Series: The Chosen Saga #1
Publisher: WWS Publishing on December 29, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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A girl with a past she tries to forget, and a future she can’t even imagine.
Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day.
And things only get weirder…
Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.
Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic. There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren, who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.
But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive.
Dare to dream. Dare to hope. Dare to be a legend.
At A Glance
I may bash this book but I loved a lot of it.
The best part of Girl of Myth and Legend is the world it’s set it. We go to a whole other realm where everything is, like enhanced or something. It’s like Earth but better. During the day everything is brighter, prettier and magical. At night, nightmares rule the land. It’s all about balance, good and evil. It was an interesting concept.
Leonie is thrust into this new, strange world because she’s the last Pulsar, pretty much the most powerful member of the Chosen. She is worshiped and protected, which does not sit well with Leonie. The hardest part is conforming to the new laws and new way of life where some people are considered lesser and others will do anything to overthrow the ones in power.
Leonie and Korren were awesome together, as in they kinda hated each other. You could call Korren Leonie’s reluctant bodyguard. Leonie is still a kid deep down inside and Korren is all shades of serious and brooding. An odd match for sure. I love how their shakey friendship grew oh so slowly as they realize they want the same thing: freewill and acceptance. But them butting heads was the funnest part.
Lots of little shockers in this book. People die, people you do not expect to die. The action kept me on my toes with constant attacks and new bad guys at every turn. The ending is a little cliffy but not too bad. I felt like I got a good, decent story out of the experience.
The beginning felt a little forced. A whole bunch happens that is just thrown at us instead of seamlessly woven within the story.
I thought Leonie’s reaction to everything that was happening (especially in the beginning) was just odd. It was like she was shocked and blasé at the same time. And then when crap happens to her dad, there is a halfass attempt to get him out of the mess, but then Leonie just goes about her day. So confusing.
I think it all came down to that I didn’t connect with Leonie as much as I hoped I would.
Leonie and Korren would barely admit to a friendship, let alone a relationship. I am not sure if they will fall for each other or not later down the road but, so far, there is no romance in this series. It didn’t need it.
There is improvement to be had, but we have a solid story here. The action and fantasy were spot on, but Leonie could be a little more likable. Recommended.
“But maybe that’s why you’re the last one, maybe that’s why the stargods decided to bring you into our world, because you’re not indifferent and you’re not mindless. You’re someone who can’t be crushed or tainted. Or at least, you’re not someone who will be easily. Maybe in these times, it’s not water we need, but fire. Maybe that’s why we’re together. Fire on fire, as you said.’
I blink, confused. ‘Are you… wait, are you being… nice to me?”
“Wow. Another realm, huh? Your zealous delusions continue to impress me. Is this where we fly off to Olympus or Valhalla or Heaven or something?”