Piercing God (Living in Hell Book 1)
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Lists with This Book. September 12, Rating: Gifted from the author Old review: Jesca Gershon-Sera has an average life on the surface. She is a sophomore in college, has a loving family, and holds a part time job at a local bookstore with her best friend. Her life is pretty normal. Except, under the surface she feels like she is losing her mind. Reoccurring nightmares have plagued Jesca for most of her childhood. She thought nothing of them, until they began intensifying and finding their way into her waking hours. Voices, vivid images and supernatural abilities in her nightmares are beginning to seep into her reality.
Ezra Kahn is one of her college professors. Lately, Ezra happens to be everywhere she is; like he is watching her. Along with the slight fear that her professor is stalking her, Jesca fears that she won't be able to handle much more of the insanity that is blurring her reality. On a chance encounter, Jesca confides in Ezra about the crazy happenings. Jesca thought that he would think her to be insane or a freak. But, to Jesca's surprise, Ezra Kahn reveals that she is not a lunatic and that all of the insanity is very real.
Instantly, Jesca's reality is set askew. Ezra reveals that he has been sent to help her. He tells her she is experiencing these events in her life because of her inherited purpose to protect humanity from inconceivable catastrophe. Jesca's roller coaster begins here! I really liked the world-building in this book. When I read the premise, about a girl having nightmares, I thought that this book would be about seers and witches for lack of a better word. I was happily mistaken. The paranormal story of this book is not about some supernatural being that has already been fleshed out by young adult or new adult authors vampires, werewolves, etc.
This concept is not completely new, but it is different. On the surface, the dreams are what they appear to be. But the actual abilities and explanations of the paranormal part of the story are very original. I love that science is a key component in this book. I'm a huge math and science nerd, so I enjoyed the scientific explanation to what happened in the past and present of the characters' lives. The character development in this book was well done. Readers are able to see Jesca transform from a predictable girl to a warrior. I also liked the character connections of the book.
Some of the characters are easy to pick out - who they are related to other characters I'm purposefully being vague so I do not give anything away! The denouement of this first book in the series is excellent, as it gives room for more books to come. I like that the ending was not expected, and that readers will have to read the entire book to know what happened to certain that are introduced only towards the end of the book. I love the title of this book, although I am not sure how it ties in to the book.
It was never explained or inferred, so one can only guess. I like it though. What I Did Not Like: There were many small things that I could not get past, as well as several larger things. The grammar was one huge thing. The sentence structure was sometimes poor. There were short sentences, and then extremely long sentences right after the short sentences, and the contrast between the two threw me off while reading. There were misplaced quotations marks, dangling modifiers, misused "your", "you're", "there", "their", "they're", and misplaced adverbs. These are grammatical errors that I pick up, but some people may not.
Some people may read the book and never be bothered by the grammar. But I cannot help but notice the grammar mistakes, when I spend so much time editing and proofreading my essays for school. I did not like the introduction of many secondary characters. I did not connect with them, as I did not get enough time to get a feel of their personality. For example Elisha, Corinna, Nate. I do not feel anything towards these characters except Nate, but not because of him necessarily.
There is a love triangle, which I absolutely hate, because I generally hate all love triangles in literature. The first guy I could feel the romance, but the second guy's romance was awful. It was not believable. I hated the perspective switches that occur in the second half of the book.
There needs to be some sort of warning before readers are thrown into someone else's world. Chapter 32 seems very random, after hearing Jesca's thoughts for the duration of the book until that point. There is a switch from first-person Jesca, to third-person Sam and Xander, to first-person Xander, to third-person Jesca, and so on. It was really confusing. You have to finish the book in order to figure out all of the perspective switches. The "back story" or introduction to the paranormal world is like the perspective switches as well - one page Ezra is explaining things, the next is the actual unfolding of events of what he is explaining.
It is all hard to keep straight. Would I Recommend It: Despite the nitpicky things that I just went through, this book was engrossing, and I really do want to read the next book.
However, if you do not want to read a book that mentions God, faith, and Christianity, then maybe this is not for you. It did not bother me. It will not offend Christians, or any other religion. But there is mention of religious faith. This book is rated for young adults, new adults, and over. Please do not think this is a "bad" rating. I enjoyed this book and the plot, but I think there are some easy things that the author could do to have a smoother execution. The story and plot are very engaging - especially for science fiction lovers!
Book 2 will be released March Book 3, Ascending the Veil, will be released September Nov 11, Roxanne Crouse rated it liked it. Piercing The Fold Book 1 By Venessa Kimball is the first book in a young adult science fiction series about a girl named Jesca, who starts developing strange powers and having disturbing dreams. Jesca learns the Earth is not as it seems and alien forces are w Piercing The Fold Book 1 By Venessa Kimball is the first book in a young adult science fiction series about a girl named Jesca, who starts developing strange powers and having disturbing dreams.
Jesca learns the Earth is not as it seems and alien forces are working to accomplish their own ends. Jesca must train to become a guardian and help protect the Earth. The scientific parts are handled well and sound plausible, and I enjoyed the connections to the past. I can suspend my belief and enjoy the story. Piercing the fold has an interesting plot, which kept me reading despite some mechanical issues.
The kindle formatting is handled professionally and the cover beautiful, great job on these details. It stays that way about sixty-five percent of the book, then without warning, it changes to third person to characters the reader has not met yet. The sudden change jars you out of the story. Some sort of warning of the change would help, such as having parts.
The first sixty-five percent could be part one with a large page saying part one. This would help the reader to expect a change. At first, I thought this chapter was Jesca. It took a while of reading to figure out it was Xander. Then Jesca comes back in the picture. The reader experiences random switching from first person to third person between different characters within the same chapter at times. The switching is confusing and unnecessary.
I found myself stopping and going back to double check whose view point I was in.
Piercing the Fold (Piercing the Fold, #1) by Venessa Kimball
It might be better to work the back story in as the info is needed instead of all at once, or find a way to shorten it to one or two chapters. At the beginning, the reader is presented with a back-story dump, too, that I think could be cut or shortened significantly as well, again we can learn the beginning information as the story unfolds. The book could use another pass to get rid of redundancy. Furthermore, there are sections that basically say the same thing that could be cut. One of them could be cut. I see a love triangle forming between Jesca, Xander, and Nate near the end. The conflict of the two being from alien worlds that are at war with each other is a more interesting avenue to explore.
The two hot guys want the same girl triangle approach is being overdone. I can always tell when a writer has read Twilight because they try to relive the Twilight love triangle in their books. In closing, although I do think Piercing the Fold could use more editing, I did enjoy reading it and was surprised at the science angle of the book. Hard Core Science readers may not like this book, but readers who like paranormal romance will enjoy this science fiction romance. Despite some structure problems, I think this book is a good read. Dec 10, Kitty Muse Book Reviews rated it it was amazing.
Now, in early adulthood, strange things are happening during her waking hours too. The same one, she believes, that chases her in her dreams. She has to learn to reach beyond her own hopes and dreams to become the person she has to be to help save the human race from interstellar disaster. Kimball has done something few writers try: Not to mention the theology that imbues the entire book.
The character names themselves are heavy with symbolism. Many of them have Biblical names, which can be connected, some more than others, to a parallel in the Bible. What really stands out is the way Ms. Kimball has taken prose and stood it on its ear. Instead of the usual first-person or third-person point of view throughout the book, the story is written in a very well-crafted combination of both.
There is a scene where Jesca and another important character are fighting out of a nest of baddies. Kimball has also written almost the entire book in the present tense, which is not a feat which is easily pulled off. And she did it magnificently. I can hardly wait to start reading the next book in the series! Now a student, she is engaged in study of astrophysics, quantum physics, and cosmology, to which she is drawn-and with good reason. Jesca is the natural daughter-and the adoptive daughter-of guardians of another planet, one found in the Andromeda system.
So Guardians have been assigned to protect Earth, and of course, the adversaries have their entities on Earth as well. As Jesca reaches a certain age, her abilities begin to manifest, and so do those around her who are Guardians acknowledge themselves to her, while the opposing entities step up their campaign to render her useless, or worse. Almost immediately, she finds her life upended, as she is shipped out for training in a subterranean Nevada desert compound.
Oct 04, Randi rated it liked it. Thank you, Venessa Kimball, the author of this book for allowing me to read this book. I liked how the book combined both religion and science fiction — a rarity for me. The question - which will I choose if I was Jesca: To be honest, I don't know I have always been a sucker for a confused person so perhaps Xander: I don't know yet.
However, I wish that the author would have revised all the grammatical errors. I winced at every single one — approximately 3 to 10 per page. That is a little too much for me. I also have to get used to the fact that the dialogue is done differently such as: You get the idea though. I would have preferred this type of dialogue over the grammatical errors. Once the revision, if there will be one, has been completed, I can recommend it to anyone who like this type of story.
Again, Venessa Kimball, thank you for the opportunity to share it. I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did at all! I honestly didn't think that I was going to be able to follow it after reading the synopsis and also a few chapters but I soon found myself unable to put it down! I found the plot slightly confusing but once I started being able to follow it I loved it! It was completely original and it had so much potential! The characters were amazing!
Jesca was the main character and I adored her! I loved how she acted and her attitude to what she I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did at all! I loved how she acted and her attitude to what she had to do! I also connected with her the whole way through this book! I originally thought that Ezra was going to be the love interest of Jesca but I was completely wrong and I was very surprised with who he actually was! Nate was actually the love interest of Jesca and I loved him! He was perfect with Jesca even though he wasn't in this book as much as I would have liked!
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I hope that Jesca and Xander's relationship does develop a little more as well so that the love triangle between them and Nate heats up in the next book in this series! I loved the book being told from all different point of views as well but it was mostly told from Jesca's point of view! The ending of the book leaves so much open as to what coud happen in the next book which I am looking forward to reading! I also love the cover! Big thank you to Venessa for providing me with a copy of Piercing the Fold and also for having me on her Blog Tour! I am not a big sci-fi person and I don't like to start reading and not finish.
This author gave me an e-book copy for a honest review,So here it is: This book started great. The girl in the story thinks she is losing her mind. As I read I feel like I am losing my mind with her.
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The story took me in. I felt like it was just the girl and me,the world around me was non-existing.
As she discovers her past,present and future,she is twisted in a world she knew nothing about. Didn't know who to trust. On her quest to find some answers,she did find someone to help her with some of the many questions she had. He was able to explain what had happened,what will happen and how she is involved in the future of human-kind. This is were the science stuff came in to play,me not understanding sci-fi I got a little lost.
I am so glad I did not give up on the girl in the story. What happens next,in her journey to find out who she is,you would never guess in your wildest nightmare. She does find love. She finds friends in the strangest places. But most important she finds the connections she needs for self-discovery. There is so much more I can tell you,but I ran out of space. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves science,romance and everything in between.
I'm ready for book 2. Oct 06, Justine rated it really liked it. I was given this book from the author as an incentive to read and review her book by October 7, , and enter the huge giveaway that she is hosting. I would definitely define this book as new age, between YA and adult. I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be interesting and held my attention throughout. It was action packed and I just wanted to keep reading it right until the end. The only thing that I didn't like was all the physics and talk of wormholes, etc in the very beginning chapter I was given this book from the author as an incentive to read and review her book by October 7, , and enter the huge giveaway that she is hosting.
The only thing that I didn't like was all the physics and talk of wormholes, etc in the very beginning chapters. But other then that this was an awesome book. I love the characters!!! Jesca, which I think is pronounced Jessica, is the main character and is a very strong willed female lead. She was orphaned and adopted at a young age, and later learns that her biological parents were guardians and so is she. She is whisked away by her mentor Ezra, and trained and gets educated on everything that she has missed in the last 15ish years of her life.
She finds not one but two possible loves in this story, and I can't wait until the next book to see who she chooses. I also like how the novel unfolds and as you read more, secrets are being revealed, secrets that I would have never even guessed. Thank you Venessa Kimball for the great read!!! Sep 18, Dawn rated it really liked it Shelves: Totally sucked me in from the beginning. Jesca's nightmare had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was happening, and hoping she was able to save them.
I enjoyed seeing her finding out about her purpose, and coming to find herself. I think Jesca's journey to self-discovery was well written, and kept me interested in the story. I enjoyed reading about the training program, and appreciated the vivid description of the underground training facility. I liked s Outstanding book! I liked seeing the interaction between Jesca and her mentor, Ezra Kahn, as well as the bond she formed with her peers.
I found myself trying to guess how the various twists would unfold, and ultimately, the book left me wanting more. I have a lot of unanswered questions, and can not wait until book two is released, and I am hoping that many of the questions I have will be answered. I'm not going to tell you what happens. But, I will say, watching the twists unfold was riveting. I couldn't put the book down, and kept telling myself, "one more chapter" until I finished the book at 4 in the morning.
Jan 03, Linda Parkinson-Hardman rated it really liked it. However, as the story unfolds, the world Venessa has created shifts from the comfortably familiar, to a darker one no-one would like to see. Do you like thinking about the unexplainable? Do you sometimes watch the Science Channel and think what else is out there in this vast universe of ours?
Or maybe you just love watching Fringe on Fox? If you said yes to any of these questions then I wholeheartedly recommend picking up this indie release! If you said no to all of these then I would still recommend this story as it was gripping and had me thinking, guessing and curious up until the very end. Feb 06, Trudy Powders rated it really liked it. This story follows a young woman named Jesca. Jescas world begings to change in many ways. Jesca fears she is going crazy.
I was a little confused with some of the story until it all started to come together. Fresh ideas a must read for those that follow science. This book was interesting,I have never read anything like it. Nov 16, Linda rated it really liked it Recommended to Linda by: Piercing the Fold by Venessa Kimball was a great story, one that I enjoyed and so will the young teens in my family. The story was interesting and easy to follow with a lot of action and thought provoking ideas.
There was a strong sense of family, independence, touching on romance and duty. Kimball did a great job with the book and I can hardly wait for book 2! I received this book free as a Goodreads First Read. View all 3 comments. Mar 07, S. Policar rated it it was amazing. I'll begin by saying this.. If you do not have a love for aspects of science and science fiction, you may not enjoy the some parts of this book.
I however love it. Venessa has masterfully brought the theory of wormholes and traversing the space time continum to life. Imagine a device that could instantly open a wormhole and take you within a mere seconds to another galaxy light years from our own. Now imagine the ramifications of leaving said wormhole open indefinitely and you have the basis for I'll begin by saying this.. Now imagine the ramifications of leaving said wormhole open indefinitely and you have the basis for this book. It's been a very long time since I've come across a book on this topic where the author did so much research that all the fiction mixed with it seem real.
This book is perfect for those who gaze up to the stars every night wondering if there is life out there. I absolutely love the amount of training the "green peas" get put through.. It's impossibly hard, tedious, and challenges death at every turn. The detailing for the training sessions is phenominal really. I love that each new guardian has their own special abilites and a training guardian with simliar ones to teach them.
The reader can sympathize with just about every character they come across. Their feelings will become the reader's and the reader will be tugged along on one hell of a journey.
There are a couple of twists the story takes that will blog the reader away. The reader will not see them coming but once they are presented the reader will wonder how they didn't figure it themselves. The twists also snap some very vital pieces of the puzzle into place. This story will appeal to a multitude of readers, from sci fans fans, to romance fans, even to fantasy and odd fiction fans. Join the lawmen of Two Rivers Station in this classic old West series as they take on outlaws on the Texas plains.
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I have read and re-read "This Present Darkness" and "Piercing the Darkness" many times over since approximately The Pastor at the Church we were attending at the time, loaned them to me initially. I purchased a paperback copy at the time and read them again. Told my dad about them and then gave him a set since I knew he would read them more than once! When I saw them on Amazon' Kindle website, I purchased an electronic copy! I have read some but intend to read all. Or maybe Someone Else is in control of it. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase.
This is true horror. I pulled an all-nighter on this one. When school teachers in a small town begin teaching a new curriculum to their innocent, moldable students, the Fourth Grade class begins to manifest "spirit guides" -- and all Hell breaks loose. This is 'Good Vs. Evil' at its most fundamental. I'm not going to summarize this story because I'd reveal too many surprise plot twists that unfurl themselves like demon's wings as the novel progresses.
Read it for yourself. If your soul isn't deeply perturbed by this book, then maybe you don't have one. I dare you to read it. Bought this for my niece. I had read it shortly after college and thought she might enjoy it after having some discussions about the spiritual realm. Good thought-provoking book to have in your collection with the classic C. Lewis book The Scewtape Letters. This Present Darkness was a very enjoyable book to read.
Through the story, the author emphasized the importance and power of prayer which greatly effects the lives of people all around. The story portrays the unseen, heavenly actions of God and his angels, as well as the deceitful and conniving works of the Devil, who only works to destroy the saints of God. I personally would recommend this story to all ages of readers because it emphasizes the love of God towards his people, the power of God above Satan, and the need and importance of a praying Church of Christ.
This Present Darkness reveals the truth that without prayer to God, anyone, Christian or non-Christian, can fall under the lies and deceptions of the Devil. I have read this over and over again and will likely still read it again. Beyond entertaining, it awakens one to the reality of evil principalities over individuals, neighborhoods, organizations, cities and regions.
It also shows the supremacy of the believer over evil, regardless of the wickedness of the unseen evil personalities or their position in the hierarchy of evil. It shows the weakness of evil, when we stand on God's word. It shows also that the devil and his cohorts are not nearly as powerful as they portray themselves to be. Jesus said, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given unto me. I also love love love how the angels allow the demons to seem to be winning and then swing a surprise rout.
Very like God to catch the crafty the deceiver in his own craftiness. The princes of this world go ahead and crucify Christ not knowing it's a trap. This book lets you see that God will have the final say, when we refuse to fear, we pray, we stand on His Word. God will contains evil no matter how pervasive it is, when believers step up to the plate. After all, it's His universe, He created the playing field. Satan fears a true believer who knows his or her rights in Christ. One true believer can change the spiritual climate of a city or a region.
But the power increases exponentially when believers unite and we set aside all our theological or doctrinal differences and we just unite around Christ and Him crucified. That is when we become the body of Christ and the days of evil in our communities and cities and societies and economies are over.
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Piercing the Darkness
I literally could not put it down. I read it over the course of two days and was totally absorbed by it. Paretti tells an amazing story about spiritual warfare between angels and demons!! It is clearly one of the best books I've ever read. One of the best books I have read on Spiritual Warfare! Even though it is fictional, Peretti opens our eyes to the spiritual battle going on around us as Christians. The way he imagines the battle unfolding is very Biblical and thus makes reading passages like Ephesians 6 come alive.
Though the book falls into the science fiction category I wouldn't say it is to strange or weird. I have read a lot of other Christian fiction books that are farther out there than this one.