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Chosen (Anna Strong, Vampire Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeanne C. Stein

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Not a Favorite 1 Sep 2010
By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read the first ANNA STRONG novel, The Becoming, some time ago and didn't like it. Because of this, I haven't kept up with the series. When I received a review copy of Chosen, however, I was curious. Now that I've read it, I will say that Chosen is superior to The Becoming, but that this series will probably never be one of my favorites.

Anna Strong is approaching the first anniversary of her transformation into a vampire. Rumor says she's the Chosen One, and according to legend, the Chosen One's powers will fully manifest on that anniversary. Needless to say, Anna is a little freaked out when she does start developing new traits, such as an ability to sniff out "evil" followed by the overwhelming urge to kill the person she has identified as evil. Then an attempt is made on her life, which doesn't do much to assuage her worries.

She dispatches the assassin, though, and then has sex with her boyfriend Lance at the scene of the fight. Lance is a fellow vampire who is also a male model and the scion of an old, wealthy family. Anna is smitten with him, and in the early chapters of Chosen, they have sex... a lot. The sex may pose a problem to some readers, not because it's there but because of the way it's handled. The *frequency* of the sex scenes is consistent with an erotic novel, but the *style* of these scenes is not. There's very little description of the buildup of tension, of foreplay, or even of the act itself; the scenes are brief and sort of come out of nowhere. So, readers who aren't looking for an erotic novel may get sick of the sex interrupting the plot, while readers who are looking for an erotic novel will probably find these scenes lacking in sensuality. Indeed, there's much more sexual *tension* between Anna and an ex-boyfriend who is only a platonic pal in this installment.

Things pick up when Lance is compelled to introduce Anna to his sinister sire, Julian Underwood. Underwood has teamed up with an old enemy of Anna's, Warren Williams, to try and force her into accepting her role as the Chosen One. This leads into a suspenseful plot filled with action and backstabbing. There are a few glitches here, particularly one scene in which Anna really should have caught on to someone acting suspiciously and didn't, but for the most part the plot works. I enjoyed the poignant scene where Anna has to kill someone she once cared about, and her flash of insight about why she in particular would make a good leader of vampires.

So, in the end Chosen held my attention and had some high points, but my experience was marred by the rocky early chapters in which there's simply too much sex, too often. The series has improved but still doesn't really stand out in the overcrowded vampire field.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong urban fantasy 2 Sep 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Her first year since the change is coming and Anna Strong has adjusted to becoming a vampire though she does not like it. Instead, Anna tries to cling to whatever humanity is left even as her vampiric needs are starting to supersede all else. She fears the legend that she is the Chosen One as she just wants to go back to being a human bounty hunter.

Anna and her boyfriend Lance travel to Palm Springs. There a dangerous adversary attacks her. She survives and assumes her archenemy Warren Williams assaulted her. However, she will soon learn there are even deadlier foes under the sun as Lance's creator Julian Underwood believes Anna is the Chosen One and hence has plans to use her for his own benefit.

Chosen, the latest Strong urban fantasy (see Retribution and Legacy) is an action packed thriller from the onset and never takes a breather as Jeanne C. Stein puts her heroine through a harrowing gauntlet. Anna takes some nasty shots emotionally and physically as she begins to comprehend how treacherous being the Chosen One can be when you're even unsure of your friends. This is a great entry in a strong series.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites in this series so far! 25 Oct 2010
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anna Strong, vampire and bounty hunter, is about to reach the one year anniversary of being a vampire. Legend says that she is the Chosen One. However, she refuses to believe it. After all, what is so special about her that she would be deemed the Chosen One? She is trying to live her life as a human, maintain a relationship with her parents and adopted niece from afar, and she continues to work a human job as a bounty hunter with her partner, David. While on a job with David, she senses an evil in a human so great it is overwhelming. It's a feeling she's never had before. In this book, Anna and her vampire boyfriend, Lance visit Lance's home in Palm Springs and there at a get together she meets his sire, Julian Underwood. Again, she senses an evil in him so strongly, she wants to either run away as fast as she can or stay and kill him. A new power is developing. Is she really the Chosen?

I was very much surprised by the outcome of some major characters in this new entry in the Anna Strong Chronicles. In particular, the character, Warren Williams, who has been in all the books, and has told Anna from the beginning that she is The Chosen. He has wanted to train her and teach her all along about her destiny but she has refused to accept that she will be the one to unite all the vampires and provide direction for their future. She doesn't think she's special enough. She just wants to live her life as humanly as possible.

Chosen had a very surprising mystery, one I never saw coming. Anna continues to accept that she is Vampire. But the Chosen One, not so much. I was somewhat shocked by a turn of events in this sixth book, but I did understand the outcome. She had been deceived by someone she trusted and once that trust was shattered, there was no remorse in her actions. I have read all the books in this series, and I must say this was one of my favorites.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turning Point in the Series 30 Sep 2010
By A Book Obsession.. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book caught me completely off guard. Anna's relationship with Lance was really stepped up a major notch. While she never admits it, she is head over heels in love with him, something she never has been with anyone before. I really never saw her truly loving someone because she has such major trust issues. However, for at least a little while she let herself trust him just a little, which put her at a major risk. I do like this vulnerability, as she normally comes off as a closed off unfeeling person. Sometimes strength can be taken too far, so this "softer" side was really nice to see.

Her past experiences are to blame for her trust issues, and unfortunately she is right to not trust most of the people in her life. It seems everyone wants to use her since she is the chosen one. Throughout the book she is still in denial about the prophecy and her need to step up and take control of her duties. I imagine it is was hard enough to handle being changed unwillingly into a vampire, but at some point she just has to give in and accept who and what she is.

I find it very frustrating that she hasn't told David what she is. I love their working relationship, and it is really suffering because she constantly has to hide things from him and is always disappearing. I really think he could handle the truth, and would go a long way towards fixing their friendship. Considering he always seems to be the one everyone targets to hurt her, she really needs to tell him the truth.

Although my review may seem more frustrated than anything, I really did enjoy the book. So much happened in this book that I loved, but I can't talk about without completely spoiling it. So many questions were answered that have been building throughout the series. The twists in this book and the fallout from those events should make the next book really interesting. It definitely lived up to its predecessors, and I can't wait for the next book.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series by far 2 Sep 2010
By Eldon Snippet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you haven't read any Anna Strong adventures, it is a good idea, but not mandatory, to start with book one, "The Becoming". Then you will have a chance to grow as the series grows.
The series has become progressively better with each book, with book six, "Chosen" being the best of a good bunch. Jeanne Stein is a writer whose books move with great pacing. They are NEVER dull and never confusing. She has a good sense of what her vampires can and cannot do and that good sense extends to all her fantasy characters.
The character of Anna Strong is very well developed and you can't help pulling for her in the situations in which she finds herself. Anna is a person (vampire) with a good heart, wonderful intentions and absolutely no finesse, and this great character handles situations in a way that many of us wish we dared. She kicks butt!
"Chosen" has some major plot twists that will catch most readers unawares. These plot twists are well thought out and when the book is finished, you will be happy that things worked out the way they did. Ms. Stein also has a wonderful way of bringing a book, even a book in a series, to a satisfying conclusion.
May this series continue for years and many more books!
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