Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 18th 2016
Series: Tales of a New World #1
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: eARC from Publisher
Chosen to embrace her true identity. Chosen to follow her destiny. Chosen to change her world.
Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has been forced to turn from her duties, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save herself and her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating Tribe, strays across her path that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…
Now evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By breaking Clan Law and forming an alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.
Moon Chosen is the first book in the young adult paranormal series, called Tales of a New World by author P.C. Cast. I lhave read and really enjoyed the first 6 books in her house of night series, so I was excited to give this new series a try! I really enjoyed the concept behind the book, but overall the story fell a little flat for me. I so badly wanted to love this one because the summary and the cover totally called to me. But in reality, I found the pacing kind of slow and awkward, and frankly the story was more than a little boring for most of the novel. It did pick up by the end, and I was vaguely interested in seeing where the story was going, but getting through this story took me entirely too long. I kept putting down the book and going back to it, but it never could hold my interest for more than 20 minutes at a time. (which is very surprising and not like me at all with a book.)
Moon Chosen wasn’t all bad though. Like I said, it has a very cool concept. I loved that Mari, the main character is both a total insider in her clan, because her mom is the revered leader, but also an outsider because of her skin. It gives her away as not really being one of their people. In fact, in order for Mari to even go outside she has to cake her skin in mud. But even that wasn’t enough to hold my attention. So many times while I was reading, I just had no idea what story was trying to be told. I didn’t know where the book was going. And I think, ultimately it was that lack of direction that had my attention wandering each time. I liked some of the more mysterious elements of the story, but I wanted more. More something. I just don’t know what.
Bottom line: This series has the potential to be interesting because it does have some cool mysterious elements woven into the world, but in the end it was a bit too slow and boring to hold my attention. It wasn’t the book for me. But don’t just take my word for it. Lot’s of people have really enjoyed Moon Chosen, so if you are a fan of P.C. Cast and of new paranormal worlds, give this book a try. And be sure to check out the reviews linked below, of readers who loved Moon Chosen.
Here are some reviews from people that loved Moon Chosen
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Sophie “Beware Of The Reader” gave it 5 stars and called it her favorite series!
Felicia’s Ink gave it 5 stars!
I’ve been reading this book since October… and I’m only on Chapter 5 lol. It’s been a really slow read for me so far, and I know what you mean about it not holding your attention – sadly its turning out to be a book I’m making myself read (I hate not finishing books) and that factor alone is really taking away my enjoyment of the story. I think my review will match yours… whenever I get around to finishing this lol.
Sorry to hear it’s a bit of a disappointment. The cover looks amazing.
The cover is beautiful and I’d thought I would read this one myself, but I think if I did give it a try I would check it out from the library instead of buying it. Thanks for the review. I know how disappointing it is to have an anticipated book let you down.
too bad it’s so slow; not for me
It sounds like this book did have some redeeming qualities, but just not enough to make it the best that you wanted it to be. I did start reading the first book in the House of Night series, but gave up after that. It failed to immerse me enough, and I doubt I’ll be reading more books by this author soon…
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I really liked it. I liked the concept behind it. But some ppl didn’t and I get why: it does move slow. But now I’m eager for book 2!!
How disappointing! I usually enjoy books by P.C. Cast. Thanks for sharing your review.
It’s unfortunate that you didn’t like this one, the blurb was promising!