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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
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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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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 Maddy (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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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. **