Jessica Hansen

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  • Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1) on July 20, 2011
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    When starting Anathema I hadn't read the synopsis in so long that it was like jumping into the dark. So when meeting Evangeline for the first time she seemed lost, but so would any other 17 year old in foster care with no friends. As she stumbled upon Sophie, literally, and instantly had a friendship, my mind was racing with "typical" directions that the book could go in. No way in hell would I have ever imagined the worlds that K.A. created. Falling asleep every night in a lavish room Evageline dreams of a Dystopia world, but not your average one, this one is inhabited with nothing but vampires who have killed off the entire human race. They have no luxuries, are wearing tattered clothes and live in caves. Now imagine being the only human that they've seen in 700 years? Yeah, I'd be freakin' out! Evangeline on the other hand is convinced that Sophie's rich & powerful friends are playing an elaborate joke on her....oh but she's wrong. Her nightly escapade start becoming more and more real, as do her feelings for the swoon-worthy Caden. Sophie finally has to reveal to Evangeline what's happening to her. Why she's being transported from world to world, why she's hearing voices, and most importantly why it's all so real. She finds herself scrambling to gain the answers that Sophie needs, all while questioning everyone & everything around her. Talk about a tall order to fill?? But sometimes there are things that motivate you, and if she fails, she dies....talk about motivation. Writing this review is hard because I do NOT want to give away the great twists that K.A. has planted in the book! Just as soon as your mind starts thinking the plots going one way, it's flippin' around and running in the complete opposite direction. Her characters were so genuine and real that I felt all their emotions right away, and I even cried. (that's when you know it's good) This book was brilliant and I am already harassing K.A. for the next book in the series. So make sure you get your copy & indulge! 5/5
  • Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy, #1) on Oct. 10, 2011
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    When I think of vampire books my mind will instantly races in about 15 different directions. Amaranth was in NO way a direction that my mind EVER would have gone. "I’m introverted, not antisocial" - Camille Camille was an instant for me! Meaning I instantly felt for her, wanted to be her friend and completely understood what she was going through. While trying to separate herself from an abusive relationship she leaves the states on a trip to Paris, and of course it wouldn't be a trip to Paris without meeting a completely handsome stranger. Though she didn't instantly fall in love with this stranger, or even see him again while she was there, you know the connection is deep. So fast forward about a year and Camille has relocated herself to Lafayette, Louisiana. But apparently moving for her hasn't swayed her choice in men, because here she is again trying to get out of an abusive relationship with another asshole! Trying all the hoodoo tricks in the book just isn't enough, there's just something about this dude that not even magic can touch. Suddenly she runs into Mr. tall & handsome from Paris! (aka Gavin) Their sparks are instant & 100% natural. Camille feels like this is the start of a great beginning....well we know how those usually end up? With a deranged ex-boyfriend who has fangs, now hell-bent on killing her, Camille is thrust into a Gavin's paranormal world. Trying to handle it is the best she can do, but Gavin reveals a bigger plans to her. He's going into Amaranth to find a cure for his condition, take down the Vampire creator & possibly not return. Yeah, well this sits with Camille about as well as cookies sit with kindergartners! With some trickery & major guts, Camille is determined to get Gavin back alive. So into Amaranth she goes, will she get out, no one knows....(like how it rhymes?) Talk about a beautifully written book, Rachel built a world that is absolutely stunning! When describing Camille's settings she doesn't over do it, she is able to draw the most perfect picture in your mind. Here's just a taste: "....enormous oak tress and rich tresses of Spanish moss that glistened in the sunset." "I continued to watch in astonishment as streams of beautiful transcendental light penetrated from the watery heaven, casting warm amethyst rays into our dark world" Along with great descriptive capabilities Rachel captured the raw emotions of all the characters in this book. Though the relationships may develop quickly, they never once felt rushed to me. There was one place where I had to scratch my head because I was uncertain about the Gavin & Camille's relationship, but every piece fell together as it should, ending the book on a note I never saw coming. Now I sit here patiently (don't laugh) awaiting the second book in the series. 5/5
  • Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy, #1) on Oct. 10, 2011
    star star star star star
    When I think of vampire books my mind will instantly races in about 15 different directions. Amaranth was in NO way a direction that my mind EVER would have gone. "I’m introverted, not antisocial" - Camille Camille was an instant for me! Meaning I instantly felt for her, wanted to be her friend and completely understood what she was going through. While trying to separate herself from an abusive relationship she leaves the states on a trip to Paris, and of course it wouldn't be a trip to Paris without meeting a completely handsome stranger. Though she didn't instantly fall in love with this stranger, or even see him again while she was there, you know the connection is deep. So fast forward about a year and Camille has relocated herself to Lafayette, Louisiana. But apparently moving for her hasn't swayed her choice in men, because here she is again trying to get out of an abusive relationship with another asshole! Trying all the hoodoo tricks in the book just isn't enough, there's just something about this dude that not even magic can touch. Suddenly she runs into Mr. tall & handsome from Paris! (aka Gavin) Their sparks are instant & 100% natural. Camille feels like this is the start of a great beginning....well we know how those usually end up? With a deranged ex-boyfriend who has fangs, now hell-bent on killing her, Camille is thrust into a Gavin's paranormal world. Trying to handle it is the best she can do, but Gavin reveals a bigger plans to her. He's going into Amaranth to find a cure for his condition, take down the Vampire creator & possibly not return. Yeah, well this sits with Camille about as well as cookies sit with kindergartners! With some trickery & major guts, Camille is determined to get Gavin back alive. So into Amaranth she goes, will she get out, no one knows....(like how it rhymes?) Talk about a beautifully written book, Rachel built a world that is absolutely stunning! When describing Camille's settings she doesn't over do it, she is able to draw the most perfect picture in your mind. Here's just a taste: "....enormous oak tress and rich tresses of Spanish moss that glistened in the sunset." "I continued to watch in astonishment as streams of beautiful transcendental light penetrated from the watery heaven, casting warm amethyst rays into our dark world" Along with great descriptive capabilities Rachel captured the raw emotions of all the characters in this book. Though the relationships may develop quickly, they never once felt rushed to me. There was one place where I had to scratch my head because I was uncertain about the Gavin & Camille's relationship, but every piece fell together as it should, ending the book on a note I never saw coming. Now I sit here patiently (don't laugh) awaiting the second book in the series. 5/5