Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lily's Review of Morning Star (Ethos #1) by Desiree Finkbeiner

My Rating:
 didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing

Publisher: Hydra Publications
Published Date: March 28, 2012

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…

The blurb of this novel really interested me, even before the author asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her novel. So when I received the request, I was pretty excited about picking this one up.

Unfortunately, the first half of this book was filled with nauseating scenes and internal dialogue on the part of the female character, Brianna, on meeting Kalen, that almost made me drop the book. With all of the exciting action that was surrounding both characters in the beginning of the book, it was overshadowed by Brianna constantly going through over dramatic scenes of 'insta-love', a strange YA trend that seems to be very popular, but that I am quickly growing very weary of. If I read her stating both aloud, or during her many internal thoughts (which were unnecessary and didn't really add to the story) about how hot Kalen was, and how she felt their souls recognized each other ONE MORE TIME, I was going to hurl my Kindle across the room.

But I stuck it out...

And gratefully and surprisingly, at exactly 44% into this novel, it completely turned around for me. What I thought would be a one star review, shot to three stars based on the second half of this novel alone.

The writer's world and character building skills really shone through the second part, as our characters escape Earth into the world of Ethos.

Ethos was an exciting, new alien world, filled with interesting beings, animals and cultures. I ripped through this part of the novel, as Brianna's character grows into the role that she was meant to play. Kalen, ever protecting, really becomes the warrior he was mentioned and hinted to be. We meet full bodied beings that are mysterious and yet human in their qualities, whether kind and noble, or jealous and treacherous.

Brianna and Kalen's relationship becomes more realistic in this part of the novel, where their devotion and love for one another do shine without the gag effect I experienced in the beginning. It was more mature and real. 

As a result of this redeeming second part of the book, I am most certainly going to pick up the second part of this series to continue their journey. 

Purchase Links:
Amazon - Kindle Store

About the Author:

Desiree Finkbeiner attained a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from Missouri Southern State University (2006) with a heavy background in business, marketing, music and fine art-- She was heavily involved in campus affairs and served actively in several committees focusing on campus entertainment and events.
She performed with musical acts/bands in rock and electronic genres, released seven studio albums, performed in 11 states and has written hundreds of songs. Her band, Carbon Star, was a finalist for VH1's "Bands on the Run" reality TV show in 2000. Then she performed with Pointy Teeth until finally leaving the music industry for the quiet life.
She had a scholarship for acting in college though she was not a theater major. Although she no longer performs or focuses on musical/performing arts, she has chosen to shift her talents to other areas that are more conducive to raising a family.
Continuing education is a constant adventure for Desiree with topics of interest ranging from civil and corporate law, history, political conspiracy, homeopathic medicine and spiritual healing. She prefers to read non-fiction, especially on topics that educate and broaden her perspectives on controversial issues.
With thousands of completed art works in her archives, most of which appear in private collections worldwide, Desiree hopes to focus more on publishing, marketing and licensing her work so she can leave a legacy behind.


  1. I was wondering about this book. I don't know if I could stick it out for 44% of medicore stuff though. At least it got better. :)

    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you for stopping in :)
      Yes, I am glad too. I just had a hard time with the constant over dramatic romantic dialogue. Maybe I have read too much back to back with that trend? LOL
      Either way, it was a worthwhile read once I got past that.


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