Through these new experiences, the main character grows leaps and bounds. They are trying to disprove the essence theory wrong by doing crazy things to elevate their heart rate like zip-lining and base jumping and other adrenaline inducing activities. The Community in Yosemite, however, takes a completely different stance on Essences. He placed his right foot on it—like Shayla had during moonbows—and then he stood still for a moment, eyes focused forward. Guys circle around and Autumn faces choices and takes personal risks that force her to grow and accept responsibility for herself. Watching the relationship change both Autumn and the boys was really fascinating, and I felt like it was very real.
She starts questioning what she has been told all her life. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your heart and taking us on this exciting adventure. Overall, a fast-paced read that'll keep you on your toes. Publisher, you have been warned. One of my favorite parts of the Community was that it was located in Yosemite National Park, which lends itself to all sorts of ridiculous adventures. There are cults, but this book is so much more than that.
The imagery and freshness of the writing was perfect for the subject matter and brought to life with Autumn and Ryder's wild romance. Cults, some romance, and a lot of adventure, sure. I just loved this book, period. The Centrist movement is essentially a cult lead by a man named Cedar, who insists that every person has a quantifiable amount of Essence that can be drained if people let their emotions rule them. Her background is in zookeeping and environmental education, and she has been kicked, cornered, bitten and chased by nearly every animal she has ever loved.
Even when they were treated unfairly, they still cared for Autumn's safety, and also a bit for Ryder. I realized this was my favorite part of my own novels, too. This sounds dramatic, but trust me, it's not. I found myself more focused on the setting than on the characters or plot. The day I purchased it, I was only planning to read a few chapters. I have always been a fan of the idea that every dark must have a light, and every good must have an evil.
I must know what's next. Autumn is not the best main character I've ever read, but I liked her for being more normal. If you have any questions or would like to connect with me on social media, please visit my website for more information. There's quite a bit of growth all around, and all of the characters push each other in so many different ways. In the middle of the woods. At least in this book, I can understand the lure of her forays into adrenaline-junky territory, because Yosemite is the perfect playground for letting your inner daredevil run wild. It felt real, or that it could be real.
Essence takes place in the not-so-distant future, after a series of earthquakes have destroyed quite a bit. The story and writing are strong her depiction of how a character feels after a sexual encounter is sensitive and very real. I plan to post every other Monday or so. While sprinting through a park in violation of Centrist teachings, she encounters Ryder Stone, an Outsider who claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic. I flew through this one. And to an extent, I am.
A promise I made with myself. For me, the characters were the biggest highlights of this book. But what's interesting is that instead of feeling like I won the lottery, I really feel like I earned this. Essence is set in the near-future, so I had to do a little bit of world-building to explain what was different about this new place. I wanted to be an author before I knew how to read a word, or write a sentence, or turn on a computer, and I worked steadily at this dream for most of my childhood and nearly all of my twenties. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Essence takes place in the not-so-distant future, after a series of earthquakes have destroyed quite a bit. Her background is in zookeeping and environmental education, and she has been kicked, cornered, bitten and chased by nearly every animal she has ever loved. If I don't know the answer, I'll try to find it for you! Since the quake was talked about from nearly the beginning of the book, I had trouble getting into the rest of the story with that hanging over the narrative. I won't stop begging until I get what I want. It usually won't present itself until you are midway through your second or third book.
Essence is a fast, but fulfilling read. She currently resides in Florida, and she is now a huge fan of shooting stars, indoor plumbing and keeping both her feet planted firmly on the trail. And so it is that Autumn begins to try out a myriad of adrenaline-fueled stunts, experiencing emotions she's never before experienced including falling in love. While sprinting through a park in violation of Centrist teachings, she encounters Ryder Stone, an Outsider who claims Essence drain is I don't use star ratings, so please read my review! Ryder Stone, the sexy, rebellious leader of the Outsiders, claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic -- and he can prove it. The descriptions of Yellowstone made me want to visit - especially during mooonbow time, as it sounds absolutely magical.