Review: Ethereal by Addison Moore & Cheap Ebook Finds

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Title: Ethereal
Author: Addison Moore
Genre: supernatural/paranormal fiction, young-adult
Series: Celestra series #1
Published: March 2011
Pages: 482
Rating: 2.5/5 

This was a very fun book to read. Angels/Nephilim seem to be on a new wave of literary popularity, and Ethereal does not disappoint. I was intrigued beginning from the first paragraph. As soon as Skyla begins to tell her tale, I was hooked. The prose flows very nicely, and naturally. The book certainly feels like the story of a teenage girl, rather than how an adult would assume a teenage would write or speak. Also, added bonus, real humor ("we had this whole East Side/West Side thing [...] So I was expecting musical gang fights and a lot of girls named Maria.."). I laughed throughout this book, and often. Skyla was a heroine after my own heart: snarky, willful, passionate and curious. Most of all, she came across as a very genuine, real character; one that was both easy to connect with and care about.

The first part of the novel is introductory; we meet Skyla, her mom, sister Mia, stepdad Tad, stepbrother Drake and stepsister Melissa as this Brady-ish family moves from L.A. to the dreary Paragon Island. Skyla's family serves as a backdrop for most of the story, with a lot of the early tension in the book stemming from Skyla's strained relationship with her mom over her dead father and her nonexistent relationship with her antagonistic stepdad. 

Rounding out our cast of diverse characters is Brielle, Skyla's closest thing to a female friend on Paragon, and Logan and Gage, two cousins that are gorgeous... and like Skyla, Nephilim. As Skyla adjusts to the new surroundings and finds others with similar abilities to the ones that have freaked her out her whole life, she learns of the true danger she, and all the other persecuted Celestra, face. 

It's ridiculously easy to get caught up in this book. It just flows marvelously well. I would take it out for my fifteen minute break at work, look up and realize I was going to get in trouble for missing an extra fifteen minutes. Between the engaging characters, the plot twists, and the chemistry between Skyla and the two charming boys, I devoured this novel. The ending was superbly well done, and left me with just the right mix of satisfaction and curiosity. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel, Tremble, which is due out soon!
Bonus: it's only $.99 for both the Nook and the Kindle.  Go buy it, read it, love it.


  1. I would not call myself an angel person, but I'm kind of intrigued by Ethereal -- what you've highlighted -- the humor, the heroine -- really intrigue me. And I'm always in the market for a cheap ebook. Thanks for highlighting this one!

  2. of all genres/supernatural options, angels are probably my least favorite. But this one caught my eye, and another, Angelolgy (whicht you reviewed and got me intrigued), seemed worth it!

  3. nice review of Ethereal. I'll put it on my list... Thanks!


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