Title: The Chosen
Author: Theresa Meyers
Genre: Paranormal Steampunk Romance
Series: The Legend Chronicles (Book 3)
Publication Date: May 5, 2013
Format: Paperback, 388 Pages
ISBN-10: 142012126X (Zebra/Kensington)
ISBN-13: 978-1420121261 (Zebra/Kensington)
Reviewed by: Shirene
The Chosen: a prophecy older than dirt and more dangerous than death. Even as they perfected steam-powered gadgetry and rounded up varmints from Hell, the Jackson brothers didn’t believe in it. But when the chips are down, three brothers named for weapons aren’t going out without a fight…
A Walk On The Wild Side
Attorney by day, demon-hunter by night, Remington Jackson is used to being on the sunny side of the law, even in the Wild West. But it’s showdown time, and Remy and his brothers are getting desperate. They don’t have the relic they need to slam the door shut on evil—so Remy is going to have to find and steal part of it.
Enter China McGee, shapeshifter, thief, beauty, and current prisoner. When Remy offers her freedom in exchange for a little light-fingered help, she’s pretty sure she’s going to end the association with a good old-fashioned seductive double cross. But there’s something about fighting through a jungle full of Mayan ruins that makes you want to settle down together. China could change. Remy might be special. But none of that matters if the devil takes them all…
Quick & Dirty: Remington is a hero that you long to have at your side during a quest and China is a girl that you don’t mess with if you expect to remain in one piece.
Opening Sentence: “What can I do for you, stranger?”
Confession time, this is my first steampunk novel. I was unsure how to even approach this book and wanted to give it every bit of attention that I felt a new genre deserved. So in order to ensure that, I gave this book my full attention which means I didn’t start, continue or finish another book while reading The Chosen.
Unfortunately, I got stuck about half way through the book and put it down for a full week. This isn’t the fault of the story, characters or plot but my own life getting in the way of “Reading Time”. However, I do think there are a few things that niggled me about this book and let me tell you about them.
The combination of paranormal and steampunk seem to be a very unique concept to me and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It is hard to wrap your head around the late 1880’s and have vampires, demons and shifters as a part of the story. Then you add in mechanical horses, flying ships and blasters and I’m a bit confused as to what world I’m supposed to be inhabiting. This combination, for me, kept bringing me out of the story and not drawing me deeper into it and that is a shame because I think the idea is amazing. The story just seemed to not be committed to the premise and that continued to pull at the logical side of my brain rather than letting my creative side have fun with the story.
In addition, this is a story that must be read as part of the series. I was given The Chosen to read and it is not a stand alone. I kept questioning what was happening to the other brothers which you would know if you had read books 1 & 2. Now this is not the fault of the author or the story but did lead to a story that had issues for me since I only read this book on its own.
Now you must be wondering about our main characters, Remington “Remy” Jackson and China McGee. I adored Remy. He was wonderfully executed and I would take that man home to meet the parents any day. He is charming but isn’t afraid to take a step back and look at a problem logically and that is sexy as anything you will ever see in a hero.
Throughout the book, China and I didn’t see eye to eye in part because she kept shifting to different shapes and I was never sure if she was going to fight for good or give into the past. A little of this waffling is to be expected but there seemed to be an excessive amount. Her past with Colt also was a bit problematic for me. I can understand having a crush on Colt but she kept saying she was in love with him.
One final note, there is a lot of sexual tension between Remy and China and we finally see them succumb to their passion but it was over way too quick for me. I don’t know, maybe I’m quibbling with this point but if you are going to write that scene I would have made it a bit longer.
So my final thoughts on this book is that it needs to be read in the order the author intended and I believe you will enjoy it. I will look forward to reading another book by Ms. Meyers in the future.
“You’re an intelligent woman. Why don’t you tell me?”
Her soft pink tongue nervously slicked a trail over her bottom lip. “I think it’s better if you just stop this right now, Jackson. We ain’t fit for one another. You’re a Hunter, I’m a —”
“I know exactly what I am, and what you are,” he growled. “That doesn’t change a damn thing. Neither does the fact that you were with Colt. Are we clear?”
He fit his mouth over hers, hot and intense. The scrape of his teach agains her bottom lip nearly lifted China up off the floor. Muscle memory flooded back, and her body went from stiff and annoyed to pliable and needy in mere heartbeats.
In a single, mind-bending kiss, he was able to reach in, take her heart, and twist it inside out.
The Legend Chronicles Series:
1. The Hunter
2. The Slayer
2.5 The Inventor
3. The Chosen
FTC Advisory: Zebra/Kensington provided me with a copy of The Chosen. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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