Review: Ephemeral [Blog Tour]

Ephemeral (Countenance #1)
by Addison Moore
Kindle Edition, 412 pages
Published September 12th 2012 by Addison Moore
Source: Author for blog tour
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Young Adult/ Mature Situations

The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield.

Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely.

Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma.

In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says.

Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she?


I started Ephemeral without first reading the synopsis so I really had no idea what the story was about. The shallow me thought that the girl's dress on the cover was pretty thus making the book a worthy read. But lo, I've read so many books with pretty dresses on the covers with stories that did not end up as pretty as their front. And yes, I thought that this might be one of those books BUT fear not, friends. Ephemeral is a quite a shocking novel. Its beginning alone will send you bouncing on your seat and have you screaming for more.

For me, it's important that stories start off with intense beginnings. It sets my reading speed to full blast and my focus to max and it makes me able to read faster while being able to notice every detail of the plot. Of course, the excitement also decreases as the plot start to become tedious, but in Ephemeral's case, the intensity is consistent. I usually just find intensity in action-packed scenes but though Ephemeral has very little fight scenes involved, as it focused more on world-building, the thrill is palpable and the suspense, it's everywhere!

Our main character, Laken, is a very entertaining character who's very easy to like. She's a strong minded person with a very dark sense of humor you will love. The only thing I didn't like much about her was her tendency to be very boy-focused. Most of the time, she just keeps on thinking about Wes, Wes, Wes and Wes. It was a bit annoying at first, to be honest. However, this doesn't go unexplained because from the beginning we already know about Laken's relationship with Wes. And! I'm happy to report that there's a rather interesting growth on Laken's character as the story progressed and there's another guy with the hottest-looking eyes ever I'm sure you're going to love more. And can I just mention how hot this book is? Practically every page is packed with steamy scenes. I admit though that while I love the steamy scenes, I think Addison incorporated too much of it. But hey, hot is HOT!

Overall, Ephemeral is an interesting and refreshing take on paranormal YA that is surprising in the best way possible. Moore has incorporated the supernatural, paranormal and mystery into one unique book that will grab you even from the beginning. From what I've heard, this is somewhat connected to Addison's other series, Celestra. I may not know if Celestra is better or what, but all I can say is that Ephemeral is definitely worth a read.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Disclosure: This book was received from the author as part of Ephemeral blog tour, for free in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Addison Moore is the author of young adult fiction and romance. She has worked as therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for almost a decade. She is the mother of four wonderful children. She resides on the West Coast with her family and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading.


  1. Great review! Thank you so much for reading and hosting. I really appreciate it. :)

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed Ephemeral, Chel! After the teaser you shared with us, I am really interested to read and check this book out ;) I'm also glad to hear that Ephemeral has an interesting and fresh take on paranormal YA!

    Awesome review, Chel ♥

  3. EEEP, you make this book sound SO EXCITING! I love it when books start off intense; I really just hate it when it starts off slow and dreary because guess what that makes me? Sleeepy. And the fact that there's steamy romance scenes in here? Makes me want this ALL THE MORE! I'm a huge romance junkie.

    Thank you for this rockin' review, girly :D

  4. Okay, so I've actually never heard of this before but ohmygoodness, your review is kind of making me DESPERATE to get my hands on a copy of this! I love that the pacing is consistent throughout the whole book and that it's always exciting! It's seriously rare for me to find a book like that these days. And then, see, I totally agree with Gianna. I love me some steamy romance scenes and "hot is HOT" is definitely true! ;) Not to mention, the concept really does sound incredibly unique c:

    Fantastic review! Soo glad you enjoyed it x)

  5. Steamy scenes and a heroine with a dark sense of humor? YES PLEASE!!! I think I'll be okay with her boy-focus now that I'm aware of it going in. That always helps:) Really excited to give this one a try now, thanks so much Chel!

  6. I'm not a big fan of boy-crazy protagonists or books full of steamy scenes - a little is good but too much makes it seem like there's no plot - but this one still sounds interesting. I prefer intense beginnings too and it's nice that Laken is easy to like and has a good sense of humour.

  7. Did you mention HOT? And a guy with the hottest-looking eye and a heroine with a dark sense of humor?! Well, I'm in! Definitely going to try this one. Thanks for the lovely review, Chel! So glad you enjoyed it. :)

  8. I'm glad to hear that this one didn't disappoint. I wasn't sure by the description and I've been disappointed by books with pretty dresses on the cover as well.

  9. A gorgeous cover is pretty much all it takes to convince me a book is worth reading sometimes. You can call me shallow too. ;) This sounds like a pretty good read, Chel. Great review as always! :)

  10. I swear your review had me almost bouncing excitedly in my seat. This sounds amazing! The first thing I did was squeal silently at that beautiful cover, and then I saw how this book is consistently brilliant! I'm always worried that intense beginnings will raise my expectations too high and then I'll be disappointed, as I have before, but it sounds like this stays out of that trap. And I have to admit, I'm becoming a bit of a steam addict. ;) Fantastic review, Chel! :)

  11. Oh wow, it sounds pretty good!
    I agree that too often the cover of a book makes me buy it, Whether a pretty dress or some other fantastical item that is gorgeous, and So often the story lets me down.
    But im glad that was the case here!

    Im adding it to my TBR list now! :)

    BTW, Im a new follower via GFC.
    I would love it if you could come see me over at my BLOG and maybe follow back...?


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