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Title: The Chosen
Author: Aurora Grace
Series: The Descendants, #1
Hero/Heroine: Elizabeth Summers and Ian Knight
Genre: M/F Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Length: 260 pages
Release Date: October 7, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: The stage is set for the ultimate battle between good and evil.
When Elizabeth Summers jams on the brakes to avoid knocking into a man standing in the middle of the road, she is thrown into a world of angels, demons, and gods. A world where a shadow organization, the Elect, will stop at nothing to get her.
There’s no one she can turn to but Ian Knight. He has saved her once, and he promises to protect her.
But Ian is part of the Elect, one of their very best.
Will he give up all he has ever known and all that he’s been taught for Elizabeth? And with enemies in two separate realms, will Elizabeth and Ian ever be safe?
Elizabeth Summers is an exceptional young woman. She survives a horrendous car crash, and supernatural creatures show up to both protect and harm her. Not only that but a handsome, stranger shows up to help save her. She comes from a wealthy family, and has a great relationship with her father, mother, and brother.
Those supernatural creatures take a sudden and intense interest in her life. Her Knight in shining armor sweeps in to rescue her. A whirlwind of quick escapes, near misses, providential meetings, and help from strangers over the next couple of days follow Elizabeth and Ian while they search for answers and safety.
Elizabeth’s exceptionality is further exhibited through their flight. She rolls through a series of revelations which would stun most people. Ian is inextricably tied up in these revelations and he too seems to walk through them with little more than surprise. These two young adults face their lives turned inside out and upside down with a stoicism beyond their years. The final chapter of the book moves so quickly through significant changes that I had to read it twice.
The romance is definitely a slow burn and, a first love, but the romance really comes secondary in this story.
The paranormal mythology feels fresh compared to the oversaturation of vamps, weres, gods, and fairies in the paranormal field. It’s also Christian-friendly which might appeal to an audience put off by the dark trend in paranormal fantasy.
Elizabeth is exceptional in other ways too. She graduated from college at 14 years old, and at eighteen years old, she works for her parents’ corporation, has an investment portfolio and a trust fund. I like the fantasy genre I do, and I have a healthy imagination. I can suspend disbelief with the best of them but Elizabeth seems a bit much.. Or at least hard to identify with.
A stumbling block I had in the reading were occasional—I mean occasion, turns of phrase which took me out of the narrative such as “getting thrown around like a seal caught between two whales.” Also, Ian Knight is a little too obvious a name.
One other thing I like about the story, is bad guy Gedeon. He seems intelligent and like he doesn’t take everything too seriously and he seems to have a sense of humor.
In the end, we don’t come any closer to finding out what is so special about Elizabeth Summers, and given the title of the book *spoiler* does not refer to her, I am left really wondering where the rest of the series will go. I will be picking up book 2 of The Descendants.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*