October Reading| Review| ‘Chosen Ones’ By Veronica Roth

I slipped back on my reading in October. I only managed to read one book in this entire month – I blame me, I got lazy and didn’t feel like reading these past 2 weeks. But boy oh boy, the one book that I read turned out to be quite the page turner. I randomly decided on the book ‘Chosen Ones’ after a little bit of Google searching. The premise of the book sounded promising enough for me to give the author a chance. Little did I know I was going to pleasantly surprised.

SYNOPSIS: A decade back, five children (Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther) were chosen to fight off the evil called ‘The Dark One’ who was terrorizing Earth by causing widespread havoc and death. According to a foretold prophecy one of these 5 children was ‘THE’ chosen one meant to beat The Dark One. Together, the five brought The Dark One down after years of battle and loss of lives. Now 10 years on, they have all moved on with their lives while still keeping their celebrity identity. While most people have forgotten the terrorizing past, it still haunts Sloane (one of the chosen five) as she struggles to deal with the past. When one of the five dies, the other four get together for his funeral only to realize that the battle they thought over a decade ago was still raging on.

WHAT I LIKED:

  • The story is a page turner – I didn’t want to put down the book once I started.
  • Very fast paced story line – the story line kept running ahead and didn’t get stuck at any place.
  • It felt like I was reading a story inside a story inside a story – since there were a couple of storylines in the book.
  • Well defined characters – all characters had shades of grey which made them very realistic.
  • Easy read – it wasn’t a taxing read or something that required a lot of brain work.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:

  • There were a lot of storylines picked up along the book that weren’t explored further or even had a significant impact on the plotline
  • The ending was quite abrupt. I get that the sequel will pick from where the story left & the author was trying to build suspense but it just felt like an odd ending to a whole book.

YAY or NAY: A definite YAY. Its been a while since I read a book that had me so hooked. The story line was intriguing and I was reading fantasy fiction after a while – so I was gripped! If you like reading fast paced, fantasy fiction – definitely give this book a try!

NOVEMBER READING LIST – As on now I am reading ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett. Next after that is ‘The Seven Sisters’ by Lucinda Riley at the recommendation of fellow blogger, Lani!

Definitely let me know if you have any recommendations (especially if you have any short stories recommendation) for me – I’m hoping to read more in November. ❤

Take care!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. chocolatesandfeelings says:

    Hey you wrote a really nice review without revealing anything which movie trailers do these days lol. The help is amazing read and i loved the movie too. I’m sure you will love it too. Another book i will recommend is The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Happy reading!

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    1. My thoughts exactly. She was careful not to include spoilers in her review. Good job👌.

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      1. Happy Panda says:

        Thank you ♥️

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      2. You’re welcome.

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    2. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you so much! ♥️

      I’ve seen the movie in bits and pieces so I’m really excited about reading the book.

      Ooh, I started reading that in school but never got to finishing it. I’m definitely going to read that next. Thanks for the recommendation/reminder. 😊

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  2. For a collection of short stories, I’ll recommend ‘The Thing around your Neck’ by C. N. Adichie.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you so much! I was looking for a good short story collection recommendation. Adding it to be TBR list. ♥️

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  3. At least you finished one! It’s something. And it does sound like a good read. Kind of reminds me of Harry Potter a little bit, with the chosen one defeating the dark powers. Enjoy your new read! Thank you for the lovely review.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      OMG, I literally picked up the book because I thought it sounds like Harry Potter! Thank you. I hope I’m able to read more this month. ♥️

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  4. These books look really good thankyou! 🙂

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