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Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that's perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen. For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice. The first was when her childhood crush, Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that's perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen. For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice. The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister. The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters. Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse. When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner. The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found. But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world. Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.


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Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that's perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen. For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice. The first was when her childhood crush, Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that's perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen. For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice. The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister. The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters. Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse. When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner. The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found. But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world. Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.

30 review for Unchosen

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    This is very much the type of book you devour in one sitting. I couldn't put it down, and I found the usage of "zombies" unlike anything I have ever read previously. The ending confused me a bit regarding the dropping of certain plot points, but perhaps this will be turned into a series, and more answers will be given then? Either way, this book is gorgeous, inside and out, and has a wonderfully cinematic feel to it. I wouldn't be surprised to see this one turned into a Netflix show! *Many thanks This is very much the type of book you devour in one sitting. I couldn't put it down, and I found the usage of "zombies" unlike anything I have ever read previously. The ending confused me a bit regarding the dropping of certain plot points, but perhaps this will be turned into a series, and more answers will be given then? Either way, this book is gorgeous, inside and out, and has a wonderfully cinematic feel to it. I wouldn't be surprised to see this one turned into a Netflix show! *Many thanks to the publisher and MBC books for providing my review copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    jenny✨

    i'm only the teeniest bit ashamed to say that it wasn't "feminist" or "sea captain" that first caught my eye (though both are VERY good things)— it was "childhood crush fell in love with older sister" this is the sort of angst i LIVE & DIE FOR i'm only the teeniest bit ashamed to say that it wasn't "feminist" or "sea captain" that first caught my eye (though both are VERY good things)— it was "childhood crush fell in love with older sister" this is the sort of angst i LIVE & DIE FOR

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Unchosen is an action packed post-apocalyptic novel with zombies. Charlotte grew up in her sisters’ shadows. Her little sister is The Chosen One. Her older sister is dating her best friend that she has feelings for. Charlotte decides to claim she is the Chosen One to protect her sister. Charlotte is taken in hopes of saving everyone. Soon her lies start to unravel and she has to figure out how to save her loved ones. Unchosen is full of action. The heroine is a young woman like in all of my favor Unchosen is an action packed post-apocalyptic novel with zombies. Charlotte grew up in her sisters’ shadows. Her little sister is The Chosen One. Her older sister is dating her best friend that she has feelings for. Charlotte decides to claim she is the Chosen One to protect her sister. Charlotte is taken in hopes of saving everyone. Soon her lies start to unravel and she has to figure out how to save her loved ones. Unchosen is full of action. The heroine is a young woman like in all of my favorite post-apocalyptic novels. The curse and flesh eating humans was an interesting addition. I loved the characters in the novel. Charlotte is determined and strong. She doesn’t give up and will do anything to protect her family. There is an unexpected love interest that adds to the story. He is a great match for Charlotte and their interactions are great. There are many twists and action throughout the Unchosen. It was interesting to read Unchosen during a pandemic especially during the winter storm. I recommend Unchosen for fans of post-apocalyptic novels with strong female leads especially those that like zombies. Thank you Megan Beatie Communications, Katherine Tegen Books, and Epic Reads for Unchosen. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Booktastically Amazing

    I FINISHED THE REAL ONE, Y’ALL. AND I AM MORE SO OF A MESS THAN USUAL. RTC ——- previous review *clears throat* Not me SUDDENLY REALIZING THAT AFTER PAGE 45 IN MY VERSION OF THE EBOOK THE WHOLE BOOK COMPLETELY CHANGED AND I WAS CONFUSED BUT STILL HAD HOPE was idiotically stupid, SO WHAT DID I DO?? I FINISHED THE BOOK. IT WAS THE WRONG BOOK I FINISHED THE WRONG BOOK. SAME COVER, SAME AUTHOR. WRONG FORMAT. AND I ASKED MYSELF THROUGHOUT IT, "WHO IS THIS GUY?" "WHERE ARE THE PIRATES", "WHY ARE THERE GLADIAT I FINISHED THE REAL ONE, Y’ALL. AND I AM MORE SO OF A MESS THAN USUAL. RTC ——- previous review *clears throat* Not me SUDDENLY REALIZING THAT AFTER PAGE 45 IN MY VERSION OF THE EBOOK THE WHOLE BOOK COMPLETELY CHANGED AND I WAS CONFUSED BUT STILL HAD HOPE was idiotically stupid, SO WHAT DID I DO?? I FINISHED THE BOOK. IT WAS THE WRONG BOOK I FINISHED THE WRONG BOOK. SAME COVER, SAME AUTHOR. WRONG FORMAT. AND I ASKED MYSELF THROUGHOUT IT, "WHO IS THIS GUY?" "WHERE ARE THE PIRATES", "WHY ARE THERE GLADIATORS" BUT I STILL FINISHED IT. AND THEN SEARCHED SOME REVIEWS UP. THEN PROCEED TO COMMIT CEREBRAL COMBUSTION. NOW I'M DEAD. please bury me next to the countless pages I have torn because of my inability to maintain a book story for more than five paragraphs P.S: Also, I really would love to read the book I was reading the whole time because gladiators sound mighty interesting when you're not fighting through the ~confuzzlement~ for FOUR HUNDRED PAGES. P.S.S: I just found the actual version of this book. The book I wanted to read. Just now.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    4.5 Stars CW: (view spoiler)[Loss of loved ones, death (hide spoiler)] Well that was my first piratical zombie fantasy, and it was a real treat! In a world where a virus/magical curse has the potential to turn people into flesh eating monsters, Charlotte lurks in the shadows of her two incredible sisters. Harlow is a commander, Vanessa is the 'Chosen One', and Charlotte is the middle sister. I loved the concept of the how virus is transmitted because it brings with it mistrust and a 'kill or be kil 4.5 Stars CW: (view spoiler)[Loss of loved ones, death (hide spoiler)] Well that was my first piratical zombie fantasy, and it was a real treat! In a world where a virus/magical curse has the potential to turn people into flesh eating monsters, Charlotte lurks in the shadows of her two incredible sisters. Harlow is a commander, Vanessa is the 'Chosen One', and Charlotte is the middle sister. I loved the concept of the how virus is transmitted because it brings with it mistrust and a 'kill or be killed' mind set, which leads to the break down society. You catch the virus through eye contact, however, passing it on to others will cure you and give you immunity! This opens up a slave trading market where people are trafficked and used to pass the virus onto by those who can afford to purchase them. The newly cursed people are then disposed of. There is action aplenty, and a growing level of intelligence and coordination among the cursed (Vessels). I really enjoyed the experience of being in a well developed world with characters that I could relate to and was completely invested in. I thoroughly recommend this original YA novel.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    3.5 stars Just published my October Book Vlog and whew! It was a lot of reading but so worth it! The Written Review Three siblings - Harlow the eldest (amazing guitarist), Vanessa the youngest (Olympic-bound gymnast) and….Charlotte the middle sibling (who is…average). (okay, technically she's been crushing on Dean for ages but he's recently started going out with Harlow so there goes that hobby for Charlotte). During Vanessa's latest gym meet, a strange person interrupts it. They seem erratic, 3.5 stars Just published my October Book Vlog and whew! It was a lot of reading but so worth it! The Written Review Three siblings - Harlow the eldest (amazing guitarist), Vanessa the youngest (Olympic-bound gymnast) and….Charlotte the middle sibling (who is…average). (okay, technically she's been crushing on Dean for ages but he's recently started going out with Harlow so there goes that hobby for Charlotte). During Vanessa's latest gym meet, a strange person interrupts it. They seem erratic, wild and there's something about their eyes. It's only when the girls lose their parents that they fully realize what has happened. The Crimson. The Crimson is a slow-acting zombie-ish disease spread by eye-contact. The three sisters have lost nearly everyone they've ever known but they still have each other. Harlow is now a great military leader, Vanessa is now the Chosen One and Charlotte is still Charlotte. It sucks but Charlotte gets it. But then one day, their "safe" settlement is raided by some smarter-than-average zombies who are seeking the Chosen One. When Dean's life is threatened, Charlotte knows she couldn't just stand by. So she volunteers herself as "the Chosen One" to buy her younger sister time and save her friends and family. Kidnapped and alone, Charlotte must rely on herself - for the first time in her life - and continue this act for as long as possible. I thought this one worked rather well. I did notice that folks are saying that this book tries to do too much (zombies, seafaring adventures, plague, varying degrees of infection, and "chosen one") but I thought it was a unique take on the old tropes. I did enjoy the character Charlotte and how struggle for her identity amongst her perfect siblings. I also loved the concept of the "un-chosen" - someone who very clearly isn't MEANT to save the world but pulls herself up from her bootstraps and does it anyway (can we please have more books like that??) I do think the ending felt a bit too quick and the logic was a smidge eye-rollingly-convenient for me. Overall, this one worked pretty dang well! With thanks to Netgalley, the author and Katherine Tegen Books for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  7. 4 out of 5

    rayne ♥ [ IG: rayne.reads ]

    The cover is immaculate, this is a feminist fantasy, there's sea captains and the main character isn't the "chosen" one? instagram | blog | goodreads The cover is immaculate, this is a feminist fantasy, there's sea captains and the main character isn't the "chosen" one? instagram | blog | goodreads

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    This book was everything! It had wonderful fantasy aspects that blended beautifully with the post-apocalyptic bits, swoony romance (with handsome sea captains), and just enough violence to give me a good scare at times. UNCHOSEN had a strong start! It began with an exciting and nerve-wracking scene and then introduced the characters at a good pace. Things seemed to move at a good speed throughout the whole book really. The plot was so intriguing! I never felt like things were dragging or dull. I This book was everything! It had wonderful fantasy aspects that blended beautifully with the post-apocalyptic bits, swoony romance (with handsome sea captains), and just enough violence to give me a good scare at times. UNCHOSEN had a strong start! It began with an exciting and nerve-wracking scene and then introduced the characters at a good pace. Things seemed to move at a good speed throughout the whole book really. The plot was so intriguing! I never felt like things were dragging or dull. I was also very happy with how well things were balanced. Things were swoony and romantic when needed and then action-y and violent. I loved it! Also, I felt the need to point out that I might have squealed when things started to move to the water. There were so many battles taking place on ships and on the water and I was getting pirate vibes and I was so here for it! If you've ever wondered how a book can combine zombie-like people with pirates, check this book out because it does so flawlessly. Moving on to my favorite topic...the romance!! Let me just talk a second about our resident sea captain. Seth was everything this book needed. He added heart, some angst, and the ever needed shirtless scenes. But apart from his physical features (which were gorgeous), he was a great character and counterpart to our main character, Charlotte. I loved their verbal spares and the moments when they could just be themselves, even amidst a fallen world. Their relationship was so well-balanced and had just enough angst to make it perfect. Speaking of this book being perfect, it had plot twist after plot twist. I love a good plot twist, something to make me gasp, and this book had a few. Just as I would think I could relax a twist would get thrown at me and I would be sucked back into the heart-pounding action. They were thrilling and infuriatingly wonderful. Lastly, the feminist aspect of this book was spot-on. Like the rest of the book, the topic/theme was well balanced. I felt the strong females in the book and I heard the message it was conveying and loved it. These things all stood out without being shoved my face or being overbearing in any way. Overall, this book was perfect. It combined so many different elements and genres beautifully and did so in one book. I'm so glad this was a standalone. I wish there were more fantasy/sci-fi standalones like this. No matter what genre you most enjoy, you have to check this book out!!! Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog • Instagram • Twitter

  9. 5 out of 5

    sam

    i received the arc of this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review I’m not a huge fan of post apocalyptic novels. It’s been a while since I read one actually. So I wasn’t entirely sure how my experience with this one would be but honestly, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. Not gonna lie, it took me about 30% to really get into the story but I really liked the plot. There were parts of the story that seemed a little too convenient and I kinda wi i received the arc of this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review I’m not a huge fan of post apocalyptic novels. It’s been a while since I read one actually. So I wasn’t entirely sure how my experience with this one would be but honestly, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. Not gonna lie, it took me about 30% to really get into the story but I really liked the plot. There were parts of the story that seemed a little too convenient and I kinda wish the setting was a little bit different to give it a more post apocalyptic feel, considering the fact that it starts 2-3 years after the zombies take over. Can I just say that I’m so glad that this isn’t too cliched? I was so convinced that she’d end up with Dean or be the Chosen One that I was surprised with the fact that none of those things happen. I love how the main character is trying to figure out her place in this world with everything going on. The flawed aspect of her personality and self discovery was something I really liked. Anyway, if you’re going to pick up a dystopian novel then I definitely recommend this one. blog | instagram | twitter | pinterest

  10. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)

    Great stand-alone!!! Prefect for fans of dystopian and fantasy novels!!! Bookish box did this for their January and the theme was love triangles. I definitely didn’t get the love triangle vibes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    “Kindness, in this world, is the only thing that shows that we’re worth the survival we’re fighting for. You should accept it as the precious and rare thing that it is. We can’t save humanity if we lose ours.” One of my favorite subgenres in the YA category is dystopia; add in badass female characters, found family and a curse? Safe to say, I’m sold. When I saw the premise of Unchosen by Katharyn Blair it literally sang out to my soul and this didn’t change once I finished it. I read this in one “Kindness, in this world, is the only thing that shows that we’re worth the survival we’re fighting for. You should accept it as the precious and rare thing that it is. We can’t save humanity if we lose ours.” One of my favorite subgenres in the YA category is dystopia; add in badass female characters, found family and a curse? Safe to say, I’m sold. When I saw the premise of Unchosen by Katharyn Blair it literally sang out to my soul and this didn’t change once I finished it. I read this in one day. One. Day. And here’s why: First, the worldbuilding is phenomenal! It’s extraordinary and in depth; quite unlike anything I’ve read before. The main premise centers around a curse in the form of a viral infection called the Crimson. The Crimson is spread through eye contact and turns its victims into flesh eating creatures but most are highly functioning; they are thinking, they are smart and now they’re getting organized. Then there’s the characters; so well-developed that it was easy to become emotionally invested in them. The main character and narrator, Charlotte, doesn’t think she’s anything special and tends to fade in the shadow of her sisters. Older sister Harlow is gorgeous and confident, a singer before the world went to shit and is now the tough commander of their settlement and her younger sister Vanessa, once a top-ranking gymnast, is now the Chosen One according to legend and will be the one to end the curse. Then there’s Dean, the boy that Charlotte loves but the one that Harlow is dating. And then there's the plot! So well-plotted and again, such a unique take on the dystopian theme. The sisters are caught in a dystopian society where the world as they knew it no longer exists, they’ve lost loved ones and every day is a struggle to survive. There are worse dangers out there than those with red eyes, the uninfected have become just as dangerous. This is just a small part of this compelling story. There’s no lack of jaw-clenching action, adventure on the high seas, political intrigue, curses and legends. There’s a revolution taking place that has roots in a legend that Charlotte and her sisters are right in the middle of, bringing drama and tension to the story. There are morally grey characters that I loved to hate and those I hated to love! There’s the addition of another favorite trope: found family with the addition of new characters later in the book and they became just as endeared to me as the rest. Unchosen has every element I look for not only in a YA dystopian but in any book that I’d recommend to my friends. This is a solid 5 star read for me and although it seems as if it’s a standalone, a girl can’t help but hope …. My thanks to Megan Beatie Communications, Katherine Tegen Books and the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for my review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Xia ✻.

    3.5 stars It was refreshing to read for once a standalone book. This is that type of story you can’t stop seeing in a Netflix/Hbo show, and that type of book that makes you read nonstop, even if it’s not as good as you expected. It has that addictive factor with a crazy rhythm and the “I want to know what happens next”. From the beginning we are thrown in a turmoil of action with only small breaths of air. Our heroine has a different spark than your usual one. She is far from perfect, specially 3.5 stars It was refreshing to read for once a standalone book. This is that type of story you can’t stop seeing in a Netflix/Hbo show, and that type of book that makes you read nonstop, even if it’s not as good as you expected. It has that addictive factor with a crazy rhythm and the “I want to know what happens next”. From the beginning we are thrown in a turmoil of action with only small breaths of air. Our heroine has a different spark than your usual one. She is far from perfect, specially manipulative, and I loved a lot this selfish facet of her. Sometimes I wanted to shout at her, but I also admired her. In an apocalyptic world filled with pseudo-zombies with glowing eyes, I would be selfish too. And Seth was *deep breath*. I must say, I loved the first half of the book. It was exhilarating, and fun. The second part, I liked it a little less for totally personal reasons, but overall it’s a very solid book to read in one sitting. Totally recommend.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you Megan Beatie Communications and Katherine Tegen Books for an advance copy and a finished copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. UNCHOSEN By: Katharyn Blair REVIEW ☆☆☆☆☆ Always, I have loved dystopian stories, and I like pirates most of the time. On the flip side, I'm not a fan of zombie apocalypse stories at all because they have been done to death. UNCHOSEN is a combination featuring all of these things, and I had reservations initially. Fortunately, Thank you Megan Beatie Communications and Katherine Tegen Books for an advance copy and a finished copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. UNCHOSEN By: Katharyn Blair REVIEW ☆☆☆☆☆ Always, I have loved dystopian stories, and I like pirates most of the time. On the flip side, I'm not a fan of zombie apocalypse stories at all because they have been done to death. UNCHOSEN is a combination featuring all of these things, and I had reservations initially. Fortunately, my doubts were unfounded. First, though, let's not overlook the amazing cover art because it's awesome. To read this story a suspension of disbelief is required, so just go with it. Imagine this premise in reality. A curse virus type of thing (called The Crimson), spread through eye contact, turns people into flesh eating monsters. But, these are not your garden variety zombies. If they were, I wouldn't have read this book because I hate those. No, this is different. Three sisters are involved. Harlow, the oldest, most beautiful and a leader of survivors. Vanessa, the youngest, has been deemed the chosen one who will save humanity. And, Charlotte, the lackluster middle child and heroine of our story, who feels completely bland and unworthy of anything. But, seriously, who can live up to having a sister as the chosen one? Not me! (I have no sisters). One day, raiders come for Vanessa, but Charlotte convinces them that she is the chosen one so they will take her instead. And they do. Cue villians to absolutely despise, one hot pirate captain, unknown motives, fear, serious tension and swashbuckling action. But, no spoilers here! I like the universal appeal of this story. Charlotte feels kind of invisible, useless and devoid of any purpose in life-other than messing up things. Haven't a lot of us felt like this at some point? I certainly have! In saving Vanessa, Charlotte also begins to save herself, although she doesn't realize this at the time. She goes on a journey, both physically and emotionally and literally and metaphorically, that is life altering and affirming. A discovery of self, family and humanity that cements Charlotte as the person she was always meant to be. Additionally, the story is big on female bonds, and I think we need more of this in books today-female empowerment and place in the world-because it matters. Finally, I was completely taken with UNCHOSEN and impressed with Katharyn Blair's ability to take seemingly odd pairings and bizarre sounding elements and weave them into a beautiful tapestry. I was delightfully surprised by the whole thing! Although I am very happy to have read an excellent standalone story (I am not a fan of series), I actually wish this book would continue. Talk about irony! Anyway, just read it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Connor's Library Corner

    This book was out of this world, when I found out that this was classed as a sci-fi fantasy book I thought I would not like it but I gave it a chance anyway. I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID. The story follows Charlotte who for all of her life has been known as the average sister. During a virus that spreads over the world and is transmitted through eye contact, Charlotte takes her sister's place as the chosen one. For starters I must say that this book has some of the best characters. I loved each charact This book was out of this world, when I found out that this was classed as a sci-fi fantasy book I thought I would not like it but I gave it a chance anyway. I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID. The story follows Charlotte who for all of her life has been known as the average sister. During a virus that spreads over the world and is transmitted through eye contact, Charlotte takes her sister's place as the chosen one. For starters I must say that this book has some of the best characters. I loved each character even the ones I hated I had to love. Furthermore, I loved how the story used the 'Chosen One' trope as it completely flips it on its head and basically rendered the agreed-upon chosen one is useless and someone who is "unchosen" decided their own destiny to become the chosen one. I've always been a fan of a dystopian and that is what I would personally class this book as, it added a new twist to the 'zombie' archetype too. Overall, I know that this book was not perfect, I think it really would have benefited from being an adult as opposed to young adult as it really could have gotten dark in a way that the ya novel did not allow it. I also felt that I would have liked more of an Ending as the story wrapped up fairly quickly. However despite what I would call the story's "imperfections" I did not care, because I loved every second of my journey in this book and I am so grateful to this author and to harpercollins for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for this honest review

  15. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    "Come find me in the depths Write redemption on my bones" I am legit stumped on how to rate this book--let's settle with 3 1/2 stars and round up cause Goodreads still doesn't do half stars in the year of 2020. Like, it has its faults not gonna lie, but at the same time I devoured it? I don't know if it was the author's writing of the inner monologue of the MC, the romantic tension, or the colorful set of characters (found family is my kryptonite)... but it just worked for me. The only thing th "Come find me in the depths Write redemption on my bones" I am legit stumped on how to rate this book--let's settle with 3 1/2 stars and round up cause Goodreads still doesn't do half stars in the year of 2020. Like, it has its faults not gonna lie, but at the same time I devoured it? I don't know if it was the author's writing of the inner monologue of the MC, the romantic tension, or the colorful set of characters (found family is my kryptonite)... but it just worked for me. The only thing that didn't "click" perfectly was the blending of dystopia/pirates/curses because to me it seemed like we were reaching for a little too much. Think on the lines of The Walking Dead set at sea, and instead of a virus think of it as a "curse"-- it felt like trying to fit a wrong puzzle piece that really looks like it should work but it is not quite the right fit. "We lived in a world that predicted our doom at least twice a week. We had shows about it; people stood on street corners, screeching about the end. We were so ready for the fall of mankind. But, when it actually came—we didn't see it coming." However, the rest of the novel really worked for me! I loved getting the POV from the "middle" child who feels like she isn't good enough because her older sister is a rock star, and her younger sister is a pro gymnast. She is the average one of the bunch. And even after the "curse" hits the world she is still the average one--her older sister ends up being an integral part of their new community, and her younger sister is the chosen one. On top of dealing with that, Charlotte also has to deal with falling in love with her sister's boyfriend (who is Charlotte's best friend). I liked the change of pace. While Charlotte might not be the chosen one she is the only one paying close attention to her sister Vanessa and jotting down all the things she says when Vanessa has night terrors. Which is how Charlotte is able to fool those around her into thinking she is in fact the chosen one, and get them to do what she wants in the name of saving the world. Is Charlotte manipulative? A little yes, though for the most part she has her reasons. And frankly, I like reading from the POV of a less than perfect MC. I think in order to fully enjoy Unchosen you have to suspend your disbelief. Whenever something else got added to the pile of the curse, or how the world is working now, I just nodded my head and said "okay sure". For example, there is a way to become immune to the "curse" but you can only achieve that by giving the curse to three other people (like, tag you are it but in multiples), and only if you do it within 24 hours. That seems... oddly specific. Okay fine whatever, if you say so. The cursed ones (which are referred to as "Vessels"--did not like the word choice) are actually sentient (well, some of them, and nobody knows why *coughs*plot*coughs*) and they pass on the curse by just looking at someone (kind of like Bird Box w/ Sandra Bullock). They are also super strong, have a great sense of smell, are fast... exactly how can any human survive under these circumstances? It seems rather impossible. But I digress, let's buy that the humans SOMEHOW are still alive (did I mention the only way to kill them is by decapitating them? SH-YEAH, they are a tiny bit OP). If I was in the middle of an OP curse like this I would also run to the sea. It makes sense as you can more easily control your environment and only stop at land when you need supplies. The idea has legs. Other aspects of the novel were predictable (who the bad guys were for example) but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the novel. BUT anyways, what I really liked about Unchosen was the characters really. I loved seeing the sisterly bond between Charlotte, Harlow, and Vanessa. The romantic tension and friendship developed with another character (yes, there are two hotties, but I would not consider this a love triangle). The found family theme with Rielle, Lucia, and Thomas. The convoluted plot is something I can forgive in liu of the rest. I think I am looking forward to Katharyn Blair's next book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Alyesa

    With a cover like this one how can you not want to read this book, and thanks to the amazing people at HarperCollins I was gifted with an arc to discover what is beneath this beautiful cover for myself. Straight from the first sentence the flow of the book is just there. Making it easy to read page after page after page; allowing you to start to connect and bond with the characters and fully immerse yourself into the story. A post-apocalyptic world where vampire/zombie like monsters are made real With a cover like this one how can you not want to read this book, and thanks to the amazing people at HarperCollins I was gifted with an arc to discover what is beneath this beautiful cover for myself. Straight from the first sentence the flow of the book is just there. Making it easy to read page after page after page; allowing you to start to connect and bond with the characters and fully immerse yourself into the story. A post-apocalyptic world where vampire/zombie like monsters are made real through a virus realised by a curse. What other book can you seriously say has a plotline like this which combined the fantasy of magic with a post-apocalyptic world in this way! It is a uniquely original take on something that you would think had been overdone; yet this book proves that completely wrong. Mix this with the slow moving yet highly entrancing writing style of Katharyn Blair....and you honestly cannot ask for a better book. The story itself is not highly fast pace or fully action packed like most books with this theme, but instead lets you get to know the characters in depth, edging the story on bit by bit in a way that makes it seem like 50 pages feels like 10. Before you know it, you have spent until 1am in this book and had to stop yourself reading further even though you wish you could, as you unfortunately have work in the morning. Needless to say, I picked up the book as soon as my shift ended the next day. As a debut novel it only leaves me to say.... Katharyn whatever you write next, I need to read! For fans of: The Hunger Games, Legendborn, The Fifth Wave and Red Hood. Thank you to amazing people at HarperCollins and Katherine Tegen Books for gifting me this amazing book. I truly believe it will be one of the most anticipated books of 2021, and will recommending it as so. (4.5/5 stars)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    "Write redemption on my bones..." WOW! Where do I begin?! This book had me baffled from the very beginning. At first, I was really confused by a zombie virus that was spread by eye contact, but once it explained how, I was 100% on board with the idea. Not many people can blend science in fantasy stories--generally, the two are like oil and water--but somehow that's exactly what Blair did! She blurs the lines between fact and fiction by completely rewriting our idea of the zombie apocalypse. The "Write redemption on my bones..." WOW! Where do I begin?! This book had me baffled from the very beginning. At first, I was really confused by a zombie virus that was spread by eye contact, but once it explained how, I was 100% on board with the idea. Not many people can blend science in fantasy stories--generally, the two are like oil and water--but somehow that's exactly what Blair did! She blurs the lines between fact and fiction by completely rewriting our idea of the zombie apocalypse. The characters were dynamic and realistic; the quotes were memorable and the imagery was breathtaking. This book had me pulled in so deep that I was terrified to stay but never wanted to leave.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received a copy of Unchosen in exchange for a fair and honest review. Katharyn Blair's latest novel, Unchosen, is one for all of those out there that grew up knowing they weren't the chosen ones. Charlotte Holloway is almost getting used to the world ending. Both figuratively, and literally, as the case may be. In short order, she had her heartbroken, and then she watched the world burn. A curse known as the Crimson rose up, tearing away her parents and nearly killing her and her sisters. Th I received a copy of Unchosen in exchange for a fair and honest review. Katharyn Blair's latest novel, Unchosen, is one for all of those out there that grew up knowing they weren't the chosen ones. Charlotte Holloway is almost getting used to the world ending. Both figuratively, and literally, as the case may be. In short order, she had her heartbroken, and then she watched the world burn. A curse known as the Crimson rose up, tearing away her parents and nearly killing her and her sisters. That is the day when the world really did end. For most, at least. Now she is one of the few survivors out there, and she's fighting to protect the Chosen One. Perhaps it's that desire to protect that causes her to take such risks. Or perhaps it's her desire to stand out and be loved. “I wonder if it will hurt, and I wonder if wondering that, in the scheme of things, makes me a coward.” I'm sitting here honestly surprised that more people aren't talking about Unchosen. It is such an intense and amazing read, and absolutely one of my favorites in recent times. It's one of those books that devours yours while you're reading, sucking you into the story. Needless to say, I read Unchosen in one sitting. I'd say I don't regret that, but part of me does kind of wish that I had cherished it just a little bit more. I know rereading is always an option, but it's never quite the same as that magical first read-through. I loved reading about Charlotte's struggles, and watching her grow exponentially over the course of this single novel. It actually makes me wish that this was the first in a series, as I really do feel like Katharyn Blair could push the plot and characters even further, should she so desire. One of the best parts about Unchosen is how it all comes down to choice. Not destiny. It's about right and wrong, and has a very strong feminist core. That alone added so much weight to what could have otherwise been a solid, but shallow, read. It blew me away, and kept me wishing for me. The romantic subplot didn't hurt things either, especially as it spurred Charlotte's character onward, forcing her to learn about what was worth fighting for, and how to respect herself first. It was beautiful, and an important message we all need to learn at some point in our lives. If the goal for Unchosen was to write a thrilling novel for all of the people out there who aren't the 'Chosen Ones', then it succeeded. It absolutely succeeded in that goal, and I wish more novels were like this. Check out more reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fatirah Murtaza

    Unchosen by Katharyn Blair is a story that takes place in a post-apocalyptic era whereby humanity is threatened by the vast spread of infection that can turn them into flesh-eating monsters via eye contact. The infection is called Crimson. Ones who have seen the eyes of the infected one shall turn into zombies that tear limbs to limbs. The story navigates three sisters who are trying to survive against those monsters and on a quest to end the curse that leads to the said infection. Their life af Unchosen by Katharyn Blair is a story that takes place in a post-apocalyptic era whereby humanity is threatened by the vast spread of infection that can turn them into flesh-eating monsters via eye contact. The infection is called Crimson. Ones who have seen the eyes of the infected one shall turn into zombies that tear limbs to limbs. The story navigates three sisters who are trying to survive against those monsters and on a quest to end the curse that leads to the said infection. Their life after the catastrophe has undergone through a huge turning point ever. Harlow the eldest sister (once guitarist but now a commander), Vanessa (a gymnast but now she's deemed as the Chosen One) and lastly, Charlotte, nothing is special about her, the same old thing. She always feels that her presence is overshadowed and underwhelmed by the grandeur attributes her sisters have exuded. Worse thing ever, she's still in love with her childhood friend Dean, Harlow's boyfriend. Charlotte's resilience in forgetting her one-sided love is quite palpable throughout the story. I could feel how she yearns for him so much that she could literally risk her life for this man. For me, it's a turn-off because almost every occasion that has put her life on the line is because of that guy. However, I think, her action contributes a lot to the plot even though its storyline is not to my liking. I didn't feel the apocalyptic atmosphere enough, just some mere mentions of people being eaten and that's it. I was actually looking forward to seeing some gruesome graphic descriptions but to no avail, this book is more invested in romance tropes. However, don't be discouraged by my review, this book might sound right up your alley. The fascinating takeaways for me about this book are the idea of the unchosen one who'll be going to save the world and a new wave of infection that can turn a flesh-eating monster into an extremely strong and freakishly agile being. It's a book that's worth your time to delve into your own escapism. A fast-paced read it is! "You will not choose my end, for this heart is mine," - Charlotte, Unchosen.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yeganeh

    This book is pretty much like those book that you devour it in one sitting as i did. A brand new , quick and fast pace dystopian novel with unique set and easily enjoyable characters. The only part i have problem with is the not so kind of love triangle that honestly i didn't feel like it. And an instant love which i sort of hated and loved it?!! And i wouldn't mind if the author took her time and expanded the world even more. This book is pretty much like those book that you devour it in one sitting as i did. A brand new , quick and fast pace dystopian novel with unique set and easily enjoyable characters. The only part i have problem with is the not so kind of love triangle that honestly i didn't feel like it. And an instant love which i sort of hated and loved it?!! And i wouldn't mind if the author took her time and expanded the world even more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sara Strand

    Katharyn Blair can just take all of my money. I loved UNCHOSEN and could not put it down, between the story and the characters, this story was solid. YA Fantasy isn't my favorite genre and admittedly I am not well versed in this genre but I can tell you- I loved this book. I loved Charlotte, I love how she knows best and even when people don't have faith in her, she has faith in herself, even when things aren't looking so hot. I loved the ending, I loved the strong, pro-feminist angle, and I wou Katharyn Blair can just take all of my money. I loved UNCHOSEN and could not put it down, between the story and the characters, this story was solid. YA Fantasy isn't my favorite genre and admittedly I am not well versed in this genre but I can tell you- I loved this book. I loved Charlotte, I love how she knows best and even when people don't have faith in her, she has faith in herself, even when things aren't looking so hot. I loved the ending, I loved the strong, pro-feminist angle, and I would 100% give this to any of my kids to read. My teenager (15) is currently reading it and loving it. A huge thank you to Harper Collins for providing an ARC for review. This was such a refreshing book for me that reenergized my love of YA.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Blendy

    This was a good book, once it got started, but it took a really long time to get there. I was bored the first few chapters, and almost dnf'd it a few times. I'm glad I didn't. Aside from the whole feminist fantasy, swoon-worthy sea captains, and childhood crush falling in love with her older sister hooks, what really attracted me to this book was its cover. I don't know why I'm so drawn to it, but I freaking love it. As for the story, I liked it, but it felt a little incomplete to me. Everything o This was a good book, once it got started, but it took a really long time to get there. I was bored the first few chapters, and almost dnf'd it a few times. I'm glad I didn't. Aside from the whole feminist fantasy, swoon-worthy sea captains, and childhood crush falling in love with her older sister hooks, what really attracted me to this book was its cover. I don't know why I'm so drawn to it, but I freaking love it. As for the story, I liked it, but it felt a little incomplete to me. Everything of note seemed to happen within the last 30% of this book and then, bam, it's over. I was left feeling unsatisfied. There were questions left unanswered, and I don't like that. Additionally, while reading this, I didn't get a huge sense of feminism. It didn't bother me, but since it is being advertised as a "feminist fantasy", I think I just expected more than what I actually read. If you're worried about reading this because of the whole "childhood crush is in love with her sister" trope, because it establishes a story arc that could lead to cheating and/or a love-triangle then (view spoiler)[you don't have to worry about that. While Charlotte does have a crush on her childhood best friend, that is all that it is. Dean, her best friend, clearly views her as a sister and does not lead her on, IN MY OPINION . There are a few times in the book that look like maybe Blair thought about taking us there, to where Dean seems to like her more than just a best friend, but I think those scenes are all based on interpretation. If you want Dean to be interested in more, then you could possibly see that in a few of their interactions, however, if you don't want him to be interested in more, then these same scenes could be viewed as him just treating her like he would a sister. While I did like Dean, the scenes read to me like he really loved her...but only as a sister. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. If anything, I wish the beginning was cut a little shorter, and we were given a little more at the end for a more satisfying finish.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa | Lady_Logomancer

    Wow! This book is fantastic. I am absolutely positive that this book will be a movie or a Netflix series. I’d put money on it right now. There’s such a wonderful powerful female vibe throughout this book. Women are badass, they are smart, they are leaders both good and evil they are making decisions about life and death and love. The character development of the main character, Charlotte, was really enjoyable. I liked the sisterhood aspect and that family would sacrifice anything to save one ano Wow! This book is fantastic. I am absolutely positive that this book will be a movie or a Netflix series. I’d put money on it right now. There’s such a wonderful powerful female vibe throughout this book. Women are badass, they are smart, they are leaders both good and evil they are making decisions about life and death and love. The character development of the main character, Charlotte, was really enjoyable. I liked the sisterhood aspect and that family would sacrifice anything to save one another. This is a very fast moving book. There’s action on land, there’s action on the high seas, there’s intrigue and betrayals. There’s knives and swords. There’s also some slow burn romance. I liked the science fiction part of this story as well. Maybe it’s a little bit “Bird Box” in that the plague passes through the eyes, but that’s more or less where the comparison ends because this sickness basically turns you into a superhuman, rage machine cannibal. The origin is very mysterious but that didn’t bother me so much. There were some plot holes there, but I still liked the story. If I had any quibbles it would be why isn’t the tent scene longer? You can keep it PG but don’t sweep it under the tent...so to speak. Also, not trying to be spoilery, but why put everything on the line to find/steal something that ends up in a duffle bag and forgotten? Maybe at some point we’ll get a series and this gets a better explanation. Overall, I thought this book was amazing, highly recommend!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Unchosen is a fast-paced young adult fantasy about a girl who will do anything to protect those she loves. The Crimson is a virus that is spread through eye contact and turns people into zombie-like monsters. When Charlotte’s parents fall victim to the Crimson, Charlotte and her sister’s lives are forever changed. Charlotte is determined to protect her younger sister, who is The Chosen One – the person who supposedly can stop the virus and save the world. When her sister’s life is threatened by r Unchosen is a fast-paced young adult fantasy about a girl who will do anything to protect those she loves. The Crimson is a virus that is spread through eye contact and turns people into zombie-like monsters. When Charlotte’s parents fall victim to the Crimson, Charlotte and her sister’s lives are forever changed. Charlotte is determined to protect her younger sister, who is The Chosen One – the person who supposedly can stop the virus and save the world. When her sister’s life is threatened by raiders, Charlotte pretends to be the Chosen One. The raiders take her, which leads Charlotte on a danger-filled, epic odyssey filled with flesh-eating monsters, pirates, and fierce women who will do whatever it takes to protect those they love. I loved Charlotte’s character and growth throughout the novel. She is the middle sister and often feels ordinary in comparison to the other girls. She loves her older, popular sister and her younger, talented sister but feels she pales in comparison. It takes an apocalypse and being on her own for Charlotte to find herself. Charlotte is strong and resilient, a determined person who survives against all odds. Deadly viruses, flesh-eating monsters, pirates, and more threaten her at every turn. Charlotte’s character goes through so much throughout the story, which helps her realize just how fierce she really is. Charlotte examines what it feels like to be ordinary compared to others and finds out how truly extraordinary she is. Though the ending felt a bit rushed and some of the characters weren’t as dynamically developed as Charlotte, I enjoyed this stand-alone coming-of-age story with its immersive world and dynamic protagonist. I think it will appeal to readers who like young adult apocalyptic fiction. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Katherine Tegen Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kera (featherboundbooks)

    I was not expecting this, folks!! From the stunning cover to the adventures inside, this book was an experience. I am finding that I really enjoy sea faring tales. I love the openness of the open ocean and the dangers that lurk above and below the endless blue. And in Unchosen, Katharyn Blair has incorporated this pirate-esque sort of lore into a post-apocalyptic zombie riddled world. And I am obsessed. When a curse called the Crimson descends upon people, turning them into flesh eating monsters t I was not expecting this, folks!! From the stunning cover to the adventures inside, this book was an experience. I am finding that I really enjoy sea faring tales. I love the openness of the open ocean and the dangers that lurk above and below the endless blue. And in Unchosen, Katharyn Blair has incorporated this pirate-esque sort of lore into a post-apocalyptic zombie riddled world. And I am obsessed. When a curse called the Crimson descends upon people, turning them into flesh eating monsters through eye contact, Charlotte maintained the mundane middle child sensibility to the glory of her older sister, Harlow who became a warrior and her younger sister, Vanessa who became the Chosen One who is supposed to be able to end the curse. Charlotte is never good enough in her own eyes, so she feels she is not good enough in anyone else’s eyes either. And, watching the boy she secretly fell in love with fall in love with Harlow does not make things any easier. But Charlotte is brave in the one instance she needs to be. When she claims to be The Chosen One to save her sister from intruders who have come seeking her out. It is then, when things seem to be falling apart around her, that is when her adventure really begins. That is when Charlotte must be braver than she has ever been. She must be smarter and stronger. She must free herself and learn to trust new people. She must break the mold that she was forged in. This was such a fabulous adventure. Charlotte is a champion of epic proportions who paves her own way with her love for others in her heart. She learns so much about herself and grows in such a phenomenal way. And on that journey, she meets many new faces; some allies and some foes; maybe one that she realizes she cannot live without. The rich world building and constructs of this curse created by Katharyn Blair were genius! I am not a particular fan of the zombie genre, so the fact that this is so vastly different from your run of the mill, undead and decaying zombie hoards was incredible. I also was gifted the ALC of this title from Harper Audio and had the privilege of listening to this book. I adored the narration. Hayden Bishop brought me along for the ride of this remarkable story in a way that reading it with the naked eye could not have done.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kym's Open Books

    My first 5 star book of the year! Give it all the stars, I loved it! And can we drool at that cover? Total #coverlove 😍 My friend texted and told me about a book that was just sucking her in. Luckily I found it on #scribd and started it right away. I needed this book! I needed a book to just get lost in and enjoy the ride. It’s pure entertainment and I was sucked in from minute one. I found closets to clean and walls to wash so I had an excuse to keep listening. The world itself is riveting. Peopl My first 5 star book of the year! Give it all the stars, I loved it! And can we drool at that cover? Total #coverlove 😍 My friend texted and told me about a book that was just sucking her in. Luckily I found it on #scribd and started it right away. I needed this book! I needed a book to just get lost in and enjoy the ride. It’s pure entertainment and I was sucked in from minute one. I found closets to clean and walls to wash so I had an excuse to keep listening. The world itself is riveting. People turn into zombie-like creatures, but with much more awareness. Just looking into their eyes infects a person. The infected (or “Vessels”) are smart and cunning and intimidating. There is a delicate balance to writing good YA romance and Blair nailed it. It’s meaningful and sweet without too many details. There was build up and trust BEFORE any romance started. I LIKED this romance, I was rooting for them and wanted it to succeed. And that is coming from a person who can take or leave any romance story. I loved each character and each chapter and I’m so mad this isn’t a series! https://www.theopenbooks.net/2021/02/...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Blue

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    "Kindness, in this world, is the only thing that shows that we're worth the survival we're fighting for. You should accept it as the precious and rare thing that it is. We can't save humanity if we lose ours". I knew this was going to be a good one when my heart was already racing within the first 40 pages! This was an amazing, captivating apocalyptic fantasy! I really liked the worldbuilding and Blair's version of "zombies". There was plot twist after plot twist that kept me fully invested and d "Kindness, in this world, is the only thing that shows that we're worth the survival we're fighting for. You should accept it as the precious and rare thing that it is. We can't save humanity if we lose ours". I knew this was going to be a good one when my heart was already racing within the first 40 pages! This was an amazing, captivating apocalyptic fantasy! I really liked the worldbuilding and Blair's version of "zombies". There was plot twist after plot twist that kept me fully invested and dying to know what happened next! The characters are great and it was so easy to become attached to each of them. The women are smart and strong and of course there are swoon worthy men (hello Seth!). I enjoyed the character development of the MC and how she continued to fight for those she loved. This was a well paced story filled with action, legends and romance that I think has a little something for every reader to enjoy. Thank you Megan Beatie Communications and Katherine Tegen Books for my copy in exchange for my review!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Book Review for “Unchosen” by Katharyn Blair. I read this book as an eARC from NetGalley. Thank you to NetGalley, Katharyn Blar, and Katherine Tegen Books for the opportunity to read and review this book! “Unchose” is the story of Charlotte Holloway, and her life being stuck as the middle sibling. Charlotte lives in her older sister’s shadow, and she is the caretaker of her younger sister. Both of her sister’s are talented, and Charlotte is pretty ordinary. She is also in love with her older sis Book Review for “Unchosen” by Katharyn Blair. I read this book as an eARC from NetGalley. Thank you to NetGalley, Katharyn Blar, and Katherine Tegen Books for the opportunity to read and review this book! “Unchose” is the story of Charlotte Holloway, and her life being stuck as the middle sibling. Charlotte lives in her older sister’s shadow, and she is the caretaker of her younger sister. Both of her sister’s are talented, and Charlotte is pretty ordinary. She is also in love with her older sister’s boyfriend, who treats her like a sister. Everything changes when a virus called “crimson” quickly spreads from person to person via eye contact. The only way to end this deadly virus is for “the Chosen One” to save humanity. As it turns out, Charlotte is not the chosen one. Her sister is. “Unchosen” is awesome. It’s action packed from the first page. There are pseudo-zombies, pirates, high sea adventures, romance, post-apocalyptic viruses, megalomaniacs, and butt kicking feminism. What’s not to love? Charlotte is a great character, and her main objective throughout the novel is to keep her sisters and the man she secretly loves safe. The character development in this book is great. The personalities are really fleshed out, and the characters are relatable. My only qualm is that the physical description of characters was a little lacking. I have no idea what the main character looks like, even after finishing the book. Ms. Blair did a great job with physical description of secondary characters, but not the main characters, which was a tiny bit of a let down. But other than that, I really enjoyed this book. I give it 4 out of 5 stars, and I highly recommend this if you like any of the things I listed above.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    A deadly plague that turns people into vampire-like zombies? Pirates? Intense romance? A main character who isn't the chosen one? There is so much to love about this book and I loved it!! I think my favourite part was the mix of modern setting and technology but the book has this old-school, ancient magic and legends feel. No - actually my favourite part was the romance. A long-held crush that is unattainable, slowly and passionately morphs into a romance that is intense, unexpected and so hot!! A deadly plague that turns people into vampire-like zombies? Pirates? Intense romance? A main character who isn't the chosen one? There is so much to love about this book and I loved it!! I think my favourite part was the mix of modern setting and technology but the book has this old-school, ancient magic and legends feel. No - actually my favourite part was the romance. A long-held crush that is unattainable, slowly and passionately morphs into a romance that is intense, unexpected and so hot!! No, no, my actual favourite part was the sea captains and traders that are like pirates, smuggling the Cursedclean. Clearly I loved a lot about this book. There are just so many great things about how the book is put together. Charlotte knows how to live in the shadows. Overshadowed by both her older and younger sister. When the Crimson spread, destroying families and life as people once knew it, Charlotte lost her parents. Now her older sister runs a survivor settlement and her younger sister holds the answers to saving the world. But when their camp is attacked - and it is Charlotte's fault - she will stop at nothing to protect her family. Charlotte makes a great narrator. She is strong and brave, but she is well aware of her role in life and how that means she is the least valuable of her sisters. She is also heartbroken over her long-time crush and first love becoming her sister's boyfriend. She values her friendship with Dean but seeing him everyday with her sister is really hard. The world building in Unchosen is awesome. It is such a great mix of our own world and something magical and terrifying. The sea smuggler scenes add that extra bit of pirate-vibe awesomeness. And then there is Seth. You know, I'm not going to say anything more except for ... Seth. Sigh. Action, romance, magic, legends - readers who enjoy dystopian fiction, fantasy or paranormal fiction will enjoy this fantastic book that has some serious girl power. And diverse characters. And sumptuous side romances. And did I mention pirates? Or Seth? I know my readers are going to LOVE this book as much as I did. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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