather eReader down.

I thought the storyline of this novel was so original, as Iv'e never read any book like it, and I've read some pretty strange books. STRANGE in a good way, I promise. The only reason I'm not giving this book 5 stars is because part of the time, I was a little bit confused about what was going on (you'll understand if you read) but things cleared up when the plot came together. Although, with some issues that have to do with some minor characters I'm still not 100% clear on.

Freewill is definitely a good start to a series as it gets readers hooked on the story as soon as you meet the main character, Ellie. AMAZING job in creating such intriguing personalities and I'm BEYOND HAPPY that Lune was one of these. I have such a soft spot for dogs that I just loved the addition! It's so hard to explain a book without ruining or spoiling it for others so all I'm going to say is two more things to wrap up this review:

1. THANK YOU SO MUCH ELYSE! I'm so happy I signed up for this R2R and can't wait to read the next two! Ahh! You don't even understand how excited I am. (I just love Ellie and Christopher)

2. Anyone reading this review: bottom line is I really enjoyed reading this book and definitely recommend it to all of you! Give it a chance and hopefully you'll like it as much as I did :)

★★★★
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carol on Sep. 13, 2012 : (no rating)
OK, so here's the deal with this book and why it took me so long to review. My Kobo was having some troubles but I fixed it! And I loved this book so very much!

At first I was going to write a review that included spoilers, but I changed my mind because I want everyone to read about how much I enjoyed this book.

Elyse provided me with the entire trilogy to read and review through We ♥ YA Books (an amazing group on here) and even though school's started already, I was so hooked that I couldn't put the book or rather eReader down.

I thought the storyline of this novel was so original, as Iv'e never read any book like it, and I've read some pretty strange books. STRANGE in a good way, I promise. The only reason I'm not giving this book 5 stars is because part of the time, I was a little bit confused about what was going on (you'll understand if you read) but things cleared up when the plot came together. Although, with some issues that have to do with some minor characters I'm still not 100% clear on.

Freewill is definitely a good start to a series as it gets readers hooked on the story as soon as you meet the main character, Ellie. AMAZING job in creating such intriguing personalities and I'm BEYOND HAPPY that Lune was one of these. I have such a soft spot for dogs that I just loved the addition! It's so hard to explain a book without ruining or spoiling it for others so all I'm going to say is two more things to wrap up this review:

1. THANK YOU SO MUCH ELYSE! I'm so happy I signed up for this R2R and can't wait to read the next two! Ahh! You don't even understand how excited I am. (I just love Ellie and Christopher)

2. Anyone reading this review: bottom line is I really enjoyed reading this book and definitely recommend it to all of you! Give it a chance and hopefully you'll like it as much as I did :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beth Hoover on Sep. 13, 2012 :
This is a really difficult book for me to review. Honestly, I really did enjoy this book. . . but when you are at 30% of the story still wondering ” what the heck is going on” . . . you’ve got to admit it makes it a difficult book to rate. The story was intriguing, the characters extremely interesting but I have to say that now that I finished it I’m still not 100% sure where this story is heading. I also would like to explain about the characters but I’m afraid if I do give any kind of summary I will be creating a spoiler. There are dead people who aren’t really dead, mystical powers, really awesome dog protectors, and evil character...and they really are pure evil. All in all, I’m giving Freewill 4 stars. I am looking forward to the next book and hoping for a little more enlightenment.

This copy of Freewill was given to me by Elyse Draper and We ♥ YA Books! group @ Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on Sep. 13, 2012 :
Author has provided review copy from Smashwords via We ♥ YA Books in exchange for my fair, honest, and authentic review-copy provided August 21, 2012.

Freewill is the first in the trilogy by the same name, an unusual and complex metaphysical exploration of the world “beyond” the perception of most, and the many divergent ways in which we humans are affected by it. Although it commences in early 20th century England (approx. 1920) and moves to events of 1940 during the Nazi blitz of London, for me the book really got underway with the contemporary story of eighteen-year-old Christopher Ross of Golden, Colorado, a boy who finds computers and drafting simple as pie, yet with his dyslexia struggles to read. Christopher is a solitary with a special talent: tritely put, he is a “human lie detector.” He can read what an individual is actually thinking, while he or she is speaking something else.

Lately Christopher has been mentally plagued by an entity named James, who is deceased but yet not a ghost. James is purely evil, but his mentor V is much worse. Then Christopher’s life is uprighted when another “Other,” Ellie, appears-it is she who was born in 1920, concealed from an evil society by her uncle Edward, who was himself a seer, and died in 1940, just before her eighteenth birthday. As an Empath, she has spent her life-and afterlife-helping others. Now as she discovers Christopher, she and he both fall unwillingly in love.

Author Elyse Draper has a lyrical and poetic imagination and brings the many locales to vivid reality. Her view of afterlife is also unusual, but logical (if it’s appropriate to call spirit entities a logical progression). The rollercoaster ups and downs of emotions Ellie, Christopher, and the secondary characters go through is easily comprehensible, and more than one tear will be brought to readers’ eyes. Christopher certainly is in line for becoming one of the higher pantheon of young male protagonists.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ELSA CARRION on Sep. 06, 2012 :
Title: Freewill
Author: Elyse Draper
Genre: YA, Paranormal Dark Fantasy with some Romance
Ebook: 4377 about 250 pgs
Series: First of Three


I finished Freewill a few days ago but wanted to read all three before I wrote the review. I love that I didn’t have to hang on a cliff hanger for very long all I had to do was go to the next book. Love that!!

The plot was unique and the story was well written, no errors that I can remember of. The story is unlike anything I have read recently and can’t say enough how good it was. It’s very nice to have come across something different and this good.

The story is about Ellie and Christopher, both with special abilities but only one of them so far that can go from our world into another world that is parallel to ours. But enough of that the books synopsis explains it better.

I liked Charlie but loved Christopher! I believe in sole mates and love at first sight. So I loved her concept about sole mates.

And what story would be complete without the evil character and boy did this one have bad/evil characters. James - psychopath, “V”- demented Aztec Priest, Esidor demented Nazi Soul Sucking General, The Symboulio – brainwash organization, The Timoro – revolting repulsive horrid nasty malevolent merciless killers. I think I covered most of the evil ones.

A little different and confusing in the beginning but hang in there it all comes together at the end and its well worth it. With plenty of twists and turns I didn’t want to put it down, but sleep won at the end. Fast past story (once you get past 1/3 of the book) that I recommend to any age group. If you like fantasy you will like Freewill.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christina Smith on Sep. 01, 2012 :
I have a hard time rating this book. The beginning was confusing and hard to get into. I found the relationship between Ellie and Charlie rushed and because of that unbelievable. And switching between characters was very confusing. I would rate the beginning a 2 or a 3.

And then we met Christopher. He is a very strong character, and I loved how he thought he was dumb even though he found difficult things easy. And the relationship between him and Elli was believable and very moving. The story line between them was so good, I couldn't put the book down. The middle and end of the of the book deserves a 4 or even a 5.

All in all it is a great read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Toni Hemion on Aug. 27, 2012 :
Freewill is a really good paranormal romance! Its hard to get into to much of the plot without giving it away! Freewill kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next! I will say I did get confused some because the story went from one point to the next and left you wondering and rereading just to see where some came into place, but about halfway through everything fell into place and turned out to be a wonderful read! Most definitely worth the read!! Looking forward to the next book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: yalle ondarza on Aug. 26, 2012 :
This book is about Ellie a girl that died during WWII, who has this power that involves emotions. It is hard to give a summary to this story without giving too much away. The story has a great dynamic and keeps you entrained throughout the whole book.

The only reason that I did not give 5 starts was the way the author used different points of view to illustrate different things that were happening in the story. My problem does not involve the fact that it changes points of view, I understand the reasoning behind it, the problem is the transition in which it occurs. It created a bit of confusion, where I had to go back to be sure of what just happened. Also the time line in the beginning of the book was a little confusing. But once you get 1/3 of the way into the book everything falls in place and the story takes its real shape.

Over the entire book is a great introduction to the trilogy.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Chloe Looi on Aug. 22, 2012 :
'Amazing, exciting and different.' FREEWILL was cleverly devised into a heart-pounding story with soulmates and love in the air. I loved Elizabeth Tickle (the main protagonist in the story) from the start till the end. She was a fun and serious character, neither this or that, with her creative streak flying about, I knew this story was going to be gripping-onto-the edge book. Elyse Draper has written a Goodread!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Chloe Looi on Aug. 22, 2012 :
'Amazing, exciting and different.' FREEWILL was cleverly devised into a heart-pounding story with soulmates and love in the air. I loved Elizabeth Tickle (the main protagonist in the story) from the start till the end. She was a fun and serious character, neither this or that, with her creative streak flying about, I knew this story was going to be gripping-onto-the edge book. Elyse Draper has written a Goodread!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Chloe Looi on Aug. 22, 2012 :
'Amazing, exciting and different.' FREEWILL was cleverly devised into a heart-pounding story with soulmates and love in the air. I loved Elizabeth Tickle (the main protagonist in the story) from the start till the end. She was a fun and serious character, neither this or that, with her creative streak flying about, I knew this story was going to be gripping-onto-the edge book. Elyse Draper has written a Goodread!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lorna S on July 17, 2012 :
A very well written piece of writing. I am looking forward to reading the sequel
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Faith Rivani on June 02, 2012 :
This was a wonderful book and well-written. It wasn't like most modern books; it seemed to have a better....structure? than most books that I normally read. It had a good story though it seemed mostly like an introduction to the rest of the trilogy. Introducing the characters, the problems that may come up. Throughout the whole story I was constantly left guessing at what would happen next. I felt as if I knew what would happen, but then realize that I was completely wrong. At first the changes in setting were hard to keep up with but after a while it became easier to follow. I love the chemistry between Ellie and Christopher. It surpasses any other love that I have read in other books. Their situation continues to prove how unique their love is. From the very start I couldn't put it down and am looking forward to reading the next book. Freewill did not end anything like I thought it would, which only makes me want to continue the story even more. Im thankful that I got the chance to read such an enchanting story. :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Angela Roque on May 29, 2012 :
7 out of 5 stars. This is an excellent read for everyone!


This was the most vivid story I've ever read! Its perfectly detailed-setting,characters, etc. As if I was really there and experiencing what Ellie did. Characters are perfectly developed, the pacing was great,the plot was really one of a kind; not like an ordinary thing you can read nowadays. There are also great lessons along the way. Its really a package of a good book and I'm thankful that Ms. Draper gave me a copy even though the giveaway was closed. Thanks you Ms.Draper.

I really enjoyed reading this and I am so excited for the next part!

:)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Angela Roque on May 29, 2012 :
7 out of 5 stars. Goodreads should really provide more than five. This is an excellent read for everyone!


This was the most vivid story I've ever read! Its perfectly detailed-setting,characters, etc. As if I was really there and experiencing what Ellie did. Characters are perfectly developed, the pacing was great,the plot was really one of a kind; not like an ordinary thing you can read nowadays. There are also great lessons along the way. Its really a package of a good book and I'm thankful that Ms. Draper gave me a copy even though the giveaway was closed. Thanks you Ms.Draper.

I really enjoyed reading this and I am so excited for the next part!

:)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kari on May 28, 2012 :
I loved this book for so many reasons. At first it was a little hard for me to get into but once I did, I couldn't put it down. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book From the author on the We ❤ YA group on goodreads. I love a good love story that spans across time, planes of existence, and everything in between. Christopher was so easy to fall for. To be honest, he seemed a lot older than just 18. And Ellie, she was an amazing character from the beginning. To have to live like that with her gift alone was just heartbreaking. Not wanting to touch or be touched...all I could say at the end of the book was just that, wow... I really hope that Christopher and Ellie get their happy ending. With James and V around I'm thinking it will be a very long road for them to get there. Here's hoping that they do! Can't wait to read the next books in this series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Drew Mitchell on April 29, 2012 :
Wonderful story - can't wait fore Part 2! Elyse brings forth a new look into tis he paranormal that very refreshing. The character of James unfortunately reminds me of someone I once knew, someone who was just as evil, or should I say psychologically frail.

I'm not much romantic stories, but to me, the romance in this story is more of a back story instead of the main crux of the work. It was an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more of Elyse's work.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: W. Freedreamer Tinkanesh on March 21, 2012 :
Elyse Draper says that her New Adult* novel ‘Free Will’ is a paranormal romance. I’d like to say that it is a dark fantasy, but this fantasy has quite a balance of dark and light.
‘Free Will’ is the first part of a trilogy; it follows Ellie and Christopher, and their time-defying love story. Each is different from the crowds around them; Ellie because she can feel people’s emotions and influence them; Christopher because he can read people’s innermost secrets. James is the bad guy of the story; he can torture people with his mind. Lune is a dog, a husky to be precise, and Christopher’s best friend, and maybe more. There is also Ann, in Las Vegas, who has put her past behind her and started her life anew. Or tried to, but James can be a persistent being.
There is more to the world that what can be seen with physical eyes, that what can be heard by physical ears. And secret organisations in the background, biding their time.
This thoughtful, and almost philosophical, novel is written like a spell. Readers will be entranced by the Colorado scenery, the wanderings of the characters and their wonderings, the Faery-tale feel of this storytelling.


*New Adult is an American genre between Young Adult and General Fiction.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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