Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Virtual Launch Party: Uprising (Children of the Gods #2) by Jessica Therrien

Happy book birthday to Jessica and the release of the second book in her Children of the Gods series, Uprising! Yep! It's out TODAY!!

Uprising (Children of the Gods #2)
Title: Uprising (Children of the Gods #2)
Publisher: ZOVA Books
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384


Jessica Therrien follows up her bestselling novel OPPRESSION with UPRISING, the second book in the Children of the Gods series.

OPPRESSION, translated and sold around the world, was one of the best selling YA novels of 2012. UPRISING continues the story of Elyse, William and the Descendants.

Elyse has been in hiding for most of her life. Only now she’s hiding with William, and she knows who she’s hiding from. The Council wants a child Elyse and William have yet to conceive, a child who will be the next oracle, and who will provide the final piece to a plan Christoph has been organizing for years. Charged with leading the rebellion against Christoph and his Council, Elyse feels well out of her depth. But she has good friends and strong allies who are willing to fight with her to the end, regardless of how far they have to go, and how many lives will be lost in the process. They have one goal: to live freely and openly with the rest of humanity, out from under The Council’s oppressive rule. The stakes could not be higher for Elyse and the Descendants longing for freedom. They'll have to learn to fight if they want to stand up against The Council, and to find allies in a world ruled by their enemies. The hardest part of waging a war is knowing who to trust. Elyse knows their uprising will change the world. She doesn’t realize it will change her, too.

Links to Uprising (Children of the Gods #2): Amazon | B&N | Goodreads | Facebook

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Also check out the 1st book in the series!

Oppression (Children of the Gods, #1)
e-book is only .99 cents!

Links to Oppression (Children of the Gods #1): Amazon | B&N | Goodreads | Facebook

I've had the pleasure of reading this book already, and let me tell you, if you have not started this series yet you need to get to it...and fast! It's absolutely great! The story has tons of action, romance ;), GREEK MYTHOLOGY (!!!), and lots of amazing supernatural powers! Let's see, we've got someone who can persuade, a mind reader, a healer, people who can move thing with their minds, fire starter, teleporters...and that's just scratching the surface!

If you've been following my blog for some time and have read my reviews (or just read my About Me page!), you already know what my favorite supernatural ability is: Healing. I'm a nursing student, so that makes sense, right? But could you imagine being able to heal someone with a wound/disease with a single touch (or in Elyse's place, with some blood)?! I think that is just amazing!

Asclepius arriving at Cos | Greek mosaic C2nd A.D. | Archaeological Museum of Cos
Asclepius descending a boat
And I think it is SO cool that Jessica used Asclepius as Elyse's bloodline instead of Apollo. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Apollo! He is my fave god out of the whole Greek pantheon! The thing is, if I asked you who Asclepius was, would you know what to tell me? The answer is probably not. Now, if I asked you to tell me who Apollo was, what would you say? That he's the Greek sun god, god of music, god of poetry, god of medicine and healing...that one is easy. I really liked that she uses the minor gods that aren't as popular as the big 12. And this doesn't only pertain to Asclepius! There are many other minor gods/goddesses in the series! It's great!

So who is Asclepius, you ask? He is the son of Apollo, who was also the god of medicine. But he was SO good at his job that one time he accidentally brought someone back from the dead! Zeus was SO not happy with this, so he shot Asclepius with a lightning bolt *sad face* But then Apollo avenged his son, so it was all good! Not for the cyclopes though...

"As a surgeon Asklepios (Asclepius) became so skilled in his profession that he not only saved lived but even revived the dead; for he had received from Athena the blood that had coursed though the Gorgon's veins, the left-side portion of which he used to destroy people, but that on the right he used for their preservation, which is how he could revive those who had died. Zeus was afraid that men might learn the art of medicine from Asklepios and help each other out, so he hit him with a thunderbolt. This angered Apollon, who slew the Kyklopes (Cyclopes), for they designed the thunderbolt for Zeus." -Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 121 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.), Theoi.com

Author Bio: Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, was published by ZOVA Books in February of 2012 and became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. The second book in the series, Uprising, will be available in May of 2013.

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011. Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round of Rachael Harrie’s Writing Campaign Challenge. Her story, Saved, is also available as part of the anthology.

Jessica currently lives in Chula Vista with her husband and is working on book three in her Children of the Gods series.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking part in my launch! I'm glad you posted about the Gorgon. That's my basis for Elyse's ability. Left is poison, right is healing :)


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