Before I get into the book, though, I’d like to talk about why I picked it up in the first place: Chosen is part of K.I.S.S. and Teal, a commendable awareness campaign begun last year between the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and Avon Books that advocates women being cognizant of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. (September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and teal is the color for ovarian cancer awareness.) This year Avon is featuring seven new romance releases with a teal ribbon on the cover and information inside about ovarian cancer: Sable Grace’s Chosen, The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James, Wendy Corsi Staub’s Nightwatcher, etc.
More information about ovarian cancer is available at www.ovariancancer.org.
Kyana Aslan – who is half Vampyre and half Lychen – has been a goddess for only six weeks (she is the new Goddess of the Hunt, Artemis’ replacement). An unparalleled tracker and a tough-as-nails warrioress, Kyana is a worthy goddess – but with a banished god (Cronos) on the verge of a potentially world-ending rampage of vengeance, Kyana must come to grips with her new abilities fast: and also figure out where she stands with Ryker, the new Zeus who is obviously hopelessly in love with her…
• Describing Ryker: “She watched him paint on the knee-length tunic he was forced to wear here and hated so much, then fasten the broad golden belt around his waist that made him look like a cross between a WWF champion and Caesar.”
• Standing up to Ares: “I’m a goddess now, asshat.”
• On dreaming about her nightmarish past: “It totally sucked donkey balls.”
This was an ambitious novel – and trilogy. Fusing together irreverent paranormal fantasy sensibilities with steamy supernatural romance in an apocalyptic, mythology-powered backdrop, well, that’s asking a lot. But adventurous romance readers looking for something unusual should find this trilogy as diverting as I did. And what’s wrong with living vicariously as a goddess for a few hours as I relax in my Adirondack chair with my toes in the sand?
"Honey, where’s my ambrosia?"
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