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Freewill is a Young Adult slipstream novel that embodies both science fiction and dark fantasy, with strong paranormal romantic overtones. Within its pages a world comes to life, where mythology is real and evident in humanity's interaction with the ethereal Others. Ellie, once a human but now an Other (an empathic creature surviving in a fugue state, inside the otherworld ...more
ebook, First of Three, 250 pages
Published March 11th 2012 by Elyse Draper
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Mar 23, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Some scholars say: when it comes to decision making, humans are the sum of their experiences and conditioning; thus freewill is an illusion.

While others say: when we are confronted by primal choices, the decisions that weigh heavily on our hearts, experience or destiny cannot predict the result … but our hearts can surmise the final outcome. When the judgment before us carries extreme perceived consequence, yet we still make the choice (whether resulting in action or inaction) -- that is freew
 ∙• Carol •∙
OK, so here's the deal with this book and why it took me so long to review. My Kobo was having some troubles but I fixed it! And I loved this book so very much!

At first I was going to write a review that included spoilers, but I changed my mind because I want everyone to read about how much I enjoyed this book.

Elyse provided me with the entire trilogy to read and review through We ♥ YA Books (an amazing group on here) and even though school's started already, I was so hooked that I couldn't pu

Well, well, encountered feelings toward this book that ended up in a very good sentiment.

I say this because at the beginning I honestly wasn't sure what I was reading, each chapter talking about different people and things that didn't seem to connect at all but then as the story develops I understood a little bit more and the ending really gave closure to those loose ends that were bugging me. And it was like OMG!

The story goes around two main characters that are Ellie and Christopher, both hav
Elsa Carrion
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Title: Freewill
Author: Elyse Draper
Genre: YA, Paranormal Dark Fantasy with some Romance
Ebook: 4377 about 250 pgs
Series: First of Three

I finished Freewill a few days ago but wanted to read all three before I wrote the review. I love that I didn’t have to hang on a cliff hanger for very long all I had to do was go to the next book. Love that!!

The plot was unique and the story was well written, no errors that I can remember of. The story is unlike anything I have read recently and can’t say enough
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author for an honest review. I signed up for this book but didn't have very high expectation. And the beginning was a little confusing to keep up with. But this book ended up quite good, and I cannot wait to finish the trilogy.

First I have to talk about the end! I only had 10 or so pages left and was thinking this is a such a bittersweet ending, but I was happy for a few of the characters. THEN on the very last page that all was ruined! I was just so shocked by what
Shelly Hammond
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a trilogy and it sets everything up perfectly. The author is a brilliant story teller who immediately sucks the reader into the story and keeps them glued to the pages from beginning to end. You will find yourself caring about every single character very quickly and at times you will want to hug them and at other times you may wish you could reach in the pages and give them a bit of a swat upside the head! I won't give the story away, but there are a lot of twists and t ...more
Hydra M. Star
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Over all, I really enjoyed this book. It's written for young adults. So, it is romance minus the "good stuff", as those who, like me, enjoy erotica might see it. However, the storyline, characters, and world that Elyse Draper creates in this book are engaging enough to keep even my perverted mind interested.

The book ends with such a cliff hanging that, if I did not already have the second and third book in the serious waiting on my Kindle to be read, I might would be annoyed with how little is r
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
7 out of 5 stars. Goodreads should really provide more than five stars. This is an excellent read for everyone!

This was the most vivid story I've ever read! Its perfectly detailed-setting,characters, etc. As if I was really there and experiencing what Ellie did. Characters are perfectly developed, the pacing was great,the plot was really one of a kind; not like an ordinary thing you can read nowadays. There were also great lessons along the way. Its really a package of a good book and I'm thankf
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Freewill." The plot was original and the characters were easy to relate to. The paranormal aspect of the book was full of refreshing twists unlike recent books in this genre. It was good to read something that hasn't been rehashed over and over again like other authors do these days. No vampires or zombies here and that is great! Elyse does a great job of giving her characters life. The character James was creepy and in some ways he reminds me of someone I used to k ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: released-2012
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

*I received this e-book through We Heart YA Books!*

This e-book was good... the kind of good that makes a reader wonder why this author isn't as well known as other popular young adult authors. The beginning was a little slow, but once I got to the meat of the book, I completely enjoyed it! Christopher and Ellie were so cute together and James made for a good "bad guy". Overall I enjoyed this book immensely especially for the surprise twist at the end! I would recommend t
Michelle Hankes
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you are in the mood for a paranormal romance, a dark and angry villain, and a lot of fascinating twists and turns, then this is the book for you. Freewill offers the reader a chance to look at death in the face in a way that no other writer has taken on. The story of Ellie and Christopher will capture you right away and keep you turning from page to page. Awash in beautiful words and poetic passages, Elyse Draper's start to the Freewill Trilogy will keep you begging for more.

Rated PG-13 for c
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Freewill is a really good paranormal romance! Its hard to get into to much of the plot without giving it away! Freewill kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next! I will say I did get confused some because the story went from one point to the next and left you wondering and rereading just to see where some came into place, but about halfway through everything fell into place and turned out to be a wonderful read! Most definitely worth the read!! Looking forward to the next book!
Elyse  Walters
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
*Eminently Readable*!!! Beautifully crafted storytelling talent by "Elyse Draper"!!!

A wonderful-creative-[out-of-the-box]-love story.

Characters to love --
Fantasy to dream about--
Personal inner thinking about things in your own life....

Here is one of my favorite lines in the book:

"Social hierachy doesn't hold a candle to the power of feeling isolated in your own skin" [I know I sure can relate to this sentence].

Congrats *Elyse*!

Great book!
Ana Quiambao
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Even before Elizabeth or Ellie was an infant, it was seen that she would be someone great in the mythical world. Her Uncle Edward, understanding the burden of knowing the magical world, he wished for Ellie not to know the truth, until she meets her soul mate.

Growing up, Ellie became a responsible teen, a loving daughter and a caring older sister to a twin. Little did the people around her knows the ability she hides. She could feel everyone's motions, and could her their thoughts when she touch
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.75/5 stars

This is such a hard novel for me to put into words. Made even harder by the fact that I haven't quite made sense of everything yet. Freewill is definitely not your average paranormal novel. I'm still not quite sure where we're heading but that only excites me! What I am left with though is a million questions. I say that in a good way and I can't wait for the answers to unfold.

Like many others, I too had a difficult time starting this novel. For me, I found I had to be in th
 Reading Reindeer Emigrates To Pluto
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Reading Reindeer Emigrates To Pluto by: We ♥ YA Books
Author has provided review copy from Smashwords via We ♥ YA Books in exchange for my fair, honest, and authentic review-copy provided August 21, 2012.

Freewill is the first in the trilogy by the same name, an unusual and complex metaphysical exploration of the world “beyond” the perception of most, and the many divergent ways in which we humans are affected by it. Although it commences in early 20th century England (approx. 1920) and moves to events of 1940 during the Nazi blitz of London, for me
W. Tinkanesh
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Elyse Draper says that her New Adult* novel ‘Free Will’ is a paranormal romance. I’d like to say that it is a dark fantasy, but this fantasy has quite a balance of dark and light. ‘Free Will’ is the first part of a trilogy; it follows Ellie and Christopher, and their time-defying love story. Each is different from the crowds around them; Ellie because she can feel people’s emotions and influence them; Christopher because he can read people’s innermost secrets. James is the bad guy of the story; ...more
Yalle Ondarza
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is about Ellie a girl that died during WWII, who has this power that involves emotions. It is hard to give a summary to this story without giving too much away. The story has a great dynamic and keeps you entrained throughout the whole book.

The only reason that I did not give 5 starts was the way the author used different points of view to illustrate different things that were happening in the story. My problem does not involve the fact that it changes points of view, I understand the
This is a really difficult book for me to review. Honestly, I really did enjoy this book. . . but when you are at 30% of the story still wondering ” what the heck is going on” . . . you’ve got to admit it makes it a difficult book to rate. The story was intriguing, the characters extremely interesting but I have to say that now that I finished it I’m still not 100% sure where this story is heading. I also would like to explain about the characters but I’m afraid if I do give any kind of summary ...more
It's hard to just tell a little about this book. And very easy to give away too much.I enjoyed this fantastical romance written for the young adult.The language flows with the intensity of finding,loving and losing one's true love.And there is the fairy tale element of waking the sleeping beauty(although in this case the beauty is a young man).And the star crossed lovers are pursued by evil entities, so there is the element of the paranormal with more than a nod to the elemental spirituality of ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into the book at first. There was just to many characters and it kept jumping around. I felt lost in most of the beginning. Once I was able to get through the beginning I was able to really enjoy it. I did find myself wondering what was going to happen next. You start to wonder what will become of the characters you have begun to care about. I am starting the 2nd book called Consequences today.
Chloe (Girl In The Woods Reviews)
'Amazing, exciting and different.' FREEWILL was cleverly devised into a heart-pounding story with soulmates and love in the air. I loved Elizabeth Tickle (the main protagonist in the story) from the start till the end. She was a fun and serious character, neither this or that, with her creative streak flying about, I knew this story was going to be gripping-onto-the edge book. Elyse Draper has written a Goodread!
Nickle Love
Disclaimer: I received an ebook copy of this book from the author, Elyse Draper (Thank you very much), in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and is not influenced by anything or anyone.

Freewill has a unique and interesting story, certainly one I haven't read before. But I got confused between the transition from the first part to the second part that I had to skim back and forth to make sure I understood it right. The first part is set in the late 1800s while the rest of the
Lucie Paris
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
A surprising novel!

To be honest, for a long time, I was wondering where the author was going. Where he wanted to take me by telling me the different stories about the past of the characters. The transition between the fairies and the heroes 's abilities took some time to make its way in my head. This disrupted a little my reading.

Then, at Christopher's and Lune's arrival, the narrative text took a different dimension. My confusion gave away to anticipation and curiosity. So, I immersed myself av
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Spoiler Alert:
Freewill is essentially about a couple falling in love one of them living and the other a spirit or "ghost", both with perceivable cognitive powers. I received this book, the first of a trilogy by the author for review through the We ♥ YA Books, ARR program. The story is quite original and the characters are honest. The storyline begins one way and then suddenly goes in completely different direction although be it interesting, it does take an open mind to embrace all the different
Christina Smith
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have a hard time rating this book. The beginning was confusing and hard to get into. I found the relationship between Ellie and Charlie rushed and because of that unbelievable. And switching between characters was very confusing. I would rate the beginning a 2 or a 3.

And then we met Christopher. He is a very strong character, and I loved how he thought he was dumb even though he found difficult things easy. And the relationship between him and Elli was believable and very moving. The story lin
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the majority of this book, the story about Ellie and Christopher, but I felt myself confused often. I felt the book jumped around and it would take me a bit to figure out how everything was fitting together. I loved Ellie and reading about her, but I am still left confused about exactly what happened during parts of the book. Maybe it was too paranormal for me, or it was the characters that were introduced but not completely explained....yet? Maybe if I was able to read this in one sit ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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