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Title: Uprising (Children of the Gods #2)
Publisher: ZOVA Books
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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.
Here's my Uprising review:
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, Opression, and I liked Uprising so much more-- mainly because there's more action, and the plot seems to be faster paced. The romance is the same though, and I can't and won't say that's a bad thing.
I kind of forgot a lot of things from the first book, since I read it a long time ago. But with Jessica Therrien's writing, it's not hard to remember all the characters.
At first, I thought the romance was a bit spontaneous, but as William and Elyse got to interact more I felt like their love for each other developed.
If you haven't read Oppression, probably none of that made sense. LOL. Check out my review for it.
Yes! When I started writing, I was doing it for my own entertainment, so I used myself as the basis for the character. Aside from looking like me, we are both shy, naïve, and we both love the ones we care about very deeply.
-What inspired you to write Oppression?
After reading Twilight I was eager for that next YA fix. When I couldn’t find something I liked as much, I decided to write it myself.
-What do you, personally, think is the hardest thing about writing?
Deadlines. With Oppression, I wrote at my own pace. If I didn’t feel like writing, I didn’t. With Uprising, I had to finish by a certain date. It was a very different experience. Luckily I work well under pressure ;)
-Is Oppression going to become a movie?
I HOPE SO! Wouldn’t that be awesome? There has been a lot of interest, but things in the movie world work very slowly. I’m trying not to chew my nails down to the bed, haha!
-What is the best thing about being an author?
Sometimes it’s that I can stay in my pajamas all day if I want. Other times it’s when a reader emails me about how much they loved my book. There are a lot of great things about being an author. I love it.
-How long does it take for you to write one book?
That depends on the book. If I don’t have a deadline, it takes me about 2 years. I write and read slowly. Deadlines are a different story. Uprising took me about a year.
-Do you usually write an outline before writing a book?
A very rough one that is scribbled on paper. Later that gets thrown away J I like to wing it. I basically know how the story ends and the main plot points along the way. The rest is up to Elyse.
-Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Enjoy the freedom you have without deadlines. Have fun taking your time with the process, and don’t obsess about being published right away. Sometimes it’s better for your work to be revised several times before it’s ready anyway. It will happen when it’s meant to.
Thanks to Jessica for taking the time to answer these questions, and...
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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 bestseller 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.