These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.
Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.
Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.
Monday, 5 March 2018
Review: The Most Special Chosen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Most Special Chosen is the first book in Rachel de la Fuente’s Exalted Bloodlines series, and a fun debut novel. There is no doubt I am interested in seeing what comes next for this series, curious to see what will come to light as we dig deeper into the world.
At first, I was a little bit unsure about this book. The synopsis was vague, leaving me intrigued but unsure. Whenever such happens, however, I find my curiosity wins over – thus, I was more than willing to dive into this one. With no expectations, with no idea of what I was going to get, I was open to any kind of story.
I’ll be completely honest – I enjoyed the second half of this book much more than I enjoyed the first half. The first half didn’t really stand out from other books in this genre all that much. It contained the usual things you find in the first book of a paranormal series – the introduction to the characters, and the expected first encounter. It wasn’t until the second half of the book that things started to really come together, when things started to stand out a bit more.
In the second half of the book, we really get into the paranormal element of the story. I expected this book to contain just a single paranormal element, something everyone loves, but I was quite surprised when something more was thrown into the mix. I’m not going to say what, due to spoilers, but it was something a bit different. It gives us a different lore to work with, more characters to enjoy, and so many possibilities. Without a doubt, it was this unusual element that left me enjoying the second half of this book so much.
By the time I was finished with this one, I was left desperate to see what comes next. Things are left very open at the end of this book, as you would expect from the first in a series, and I have so many hopes for where the story will take us. Despite how I wasn’t crazy about the first half of the book, certain elements tied in so well with details that came out in the second half of the book – and this is what I’m hoping will happen in the future books. I’m hoping things will continue to build, that we’ll get a lot of fun in the future.
I think my biggest issue with this book, however, was the voices of our characters. This book would fall into the new adult category, yet I felt as though I was dealing with characters in a young adult book. Were it not for the mention of university, for the references to twenty-something birthdays, I would have spent the entire book believing the characters were much younger than I they were. It’s just something that really stood out to be.
Overall, this was an interesting read. The Most Special Chosen is a fun introduction to what looks to be a promising series, and I’m excited for more.
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