Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Blog Tour - The Chosen Knights {The Angel Knights #1} By Mary Ting {Review & Giveaway!}

Very excited to be hosting an event for The Chosen Knights! Don't forget to add it on your TBR lists and of course, make sure to enter the Giveaway at the end of this post! 
Title: The Chosen Knights

{The Angel Knights #1}

Author: Mary Ting

Publication Date: March 19th, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
(HIGHLY recommend to read prequel first–The Angel Knights)

SOME BOOKS AREN’T MEANT TO BE OPENED

***City of Bones meets The Da Vinci Code.
Urban fantasy lover’s dream! Demons, vampires, angels, witches, and fallen angels all set to the back drop of high school in Hawaii, and astral travel to the past to Knights Templar era.***

**SILVER AWARD WINNER 2016–YA FANTASY–READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD**

*A page turning mystery with a supernatural twist that entertains to the last page! ~InD’tale Magazine*

When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.

There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.

{Amazon}
I was extremely excited to start reading the Chosen Knights because the synopsis really spoke to me with how interesting it made the book sound. It greatly reminded me of The Mortal Instruments and that is one of the main reasons I decided to give it a chance. Which isn't a bad thing so, don't take it as one. Me and the story got off on a rocky start, which wasn't the most promising in terms of me actually enjoying it as much as I hoped I would. I found it very hard to connect with the main character and for some reason, Lucia's voice kind of got lost in the background and was kind of overshadowed by everyone else's. It's obvious that's she a loyal and brave heroine but, I felt like I didn't get to know her throughout the book as much as one would expect. I usually find it very easy to connect with characters and for me, it makes the experience of reading the book itself even better and more satisfying!

As the story progressed though and the plot developed, I found myself really enjoying the direction it took. It just took more than a couple of chapters for me to start getting into it and I loved the second part of the book. The first part wasn't my favorite but, once I got over that, everything became so fascinating and interesting to read that I couldn't stop. The facts just kept coming at me and they were as intriguing as they should've been from the beginning. By the end, everything made sense and I was at the edge of my seat, eagerly anticipating what would happen next. 

I loved the secondary characters of the book and I felt that they complimented it quite nicely. I feel like Lucia's dynamics as a character just weren't strong enough at the beginning to show through everyone else's. Needless to say that I loved Eli because this particular kind of romance - as cliche as it might be - is one of my guilty pleasures. A favorite of mine to read about, if you will. And his character was just so mysterious,  dark and tempting that if I were in Lucia's place, I would've fallen for him too. No questions asked or anything, just like that. Abel was kind of likable as well but, he has nothing on Eli, let's just admit it. The romance wasn't really as obvious at the beginning but, as the story progressed, it became even stronger, which was not a problem for me but, some people might find it inconvenient. Zach and Uncle Davin were definitely some of my favorites and I really enjoyed their back and forth with Lucia. They sincerely cared for each other and it really showed through, not only their words but also, their actions. 

The writing was good but I feel like it could have been a lot better and contributed to my personal enjoyment as a reader. I found it lacking in some parts and sometimes, it felt a bit rushed. Other than that, the scenes were pretty descriptive and their vividness left me hungry for more. Eli and Lucia's romantic banter was probably my favorite thing in the whole book so, just getting that out there.  The characters developed nicely throughout the book and the ending left me disoriented and completely shocked! So, if we don't take into account the disappointing first part of Chosen Knights, it was a great and extremely entertaining novel that introduced me to a very fascinating and complex word! This is definitely a book fans of adventure and the action and heartbreak that inevitable go hand in hand with it!
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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