Saturday, January 21, 2012

Review: The Chosen (The Nine Lives of Chloe King)


Despite a rocky few weeks, Chloe King is starting to get it. She's figured out who she is (a girl with catlike superpowers), where she belongs (at home with Mom), and what she wants to do (chill with her friends).

Yes, she's got funky superpowers, and yes, two rival groups think she's some "chosen" leader. But no, she's not buying all that ancient-warrior crap. And she's definitely not developing a superhero alter ego like in those old comic books. For Chloe, being the One means she can have whatever she wants -- i.e., more goof-off time and fewer "cat people" conventions.

Then she finds her friend bleeding in an alley. All at once Chloe realizes that the years of bloodshed are not over. In fact, they never will be. The Mai and the Tenth Blade are going to persist in their dangerous rivalry. Unless Chloe accepts her destiny -- and takes control.

By far the best book of The Nine Lives of Chloe King series. After dragging the story out through the first two books something, anything, happened. It wasn't exactly ground breaking, but it was something, finally.

Chloe was always a likeable enough character, and her "skill set" was definitely intriguing. However, the execution of her character until now left a lot to be desired. It was two books worth of plodding character development, all leading up to this, but finally Chloe got her chance to shine. And did she.



Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I hated the pilot for this show on ABC Family. They had an insane giveaway though with an iPad 2 that had Egyptian glyphs on the back.

Erica said...

This series, both the books and the TV show is so intriguing to me. I really need to read the books and watch the show!

Julianne said...

I haven't seen the show, but I *love* the cover. I think it' might be something I'd at least take a look at, in the bookstore, if nothing else.