Freewill

Rated 4.30/5 based on 23 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 68 days 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 61 days 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 31 days 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 31 days 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 28 days after 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 24 days after 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 24 days after 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 24 days after 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 24 days after purchase)
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