Friday, November 8, 2013

Unchosen Review & Giveaway

Title: Unchosen

Author: Michelle Vail


Series: The Reaper Diaries #2

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Publish Date: October 29, 2013

Publisher: A Freeman Publication

Length: 195 pages

Format: ebook, paperback

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DescriptionI thought the worst of my reaper training was behind me… turns out I was wrong. Dead wrong. 

Molly Bartolucci has done a lot of growing up but after being accused of using illegal magic at her school for necromancers, reaper-in-training Molly is treading lightly. As the destined leader of Anubis’s Chosen, she needs to study hard, train harder, and stay out of trouble. 

Uh, right. 

It doesn’t help that she’s feeling more than academic about her melt-your-bones hot reaping instructor, Rath. And if her relationship drama isn’t enough to drive her over the edge, she has to deal with mother issues, nosy little sisters, suspicious friends, and an unnamed force stalking her at school. 

Then her family is attacked, and her bio-dad ends up comatose in the hospital. Now, Molly has to uncover who’s trying to hurt her loved ones—and all without the help of Anubis. I thought the worst of my reaper training was behind me… turns out I was wrong. Dead wrong. 

Molly Bartolucci has done a lot of growing up but after being accused of using illegal magic at her school for necromancers, reaper-in-training Molly is treading lightly. As the destined leader of Anubis’s Chosen, she needs to study hard, train harder, and stay out of trouble. 

My Review: Reapers and necromancers have always fascinated me so I was very excited to read this book. It did not disappoint. The book moves swiftly and kept me wanting to find out what happened next.

Molly is a very strong 16 year old girl who is a reaper and zombie maker. Many things are a mystery  about Molly, her situation, and her family, even to Molly. Unchosen follows Molly as she attempts to navigate her way through these mysteries and discover the truth.

The book starts off with Molly being accused of illegally using a "soul box." I loved this scene because I really liked the lawyer, Rosie Knowles.

“When asked if she had used the soul box,” said Dr. Riverton in his slow-as- molasses tone, “Molly nodded.”
“Oh? Maybe she did. Maybe she didn’t. Maybe her neck itched, or she tilted

her head. Since she didn’t give a verbal response, it’s not relevant.” 

I really liked that ghouls and zombies were also used in this book, not just reapers. I think Henry, the ghoul, and Jon Lemons, the zombie definitely adding an extra element to the story. Henry was probably my favorite character because of his dry humor and loyalty to Molly.

Molly's Reaper Diary entries between chapters are fascinating to read because they provide further insight onto the world of reapers and how they act.

"I don’t think you can organize life. Life has too much uncertainty to be controlled even on the most basic of levels. And that’s life, and not death. Death is, like, triple the chaos of life. At least from the reaper perspective." 

I also liked to read about Molly's dreams because they acted as a way for both the reader and Molly to understand what is going on... Also because they usually involve Rath and I like him :)

“You need to be strong on your own. Don’t rely on anyone, Molly, not even me.” 

I was very surprised at the ending but excited at the same time. I think with the way that it ended, with a cliffhanger of course, it left the story wide open for book #3 coming next year. I also think the ending was in no way predictable, at least I didn't see it coming.

Overall Opinion: I am looking forward to the third book in this trilogy. I think that reading the first book, while not a necessity, should be done just so you have all the information and the facts and events are not confusing. I love reapers and think that the portrayal of them in this book was very well executed. I want this to become a movie. I give Unchosen 4 stakes and I really want to see how Molly deals with the new developments in her life. Also I want more of Molly and Rath.

Get to Know the AuthorMichele Vail is the author of The Reaper Diaries, a young adult paranormal series set in the modern world with a zombie twist. The stories center on 16-year-old Molly Bartolucci, a reaper-in-training who's learning to deal with love, destiny, and death.
Michele Vail is the pen name of national bestselling paranormal romance author Michele Bardsley (who also writes thriller mysteries under Michele Freeman). The Reaper Diaries consist of three books: UndeadlyUnchosen, and Unbroken

Author Linkswww.michelevail.com 

Where to Get Your CopyAmazon

Suggestions: I strongly suggest the first book in this trilogy, Undeadly, to gain understanding of the characters and backstory. Also I think there could be some confusion and some things won't hold much meaning to you.

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