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Morning Star: Ethos, Book 1 | [Desiree Finkbeiner]

Morning Star: Ethos, Book 1

It started with a mushroom, from another world... never before touched by a human hand, until Brianna... but life continued as normal... until a near fatal accident almost a decade later, reveals to Brianna... she's... different... Unexplained lab results, unusually fast healing, and recent sightings of Jurassic sized dragonflies... What is happening to her? When a peculiar man delivers her from a violent assault, she becomes enchanted by his heroism and inhuman abilities.
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It started with a mushroom, from another world...never before touched by a human hand, until Brianna...but life continued as normal... until a near fatal accident almost a decade later, reveals to Brianna... she's... different...

Unexplained lab results, unusually fast healing, and recent sightings of Jurassic-sized dragonflies... What is happening to her?

When a peculiar man delivers her from a violent assault, she becomes enchanted by his heroism and inhuman abilities. Her rescuer, Kalen, is sworn to protect the powerful secret she has yet to realize, from an ancient foe with evil designs....

With the secret exposed, our world is no longer safe. Kalen takes Brianna to Ethos, his home, unprepared for what happens next.... An ancient prophecy unfolds and they must make make a choice: give in to their forbidden love, or sacrifice their heart's desire for a chance to save their worlds.

©2012 Desiree Finkbeiner (P)2012 Desiree Finkbeiner

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    BooksAreMagic India 07-10-13
    BooksAreMagic India 07-10-13
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    "Definitely something different!!!"

    "Morning Star" is another novel on my currently-reading list for a long long time. But you know, this time I am not the only reason. When the author was kind enough to send me the audio book of this book, I started listening to it immediately. But, you know, my hubby lost my precious earphones and then my mom and mother-in-law started taking matters out of control, I lost touch with books..well, almost. Now that everything is back to normal or as normal as it can be, let me start with the review.

    Brianna is your typical teen, going to college and having fun with her friends and family. But, all of a sudden, huge dragonflies are following her and then there was a small accident, which she gets magically healed so soon. Then she meets Kalen.

    Kalen is a warrior from another place, Ethos, who comes in search of something so important to his world. But his searches lead him to Brianna. Although he starts liking Brianna, due to his promises, he can't love her. So, what is going to happen to this supernatural couple? Did Kalen save Brianna from whatever enemies he have? Did Kalen get what he is searching for?

    First of all, this story is something different. Huge magical dragonflies; cute hero controlling those dragonflies to track the enemies; innocent girl caught stuck in some age old war; bad people chasing our boy and girl; the fairy tale couple tries to 'not' love each other - well, everything is good. I know when I put like this, it sounds simple, but believe me, this story is something I have not read before. The world building is great and so is the character building. I absolutely enjoyed the overall plot of the novel.

    And the audio quality was good as well. Jessica did an excellent job on bringing the characters' voices and emotions. My audio rating for this novel is 4 out of 5.

    So, what not to like? The story is dragging at many places during the first half of the novel. I lost interest at those places, but just kept going. Of course, it became better..but those places can make some of the readers make it as DNF read.

    Some suggestions: The cover could be changed; I, for one, pick up books mainly based on the cover, and I don't fully approve of this. Actually, I have mixed feelings about this cover..one time I like it, and the next I don't. Then the dragging parts in the novel could be cut down; because I don't want to lose the excitement of the story to be lost during those parts.

    However, even with some of its faults, I enjoyed the novel, and as I usually say, that's what matters in reading.

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    Jessica Arzola Wallace San Antonio, TX, United States 11-14-12
    Jessica Arzola Wallace San Antonio, TX, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Magical!!!"
    Where does Morning Star rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top 10 listens this year.


    Have you listened to any of Jessica Geffen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jessica read a little fast for me at first but I caught up and the story got so good that I wanted her to read faster!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next book to come out!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD, United States 10-29-12
    Terri MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Much More than I expected"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kalen, his character lived up to how he was written from page one.


    What does Jessica Geffen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jessica Geffen did such an amazing job with this book. She truly brought these characters to life. Her voices were distinct and I had no trouble following each of the characters even if I was multi-tasking. I really loved her voice for Kalen. She made the voice match the words the author wrote for him. I definitely will listen to another book she narrates. She added to as much enjoyment of the books as the words themselves. Awesome job!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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