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Children of the Gods (Chosen #1)

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For as long as seventeen-year-old Reka Cushing can remember, she has watched her friends and her neighbors be stolen, their bodies used as hosts for the Halorans; an alien race that has come to earth posing as gods. For just as long, Reka has lived in fear of drawing the eye of a Haloran, keeping her head down, hoping not to be caught in their sights.

The only time she has
Kindle Edition, 158 pages
Published December 24th 2011
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Gabbo Parra
May 12, 2012 Gabbo Parra rated it liked it
It amazes me how so many other reviews compare this book with THE HOST and nobody seems to hear the distant echo of THE HUNGER GAMES. Luckily for me, I haven’t read any of these books (I watched the movie, but beyond that, nah) and therefore my perception of CHILDREN wasn’t tarnished by other authors.

What I appreciated the most about this book was its conciseness. Although, there were days (within the book) that it seemed like nothing happened, every little step (a touch, a glance, a simple word
May 26, 2014 Tanecia rated it liked it
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*I received this ebook for review from the author*

In the Children of the Gods the Halorian's came to earth to stop starvation and to restore order to the people but in doing so the Gods only request is a sacrifice. For the Sacrifice the Gods ask for a child who is between the ages of 15-19 to be choosen boy or girl to become the next "skin/vessel" for the Gods to use&control.

When Reka is Choosen by one of the Gods also know as Halorans she immediately thinks her life is over. Before Reka
KaSonndra Leigh
Jul 02, 2012 KaSonndra Leigh rated it really liked it

Reka is a young woman who has been chosen to harbor the essence of the goddess queen Anaya. It is an event that keeps the inhabitants of King Jaxson happy as his queen is reincarnated with a new body every 20 years. The world lies in a ship on earth that harbors a kingdom of gods, the Halorans, that have the ability to use humans as their hosts. You will have to read the story to find out exactly how that was handled, but the experience will be rewarding if you do.

**Small spoiler alert*
4.25 Stars -- A perfect balance.
The synopsis is pretty accurate and hard to expound on without giving away the pertinent and wonderfully woven parts of the book. What can be said is the lyrical prose and manner of speaking felt perfect for these characters and this setting. Reka and Jaxson were drawn with the absolute correct balance of flaws and perfection to put yourself in their places. The secondary characters were ready as well for their close-ups because just as much care had gone into th
Jan 28, 2012 Stefany rated it it was amazing
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Jan 02, 2013 Katie rated it liked it
I just want to say that I did really enjoy this book. I was engaged and wanted to keep turning pages. There were just a lot of questions left open for me. Normally I can read a book and not worry about the details of the how and why on the things that just "are" in a book. And for the most part, I could, but a couple of items, I just wanted to know more. Like what exactly is this Kincha thing and how did these "Gods" find them? Why doesn't the main God, Jaxson need a host like it seems all the o ...more
Lisa (Lost in Literature)
Mar 26, 2012 Lisa (Lost in Literature) rated it it was amazing
Let me start from the very beginning... literally. The cover is perfect! When I saw this blog tour posted on CLP Blog Tours I immediately joined it without even reading the synopsis, just based on the cover itself. I'm definitely a bit of a Cover Girl. :) This cover drew me right in!

I really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. It started off quickly and sucked me right in from page 1. I was totally engulfed in this other "world" that they lived in and was eagerly flipping pages on my ipad
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
May 25, 2012 Michelle Cornwell-Jordan rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! I do NOT know where to begin. I absoultely LOVED this book! Nope, nope...this isn't a normal gushing...I DID!

It reminded me of The Host(Stephanie Meyers) meets Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) at first!...then, it flowed into simply it's own telling...the writing was clear, almost poetic in tone...the story was full of such

Okay, back to the beginning...the story tells of Reka who lives in a society, where a group (Halorans) are in control. They are beneficiaries wh
Caedy  Eries
Title: Children of the Gods (A Chosen Novel)
Author: Monica Mallard
Rating: 5/5

A sincere thank you to Monica Mallard for offering this book for review via the group the Nexus.

Summary: Reka a seventeen year old girl lived inside the City of the Gods. Everyone outside of the city thought they lived a perfect life never wanting for nothing, having all of their needs met. But they were so wrong inside the city they had no freedom, the one thing that they wanted the most. The gods told t
Jun 30, 2012 Nereid rated it liked it
I have only ever read another book like this and that would be "The Host" where a human is taken over by another life-form and this book is quite different. Reka is coming of age and her people have been selected to be chosen to supply their bodies as hosts for the Halorans who are an alien race. Reka is interested in Niko but he is now 19 and safe from the selection process. She is chosen to become the host for the Queen Anaya and she was worried she would lose all those she loved and also hers ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Lacey rated it it was amazing
First thoughts:

This was definitely one roller-coaster of emotional limits. The intensity and idea itself was filled with all of the emotions. This wasn’t your run of the mill type of story, there was some added flare and character to this book that made reading it both enjoyable and fast. This is definitely a book that doesn’t take long to read and can if time allowed be read in one sitting.


Though this book started a bit slow to me it did have an overall good plot. The beginning was just t
Jun 30, 2012 Rachael rated it really liked it
Let me start off by saying I loved this book. Don't be fooled by my rating - although I actually consider 3.5 to be pretttty high - Children of the Gods is a beautifully written book that certainly made my heart ache.

I should be a little ashamed to say this, but the best part of this book for me was the romance <3 I started off disliking Jaxson, but gradually (and surprisingly!) Monica was able to warm up my heart with his personality (kudos to you!). The more intimate parts also bordered on
Jenny Franklin
May 05, 2012 Jenny Franklin rated it really liked it
I got a copy of Children of the Gods for review via the group the Nexus. I would like to thank Monica Mallard for offering this book, I was really excited to read it when I got it. When I first started the book, it was a little confusing. I didn't know right away that I'd like this book but I kept reading and the more I read, the more interested in it I became. By the end of the book I didn't want it to end. I really liked Reka, the main character, she was a strong female who reall ...more
Jennifer (random jendsmit)
Children of the Gods (A Chosen Novel) by Monica Millard
For as long as seventeen-year-old Reka Cushing can remember, she has watched her friends and her neighbors be stolen, their bodies used as hosts for the Halorans; an alien race that has come to earth posing as gods. For just as long, Reka has lived in fear of drawing the eye of a Haloran, keeping her head down, hoping not to be caught in their sights.

The only time she has ever been bold, tried to get what she wanted, a god, one more p
Brianna Kilcrease
Apr 05, 2012 Brianna Kilcrease rated it really liked it
First Line: “Helena's long skirt brushed the ground as she fell into line, stopping directly in front of me. She was the last of the girls. It was the boys' turn now and I watched as they filed out, finding their place in line. My breath caught as Niko headed for his position in the front line. I sent up a silent offer of gratitude for Niko and a plea that he would be spared."

This book was completely not what I was expecting. The first installment in The Chosen, it paves the way for this magnifi
Laura Chapman
Apr 26, 2012 Laura Chapman rated it really liked it
On one level, Monica Millard's Children of the Gods tells the story about making the best of a situation when decisions are made beyond an individual's control. But it goes beyond that.

Though not wholly new to science fiction -- I've watched films and TV shows in this genre for years -- I am still a novice when it comes to reading it. At about 130 pages, the story is not dense and bogged down with too much science. Instead, it focused more on character development, which I enjoyed.

I was most int
Mistik Ink
Aug 20, 2012 Mistik Ink rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All YA lovers
Recommended to Mistik Ink by: Mischief Maker
Lovely YA novel. Fantastic writing!


The cover is lovely although it is not the way I imagined the heroine. Nevertheless, the unearthly beauty is appropriate to represent this read.
Progressive and flowing world building was descriptive but not overwhelming. It wasn't, however, easy to understand for at least 40% of the book. I felt some details should have been explained better.
Our hero is an alpha male, the Lord of himself and others who takes the girl agains her will and then attempts
Heather Boustead
Children of the Gods
By Monica Millard

Every twenty-thirty years the “Gods” come into the village where Reka lives to choose a new host body. Reka tries to blend into the crowd and prays she will not be chosen but unfortunately she is and not just to host any “God” but the queen. When they pull her into the ship that will soon become her home every part of Reka fights back but as they insert the queen into her body she fears it was all for nothing, that is until she wakes and realizes Anaya is the
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
This was very good out of the gate. I was immediately drawn into the world of Reka. Centuries ago, an alien race landed near a small village, and in exchange for peace and prosperity, a couple of people were chosen each year to host a "god". What a terrifying way to live, never knowing if it was your final year.

Of course Reka is chosen. I would think anything else would make for quite a boring story. The terror she feels is very real, and the whole process makes me a little ill. In a good way, I
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I would like to thank the author Monica Millard for posting her book Children of the Gods (A Chosen Novel) in the group The Nexus in the discussion topic Authors Requesting Reviews on Goodreads for review and allowing me to read and review it.

Reka a seventeen year old girl lived inside the City of the Gods. Everyone outside of the city thought they lived a perfect life never wanting for nothing, having all of their needs met. But they were so wrong inside the city they had no freedom, the one th
May 16, 2012 Berenice rated it it was amazing
Reka Cushing spent her whole life trying to be invisible, trying not to stand out and catch their attention, but all her hard work got thrown into the garbage the day she is chosen to be a vessel to one of the gods, all her fears and nightmares become true.
Her destiny is now that of many others, trapped in her own body as aliens that disguised themselves as gods take over, but what happens when things don't work as they should? Can she fool a ship full of aliens and play the part of their queen?
Elsa Carrion
May 14, 2012 Elsa Carrion rated it really liked it
The story was different but kind reminded me of the movie “The Body Snatchers”, in a way. However I enjoyed it tremendously. Good plot and characters. A little on the sad side but the love Jaxson showed and the patience he had with Reka could not help but like him. The story is left with a small cliff hanger wondering what's going to happen with Reka, Jax or even Griff. I was lost as to the time frame that Reka was with Jaxson, at times it seemed like a few months had passed but other times it f ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Isabelle rated it really liked it
I really liked it the book.
I didn't rate it 5 stars because I wish for a different ending.

The world built was very interesting, but a bit complicated to understand. I should have read the prequel first, because it explains better the setting of the book.
It's a really emotional book, that made me feel all sort of different feelings. I went from sadness to happiness to anger to elation very fast while reading.

The female character is young but very mature. She's shown a great ability to deal with
Apr 30, 2012 Seh rated it liked it
Children of the gods was a nice read, the plot reminded me though of the series "Stargate SG-1"...and the scene with Daniel's I the only one? Maybe it is because I was a huge fan of this series^^

Back to the book, I don't really know what to say...I find it sometimes too cheesy but it is one of its charms though...I have mixed feelings about it actually as I did like reading it but it won't make it to my favourite shelf if you see what I mean

And my favorite quote in this book: "He loved
Bobbi Jo
Oct 29, 2013 Bobbi Jo rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, ya, fantasy-general
I WON! Actual review pending a read of this final product.
This was a reread and my first read of the final version. There were several differences and a good bit of content added. The world that Monica created is very interesting and fun to read about. I've talked to her at several points about how the world itself works and mostly it comes through very well in the book.
My only real peeve is I am not a fan of the abruptness of the ending. It's very sudden! I feel it could have used a bit more de
Mar 28, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
Meh, I'm not sure really what to think after reading this book. The premies reminded me a lot of The Host by Stephanie Meyer, but the execution was far below Meyer's novel.

The story started off interesting enough, but so many things and emotions started happening without any real explanation to what was going on. I was so confused in the beginning so as I continued on in the book, I didn't now what was going on half the time.

Reka would have been a really interesting character, but I didn't und
Samantha Janning
Apr 08, 2012 Samantha Janning rated it really liked it
The YA/paranormal books have really been catching my eye lately, and I was so happy to host Monica Millard at CLP Blog Tours for her novel Children of the Gods. I thought this read was super unique – which might sound strange since I think that paranormal books are all pretty unique, but this one had a little something extra that kept me enticed. The book is actually classified as sci-fi, which I really enjoyed. I know sci-fi can get be confusing to some, and I will say that it took me a while t ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Lola rated it it was ok
Again I have mixed feelings about a book. Let me start positve: I absolutely loved the idea behind this book. A special race has control of a city an every year a human is choosen to be the host for one of those special people who are referred as Gods. Sounds great right? Well sadly the original plot is the only good thing in this book.

My biggest problem with this story is that it lacked explanation. It lacked world building, inner dialogue, character depth, explanation about how everything wor
Michelle Book Briefs
This book seems like such a cool idea! I picked it up because of the premise. I actually enjoyed the story but I also had some issues with it. First I will talk about the things that worked for me.

Children of the Gods has some really good characters! Reka is strong and compassionate. I appreciated the fact that she was trying to be a good person. The same goes for Jaxson. He really was a good person, and I really started to like him. I love that Reka is strong enough to try and fight off the al
Years ago, a generation of people from Reka’s home agreed to offer up their adolescent children as hosts for the ‘Gods’ in return for saving them from famine and starvation. When Reka is picked to be the host for Anaya, the Queen of the Gods, she believes her life is over, her body to be hijacked and her spirit crushed – but from the moment she steps on the ship, nothing turns out quite as she expected.

The story is told from Reka’s first person perspective and I have to say I found it slightly c
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Monica Millard was born and raised in Alaska. She doesn’t own a dog sled team, but has worked in a place where there are buildings with caged exterior doors to keep employees from being eaten by polar bears.

Monica’s favorite quote is, “People do not see the world as it is, they see it as they are.” She is not sure who said it but it is a quote that has always stuck with her. She loves to read beca
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