Started reading: March 5th 2017
Finished the book: March 13th 2017
Published: January 27th 2017
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough reviews
Chosen have walked the earth for time immemorial - they have survived by scrupulously hiding their magic to blend in. Tasia Armstrong is a very special Chosen. Forced by circumstances to conceal her powers from her brethren, she makes a fateful decision one night to assist an injured Shape-shifter. Suddenly, Tasia finds herself forced out of the shadows, an unwitting pawn in the ongoing skirmish between rogue Shifters encroaching on Pack turf and the local Shape-shifter Pack led by a formidable and dangerous Alpha Protector. Thrown into the deep end, Tasia must learn to cohabit with the volatile and aggressive Shifters while grappling to deal with the enigmatic Alpha who holds his fractious Pack together with a ruthless hand on the reins.
I'm so so so surprised by this book. Mainly because it has very little readers on Goodreads. I wasn't really sure what I was getting into, when Petra Landon asked me to read the book. It took me some time to get into, but I loved it! I'll tell you why.
- Language choice: I truly loved the way this book was written. I learned SO MUCH new English words. It was written beautifully and described so well. The words that were used added a lot of depth to the story. There were so much words that you don't see that often in a book and it was great to read a book with a different feel to it. (So happy with my Kindle Dictionary, since English is not my native language)
- Lot of mystery: The book starts with a lot of mystery and also ends with a lot of mystery. This really makes me want to read the second book, to get me some answers. The ending is great, because Tasia is at the brink of solving the mystery, but there are still a lot of questions.
- Amazing worldbuilding: The Council, Shifters, Leeches, Guardians, Wizards, Humans.. YEAH! It's so well thought through. There were no loose ends in the world building what so ever. This is by far the strongest part about this book. I believed every part of it.
- Characters: Can't end this list of pro's without saying something about the characters. The characters have so much depth because of the rich conversations they have together. Tasia is great, but the Alpha Protector stole my heart. He is so passionate :)
- Felt slow at some points: I would understand if people think this book is a slow read. It could have had more action for me at some parts. The rescues when there was "danger" were so quick, so it never really felt like "danger". The action scenes were short and followed by long conversations. I didn't mind that much, but I would've loved a bit more muscles, fighting and magic spells.
- Too much exclamation marks: I have a thing with exclamation marks. I enjoy reading sentences when those are really shouted or if someone is shocked beyond believe. From my point of view, a lot of sentences in this book did not need a exclamation mark. It's a little remark from my side, but it just annoyed me sometimes, yep sorry.
We can welcome Petra Landon to the writer's world with a big bow. Great worldbuilding and amazing characters. I truly enjoyed this book. Loved the Pride and Prejudice references. Can't wait for the second part to get me some answers.
What is the best debut novel you've read so far?