- File Size: 1268 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publication Date: December 13, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009JYT3B0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jael just found out that instead of a first date for her sixteenth birthday, she's going to come into her full potential as a vampire slayer. Well, that explains a lot of her life growing up always moving around and always "training" in bizarre workouts that prepared her for dangers no ordinary person would dream of.
I love teen lit, but don't usually go in for paranormal. Twilight was totally NOT my thing, but this…. is exciting and fun! Brink's writing is strong, with no wasted words and lots of authentic personality. I liked the heroine, Jael, and look forward to seeing how this series plays out. I usually start with an ebook, and if I really like it, I'll get the paperback. I'll be ordering the whole trilogy in paperback now.
Though I am not the target audience, I work with teens all the time, and I know they'd find all the characters very relatable, the humor just right, and the action….well, awesome. Jael's got moves! As a martial arts person myself, I appreciated her prowess. I also appreciated Brink's ability to describe vampire slaying battles without all kinds of gore or foul language. It takes talent to build suspense--and even moments of romance--without resorting to gratuitously explicit scenes.
Also, with the word "Amish" in the title, readers shouldn't be surprised at the mention of God and the Bible in a positive light. Religion is not a main theme, nor is there anything preachy about how it is used, but it is inextricably connected to key characters. Jael's parents were raised Amish, but left the community long ago in order to protect their daughter from the vampires there. Their deep faith shows up, though, as she prepares for the most dangerous battle of her life. It's poignant and heartfelt. For me, that was a plus.
This'll be in my Top 10 reads for the year easy!
I loved dialog like: "Instead of a sweet sixteen party and a possible first kiss, I get a big sendoff to kill vamps?" Imagine the struggles of fitting in at school when you've got killer skills and a good reason to use them! When my own daughter was a teenager, I enjoyed watching Buffy slay vampires while we safely ate a bowl of popcorn. Now I've found a well-written novel that takes the vampire slayer theme into a new direction. Jael learns quickly that being a teenager is easier than being a slayer. Recommended to all Buffy fans.
Jael, named for the Old Testament slayer of Sisera, is a normal fifteen-year-old girl. At least, she wishes she was normal. But coming from an unsocial family living 30 miles into the dessert, she’s often teased about hiding out in a commune with lots of sister-wives. And none of the other girls she knows train three hours a night in martial arts. But one of her classmates, an Indian named Shadow with unusual skills, knows what she is. He learns before she does, and he puts out an alert that she’s been found. For Jael, though she doesn’t know it yet, was born to slay vampires.
I don’t normally read vampire novels, but Amish bloodsuckers? I had to find out. And the combination is certainly unusual. Jael’s parents have fled from an Amish community where bloodsuckers have taken over positions of authority.
I like that vampires are portrayed as evil. And I liked the unobtrusive statements of faith worked in a quiet odd moments. “Faith is never plain or simple, despite the life we came from and once knew. It’s a daily ritual of taking self and sacrificing it on the alter of obedience—trusting that the Creator knows what we need more than we do.” Good thoughts, though I’ve never seen them combined with slaying vampires before. It made me laugh, but it actually works in the story.
Despite Jael’s Amish background, the book isn’t really about religion. It’s about kicking vampire butt. And it was a pretty entertaining read. And pretty innocent. Not gory, but high action, no language, with a mild romantic element, though date rape is mentioned. However, one question did sort of bother me though the whole book. What’s the connection between the vampires and the Amish? True, they aren’t particular about their victims, but I never understood the reason they take over the Amish community and nowhere else. Because the Chosen One comes from the Amish line, I assume? If it gave a solid reason, I missed it.
Chosen is unique, clean, and appropriate for age 14+. I dare you to read it and not purchase the next one.