The Queen's Choice

The Queen s Choice are Book Review posted on The Eater of Books blog The Queen s Choice by Cayla KluverBook One of the Heirs of Chroir trilogyPublisher Harlequin TEENPublication Date January

The Queen's Choice are Book ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***The Queen's Choice by Cayla KluverBook One of the Heirs of Chroir trilogyPublisher: Harlequin TEENPublication Date: January 28, 2014Rating: 1 starSource: eARC from NetGalleySummary (from Goodreads):Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equalled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen's mantle herself.Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined.What I Liked:I strongly disliked this book. The only thing I liked about this book was the writing style. Kluver has a GORGEOUS writing style. The descriptions were lyrical, the musings poetic. I loved certain lines in this book, certain lines that I forgot to bookmark, oops. And it's not like I'm going to re-read this book to find them. Oh well.What I Did Not Like:So, so many things. I had so many problems with this book. The length, the boredom-induced story, the story/plot, the characters, the fail of a romance, the lack of interest (is that boredom?)... bleh.I'll start with the length of this novel. WOW, this book was long. Usually, length does not bother me. I have no problem reading books that are hundreds and hundreds of pages long. 300, 400, 500, even 600 pages, I can handle. But this book didn't need HALF the content it had. Remember how I said that I loved the writing style? Well, it was gorgeous, but it totally lent itself to the length of the book, and not in a good way. It is not necessary to comment about EVERY LITTLE DETAIL. I promise, it's not. We don't need to know about every single tiny specific detail of anything.This leads to my next dislike: I was SOOOO bored, while reading this book. I have never come as close to NOT finishing as I did with this book. You all know how I'm not in the habit of "DNF"-ing books? I was so close, you all, SO CLOSE. This is THAT BAD. It's so boring. The writing style is gorgeous, but after a while, it gets repetitive and tedious and boring. This book is written in first-person, and let me tell you, the protagonist Anya's voice is terribly boring. It's so bad, trying to read things from her point-of-view. I seriously wanted to fall asleep on more than a thousand occasions, while attempting to read this book. The story is so, so boring. Basically, Anya decides that it is her responsibility to go find Zabriel, the heir to the faerie throne. Funny, because she is the one who will inherit the throne, if Zabriel does not come back. Which he won't, apparently. To begin with, the entire point of this book is STUPID. Anya was NOT supposed to go find Zabriel - that was her cousin Illumina's job. Then, Anya goes out in the world, and she loses her faerie wings. BIG MISTAKE, IDIOT. You should have known better from THAT POINT. That's like, 10% of the book. The other 90% is Anya and a human she meets, Shea, traipsing around the human world, getting themselves into crazy, stupid situations. Really, people with half - no, a quarter - of a brain could have avoided most of those situations.Which brings me to my fourth point. The characters are STUPID. Like, real dumba****. I don't like a single one of them, save Zabriel, because he had the sense to get out of the faerie realm, and he still has his wings, and he doesn't want to go back. The only stupid thing he did was trust Anya.Ugh, Anya, What a stupid, stupid faerie. A dumb, brainless girl. She thinks she is invincible, really. Oh, I'm a faerie, therefore I can just march into the human world and DO WHATEVER I WANT. No. Just, NO. Then, after she loses her wings, she mopes around for the entire book. THE ENTIRE BOOK. Like, yes, mourn for the wings. But seriously, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and STOP WHINING.Yes, Anya is a whiner. And a complainer. I don't know how people can see her as "strong" and "brave" and a "fighter". I hate those words in YA literature sometimes - very rarely is the heroine ever worthy of being called "strong", "brave", or "a fighter". Don't even get me started on Shea. I hate her so much. NOT even because of what she did at the end of the story. Good for her on that one. No, I hated her because Kluver totally constructed her character badly. Like, she's supposed to be defiant and outspoken, but to me, it comes off as forced and fake. When she is outspoken, it seems forced in the situation. Shea is so fake, as a character.Honestly, all of the characters seem either flat or fake or both. Except Zabriel, maybe.Ha! On to my fifth point. The romance is a FAIL. Like, I can appreciate the fact that there is hardly any mention of romance in this book. You know how I like it when the romance in YA books don't dominate the plot? When the romance is secondary? When the whole world isn't depending on the romance? Well, that is how the romance is, in this book. But then, it's not. Anya is bonded (or whatever) with Davic, but since she is no longer a faerie, she can't enter the faerie world, and she can no longer feel the bond between her and Davic. And guess what happens when Anya is in the human world?!Yup, you guessed it. There is a love triangle coming in this series. Maybe not quite in this book, but it will manifest in the second book. Anya strings along Davic, and she has a human. So, realistically, the romance CAN overtake the overall plot of this series. Because humans and faeries don't mix - the only one known is Zabriel. So, it would be a big deal if Anya picked the human, even if Anya herself isn't technically a faerie anymore. This is stupid. My last point... lack of interest. Guys, I was so excited to read this book. A fantasy novel, by the legendary Cayla Kluver. What could possibly go wrong?! 512 pages? No problem! Well, apparently, there WAS a problem. Or many problems. My favorite genre is fantasy, especially high fantasy (like this one), and I was super disappointed. The entire time I was reading this book, I couldn't care less what was happening. Kluver, Anya, and this story could not hold my interest.Wait, I have one more point: I'm so confused about some things. It takes a good amount of craziness to confuse me... I don't get confused easily. But I could not keep track of the random places in this book, or the weird customs, or the unnecessary flashbacks. The flashbacks were so stupid, because it wasn't like there was a pattern to them, in the structure of the book. And honestly, after one or two, I just started skipping them. No point in reading something that doesn't help me.Then again, I should have used that logic with this book, and stopped reading after like, 3%. Too bad I can't NOT finish books. I force myself to read and finish them. I really, REALLY had to force myself with this one. Argh.Bottom line: this book was a waste of my very precious time. It's not easy, reviewing and blogging while in college (especially the college I'm attending). So, I'm mad that I wasted my time. It's no one's fault but mine for choosing to read this book... well, the author did write the book. Ugh. C'est la vie.Would I Recommend It:No, not at all. Not even to old fans of Kluver who liked her Legacy series. This book was just BAD. I mean, I feel like I'm in the minority, but seriously, there are so many others books that I am DYING to read... and I forced myself to struggle through this one. Save yourself the trouble, and read something you really want to read. Rating:1 star. UGH. I hate feeling like I've wasted my time, but unfortunately, that's how I feel about this book. What a way to start the year! Although, this is my third review of 2014.. Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing I could see it drifting away The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again When sixteen year old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equaled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya isMagic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing I could see it drifting away The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again When sixteen year old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equaled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen s mantle herself Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home But her journey is doomed to be harrowing than she ever could have imagined.. Bestseller Kindle The Queen's Choice Also reviewed for Addicted2HeroinesHonestly, the first few chapters of this were pretty meh. Or at least they were to me. It definitely slides toward adventure on the action-adventure scale. By that I mean the plot doesn't move at a break-neck pace. It's more of a story about the journey Anya takes, and the pacing reflects that.I'm not saying The Queen's Choice was boring by any means, and once I got a feel for what was happening I really enjoyed it.The story starts with Anya coming home to Chrior after spending an extended period of time traveling in the human territories. Even though Anya is bonded (engaged) to a wonderful guy, she loves to leave the faerie kingdom and explore the human world. Mr. Wonderful has never left the kingdom of Chrior, and can't understand why she feels the need to wander. He seems pretty boring, but at least he doesn't try to stop her from going.Anya is fae royalty, but she's never actually considered that she might have any real responsibility coming her way. After all, her cousin Illumina is the next in line for the throne. So when she receives a summons from the Queen (aka her aunt), she doesn't think much of it. And then the Faerie Queen drops a bomb on her.She's demoting Illumina ('cause there's a good possibility that she's a bit unhinged), and naming Anya as her successor. No more trips to the human territories for Anya! Yep, from here on out, it's Duty, Duty, Duty.Yikes!This news makes Mr. Wonderful happy, but it doesn't do much for Anya's spirits.Wait, there's more!The Queen has been told by the giant Redwood (it's a mythical tree spirit or something...just go with it.) that her life is going to end soon.Ouch.Now years ago, her half-human son Zabriel got tired of...well, let's just say things in the faerie realm weren't all sunshine and unicorns for him. Anyway, he left Chrior and went into hiding in the human world. But now the Queen is dying...and she wants to see her son one last time.The Queen's decision to send 14 year old Illumina out into the Territories on a search for the long-lost prince shocks Anya into action. Illumina has never been to the human world before, and she's afraid the young girl might get hurt. She's not the most likable or even the most stable faerie, but she's still Anya's baby cousin. Besides, Anya's pretty sure that even if Illumina does somehow manage to find Prince Zabriel, she might not be able to convince him to return.Why not, you ask?Well, sometimes Illumina can come across as a bit creepy and unnerving. Oh yeah. She also hates humans with a white-hot passion, thinks Zabriel is an abomination, and has a penchant for verbal diarrhea.Soooo. Maybe not the best choice to bring him home?And even though Anya doesn't want to admit it, deep down she would love for Zabriel to come back and take the burden of the throne off of her shoulders. So she convinces her fiancee to give her a 3 month head start before he tries to contact her (through their magical engagement bond), and then heads out after her young cousin. Consequences be damned!And here's when things get interesting.As soon as Anya crosses the Bloody Road (it's a kind of magical barrier that only allows magical beings to cross), she's attacked by Hunters. I can't give you the specifics, because it might be a bit spoilery, but she ends up really hurt. Fortunately, a human family finds her and nurses her back to health. Anya forms a tentative friendship with the oldest daughter, Shea. It turns out that the family has some secrets, and not the good kind...like where you're hiding the Christmas presents.Shea's father did something a few years back that put them all on the government's shit-list. And in an effort to stay off the radar, the entire family is stuck living out in the middle of nowhere.You have to admit, that would suck pretty hard for a teenage girl.So when Anya is strong enough to leave, Shea packs up her stuff and hits the road with her.Everything I've mentioned here happens early on in the book, 'cause I really don't want to give too much away.But here's a short list of some of the cool stuff in the rest of the book:Freaky ghost/boogeymen things that run around eating kids, big-time conspiracies everywhere, a pirate with a massive secret, and a huge I-Didn't-See-It-Coming betrayal at the end.Speaking of the end, it had one of the best cliffhanger endings I've read in a while. Now I get that not everyone loves cliffhangers. But I'm of the opinion that if you're going to do it, you need to do it right. And this book did it right. Remember Moning's Fever series?Seriously has anyone out there not read KMM's Fever series?Barrons...Hang on. Just give me a minute.Ok. I'm back.Remember the endings to those books? I would be reading frantically, thinking I had about 10 more pages left, and then BAM!!! the book was over. What?! Noooooo! If you've read those books, you know what I mean.I see some of you are nodding your heads right now!Well, Kluver managed to do a pretty good job re-creating that feeling for me at the end of The Queen's Choice. And while the rest of the book was good, it was really the ending that bumped it up to 4 stars for me. I honestly haven't been that impressed by a cliffhanger in a long time.If you're in the market for YA fantasy, check this one out!I received a digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review...in case you were wondering.
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  1. Cayla Kluver is the author of the Legacy Series LEGACY, 2011 ALLEGIANCE, 2012 SACRIFICE, 2012 Her new book THE QUEEN S CHOICE will be published by HarlequinTEEN in winter 2013 spring 2014.Cayla spends her free time singing, reading, dancing, and horseback riding Her office is filled with twinkly lights She travels frequently to speak at middle and high schools, libraries, and book conventions New York City is one of her favorite places on the planet.

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  1. Review posted on The Eater of Books blog The Queen s Choice by Cayla KluverBook One of the Heirs of Chroir trilogyPublisher Harlequin TEENPublication Date January 28, 2014Rating 1 starSource eARC from NetGalleySummary from Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing I could see it drifting away The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.When sixteen year old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equalled only by her [...]


  2. Also reviewed for Addicted2HeroinesHonestly, the first few chapters of this were pretty meh Or at least they were to me It definitely slides toward adventure on the action adventure scale By that I mean the plot doesn t move at a break neck pace It s of a story about the journey Anya takes, and the pacing reflects that.I m not saying The Queen s Choice was boring by any means, and once I got a feel for what was happening I really enjoyed it.The story starts with Anya coming home to Chrior after [...]


  3. DNF ReviewWhile reading The Queen s Choice, a recurring thought would implant itself in my brain every five seconds How was this even published Yes, it was that intolerable Not to say that the book was necessarily bad, I just cannot imagine someone who is a fan of fantasy enjoying this i.e me There was far too much worldbuilding and little plot development Up until the point I read, the book seemed like an extended version of traveling scenes in Graceling In other words, it was needlessly long w [...]


  4. I don t usually rate books before I read them in fact, I never have before but honestly, Cayla Kluver has written my two favorite books, created one of my all time favorite characters London , and this book, quite simply, looks amazing.I love fairies My favorite author writing about them is like a dream come true I can t wait to read it


  5. Having really enjoyed Cayla Kluver s Legacy trilogy, I was really curious about The Queen s Choice Still, I was hesitant Faeries aren t really my fantasy creature of choice and it sounded like it would be a paranormal romance, which tends to end poorly for me quite often That The Queen s Choice surprised me is an understatement This is fantasy, straight up and jam packed with world building Kluver s The Queen s Choice takes a long time to find its stride, but the shocking ending has me ready for [...]


  6. Unfortunately, a DNF for me There wasn t really a problem I liked the characters and the idea for the story I liked how vivid the descriptions were But, I just couldn t get into it I think this is my problem that any problem with the book It just wan t a good fit for me Since I didn t finish, I won t rate it But, it wasn t my kind of book


  7. An interesting fantasy adventure.Overall I enjoyed The Queen s Choice I liked the world and the characters and the writing It was, however, a book I found I could put down often to revisit later, rather than a real page turner, which would be my preference If it helps as a point of reference for you, this is exactly how I feel about the Harry Potter books I can enjoy and appreciate them, but I can also put them down without any trouble whatsoever, and am constantly aware I m reading a children s [...]


  8. 2.5 StarsThat first chapter had me at the edge of my seat I was ready for some action packed, romance filled, excitement Instead, what I got is a lot of travellingd boredomwith only a few dashes of excitement However, the ending ends with a bang, just like how the beginning of the story starts Fingers crossed that the second book is better and exciting.What I didn t like about The Queen s Choice is the middle of it With all the travelling and adventure going on, I wasn t expecting myself to doz [...]


  9. One of the things that Cayla Kluver does extremely well is write a fun fantasy story that appeals to teenagers and adults alike I feel in love with Cayla s strong female characters, interesting quest story lines, and fun world building first in her book Legacy, and I was sad when the trilogy ended Imagine the sheer joy I felt when I saw that she was starting yet another series and, once again, I began to read and fell in love with The Queen s Choice.Read the rest of this review at The Lost Entwi [...]


  10. An interesting fantasy adventure.Overall I enjoyed The Queen s Choice I liked the world and the characters and the writing It was, however, a book I found I could put down often to revisit later, rather than a real page turner, which would be my preference If it helps as a point of reference for you, this is exactly how I feel about the Harry Potter books I can enjoy and appreciate them, but I can also put them down without any trouble whatsoever, and am constantly aware I m reading a children s [...]


  11. A long time agoI d thought that bravery could be attained with an open mind and heart, by pursuing and facing my demons Now I considered that fearlessness was the luxury of the cloistered and blind, and that it was too late for me Characters Anya is an incredible protagonist She s the type of girl that no matter how many times you try to bring down will always be up on her feet, head held high and moving forward She s strong and patient I can t imagine how calm and collected she is throughout al [...]


  12. The Queen s Choice was an intriguing fantasy that explores a world where the human and fey races are at odds Years ago there was such a terrible war that the fey closed themselves off from the world by means of a barrier called The Bloody Road that will kill any creature that attempts to cross unless they are fey.Anya is a young member of the royal family who loves traveling in the human world and her aunt who is the Queen I believed the two races should live I peace Of course there are many on [...]


  13. I really enjoyed Cayla Kluver s Legacy series and I love books about faeries, so I had high hopes going into this one and fortunately I wasn t disappointed There is just so much that happens in this series it s hard to know where to begin, so I ll start off with the plot.Since this is a fantasy novel, we have a lot of learning to do about the world were in I almost want to describe it as a post apocalyptic faerie novel, but that isn t really accurate There was a large, devastating war between th [...]





  14. Full Review on Brianna s Bookish Confessions.I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from Harlequin Teen It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Anya is a 16 year old faerie who is related to the Queen of Chrior Ubiqua and is betrothed to Davic Entering the human world is a danger zone If a human sees you, you ll be lucky they kill you on spot Humans and Faeries are not on good terms.Queen Ubiqua is dying and is seeking her son whom is not in the kin [...]


  15. Genre Fantasy Rating 3.5 My Thoughts Holy double betrayal Batman Damn that ending and Kluver for giving readers just enough information to leave them breathless Damn having to wait until Hades knows when before the next book in the series is released to find out what Anya will do next Right now I have several different emotions going through my head The first one is that Anya didn t deserve any of the shit that was laid at her feet regardless of the situation, or the persons upbringing and past, [...]


  16. That blurb, you guys That Blurb Faeries, royalty, harrowing journey yes, yes, and yessss Gollum voice optional I jumped at the chance to read this Though I haven t read any of Cayla Kluver s previous works, I ve always heard good things about it so this was a gimme Unfortunately, the only thing The Queen s Choice ended up giving me was a mad case of boredom The book starts off with a giant info dump in the Faerie land of Chrior, which shall henceforth be known as Dullsville Every character we me [...]


  17. thedailyprophecy 2I m not sure what is going on, but most of the books I ve been reading lately are meh I was in need of a book to blow me away and I was hoping to find it in The queen s choice Unfortunately, it wasn t what I was looking for This book ended up being a slow paced story where almost nothing happens I never had the feeling I was sucked into the story and I was always looking for The first thing where this book goes wrong for me is the plot It s very thin and with the sickening slo [...]


  18. It s taken me ages to get through this one, not because it wasn t enjoyable but entirely because its really hard to read a paperback with a one month old baby xD I really enjoyed this story but it ended on a less than dramatic cliffhanger Full review Anya is a member of the Faerie royal family of Chrior, a kingdom cut off from the human world After being named as the heir to the kingdom, Anya decides to leave behind her safe haven and travel into the human lands to find her cousins, both of whom [...]


  19. Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley Anya is a faerie, and her auntie the queen Her cousin Illumina is unfit to be next in line for the throne, and her cousin Zabriel is missing.When her aunt confides in her that she is dying, and that she wants her to take the throne when she dies, Anya knows that she must journey to the human world to try and find her half fae, half human cousin Zabriel.Where is Zabriel And can [...]


  20. The Queen s Choice is a solid, lengthy exploit of Anya s exploration of the political mechanizations of the fairy and human worlds Anya discovers her Aunt, the Queen of the Fairies is soon to pass Secretly taking on the task to find her long lost cousin and human son of the Queen the heir , Anya travels into the human world only to face overdoses, poverty, and danger at every turn I have to admit Anya is resilient with the numerous tragedies that she faces yet she still keeps going.The story is [...]


  21. This book was hard for me to get through It goes at a crawling pace with not a whole lot of interesting things happening But I m one of those people who need to finish a book they start so I finished this one And it did get better, but it took till about page 350 Then things stared heating up I had some problems with the characters Anya just wasn t my cup of tea She wasn t horrible or unbearable, but I wasn t that emotionally invested in her Shea was annoying throughout She just always rubbed me [...]


  22. I was a bit sceptical when I received this book, as it didn t seem as interesting as the others that I had, however I was wrong.My expectations were quite off, as right now I am in pain because I really want to read the sequel Reasons I enjoyed the book A very original plot I ve said this a few times, but I think that this may be the only time I actually mean it I would never have thought of this plot, and so much planning must have gone into this, as there is so much detail in a topic that is b [...]


  23. 3.5 Stars.divabooknerd 2014 05 tThe Queen s Choice isn t my usual read, I tend not to delve into Fantasy books featuring faires, or Fae as they re known, but I quite enjoyed this one More adventure than fantasy, it tells the story of Anya who although lives within the hidden forest, she wants nothing than to travel to human settlements, much to the annoyance of her father who wants to keep her safe and her beloved Davic, who is happy to settle in the Redwood and begin their lives together He s [...]


  24. While there wasn t necessarily anything wrong with this book, I simply wasn t so much a fan of it Sadly And the authors other YA series was the same rating for me I was excited about this one It seemed interesting Sadly it just didn t do it for meHonestly I can t see why anyone would not like this book because to a certain extent it s still very well written, a little too detailed for me but personally for me and I had a hard time really get into this one and connecting with the characters This [...]


  25. This book was a hard read for me Around page 330 I almost gave up on it and put it down I just couldn t connect with the characters Thankfully I m a stubborn reader I pushed thru the book and finished it But 3 4 of the book was just bland reading for me It only got interesting to me in the last chapters I really enjoyed her other book series, the legacy series This first book in her new series, has left a dry taste in my mouth I m sad to say but it has even made me not want to read from this se [...]


  26. Book Review originally published here iheartreading uncategoThe book is interesting, and once you get past the first few chapters it starts out okay, but turns boring rather quickly , make it through half of the book, and all the heaps of world building, then the story picks up Unfortunately it waits too long for that moment, so while it s an okay read, it s nothing special The world building intrigued me though, so I may have to pick up the sequel.


  27. I really liked this book It wasn t your average faerie book and I really liked the narrative style The ending was great and I loved Zabriel as a character Though I have a soft spot for all bad boys The ending got me as well, although I kinda saw it coming view spoiler The only thing I didn t like was the romance, but that s to be expected in YA It s also pretty light, so I wasn t too bothered hide spoiler For 16, Anya is very mature but I guess it s because of her upbringing Definitely excited f [...]


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