Friday, 23 August 2013

Chosen (The Chosen #1) by Denise Grover Swank

Chosen (The Chosen #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma's never needed help before. And even though she's learned to trust her son, it doesn't mean she trusts Will. Mercenary Will Davenport lives in the moment. Hauling Emma to South Dakota should have been an easy job, but his employer neglected to tell him about Emma's freaky son and the gunmen hot on her trail. Instinct tells him this job is trouble, but nothing can prepare him for Jake's proclamation that Will is The Chosen One, who must protect Emma from the men hunting her power. A power she doesn't know she has. Will protects Emma and Jake on a cross-country chase from the men pursuing them, while struggling with memories from his past, his apprehension of Jake, and his growing attraction to Emma. Will's overwhelming urge to protect Emma surprises him, especially since it has nothing to do with his paycheck and possibly everything to do with the tattoo Jake branded on his arm. Rich and powerful men are desperate to capture Emma, and Will must discover why before it's too late.

Chosen by Denise Grover Swank

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Twenty-something Emma is always on the run. Her 5-year-old son Jake can see the future, and he always tells her when the ‘bad men’ are coming, and they have to leave town.

This time, Emma and Jake have only been in town for 3 weeks when he says that the bad men are coming, and Emma hurriedly packs up their stuff and prepares to leave, when she suddenly gets help from an unexpected person.

Will is also staying at the motel where Emma is staying, and he offers to go with her and help her, especially when her car gets a flat tyre and she urgently needs transport.
Can Emma and Jake continue to evade the ‘bad men’? How is Jake able to see the future? And can they trust Will with their lives?

This was an okay suspense/mystery novel, with a bit of the paranormal thrown in.

Emma was a woman who obviously would do anything for her son, and never questioned him when he told her that people were after them and they needed to leave. She obviously loved him dearly, and gave up literally everything to keep him safe. It was unfortunate that they had ended up in the situation that they were in, and I felt really sorry for Emma and the panic she felt every time they were being followed again.

The storyline in this book was okay, although I wasn’t really expecting the paranormal element. Jake’s behaviour actually started to get a bit creepy at times, and I wasn’t expecting what happened to him to happen, which was actually quite sad. I suppose it remains to be seen in future books what will become of him though.

There was a bit of romance between Emma and Will, but I think this was mainly in the interest of other points in the plot rather than this being a major part of the book.
There seemed to be quite a few different bad guys in this, as well as a couple of odd-sounding prophecies, so there was quite a lot going on.
The ending didn’t tie up many things at all really, it was very obvious that this was just the first part of the story, and we didn’t really get many answers at all. At the moment I don’t think I’ll continue with the series though, as this was only okay for me.
Overall; an okay suspense/mystery story, with a bit of the paranormal too.
6.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I hate when an ending doesn't tie up anything in a book.