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Chosen (The Chosen #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  6,229 Ratings  ·  566 Reviews
Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma's never needed help before. ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: magic
This book was just plain weird. It started out with what I thought was going to be a predictable story, and it was, but there were some twists added that just were strange and I did not like. I won't be reading the next one... Well, maybe I will if it is free and I am really bored, but it is not something I will seek out.

Things I liked:
1 - I kind of liked Will. He wasn't really well developed but he played the cliche "big strong guy" roll well. It's just too bad Emma came across as more of a jer
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah* by: Carol
Shelves: thriller
"Sometimes the choices we make are part of the path that takes us to where we need to be."

When I sat down with this book tonight, my plan was to only read 3-5 chapters.

Well, you can see how well that worked out for me! ;)

This book sunk its talons into me with the first sentence and had me hooked so deeply into this fabulous story I absolutely could not put it down until I finished it! Yes, it was THAT good!

I don't know what it is about it that I loved the most. It might have been the thrillingl
Trisha Leigh
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've read CHOSEN in all of its incarnations, and have never grumbled about diving back into the pages. It's a thriller, yes, and there's plenty of action and weapons and intrigue to keep you turning the pages. The paranormal bent is as mysterious as it is well executed, and the love interest...well, let me tell you. If they made Will's on an assembly line I would be standing in front, possibly without clothing, to grab the first one.

All of the characters are real, acting and reacting in authenti
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Kitabı çok beğenenler olmuş aslında... Ben de mi bir sorun var acaba??
Çok hoşuma gitmedi. Konuya da karakterlere de pek ısınamadım açıkçası..
Umarım devamında fikrim değişir.
Dec 23, 2014 marked it as tbr-lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
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Dee Avila
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chosen is a Paranormal Thriller full of suspense, action and revelations. Every character was deeply layerd and as you turn the pages you peeled a layer off these 'onions', so to speak. That is how I pictured the main characters. Emma: a mother, a protector, independent and completely snarky. Jake: a five year old boy, Emma's son, wise for his years and sees the future. (trying not to drop any spoilers) There is many more layers to Jake that you need to read about. And then there is Will: Mercen ...more
I absolutely loved this book. I came across it by accident on Amazon and I'm so glad I did. It's listed at a terrific price of $2.99 for the Kindle version.

For those who enjoy paranormal novels, let me first just say that this book has nothing to do vampires, werewolves, faeries, or demons, etc. This is something completely different and well worth your time to read.

It's a story that involves prophesies, a child who has special gifts, a mother doing everything in her power to protect her child,
Feb 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Where to begin with this book. This is the first book in a long, long time that I forced myself to finish. I've never not finished a book, and I didn't want this to be my first. Thank goodness I got it for free through Kindle. Here were my main problems:

1. Emma swears like a sailor in front of her 5 year-old son. Yeah, I get that she is supposed to be tough, but really it just made her look like a bad mom.
2. Jake, her 5 year-old son, doesn't talk or have the vocabulary of any 5 year-old I know.
Carol Ward
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I almost wondered if I was missing the first couple of pages of this book (I read it on my Kindle) because we jumped right into the action. I was left with a lot of questions: who were these men after Emma and her son; why were they after her; who was this mysterious stranger who practically bullied his way into helping them? Well guess what, Emma didn't know the answers either, and it made it very hard to put the book down as we slowly started to figure out what was going on together.

It's fast
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
This review, along with a quote from the book, appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.

If you like paranormal, with prophecies and chosen ones, I know a book for you. It's CHOSEN, and it's one hell of a book. When there isn't physical action going on, there's emotional action--and when you think you have figured out everything, Swank throws you new information. When I finished reading this book, I sat back and thought, "WTF just happened. I need the sequel RIGHT NOW!" CHOSEN is a book you don't want to mi
Nope. DNF at 40% Just couldn't take it anymore.
The boy was creepy, his mother beyond annoying and the male protag was a very boring version of damaged hero.
I am so not interested in how this plays out.
Joy (joyous reads)
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-kindle
Emma has spent the last five years on the run; running from a dangerous unknown entity who's bent on tracking her son. Jake seemed to have a preternatural ability to see the future, which is handy considering he only sees when the "bad men" are coming. On one close call, they run into a drifter who was willing to help them run away. Untrusting Emma knew in her guts that she shouldn't put their lives in the hands of a stranger. But when bullets started flying in their direction, she knew they no ...more
Michelle K
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Full review including book trailer is here:

Allow me to introduce you to an amazing new urban fantasy series. Chosen is book 1 and November can't come fast enough until I get book 2, Hunted into my hot little hands.

Every once in a while a series comes along and grabs you. For me, Chosen did just that. I contemplated booking a vacation day just to have alone time without kids so I could read without interruption. I just didn't want to put down my Kindle. As
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then you need to read this book! It hits the floor running, and never really stops. I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this book for review. The author calls it urban fantasy, but it really isn't (I looked up the definition of UF ... yeah, I'm a geek). It's really a paranormal action/thriller that I couldn't stand to put down.

Emma has had a rough few years, hiding out from the bad men who seem to wan
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Twenty-something Emma is always on the run. Her 5-year-old son Jake can see the future, and he always tells her when the ‘bad men’ are coming, and they have to leave town.

This time, Emma and Jake have only been in town for 3 weeks when he says that the bad men are coming, and Emma hurriedly packs up their stuff and prepares to leave, when she suddenly gets help from an unexpected person.

Will is also staying at the motel where Emma is staying, and he
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Sometimes you read a book just because it's sitting right there in front of you, this is one of those books for me. I got it for free via Kindle's lending library system. Normally I wouldn't even bring something like that up, but in this instance it does make a difference.

This book was just ok. It started out in a very predictable fashion and then about a chapter in plopped a monster twist into the story and then went in a totally different direction. While the story itself is alright I just rea
A provisional three stars. More than once, for the first half of the book, I was tempted to DNF this one, because of Emma. She's awful. I tried to empathize with her plight, and the stress she was under, but she was just ... gah. EASE UP, LADY FACE.

I found the book to be repetitious on occasion. A memorable instance was the conversations Will & Emma had about how she was too weak to leave the cabin. Two conversations, nearly verbatim, within pages of each other.

I also felt that Emma's chang
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm clearly not in the majority with my opinion about this book. I was really excited to get to the end, not to see what happens, but so I could start a different book. I knew if I picked up another book in the middle of this one I'd never finish this story. The book had great potential, but it really did not pan out for me. There were too many annoyances with the dialogue. "Will, insert whatever overly dramatic, emotional, sarcastic remark from Emma." "Emma, insert condescending eyeroll comment ...more
Rhiannon Frater
I won't review this novel because I didn't finish. I loved this author's YA series. HERE and THERE were amazing. Probably two of the best books I've read in the last few years. But I cannot invest myself in this story. It's not for me. This book is well-written and I have nothing negative to say about it. The book started off very exciting, but once the "romance" came into play, my involvement in the story started losing traction very quickly. Also, I have a thing about "fated" romances and once ...more
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review at

1.) Now you guys know how much I hate having to read about sex (unless it's an LA Banks book). Swank apparently knew I was coming for this because the sex in the book was more of a 'hand on breast, pants gone, a joining' and then I'm happy because the D and P words are not thrown around willy nilly. 2.) I really liked the connection Jake had with Will until ...... 3.) It was a non-stop rollercoaster ride. Really, it was. You never stop moving. An
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Emma and her son Jake are running from "the bad men" when Will shows up. Blindly trusting her son, Emma allows Will to join them on their action packed escape. Filled to the brim with action, Chosen will leave you trying to catch your breath from start to finish. Swank plays with the readers emotions from all angles and leaves the reader tied up with the characters so much that it is impossible to put the book down until you know they are all right. I absolutely adored this book, and Will has be ...more
Lori Clark cook
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My sister, Kathy Rice suggested this book. It pulled me right in and I was hooked. Emma comes on strong as a momma determined to protect her little man. Will shows up on the scene to help save the day he all he seems to be. And the bad guys, WOW! How bad can they get. So excited to get to the next one!
Denise Grover Swank
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
excellent!!! HUGE page turner. I highly recommend this!!
Rhonda Cowsert
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Chosen - By Denise Grover Swank

Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma's never needed help before. And even though she's learned to trust her son, it doesn't mean she trusts Will.

Mercenary Wil
R. Scott VanKirk
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Chosen (The Chosen #1)
Denise Grover Swank

Overall **** Plot *** Interactions **** Characters **** World **** Originality *** Grammar **** Style ****

What is it with prophecies and fantasy? It seems to me they would either be irrelevant or complete story killers. If they are true, they represent a complete lack of control on the part of the hero. Predestination wins over free choice. If they aren't then why do we care? I don't know, but when they're handled well, they really can add to the story.
April Mallison
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Good, bad, they’re just words. Who’s to decide what is good or bad? In the end, only the consequences matter.” –Jake from Chosen by Denise Grover Swank

Chosen is a book that I would re-read. It grabbed me from the first chapter and made it nearly impossible for me to put it down. I found myself taking my kindle with me everywhere just to continue the story. (and I mean everywhere, including my ‘Mommy hiding spot’ aka the bathroom) The characters were well written and had a depth that many storie
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein

Emma Thompson and her five-year-old son Jake are always on the run. moving from one place to another across the country is taking its toll but they must continue to hide. the Bad Men are after Emma's son who exhibits extra-sensory abilities. then Will Davenport shows up and insists on helping mother and child. he has an
Stormy Udell
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok so I started this series way earlier in the year and I have a hard time sitting down and writing reviews. It isn't because of my lack of love for a book or an author, sometimes it's just that whole "if it isn't nice don't say it" thing, the majority of the time it’s a lack of just that...time. That being said when I do feel compelled to actually write a review the series/book must be stellar. So to warn you, this will have a little of my own back story and why I choose to love the books that ...more
Jennifer (Books&Barks)
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Received this book to review as part of a book tour.

Chosen, by Denise Grover Swank, tells the story of a prophecy and how two sides will now do just about anything to make sure they come out the winner in a future war. I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this novel and can’t wait to read book two in the series. I want to know what happens with Emma and Will - the next book has to have some major confrontations in it based on the way book one ended.

Emma and her five year old son Jake have b
Dolly Markel
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I was at one of those points where it was difficult to find anything interesting to read. I tried, but nothing caught my attention. Then I somehow found this book when browsing through the Kindle store.

The premise seemed interesting so I gave it a try, and the book sucked me in as soon as I started reading. The author's voice caught me up and took me on a wild ride - car chases, shoot-outs, a paranormal mystery and, of course, romance. Although I'm a romance reader, I prefer my romances to have
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“Even not choosing is a choice.” 13 likes
“Good, bad, they're just words. Who's to decide what is good or bad? In the end, only the consequences matter.” 11 likes
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