Thursday, July 19, 2012

Morning Star (Ethos, Book One) by Desiree Finkbeiner

When a mysterious stranger interrupts Brianna's mundane routine, her eyes are opened to the dark underbelly of reality... immortal rogues, ancient conspiracies, prophetic revelations, savage tribes, mammoth dragonflies... 

She's thrust into a race for her life when Kalen, a warrior from Ethos, discovers that she is harboring a secret... a secret that he'd give his life to protect. 

There's just one little problem... they are tempted by a forbidden romance, which threatens to compromise a divinely appointed mission. They are faced with a choice... love eternal, or the end of the world...

Dragonflies.  Beautiful, large dragonflies.  Ethos: Morning Star was so much more than I expected.  I expected your average teen romance with some supernatural magic thrown in.  Did I get that? No way.  It's so much more, and I am so happy that I had the chance to read this book.

Brianna is just your average college girl, but dragonflies seem to be following her - big ones! Startled by the first one, she falls down a flight of stairs. When she wakes up, most of her injuries have already healed.  Weird.  Then at school, she sees another dragonfly that seems to be staring at her. A bit creeped out, she's startled when a handsome man captures the dragonfly.  However, she can't get this guy out of her head and she thinks of a way to get his attention - and it works.

However, Kalen is a warrior from another place, Ethos, and he can't be romantically involved with anyone.  But the bond between Brianna and Kalen grows and blossoms on their magical journey of prophecies, mysteries and the age old adage of good versus evil. 

A fantasy young adult novel that will embrace you with it's strong and diverse characters, it's brilliantly painted detail-laden world and an adventure you won't soon forget.  A captivating read and a world that I can't wait to re-visit!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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