Title: The Chosen Knights (The Angel Knights #1)
Author: Mary Ting
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance
Release Date: March 22nd 2016
* BLURB *
When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.
There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.
* Buy Links *
Disclaimer: I participated a blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. The review copy is provided for the tour. This didn’t affect my opinion of the book in any way.
The Chosen Knights follows the story of angel siblings Lucia and Zach, who were assigned to hunt demons in the human world. This comes after high school students have gone missing in a small town in Hawaii. Lucia and Zach disguised themselves as normal human high school student, and went to live with their Uncle Davin, who also has been patrolling the human world.
The book started out good, and a rather fast read. After I reached past 50% of the book, I realized how much it reminds me of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I think fans of Cassandra Clare will either love or dislike this book because of the similarities, and I’m actually in between.
If you love demon-hunting angels
If you’re into demon-hunting angels and other supernatural beings such as vampires, witches, werewolves, etc., then you’ll surely want to read this book. The character concept is also quite similar to TMI, having Lucia as the newbie to the trio named Eli, Melani, and Brody. Lucia also has this nerdy human best friend named Jack and they are fighting against a fallen angel named Cyrus.
The Chosen Knights and TMI give off the same paranormal vibe, probably because both are about Nephilims, but they are still very different in their own ways. I’m actually not really a big fan of angels and demons concept (or at least from what I have read so far), so I gave this one a shot to see if it will make me a fan. And I actually liked it! Still not fan, but it’s something that kept me reading until the end.
My main drawback is the MC’s (Lucia) lack of sense. It’s either she’s being too stubborn and stupid with her decisions, or being too distracted and smitten over his brooding lover named Eli. These instances always resulted to not-so-good situations. She nearly made me pull all my hair out in frustration in so many occasions.
I think this could have been a lot better, and I’d probably give more stars if it’s written in 3rd person POV which could have added more dynamic into perspective. But other than my issues with the heroine, The Chosen Nights is a pretty good and fast read. I also found out that this series is actually a spin-off series to Mary Ting’s Crossroad series which is about Lucia and Zach’s parents.
Overall, it’s an OKAY read. Lucia still has time to redeem herself on the next books.
* Overall Rating *
* About The Author *
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
* Giveaway *
Giveaway is open to INTERNATIONAL and US (Paperback)
Book Tour Organized by:
Xpresso Book Tours
Erika is a freelance content writer and illustrator from the Philippines. She used to hate writing in high school, but later discovered that it is something that she’d enjoy doing. Asides from books. she also enjoys the presence of few art materials, camera for bookstagram, and other bookish merchandise, on her own fantasy realm.