Saturday, June 16, 2012

Book Review: Morning Star by Desiree Finkbeiner

Morning Star
Ethos Book #1

Author: Desiree Finkbeiner
File Size: 712 KB
Print Length: 426 pages
Publisher: Hydra Publications (March 28, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
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Note: I received a review copy of this book free from the author, Desiree Finkbeiner. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.

Ratings: ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

When I started reading Morning Star, Ethos book #1, it seemed really great. I read almost half of the story in one sitting but when I picked up the book again, I lost interest in it. Sure, I finished reading the story but I had to skim too often because I was deeply annoyed with Brianna's lusty thoughts towards Kalen.  It was hard to focus on the story when Brianna's always thinking of some flirty thoughts while talking to Kalen. I really hated her character, wanna slap her so she could stop day-dreaming about him!

I liked Kalen, though. I liked men like him, very nice, serious, strong, oh I fell in love with him the moment he said, "my purity is the single most important thing to me. I hold it very sacred. I've never given it to anyone and I'm saving it for my eternal mate." Aww. How many men can say things like that?   

I also had difficult time in getting into the whole history of Ethos because the explanations were too complex to comprehend. Would have been a book to keep if not for the wordy explanations of the history of Ethos and lusty thoughts of Brianna. I'm giving this a 3-star rating all because of Kalen. 

About the book:

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…

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.


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