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entertaining while it lasted
on 10 August 2013
Entertaining enough while it lasted. I liked the premise of the book and Jake, Emma and Will are all interesting characters. I think I could have really, really liked it if it hadn't compromised itself in so many ways. These may be personal likes and dislikes, but hey it's my review. Others may not be as bothered by some of this.
I liked that Emma was a strong female character. Unfortunately she spends about half the book injured in some fashion. And when injured she seemed to become completely disabled, which kind of negates all that awesome self-sufficient badassery. I liked that she was so protective of her son, Jake. Unfortunately Jake was practically a cardboard cut out for much of the book. He was the prop that gave her a reason to be hunted. He's important to the story. I would have liked it if he did more than sleep in the back seat for most of the book. I did really like Will. He seemed to accept all the supernatural mumbo-jumbo with amazing ease, which didn't seem very realistic. But I enjoyed his slow acceptance of his feelings and all of his self recriminations. Definitely an interesting addition, the question of 'do past bad deeds make you a present bad person?'
For much of the book the writing and dialogue is pretty good, but then at other times it gets really choppy. Mostly due to the overuse of names. How often do you really say someone's name when speaking to them? It begins to feel unnatural after a while.
The First half of the book is almost nothing but car chases and gun fights. I wouldn't have had a problem with that if the second half of the book had made up for it, but it didn't. The problem is that the romance just comes to fruition, you just figure out the prophecy, just figure out who is chasing them, just get started at just about everything and then the book just ends. Major, big time pet peeve right there. I can't even call this a cliffhanger since nothing really wraps up before the book ends. Of course I knew going in this wasn't a stand alone book. I can see the 'The Chosen, #1' right there in the title. But that doesn't mean it has to be without ending. The plot over the whole series looks like it could be an interesting one, but when considering just this one book on it's own it feels a bit unfinished.