I am so excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for Unchosen by Katharyn Blair! This was a highly anticipated book for me and it did not disappoint. Thank you to Turn the Page Tours for allowing me to participate and to Katherine Tegen Books for sending me a finished copy for review!
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This has not impacted my thoughts or feelings towards this book.
Unchosen by Katharyn Blair
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
While I’m not a fan of zombies, I loved this book. I found myself absorbed from the first chapter, unable to put the book down, because I had to know what was going to happen next. I love the Medusa style infection (if you stare into an infected persons eyes, you become infected yourself) – which is terrifying yet also really cool. Everyone has to strap themselves down with mirrors because similar to Medusa, the curse doesn’t affect a person if they’re seeing the reflection of an infected person.
Imagine fighting through a mirror. Not fun.
There was a lot I loved from this book. The backstory, the plot, the characters, and the fight scenes were awesome! I found myself enjoying the book more than it terrified me and that’s honestly what kept me reading. I really hate zombies and hearing about how these infected people go rabbid was really scary for me. I wouldn’t let myself read the book at night in order to prevent the oncoming nightmares.
While I had some issues with pacing towards the end and wishing for more representation, this book checks off a lot of boxes for me. It’s an action-packed, thrilling story that also has substance between characters and gives more to the plot than just fight scene after fight scene. I loved Charlotte’s love for her sisters and the message that anyone “average” can save the world, even if you’re the sister of the Chosen One, but I found that Charlotte was repetitively put herself down during this book. It was heartbreaking but also kind of sucky to read.
I get not feeling special, especially compared to siblings, but this was just down right obsessive. It was like Charlotte’s whole identity had become her just being Harlow’s sister or Vanessa’s/Chosen One’s sister. It also made it difficult to get through certain parts as she whines that she’s nothing special. But, thankfully, Charlotte learns that she’s not just a sister, she’s her own person. And once she found her identity, I found myself even more engaged in the plot lines. Plus, the love interest is a rugged “pirate” type and I was all for that!
Even with its faults, I adored this book and was so sad when it was over. I loved the overall message and found myself starting to care a lot for Charlotte and was so happy when she found who she finally was. This was a solid // 5 stars.
I live in LA, drink way too much coffee, and write all day long — because I’m crazy blessed to do what I’ve been doing for fun since I was a kid hiding in my garage loft writing terrible, terrible vampire stories. Glitter enthusiast. Bethyl shipper. Pluviophile. Ask me about my Dean Winchester obsession. John 1:5.
I’m wife to Ross and mom to Aryn, Liam, and River Grace. Also, mom to Cricket (a dog, not an insect), Maximus Dogimus Meridius (a ferocious cuddlebug) Maggie Rhee (cat, not the bad ass from The Walking Dead), and Kovacs (no parenthetical needed for him).
Enter to win one of two (2) signed finished copies of Unchosen by Katharyn Blair! Open USA only. There will be 2 winners.
Giveaway starts: Monday, January 25, 2021
Giveaway ends: Monday, February 1, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST