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Oshun Rising

Trinity Forest, Book 2
Narrated by: Moira Todd
Length: 8 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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"Reality is like a dream that turns into vapor the moment you try to remember.
Here one minute, gone the next.
I fight for consciousness as though drowning and gulping for air....
I'm like a passenger on a ship that was once mine, but now someone else is steering and all I can do is watch. Scream silently in my head." 

Oshun has everything a young pop star could ever want - fame, fortune, and beauty to spare. But there's something dark inside of her, rising like the tide, fighting to be heard. Something that terrifies her. Because once she lets it out, she knows there's no going back. 

Ember is drowning. Fighting for consciousness, struggling to make sense of the strange dreams she's been having - prophecies of murder, deception, and blackmail. But once she begins to untangle them, she realizes that they might not be dreams at all...and if she doesn't find a way to stop what she's seeing, more people will die. 

Maddie is barely staying afloat. How can she be expected to care about school when her best friend Ember is still missing, presumed dead? So when Ember's brother calls and tells her about his theory about a pop star who may be involved in Ember's disappearance, she rallies him to take a road trip to check it out. 

Oshun Rising is the second book in the Trinity Forest series.

©2017 Jennifer Alsever (P)2018 Jennifer Alsever

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Oshun Rising


I really like the titles EMBER BURNING and OSHUN RISING. The titles alone draw me in. The stories are gripping. In this tale, Ember is still lost to herself and must mentally claw her way back to reality. Great follow up book in the series.

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Beware, more questions than answers - need book 3!

Gah! Jennifer Alsever - why do you create more questions than answers in Oshun Rising? I held out so many hopes that all would be clear, but no. You got me again...all we want at the end of Trinity Forest is for Ember and Trey to make it out of the madness of Zintra's captivity together. That she would be reunited with her friends and family. That the evil they were pitted against would be beaten back. Sadly we learn our worst suspicions were true - Ember went through the Rebirthing and is now a world famous rockstar Oshun. Trey is captive of his insane, world dominating sister back at Trinity. Ember's brother Jerrod and best friend Maddie are on the road trip of a lifetime trying to prove that Oshun is Ember. And that is just the first part of the novel.

The single person POV from Trinity is shaken up in Oshun Rising. At times disconcerting, occasionally plot leapfrogging, the POV shifts from Oshun to Trey, from Maddie to Ember - although Ember is repressed deeply inside Oshun's subconscious after the rebirth and gets only moments until she finds a way to break through. The plot is far more linear in this installment, and the world building is just fleshed out as we learn more of Zintra's crazy End-of-days plot and her roll in the ominous virus and world catastrophes. The writing is clever, the plot line tighter than the first - as I suspected Ms. Alsever hits her stride in book 2. The suspense and building terror the reader experience as the story hits dramatic climax long before the end means only one thing - we aren't done with this story. I guess this means I am saddling up for Venus Shining!

As for the audio narration, Moira Todd continues to do an outstanding job narrating. Her Zintra character gives me goosebumps and her vocal range plays to her advantage in this novel as the chapters change POV. I am ever so thankful she sings so beautifully - both as Oshun and Ember. Once again, Ms. Todd is the key to making this audiobook one that a reader cannot stop listening to!

I give Oshun Rising four chocolate dipped strawberries. I'll be heading to Audible to find my copy of Venus Shining.

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  • Dawn H
  • Baxter Springs, KS
  • 07-03-18

Good Series

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

I listened to Ember Burning, the first book in the Trinity Forest series and was glad I had Oshun Rising to listen to right after it because I had to find out what was going to happen! 

Ember is no longer supposed to exist. She's been "reborn" as the pop star Oshun. But her rebirth was rushed, she didn't want it, and mistakes were made. So Ember still exists somewhere deep down in Oshun and occasionally, Ember gets a glimpse of what is going on. 

Ember's brother Jared has never given up on finding her. When he calls Ember's best friend Maddie she's concerned about his obsession with finding Ember after three years have passed. She decides a road trip might be what he needs and they end up going to one of Oshun's concerts. Poor Maddie is trying to help Jared and she realizes that she loves him, but she's afraid she's going to lose Jared along with Ember.

Jennifer Alsever does a great job at expressing Maddie's thoughts and feelings as well as her confusion when trying to deal with Jared and Oshun. The narrator, Moira Todd, also does well and has good timing and a good singing voice as Oshun/Ember.

Oshun Rising has a little bit of everything: paranormal, fantasy, horror, romance, drama, and humor. I can't wait until I have the time to listen to the third book in the series. Oshun Rising stops at a good place but the world is still at risk!

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  • bluepits73
  • @AudiobookObsession Houston, TX
  • 01-24-19

Overcoming Rebirth

This book picked up right where the 1st one ended. It is absolutely fascinating that they completely remake Ember into the popstar Oshun. Since it happened sooner than it was supposed to, we witness Ember's journey as she tries to find herself again. I liked the aspect of Ember's brother and best friend being so devoted to find her. The author answered some questions but ultimately leaves you wanting way more.

This narrator did a fantastic job on the 1st novel and provided an equivalent performance for book 2. She kept character voices consistent between the two books and was pleasant to listen to. I like that the age of her voice seems to match Ember's age as a character.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Better than the first

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Oshun Rising by Jennifer Alsever is book two in The Trinity Forest series. This book definitely had a different approach than book one did. Ember has finally been reborn and is now the pop star Oshun. I really enjoyed this part of the story. As a reader we are able to see how these people who are reborn act. They have a false memory of their lives and who they are. However, since Ember’s rebirthing was rushed, her conscience is still present and is creating conflict within Oshun. I thought it was really creative and gave the story more depth to see this struggle. Oshun and Ember’s relationship was not the only struggle we were presented with. As Ember is finally reborn we get to see the true intentions behind Xintra’s plan. She is responsible for the virus that is making the citizens on high alert. Desperate to complete her father’s plan, she is starting to rush through the rebirthing. However, there is one rebirth that Xintra really wants to complete, Trey’s rebirthing. Ember’s brother and best friend are desperate to find Ember. They know she’s still alive. Maddie is trying her best to be supportive but how can she when the idea of popstar Oshun being Ember is crazy? We get to see their relationship bloom as they go on this hunt to prove Oshun is really Ember. While the development of the story was very well and interesting, I felt like it was a little too much. We are provided 6 different point of views in this story which is overwhelming. While I understand the multiple POV’s, it created a complexity to the story which was not necessary.

The progression of Ember and Oshun is strongest aspect of the book. I really enjoyed seeing how this developed and continually rooted for Ember to break the spell. The struggle between the two is so evident that you are ripping through the book to find out if Ember succeeds in finding her consciences again. Maddie’s point of view is the other dominant voice in the story. I really enjoyed reading about Maddie. We didn’t get much from her in the first book but I’m glad we didn’t. Maddie’s character was able to create her own unique voice. She is supportive to Ember’s brother and her willingness to drive to L.A. brings a depth to the story that we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. I thought reading from her point of view was a very good addition to this story. While we are provided 6 different persons to read from, I felt like Oshun, Ember, and Maddie’s were the most important and really stood out.


Final Thoughts
Overall, Oshun Rising by Jennifer Alsever keeps its unique storyline and suspensefulness. I really enjoyed the story and the details provided . Even though the multiple points of views are a little overwhelming, the plot is really well developed and keeps you wanting more. I am looking forward to finishing this series with the third book. I continue to recommend this series to anyone who loves mysteries and magic!

Audio Review
Moira Todd does it again! While I thought she was amazing in the first book, she steps it up even more in this book. The voices between Oshun and Ember are so subtle that it's amazing. And we get even more singing. She truly outdid herself in this book with all of the different POVs and making sure they sound unique.

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a girl who finds out she isnt who she thinks.

As we continue the story Oshun awakens from her rebirth and has to save her friends, find her family, and then figure out how to save the world...
This is a marvolous book that is the second part of a great story! The great writing of Jennifer Alsever and marvolous narration of Moira Todd continue to breathe life into this story! I loved every second of it!

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Surprisingly I love this story...

Wow... I loved this book! I had hesitated to start this book, kinda' dragging my feet since really, I had not appreciated the first book in this series, but I had received a code from the author with the hopes that I'd voluntarily leave a review. So I felt obligated to at least give the Trinity Forest trilogy another try...
This book gave us several new perspectives... Where the first book was all about Ember, this book was about Maddie (her best friend) and Jarrod (Ember's brother), neither of whom had yet given up hope of finding Ember alive! Of course we also had Ember's POV, with the addition of Oshun's (Ember's alter-ego) POV overlapping...  I found this to be an amazingly complex and well written story. A story that held my attention all the way through to the end!
On the other hand, I can't say that I truly appreciated the narration. Moira Todd is not what I'd call a voice actress. She's fine with a single POV, but didn't even try to sound different as she switched from one character to another. It's only due to character specific chapter headings that I didn't lose my place in the audio version. So, in spite of the narration, I'm looking forward to "reading" the final book (Venus Shining), so I can discover how this vastly improved story ARC concludes!

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Loving this series

Wow! What a fantastic series. Loved this one even more than book one.
So many layers of complexity, so many questions answered and then many more we'll need book 3 to answer.
Love all the connections, all the layers and how much each character's journey is tied into the story and each other. So glad I go all 3 books at the same time because I would have a heck of a time waiting in between.

Narrator did a great job, specially considering that there are so many characters with active POVs in this series.

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Still awesome!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. Part 2 is every bit as good as the 1st installment. This is because of the impeccable writing and narration.

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This series has me under it's spell!!!

Again I am absolutely entranced by Jennifer Alsever's writing and Moria Todd's narration! Unlike the first book in this series this story is told from the perspective of multiple people. It took me a little bit to adjust to the change and I thought I wasn't going to like it as much but after a few chapters I got accustomed to it and actually very much enjoyed getting to see what was going on from multiple charater's perspectives. It adds such much more to the story. I love the fact that I didn't guess everything that was going to happen before it did. I almost always can and it's been along time since a series could really surprise me and this series has the perfect amount of letting you see enough you can see where its going but still tossing in surprises that shake you up and leave you in shock. I am so excited to get started listening book three later tonight ! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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  • karina Larson
  • 01-15-19

wow I really liked this book.

I got hooked in this book very quickly. I really loved the characters and the complexity of the plotting. I'm impressed with the narration and I would recommend this book/series.