⚡️ Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful day ❤️, (Is this Sofi uploading post on a Saturday? YEESSS, let’s enjoy this rare moment 😅) today I bring you a double book review of my ARCs, as you know this month I’m trying to catch up as much as possible with my ARCs, for which I’m more than grateful and this time it’s all about these two! One of these readings is one that I expected a little more of and ended up disappointed…. incredible idea … poor execution 😞 & the other is a sequel with which I had a lot of fun, superpowers, and an INCREDIBLE writing style, in fact, I even liked it more than the first book, which is great! 😍 Super excited to tell you all my thoughts about both books, so I hope you enjoy it, and as you know, I LOVE knowing what you think so let me know everything in the comments! LOVE YOU ⚡️
Title: Chosen Ones
By: Veronica Roth
Series: The Chosen Ones #1
Published: April 7th, 2020
By: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: Adult | Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Magic
Buy it: Book Depository
The first novel written for an adult audience by the mega-selling author of the Divergent franchise: five twenty-something heroes famous for saving the world when they were teenagers must face even greater demons–and reconsider what it means to be a hero . . . by destiny or by choice.
A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.
Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.
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I want to thank NetGalley & John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
“Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean it’s worth doing.”
I could really see the potential of the book, but I think the execution of the book in its entirety didn’t work well for me, the reading process became quite heavy and slow, on the other hand, It also seems to me there’s a lot of this story that’s told and a lot of information is thrown at us without really seeing much action. It lacked the “do” factor and that surprise factor that I think the author knew how to give in her YA work. Even so, I can see why other readers might enjoy this plot especially due to its originality and new perspective on an already well-known trope.
This story focuses on a group of people who 10 years ago, while they were just teenagers, had been known to be The Chosen Ones, defeat a dangerous villain, and restore peace to the world. But today, in their thirties, each one of them lives a different reality, dealing with an empty life devoid of meaning where humanity already seems to have forgotten who they were and how much they had sacrificed for the world. This is a post-Chosen One’s plot, which shows the decline of a group of heroes, and issues of mental health and trauma are touched, as well as we see the characters struggling to continue with their lives.
I personally adored the idea as soon as I read the synopsis, I think this type of concept is something new that I’ve never seen done before, which it’s great, I really appreciate the author dares to give us something this original. So the plot idea itself is wonderful, and it has a lot of potentials, but I don’t think it was intelligently executed. I expected to find an intense plot from the gaze of some “once heroes” and I wanted to explore their minds and the consequences that had been left in them being the chosen ones to now be the forgotten ones. But I’m not sure what the author really wanted to do with this story, because instead of doing something intense and strongly human, she decided to go another way where I felt that the plot was all over the place, quite messy I would say. Has lots of nonsensical scenes that feel like filler in my opinion, which I hate.
The author’s approach to this book and mostly the way she chose to tell this story made me feel totally disconnected from what was happening and I honestly had to struggle to finish it.
I can say that I did enjoy the scenes from the past pretty much, I think it was in those scenes that the book really came to life and stopped being … sorry but … boring. There’s something of high impact and emotion in the past scenes that the present ones totally lack of and I understand that the present of the characters must be darker, but it was very difficult for me to connect with them as adults. Also, maybe this is a very personal opinion, but the voices of the characters as adults don’t differ much from them as teenagers, which I don’t think is a good thing since I expected some growth or a more mature voice. The characters sadly don’t stand out, and they all seemed pretty one-dimensional and forgettable to me.
I didn’t remember the author’s writing style being so slow, I swear there are about 200 pages of pure nothing, and that’s really draining when you’re waiting for something incredible to happen and come to save us, but no and it stays that way until the ending where I think it gets better and the story finally comes to life. It has a good solid ending, but that’s not enough to save the book and take it to another level.
I quite liked the world and there are descriptions that are very colorful, solid, and interesting, so of course, I want to highlight that. I also think the magic system, although very underdeveloped, was a good idea, quite original and interesting to explore.
It’s really a shame not to have been able to enjoy this book more, my expectations were high because I adore the chosen one trope, and even more, because the synopsis promises to make us see another side of the chosen ones & what happens in the life of this group of heroes when the world moves without them and they remain only as famous figures. The whole idea is great, but the execution was a miss for me, I still hope that many people can enjoy it if they read it.
Will I read the sequel? Not really. I’m not interested enough to read another book following the same characters, who honestly left me nothing, and I also don’t feel like experiencing this dense writing style again. I’m not going to recommend it because it wouldn’t be honest, but if you want to read it, I do think it has a great idea with a new concept that I think you could appreciate, it has an interesting world and a quite unique magic system.
Mara is a Legend, born with unmatched power. More than that, she is a Shadow: ruthless, feared, and lethal. But all of that changed when she became Kate and fell in love with a perfectly human life and the Legend that showed her how to live it: Kylan. After battling the Shadows and uncovering the memories they stole, she was free. Free to be with Kylan, his family, and the Rogue life they had chosen.
When a new human is brought into their lives, everything unravels. The family she has grown to love is thrown into chaos. Kate can’t save any of them. But Mara can.
As Mara steps back into her previous life as a Shadow, it fits a little too well. The longer she walks with danger, the more she sees in common with the Shadows she left than the Rogue she was pretending to be.
When her two worlds collide, Mara should be faced with a choice. But a greater evil awaits her, one with the power to shatter both worlds.
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I’m very grateful to the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review, as you always, you know that my thoughts are 100% my own.
I loved reading this sequel! I had an incredible time with it, and I didn’t really feel like I read 400 pages, because I flew through them, the author’s writing style is SO addictive and easy to read, that you just have to enjoy the story without interruptions because this sequel is “one sitting” read material. And I’m glad to say that I liked it, even a little more than the first book, which never happens to me… so it’s super positive. I love the writing style, it’s a sequel that gives a lot of info and doesn’t get in the “second book syndrome” at all,it’s a very easy and fluid book to read & of course, it has a very interesting plot of addictive fantasy/paranormal.
I think I managed to enjoy this book more than the first one because I already had a lot of information, so it was easier to get into this one and I had no trouble remembering the story, which is super positive too. As in the previous book, I think that the plot has a very powerful and well-thought-out transition into chapters, I love how what was happening was transmitted through the points of view, I think was something very unique. I really don’t want to talk too much about this because I think it’s more fun to just discover it yourself.
The plot itself is super interesting and engaging to follow, .I think it has a darker tone than the first book and the characters must face even more challenging obstacles that will push them at their mental, physical and emotional limits I also love how the fantastical aspects are used. I had mentioned in my review of the first book, that it has an X-Men vibe and I love that, I continue to hold that thought. The plot twists are really well-executed, and I think this time it has a more human touch and that somehow surpasses all paranormal aspects, which are still very good, just there’s a more important weight in other aspects that focus more on the human side of the main character.
Of course, as I already mentioned, the author’s style is great, but I want to emphasize above all, that I love how it combines some moments where the style feels super poetic with some when we can enjoy a more classic style and easy to read and all that does make it something very unique to read.
I think what made me like this sequel the most is that the author gave more depth and meaning to each character, even to those we didn’t know previously, I think they all have a clear objective and a more remarkable personality, which I appreciate because although it has a very rich plot in content and is highly entertaining, I think that having good and solid characters that accompany the story well, is super important.
I was expecting a little more from the ending, though, I must confess that after loving everything about the book and enjoying most of it, the ending seemed flat to me. Even so, I understand that the author wants to generate more questions and more intrigues and that I do like that, but I must be honest, I expected something even more shocking. I’m excited to continue reading this series, I hope there’s another book, but I’m almost certain that it is because of how this one ended.
I highly recommend this story, especially if you like superpowers, if you like plots full of action, but easy and fluid to read, I recommend it if you like there to be a marked growth in the characters and plot & especially if you want to read an addictive fantasy/paranormal plot from the get-go . We follow a very original story, so I know you won’t get bored reading it and honestly, I like it more and more, I think the author surpassed her first work with this sequel and shows that she will continue to create wonderful stories. I’m looking forward to the next book.
Super grateful to have the chance to meet such talented new authors, so I invite you to give it an opportunity to also support new authors and appreciate incredible stories that deserve more recognition,