Thursday, October 31, 2013

Few Are Chosen by Storm Grant - Paul's REVIEW

***I was provided an ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

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Title: Few are Chosen
Author: Storm Grant
Year Published: 2012

Synopsis: Apprentice warrior Blake St. Blake is the Chosen One, raised by an ancient order to defend the world against evil. Well, maybe not the whole world, but at least his neighborhood in downtown Detroit. When a dreaded reflux demon is sighted in a local cemetery, Blake is sent off to his very first battle, armed with his sword, his super-senses, his black leather duster, and a few well-rehearsed one-liners.

But another Chosen One gets in Blake’s way—an apprentice wizard named Shadow. While the boys argue about who’s the more chosen of the two, the demon escapes.

Blake wants to be angry, but it turns out he and Shadow have a lot in common. Besides, Shadow’s pretty cute, and Blake can’t help but think that the wizard’s skills (and hands and lips and other bits) might make the perfect complement to his. Blake and Shadow are brave enough to challenge the reflux demon in a second battle, but will they have the courage to tell each other how they feel?

Review: I liked the concept of this novella. It is cool to see gay characters take the lead in a paranormal fantasy novel. Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations. It was done very basic and didn't turn out to be that unique. There are many cliches, but you should go into reading this knowing it is very lighthearted. 

Maybe this is just because the story is so short, but I didn't feel this story was fully fledged out. I have read short stories that had a lot more depth that this 45 page story. The dialogue was bad. There were many awkward moments. And I wanted more romance. There was sex, but not romance. 

I give this novella a 2/5. I think it has a lot of potential and I would be interested in seeing this world, story, and its characters fully fledged out. These 45 pages just did not do it for me. 


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