- Paperback: 346 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1463692463
- ISBN-13: 978-1463692469
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 689 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chosen Paperback – September 13, 2011
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About the Author
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank has released over thirty novels and novellas and has sold over two million books. She writes mysteries with romance, humorous romance, light-hearted young adult romance, and urban fantasy. She lives in Blue Springs, Missouri with her three naughty dogs and six imaginative children. You can find out more about Denise at denisegroverswank.com.
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One or 2 reviews was very critical of the use of the F... words (F... and F...ing) which occur on average about 2 times per chapter. Contrary to the one review, they are not in front of the child that often and if you live in the real world, the phrases they are used with are actually very common (i.e. What the F...?). Although I do not use the word myself, it IS the way a large portion of the population speaks and and sounded perfectly natural in its use throughout the book.
As far as the story jumping back and forth between the thoughts of the main characters, each view DID contribute to the plot development and even more so to the character development.
There was a section of the book that did have quite a bit of sex involved (although not what I would consider graphic - much less so than a typical romance novel), but it was significant to the development of the characters and their relationship with each other as well as how it fit in with their past.
In summary, if you have grown up in a sheltered environment, do not read this book (it might offend your sensibilities). Likewise, I would not recommend it for pre-teens. However, if you don't mind a book that reflects realistic personalities, I highly recommend this read!
I just finished it and am now getting the next book in the series that I am looking forward to reading (thankfully it is already available so I don't have to wait).
>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the first in the Chosen series. The 4 book series is one continuous story, so no HEA in this book. Emma and her 5 year old son, Jake, have been on the run from what Jake describes as “bad people” for the last 3 years. Jake has some interesting psychic capabilities that seem to change as time passes. Emma accepts Jake’s abilities. They cross paths with Will, involving him in their flight. Will has a much harder time accepting Jake’s abilities, but eventually he is amazed by the boy.
>Will is hiding the fact he is hunting Emma, as a mercenary. He fights his attraction to her by overtly flirting and being a jerk. He isn’t a fan of children, but eventually cares for Jake. Emma is a mother, pushed to the edge. She is forced to protect her child against extreme conditions. She is very real in her actions and feelings. She isn’t automatically a Rambo-mom, but is afraid of what is happening to her.
>Jake is the character I understand the least. Sometimes he is Jake and sometimes he seems possessed. His knowledge helps move the story along, but he seems almost robotic and hard to connect with. As Emma, Will and Jake are chased across the country, the reader finally finds out who is chasing Emma and for what reason. Will and Emma are a couple now. Their bond is foreseen in an ancient prophesy. The meaning of the prophesy is unclear, as is the fate of Will, Jake and Emma.
>This book is appropriate for an adult audience. The sex scenes are tame, but there is a description of rape. I am giving this book 5 stars. There is a lot of action and a lot of backstory to go over, but not once did the story drag.