Review: Chosen by Jennifer Ortiz
ABOUT THE BOOK: Cal Reynolds has always been special. He comes from a long line of Hunters – a group of humans gifted with exceptional strength, speed, and magical ability. The Hunters’ purpose is to protect the world from demons from the Underworld. But even among this select group, Cal stands out.
When his strained relationship with his father causes Cal to leave the Hunters, a series of events is set in motion that causes him to discover secrets about himself, his family, and his future that he could never have imagined. In the midst of trying to decipher the pieces left from this chaos, Cal reconnects with Gabrielle Morgan, the only girl he’s ever loved, after a nearly seven year estrangement.
But Cal is Chosen – and that has far reaching ramifications, not only on himself but on those he loves as well. When Cal is faced with the ultimate deception, he begins to realize that he will need to choose where his loyalties, and his love, lie…and the seduction of darkness is almost overwhelmingly alluring…
REVIEW: Chosen is a story about a young man named Cal who has to make his way through life as a Hunter. A Hunter is exactly what the name entails. He hunts wild, living, outrageously powerful monsters who no one else can. Lie after lie, the people that he thought he could trust the most are keeping secrets from him. He makes a rash decision to join a force who does not abide by the Hunter’s code. Her name is Simone. Through an unbearable time in Cal’s life, he creates a friendship with Simone that is not entirely founded on trust, but rather respect. He is left wondering how many people know more about him then they are letting him believe? How can he find the answers that he seeks about his family and his purpose?
My favorite character in this story is Simone. She is honest, brutal, beautiful and respects Cal. Her friendship means a lot to Cal and is reciprocated with a relationship of sorts. After a falling out, they find their way back to each other. Honesty is the truest form of friendship in this book since truth seems hard to find. My least favorite character are Steven and Isaiah. In my opinion, both characters lacked something. The author has made wonderful, complex characters that convey emotion well. I was captivated and drawn into the story after Cal realized that he wanted something more than to remain with the other Hunters.
I recommend this novel because it was an interesting read. This book would probably be considered Fantasy/Paranormal since it does embrace different types of monsters, angels, demons, shamans and possession. There is explicit language, violence and sexual content within these pages; therefore, I would say that it targets an adult audience. I have rated this story with five stars due to the creativity. It is well-written and in Cal’s point of view. I am interested to wait and find out what the second of this series holds since there is a slight cliff-hanger. It leaves you satisfied but still a desire to read more about Cal’s new adventures as a super-hero.
Author of New Adult paranormal romance and New Adult contemporary romance.
I love the color purple. I believe in boys with big hearts and smart mouths and the girls who love them. Life and love isn’t always easy or happy but I still believe in Happy Ever After.