The Chosen by Sheenah Freitas
Kaia's entire life has erupted in flames after an assassin appears and burns her village down. She's rescued by a god from another planet who requests her help because she's the descendant of their last savior. Together with Reeze -- the only other survivor from her village and her appointed guardian -- they set off on a quest to find the treasures of the gods in hopes of preventing a dire prophesy. Kaia and Reeze quickly meet the Tueors, a group of people many thought extinct, who are searching specifically for Kaia. Their intention: to protect the truth. As Kaia discovers more about the truth and her family's past, she also learns of the Tueors' bloody secret. Will Kaia be the savior the gods have been waiting for? Or will she let the prophesy come true?
I'm beginning to realize I may have to rethink what I'm "in to" as far as subject material of the books I read. I started this book, and again thought I wasn't going to really be all that into it. The characters and story just didn't seem to be what I am generally interested in (or so I thought).
The book is about Kaia, a young girl who had her simple, happy life turned upside down suddenly when her village was destroyed, along with the people in it. She's suddenly thrust into a life of danger and responsibility that just may be too much for her, but she gains some companions that, although she isn't fully convinced she can trust them, help her stay alive and attempt to fulfill the destiny she has recent learned was "chosen" for her.
The Chosen had me on the edge of my seat quite a few times. I found myself surprised even at some of the plot twists, and the writing was very good! Thank you, Sheena Freitas for reminding me that there are some great books out there, outside of the realm of what I thought was my preferred genre and subject matter!
I give this book a solid 3.5 stars!