Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ephemeral Blog Tour: review

We host the Ephemeral Blog Tour today. Ephemeral is a paranormal young adult novel, the first in the Countenance series by Addison Moore. This tour is presented by SupaGurl Books Tours.

Ephemeral (The Countenance, Book #1) by Addison Moore
YA paranormal*ebook, 412 pages*Published September 12th 2012 by Addison Moore
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The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield. 

Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely. 

Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma. 

In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says. 

Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she?

About the author:
Addison Moore

Addison Moore is the author of young adult fiction and romance. She has worked as therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for almost a decade. She is the mother of four wonderful children. She resides on the West Coast with her family and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading.

Addison Moore has created a surreal world in Ephemeral, the first installment in her Countenance series. Main character Laken supposedly dies in a car crash and awakens in the woods where she's attacked by a zombie and saved by a guy. Whisked away to a school, she meets her roommate and finds her brother, Fletcher, who died along with his friend, Wes. Shocked to see both her brother and the guy she loved in this other world, she also sees they don't seem to remember the guys they used to be. Is Laken really dead, is she dreaming, or is this some sort of parallel existence?

Ephemeral poses some interesting questions about life and death and the possibility of something more. The place (or plane) Laken is at, the Ephemeral, is inhabited with otherworldy creatures such as angels, zombies, ghosts and more. There is good and there is a whole lot of evil in this place. There are factions here like the Counts, Spectators and Celestra and some have powers and special blood. I did find some aspects of the story confusing, some parts were head scratchers, the plot was lacking, and there was too much emphasis on romance and dating without a basis for it. They die, don't remember their previous existence much, but want to date and obviously have hormone issues to contend with. Laken, happy to be reunited with Wes, also begins to see Cooper, the guy who saved her in the beginning, on the sneak. If she knows Wes isn't the same person, wouldn't her feelings change towards him?

Laken herself is a character I want to like more than I do. She has a good sense of humor, is determined to find out what's going on in the Ephemeral with her strange new/old family and unveil her connection through all of this. I lost some respect for her in the passages where she carried on about Wes. I wanted to shake her and tell her she had more pressing matter/problems. Since the basis for some of this world are from the author's previous Celestra books, I wonder if I should've read those first to gain a better or deeper understanding of the current events in this book. The world depicted in Ephemeral and some of its storylines did intrigue me and I like the author's style of writing to warrant my picking up the second book.

Rating: 3

Cover comment: Too many roses for my liking.

Book source: I received an eARC in return for my honest review during a blog tour.

Next stops on the tour:
Oct. 7 
Find the complete tour listing here.

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