on May 8, 2014 :
I must be one of the few people on the planet who did not hate Bella in the Twilight books! I actually liked her because of her faults. But if you hated Bella, prepare yourself for the pathetic female that goes by the name of Gemma. She is whiny, cries all the time, lets Alex treat her like dirt yet won't stay away from him(cue more crying and self loathing whining). She just goes on and on obsessing about Alex until I wanted to strangle her. Then I have to mention her superpower when she first sees him. From the distance she was at she couldn't work out how tall he was but could perfectly describe his green eyes and shade and style of his hair. Must be an X Men thing or something.
Alex is the asshat from hell who is downright cruel to our beloved doormat heroine. I just hated him full stop. And you know of course that love is suddenly going to come. Well sorry mate, I'd tell you where to go. Sadly that never happens and girls in YA writing remain spineless and walked over.
Bad characters aside, the writing was not great either. Poor sentence structure, badly edited, and a plot that made me want to tear out my hair. It is a poor copy of Twilight as others have said in their reviews and I thought it was pretty darn bad.
I'm done with books by this author.
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on Dec. 27, 2012 :
I truly and thoroughly enjoyed reading “The Fallen Star”! Gemma, the main character, is still learning to deal with her newly awakened emotions, when Alex and his sister, Aislin, arrive at school. With their arrival, Gemma's life changes as she discovers that magic, witches, vampires and the monsters from her nightmares are real. As though that is not enough, she also starts having visions and becomes aware of some painful, scary secrets concerning her background. In the end she does not know who to believe or trust and betrayal becomes a nasty reality.
This book hooked me from the very first paragraph. Non-stop action, nail-biting suspense and monsters that can freeze their victim to death, kept me turning the pages. The well-crafted characters are realistic and their interaction can be highly amusing as well as touching. Gemma's inner dialogue had me smiling most of the time and her smart mouth made me laugh out loud.
The light romance between Gemma and Alex is tastefully worked into the story. Amidst the action and monster dodging there is also a fair amount of sadness that definitely brought tears to my eyes.
“The Fallen Star” is, however, not just all action and monster fighting but also about coming to terms with betrayal and the testing of loyalties. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages and, as it ends with a magnificent cliff hanger, I, for one, can't wait to get hold of the next book in this series. Five Stars and a thumbs up for “The Fallen Star” and an excellent author! (Ellen Fritz)
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on July 23, 2012 :
The Fallen Star is about a girl named Gemma who was not able to feel any emotions until recently. Gemma meets Alex and she feels different around him, and after meeting him she starts to piece to together information about her past and she finds out that the monsters that haunt her in her dreams are actually real.(summary from book)
Fallen Star is the first in a young-adult paranormal series by indie author Jessica Sorensen. The summary for the book, does not say a lot on what it is about, so I will tell you some, no spoilers though.
We can see that Gemma is troubled. There are some new classmates Aislin and Alex that seem to know things about Gemma, things, she doesn’t even know. Gemma can be pretty strong willed at times, as well as impulsive. But then, there are times we can see the mysteries surrounding her scare her. She will soon find out a shocking revelation about her life. This is a very creative story, love the fantasy and mysteries around it.
The world that Jessica has created along with the characters and the magicks she places into this world are very intriguing. As this is only part of a series, there’s obviously a lot of depth and complexity that she can explore. She has Fallen Angels, Fallen Stars, Foreseeres, Faeries, Vampires, Keepers, Witches, Death Walkers, the works really.
The plot itself has lots of potential as well. The idea of a fallen star is not unique to this story, but the twist and turn she has given it is very original. This star can save the world, and that’s the intriguing premise and the fun one that can really draw a reader in.
Also, having the character suddenly be able to feel emotions is an interesting idea. I felt that Sorensen could potentially delve into exactly what Gemma’s feelings and how she feels it. There is a very complex and interesting idea of the soul and emotions tied together, and that being the very essence of a human being is something that she could explore.
As of writing this (updating) I have already read the rest of the series, and will tell you now, that this book is necessary to read to understand it all, but keep in mind, it’s a first step in a series, and the characters and story really grow over the series of books, questions you have in this one do get answered, I promise, its written this way. It’s worth reading, and for sure going on to the next 3 after this one. (There is even a spin off series that is also amazing, with same characters, with a whole new adventure)
The best part is how within a few pages you are sucked into the story! I stayed up WAY too late doing the `one more Chapter' thing till the wee hours of the morning. It hooks you from the first chapter. I am hooked on the series, and impatiently waiting for the 2nd in the spin off. The Lost Soul is out, and I read it, now waiting for book 2.
I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the supernatural with some twist and turns, and suspense.
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