I am normally not a big fan of YA, but when I'd received my copy of "The Chosen", I decided to put away my preconceived notions and read it with an open mind.
I am glad to say that this book managed to dampen my preconceived notions that I have about YA.
I found the plotting to be very smooth, the writing strong and the pacing fast. Most importantly, I found that Andrea didn't talk down to me. I know that sounds strange, but I believe it's very important for a writer not to talk down to a reader, no matter what the age.
As for the story itself, I found it be a quick read and it kept my attention all the way to the end in one sitting. I found it to be very good fantasy that had just the right balance of action that wouldn't turn off a reader or a parent.
If you have a child or young adult, I highly recommend this fantasy for them. If you don't have children, I still higly recomment this fantasy, as it is a very nicy intro to the genre.
I read this with an eye towards my youngest daughter enjoying it. She's 10, but a bit ahead of the reading curve. It was written with plenty of action, which she'd like. The descriptions gave you a good feel for the world the author has built.
For younger fans of fantasy (I would say 3rd to 5th grade), it should be a big hit.
I would recommend this book for middle-grade readers just getting started in the fantasy genre, video game fans, and fans of plot-driven works. The book also contains lots of elements of video games---potions, quests, professions, etc.---that would resonate with video game fans.
The plot of this book moves along quickly, making it ideal for a young independent reader or a parent reading the book chapter-by-chapter to a child before bed. Almost right away, Queen Laurali of the Elves makes it clear that Halli, an 18-year-old dwarf, will play an important role in the story. She sends a messenger for the five other important characters while going to pick up Halli herself before setting off to defeat the evil ruler. And just like that, before we even settle in, the quest has begun.
I enjoy fantasy novels, but I'm often frustrated by being bogged down by too much detail. That said, in this story I was disappointed by the lack of detail. While the plot of this story is inherently engaging, the fairy-tale style of the story left it vulnerable to "telling" rather than "showing." With almost no description in the first chapter, I was left to rely on stereotypes and my imagination to picture the elf and the dwarf. But there were plenty of opportunities for more detail. For instance, I would be interested in learning what Halli's experiences in school were like. What happens at a dwarf school? I wasn't told until the very end. We are also told that Halli has been quite shy her whole life, yet has been demonstrating the qualities of a Holy Paladin for years. I would have liked to see these traits in action, rather than rely on other characters to tell me they are so. The dwarf is also called "beautiful," but we are never given a crystal clear description of her.Read more ›
I had the pleasure to read Andrea Buginsky. The story is a charming tale of a young gal who discovers she is a paladin healer and has a huge responsibility and accept being part of the chosen to save their kingdom. It was a fun adventure learning how the chosen learn to work together and support each other in training and on the journey to their assigned task by the queen. I so wanted more details on the characters and hope Ms. Buginsky provides more in the second story with The Chosen. I recommend this short read. WB
I first want to say that I received a copy of The Chosen by the author in exchange for honest review.
I first want to say that I loved this book. I loved the way it was written and the way it caught my attention right when I started the book. It was one that couldn't put down and when I had to I couldn't wait to get back in it. I loved that had a steady pace to it. I love that it was easy to read. Some fantasy novels can be long and over drawn, but this was the perfect length. It wasn't to long or to short, it was perfect. I can't wait until I get my hands on the next book.
I loved how at the beginning of the story you know who the main character and how important she is. I love how this novel also has a positive role model for young adult women. It shows them to be confident in their abilities and to reach for more.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good fantasy to read.
This is a magical story for children of all ages. The chosen have been selected by Queen Laurali of the elves to defeat Price Gastle and bring back his staff and crown. Five of the group know each other well and trust in their abilities to defeat the foe. The queen, however, does the unexpected by personally selecting Dwarf Halli as their Holy Paladin. She is a young, shy creature who is not even aware of her ability to heal when chosen. Halli gains confidence in her abilities and the group grows to respect and trust her as the story progresses. You will need to read the story yourself to see if the group is successful in completing their quest. Andrea Buginsky does a nice job describing the fantasy characters and for this reason I am rating it five stars. Review completed by Gary Peterson, author of The Old Miller Place and Return to Painter's Island.