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Mysterious murders, strange secret societies, and betrayal surrounds Christopher. Ellie finds out, if she can survive the treachery of giving your heart to another. Will they be able to fight their way home … and what sacrifices must be made to understand the world around them? 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, 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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Reviews of Vindication by Elyse Draper

Carol reviewed on Oct. 28, 2012

Before I begin, I want to say thank-you to Elyse for sending me the entire book series as well as the group We ♥ YA Books! I'm so happy I chose these novels to read and review! Oh and also note: I'm sorry this review took me so long to get up; school's just been taking up WAY too much of my time :( But alas, here it is:

So let me start the review off by saying:

Vindication is 100% the best ending EVER to this book series. I mean, all my questions were answered, the characters that were introduced and the main ones who I felt grew throughout the novel as well. One of the many qualities I admire most about Elyse's writing is that with only a few words, she can send SO many emotions through you - sadness, admiration, thrill, curiosity -- truly, it is never-ending and it makes the journey that these great characters take so much more exhilarating.

Another thing I adored in Vindication is that, I felt so close to the characters! When someone got affected, both emotionally and physically, I myself feel as if I'm with them, standing there and experiencing what they are - this is very unique in Elyse's writing - some YA books, I'm just reading, not feeling but this is an exception to that - trust me, you will love this novel, but first you must read the others!

Something else to note:
The relationship between all the characters are so unique depending on who they are between so it's like reading tons of stories within one great book. (Ellie, Michael, Chris, etc.) The different POV's of characters, no matter what anyone says, I LOVED this. It makes the story so much more in depth, I feel. Of course, Ellie and Christoper remain one of my fave YA couples EVERRRR ♥♥♥ ( Thanks for inventing them, Elyse. hehe)

The ONLY downside of this book is that, the beginning and the end (both I liked immensely) are so eventful but the middle isn't so much. I understand though, that the story needed to be developed, questions needed to be answered and the story needed to be closed, so it's okay.

SO in conclusion, I loved this book, reccoment it to all paranormal, YA, fantasy book lovers and give it 5 stars :) Thanks once again to Elyse! ♥
(reviewed 69 days after purchase)
Mixi R. reviewed on Sep. 18, 2012

I was so disappointed in the other two books in this series that this one never stood a chance. I was brought up that you never walk out on a movie you paid for and you don't quit reading a book you started. I finished it, but I didn't like it.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
ELSA CARRION reviewed on Sep. 6, 2012

Title: Vindication
Author: Elyse Draper
Genre: YA, Paranormal Dark Fantasy with some Romance
Ebook: 4149 about 255 pgs
Series: Last in series

Amazing series! Loved it, Loved it. The story line is exceptionally brilliant and if I could give it 10 starts I would. The uniqueness of the plot but the story overall was awesome. I was sad to see that I had turned the last electronic page. It was finished but I wanted more in fact it there could be more but it ended in a good spot with a very very good ending.

Lots of twists and turns, ups and downs and “wait…what”’s, a few “no it can’t”’s thrown in for good measure. I also slapped the forehead a couple of times.

Loved Lune threw out the series but this one had me chocking with unshed tears. Enchida was introduced in the pervious books in the series but the reader in this last book really got to see what she/he/it was really made of. A few new characters were introduced; the story sailed along pretty fast. What else can I say besides reading is believing and once finished with all three, all will agree it was and is an amazing series. I definitely recommend this to those who love YA Romance Paranormal Dark Fantasy stories.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
yalle ondarza reviewed on Aug. 26, 2012

Vindication is the last of the Freewill trilogy. All I can say is that I was surprise to how fast things develop in this book and the bittersweet ending. I found myself having a hard time not crying in a few parts of this book. I also loved the use of folklore and mythology that the author uses in all three books. She was able to use them in the story without destroying their integrity.

I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
W. Freedreamer Tinkanesh reviewed on Aug. 22, 2012

‘Vindication’, the third instalment in the Freewill trilogy is built like a ticking bomb. The explosion is an amazing showdown in the tunnels running under Paris, and its aftermath will bring tears, joy, pain and beauty. And when you think it is over, it isn’t over yet.
‘vindication’ starts with a series of murders in the Montana small town nearby Christopher’s cabin. His friend Michael suspects the killer is not human, suspects the killer could be in their midst……. Can the local coroner believe in the existence of powerful, ethereal beings like Ellie, beings neither dead nor alive…….
Betrayed, Ellie travels to Africa, to spend time with her friend Zuvan, and learns to use her empathic power as a weapon. Together, they travel to Paris, and so do Christopher and Michael. Each after their own demon.
Can Ellie and Christopher’s time-and-space-defying love story defy death itself, despite the cruelty of the world? As Ellie’s grandmother says, “The mist has no concept of time.”
The trilogy, while being a paranormal romance for young adults, is also a life-changing adventure for everyone.
Elyse Draper is a clever and twisted writer. After two remarkable cliffhangers, she ends her trilogy with two amazing fireworks, while still keeping the readers guessing. Suspense has become her middle name.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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