Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Review~The Vision~Jessica Sorensen

The Vision (The Fallen Star, #3)
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Title: The Vision
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Published: October 23rd 2011
By: createspace
Gemma thought she was trapped—that Stephan had finally won. But then time resets and she’s given another chance.
The clock is ticking as Gemma tries to figure out how to change the vision that ends the world in ice. If she can, then maybe she can save the world from Stephan and give her and Alex a chance at a real future. But changing visions can be dangerous, and sometimes one small mistake can lead to disastrous results
First Line: “I kept having these dreams, or maybe they were more like nightmares.”
Last Line: “The only answer I got was the fire crackling in the streets.”
Favourite Line: “I remembered the Blood Promise, I remembered he was my forever.”
Due to a nasty cold and being stuck in bed all day I managed to read this book in one day! And I can honestly say I have never been so glad to be poorly because it enabled me to devour this book!
This is the third instalment in The Fallen Star series which follows Gemma in her quest to save the world from the evil Stephan and his Death walkers. All our favourite characters are back, Gemma (of course!), Alex, Laylen, and some new characters that shock us with their appearance.
The first being Gemma’s father, Julian Lucas an all-powerful foreseer who has been trapped in his own mind for changing a vision, something which is strictly forbidden amongst foreseers. He also has the unique ability that Gemma possesses, to be able to travel in and out of visions without a crystal ball. I was really excited when we met Gemma’s Dad he brings in a whole new set of questions that need to be answered! ‘The Vision’ is primarily a new mission for Gemma, connected to her Father this time, she must travel through a crystal ball and stop her father from changing the Vision he was imprisoned for changing. Confused? Yes so was I a little however Sorensen tries to help us along by explaining the butterfly effect, if one aspect of a sequence is changed then it therefore has an effect on the rest of the sequence. Gemma has to change the sequence that her father created however this change also has consequences. What these consequences are start to happen as the book comes to a close and we will have to wait until the fourth book in the series ‘The Promise’ is released sometime in February to see what happens.
At the end of ‘The Underworld’ Sorensen explains that Gemma, Alex, Laylen and Aislin all play a part in Stephan’s plan to end the world due to the fact that they are half of one thing and half of another, for example Aislin is half witch, half keeper. To open the portal he needs the star, a keeper who is also a witch, a keeper who is also a Vampire and a Keeper who is also a Faerie. In ‘The Vision’ we meet our half Faerie, half Keeper; Aleesa.  Aleesa does not have much of a storyline in this instalment however I feel as in the previous books she will be introduced to us further in the next book.
Gemma’s character develops further in this book, and she starts to emerge as a strong leader, though still afraid, and shows her fear (which I liked about her from the beginning). However with every new revelation she gains strength and a bit more personality. I loved that Sorensen makes her a Keeper; the once clumsy ungraceful Gemma is now a cat like Ninja.
The love triangle between Gemma, Alex and Laylen develops a little further, I think Laylen realises in this book that Gemma is meant to be with Alex, and he starts to soften towards Aislin who broke his heart when she left him after his ‘turning’. Aislin gets a bit more action in this outing Yay! I was really glad Sorensen did this, and she hadn’t just introduced a character that ha one dimension. I feel we will see further action from Aislin in the next book.
When I first started reading this series I heard it had been compared to Twilight, and I started to see these similarities come forward in the third book. Gemma and Alex cannot be close to one another due to the electricity (I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil the story too much), I found this aspect of the story heart-breaking, they obviously feel very strongly for one another and they cannot be together!
Rating 4 out of 5 stars: The fast pace story continues on its roller coaster ride, with new characters bringing with them new questions. I like that Sorensen picks one secondary character in each book and elaborates on their story. This is a brilliant saga and we are left at the conclusion with the departure of a major character, and the end of the world beginning! How could you not be excited for the next book!


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