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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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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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Hooked!!!

This is Book 2 of the series, Trinity Forest, by Jennifer Alsever and is a great follow up to Book 1. I would encourage you to read/listen to book 1, as in my opinion, this is not a stand alone, and you will be lost with the backstory of the characters, if you do not.

Ember, the main female character, goes through the "rebirthing" process and then becomes Oshun, who is a rude, pompous bit!@# and cares of no one but herself...totally different from the Ember that we all know and love. Somehow, with the rebirthing process, there were holes in her spirit/aurora which allows her to have "flash backs" of her previous life. During one of these "flash backs" she calls her best friend Maddie to come get her, somewhere deep in Arizona.


Narration is done by Moria Todd, who also did book 1.....she did a fantastic job!


I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Wonder Second in Series

Overall: 4.5
This is the third book in the Trinity Forest series by Jennifer Alsever and was every bit as good as Ember Burning.

I would certainly say that these books need to be read in order because they will make little sense if read out of order. 

This story picks up where book 1 leaves off and switches between the Trinity world and the everyday world. We spend a lot of time with Embers brother Jarrod and Maddy, her best friend. Jarrod is obsessed with finding his missing sister who has been missing for 3 years and makes the connection between her and Oshun. This is a really difficult book to explain, as it is very involved. Major things are happening in the Trinity world but again, I don't want to give any spoilers.

This is a very cleverly written and hugely imaginative story and I am so eager for the third book in this trilogy.

My opinion on Moira Todd's narration in Oshun Rising is every bit as impressive as her vocal acting in Ember Rising. The narration is clear and crips, she sounds age appropriate, her performance captures the characters personalities and emotions with every word spoken. Both Male and female voices are well acted and easily recognisable. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would happily curl up with more work by Jennifer Alsever. I would also like to listen to more work by Moira Todd.

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.

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A brilliant sequal

"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."

The shifting perspectives between the various characters kept the viewpoint and plot fresh and engaging, and Ms. Alsever's gorgeous, lyrical writing style just flowed like water over the senses. The characters were all vivid and real and some of them were utterly blodd-chilling. There were intricacies to them--especially Ember/Oshun--that surprised me and dragged out some pretty storng emotional reactions. Witnessing the intimate power-struggle between these two utterly different women was...unsettling and even a bit frightening. This kind of complexity, creativity without going overboard, and depth aren't qualities I stumble across in a lot of the YA novels (especially those with a paranormal bent) I've read in the last few years, so it ups my admiration for Ms. Alsever all the more.

My only complaint, if you can even call it that, was the increase in filler. Jared and Maddie's trip was a prime example. Yes, they're important characters and we needed to see their connection to each other and the story, but they took a long time getting someplace important. These dips in intensity/breaks in the action were necessary to keep the bigger picture in sight, I just wish they weren't quite so frequently, especially in the begiing. I occasionally found myself wanting to yell "get on with it, already!"

Moira Todd did just as fabulous a job narrating "Oshun Rising" as she did "Ember Burning" and I hope she has/will also narrate book 3! The audio quality was clean and professional, and I enjoyed it immensely.

Bottom line: "Oshun Rising" was an interesting read and I highly recommend it for lovers of weird, unique paranomral. Even if, like me, you aren't head-over-heels in love with the YA genre, I'd still suggest giving this series a listen.
**I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. **

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An believable follow up for Book 1

This is such a perfect continuation of the series. It is absolutely amazing and brings the story so much complicated things. We get multiple perspectives that make experiencing the action complete. I liked everything and every character speaking.

We have Oshun vs Ember. Two different personalities, tied together by so much more. One trying to overcome the other. We have a brother on the edge of obsession, trying to find his sister and a best friend who just does not know how to deal with losing Ember and also her brother. Let’s mention the intense connection between Tre and Ember, their bond, their unbreakable connection. He will do anything to come back to her, to reach her. But will he manage it or will he lose himself in the process?

Definitely this is a great follow up and it exceeded my expectations from the end of book 1. The action will keep you hooked, as the need to see if Ember will be reunited with her family and friends will push you to listen for hours. But as interesting as the main plot is, we have Jared and Maddie’s story also. Her effort in being there for Jared and her struggle to keep up with him are so well described.

I love that we have an inside to the negative character’s perspective. Xintra’s belief, her blind faith in the dark magic and the Annunaki goes beyond obsession. She and Zoe are the characters that complete the picture. We see everything from everyone’s POV. And that’s awesome!

As for the narration, Moira Todd has such a lovely and gentle voice. And her singing is awesome!! I liked that she brought melody to Ember’s lyrics and I liked the emotion she added to her interpretation. Same as in the previous book, I would have liked a little more diversity with the voice changing department. But nothing else to complain about.

All in all, this was great! I can’t wait to read/listen to the next book in the series! Jennifer Alsever is an amazing author and I believe she did such an amazing job with “Trinity Forrest”! Loved it, 5 stars no doubt!


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.

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Great continuation, gotta know what happens next

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.

Oshun Rising is the second book in the series, you can read my review of Ember Burning.

The second book shakes things up by being a multiple point-of-view compilations, giving us the story from every angle. We hear from Oshun, the new pop star that is eerily similar to the girl who disappeared, Ember. We also have glimpses of Ember, as she tries to figure out where she is and why she is always blacking out. We get to learn what the evil plan is from the villainess herself and find out more about this ancient Egyptian witchcraft. 

What was awesome about the multiple POV presentation was how well each character was narrated. Each person had their own sound, accent, voice, and mood. Props to our narrator for this book.

The book continues to have the lovely writing style and descriptions of the first, while building on in style with the changes in perspective.  

This book ended with a "let's get them" from both sides, so I'm super curious to see how it all ties up. A great listen, enjoyable and exciting and keeps you wanting to know what happens next.

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Another Great performance from Moira Todd!

I'm not sure whether Ms Alsever's story was the perfect fit for actress Moira Todd or if Ms Todd's rendition elevated Ms Alsever's novel to new heights, but whichever way, Moira Todd has been the perfect portrayer of Jennifer Alsever's exciting saga. I couldn't put it down.
Hannah Kemper

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EVEN BETTER THAN BOOK ONE

In this squeal you jump between narrators, so it's not just Embers point of view you get. Parallel story lines roll along crossing and meeting quite beautifully, all with the undertone of magic and mystery. Would recommend this series to any lover of the young adult genre.