Where to buy: Harper Collins
Thank you Turn The Pages Book Tours, Katherine Tegen Books and Kathryn Blair for an opportunity to be a part of this blog tour and read Unchosen
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.
Imagine a world where a mysterious disease is turning people all around you slowly into zombies. Imagine a disease so contagious, a mere eye contact with someone infected now makes you one of the infected. Unchosen by Kathryn Blair is that book and so much more. Charlotte, an average sibling amongst her talented older and younger sisters. When the Crimson, a deadly disease hits, their parents are gone and now her sisters are the only thing Charlotte has left. Her older sister becomes a fierce military leader, making sure the uninfected stay safe. Her younger sister is said to be the ‘Chosen One’, the one the save them all. When their humble abode is raided and Charlotte’s crush’s life is threatened, Charlotte gets kidnapped after pretending to be the Chosen One, saving her sister from a potentially cruel fate and takes us all on a journey and how she will survive and find herself in this all.
Wow, this book was soo good. It has been a while that I have read a dystopian novel and devoured its content. I absolutely loved the focus on Charlotte in this story. being ‘average’ in her world, he becomes instrumental in figuring out so much. She becomes the bait in order to allow her younger sister to figure out how to save them all. Charlotte is fearless, loyal, committed and willing to do anything to protect the ones she loves. Charlotte is also not perfect, goes through a good chunk of teenage angst because her crush is with her sister and is full of emotional as she tries to help save the world.
The worldbuilding is amazing and really compliments the fantastical aspect to the story. Did I mention there are some really cool battle scenes in the ocean? Yes, you heard that right! What can I say, I am a sucker for some sea adventures or anything sea/water related that works well in a book. But, the most intriguing part of the book was the curse/disease and how there is a way to become cured or immune but not in a way you would expect it. It has a mysterious origin which I wished I knew the backstory of. When one is infected, they become almost superhuman, but also out for blood. It is bizarre but so well written.
Unchosen is a story of sisterhood, a chosen one trope that took a different turn, a girl trying to help save the world and so much more. If you are looking for a dystopian read that is a quick and will keep you on your toes, pick up a copy of Unchosen.
About the Author
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).
…and now for a giveaway!
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
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