Review: A Chosen War by Carly Eldridge

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synopsis

Nineteen-year-old Maia has spent her life haunted by dreams of a man with uniquely brilliant blue eyes. She never expected she’d actually come face-to-face with him, or that he’d be the harbinger of a chaotic new life. But as shocking as meeting Blake is, it’s less unsettling than her sudden ability to adversely affect electronics and seemingly control—even heal—plants.

Before she can figure out what’s happening, Blake’s cryptic warning about the impending approach of something big manifests as a freak earthquake, destroying Maia’s home and killing her parents. Devastated, Maia has no choice but to turn to Blake, where she learns that the earthquake was not as natural as it seemed. The reigning Terra guardian, or Mother Earth, has gone rogue, wiping out her replacements in a series of orchestrated natural disasters around the world—and Maia is next.

Worse, she’s the only one who can stop the Terra guardian from destroying not just Earth, but the fabric of the universe itself. Now, thrust into a world of celestial beings charged with the protection of the universe, Maia must come to terms with her new powers, and the idea that her destiny was shaped long ago. And she must do it all before she faces off with the woman who controls nature itself.

Intelligent and thought-provoking, A Chosen War takes the idea that everything is connected and wraps it in globe-spanning adventure with just a tinge of romance.review3-5-stars

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Maia’s life is full of what ifs. What if her father didn’t get sick? What if she went to college? Everything in her life was pretty normal, full of problems, but still pretty normal. It all began to get crazy once she sees the boy who she has been dreaming about for a long time now. All the animals in the woods start to freak out, and when she returns home, her parents are suddenly killed by a devastating earthquake.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was full of adventure and the characters were interesting and fun. Maia was understandably skeptical and numb to all that was happening to her in the beginning. She just lost her parents, and she’s now being told that she isn’t really human. She’s supposedly a praeses, or a guardian of the earth. I must say that I was as confused as Maia in the beginning. There was a boatload of information, and I just couldn’t catch up with it. I wish there would be more Blake and Maia moments in the next book, because I felt like their time was limited, and I didn’t really get to see them together much. Overall, a great introduction to a new series!

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