Jessica O’Gorek’s Gemini Rising: Ethereal Fury – Review

by Zoë B on October 17, 2013

It’s review time! Been slightly late doing this review as I’ve recently changed hosting providers and there has been some technical problems, but it should all be okay now. Anyhoo, here’s my latest review:


BEWARE! THE PLANET IS WOUNDED… THE GEMINI ARE RISING AND OUR TIME ON EARTH IS LIMITED Angry at the human race and its methodical destruction of her resources, Mother Earth recruits souls who have just left their bodies to serve Her, and turns them against humanity. Gemini, a clan of paranormal beings, picked from these possessed humans, emerges. A powerful, rising force proceeds to carry out Mother Nature’s plan to systematically destroy towns, cities, states… and eventually, the world. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between a human girl, Violette, and Onyx, a lead Gemini, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.

 Read Chapters 1-7

I received the Gemini Rising ebook from Jessica O’Gorek (thank you) who I must say, is a really nice person and you can check out her blog here.

I give you my honest review.

Being painfully honest, I need to make a comment before I start about the front cover. If I saw this sitting on a shelf in a shop, I wouldn’t pick it up. It pictures Violette (right) looking at Onyx, the smoke man (left) and I feel it doesn’t portray the full idea of the book as there is much more than just their relationship. Basically, don’t judge the book by its’ cover!

*Warning! Slight (possibly major) spoilers next*

My first impressions were “Wow, what  a start”. Automatically hated the main character Oliver/Onyx, disliking him so much I was slightly pleased he died. Bit harsh; I know, but the Gemini seem to know what they’re doing, ‘You hurt Mother Nature; we’ll explode your heart’. Seems fair? However I wasn’t so overly keen on the ‘we must destroy the whole human race‘ thing. No, not as fair.

Weirdly, the more I read, the more I despised Onyx, not sure if that’s what O’Gorek was going for, but I definitely felt more uncomfortable and annoyed whenever he was present. Guess I understood his intentions and wanted to root for him – even if he was trying to kill people – but a large part of me felt slightly sick whenever his character was around.

This could be why I wasn’t sure what to make of Onyx’s lust towards Violette. I mean, how old is he again? It’s like the whole “I’ve been living (well dead) for a 100 odd years” Edward and Bella awkward scenario all over again and I just felt queasy. Not that any of this detracts from the main plot and book. Despite the odd feeling throughout, I did really want to know what would happen next.

Right, so Slate. The guy that Violette has liked for ages. Think I’m utterly ‘shipping’ (is that the correct way of saying that, really not in fandoms *awkward*) their thing that’s going on so I’m all for TEAM SLATE. Really against Onyx’s weird, weirdness interfering  and was quite downhearted when the book ended so abruptly with such a cliffhanger (if that wasn’t a big clue, he interfered and then the book ended at the crucial part arrrgh)! Thank goodness there was an extra ‘sneak preview’ of the next book at the end – which I’m utterly grateful for.

All in all, it was an unnerving (by that I mean I was annoyed at the character situations. Imagine me screaming at a kindle and you’ve got pretty much what was happening) but an enjoyable read. If you’re into supernatural romance and general natural magic-ness (that is now a new genre) don’t let the cover or my queasiness put you off, grab this book now! As Jessica says herself, “Want a book with a new paranormal theme? Tired of vamps and wolves? Want something different than angels and demons? Look no further than Onyx…”

Think that round about sums it up.

Brilliant Jessica, I award you with a 7/10 and will be looking forward to the sequel.

Amazon Goodreads





P.S Sidenote: How is Colin?! What the absolute heck has happened to him?! WHERE IS COLIN?!

P.P.S I use Grammarly’s grammar correction feature because #yolosymawgygc (you only live once, so you might as well get your grammar correct, correct?)

  • Well, bravo, for sticking it out! Lol. I wouldn’t have gone past chapter one if I hated the character that much. I’m glad you ended up liking it anyway!

  • Hi Zoe! Sounds interesting *plops another book onto ever-growing TBR pile* Uh… I’m sure I’ll get round to reading it some time… yeah, hehe, but wonderful review, as always! 🙂 Fi x

  • I read a lot of supernatural, but this doesn’t seem like anything I normally read! If I saw it, I might pick it up, I’m not sure 🙂 Great review! Also, gifs made me laugh 😀
    Added your blog button into my sidebar, by the way! 😀


  • Oh no, don’t get me wrong – I thought it was part of the book that you hated the main character. He was a horrid person, I was utterly rooting for the other characters really.

  • Aww Fi!
    I think you may like it – Ahh, adding it the 17,000 mile high book pile 😛
    Thanks for the comment missus!

  • It’s very different from what you normally get, I was quite intrigued to see how it went you know Onyx being a smoke man and all. It’s a definite supernatural romance one though. Aww I’m chuffed they did!
    Thank you very much, I’ll add yours to mine 🙂
    Z x

  • Jessica

    Zoe- Thank you for an awesome review! I know Onyx does creep out some people that have read the book. After all, he is scary and he does possess people. I think in book two, Gemini In Retrograde, you may actually start to like him- maybe. So glad you loved the new concept and the format of your reviews are awesome- just the way they flow and all the information you put into one post is incredible!

  • Jessica! I’m so over the moon you liked the review, was really worried it was too harsh – Wasn’t sure whether I shouldn’t like Onyx, he’s a brilliant character but I’m such a Team Slate. Looking forward to the next installment! (Do we find out about Colin?)

  • Wow this sounds intriguing and I’m loving your gifs 🙂
    Have to admit that I’m the same with the massive age gap between characters, it gives me the heebie jeebies haha!
    Great review, Zoe!

  • – Rebekah
    Be intrigued, it’s a brilliantly unusual but pulled off well concept!
    Thanks, picked them out myself *flick hair*
    Ahh, glad it’s not just me – Felt very odd about it all really. But I think that adds to the book,
    Thanks for commenting and chuffed you liked the review! 🙂

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