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Girl of Myth and Legend (The Chosen Saga #1)

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  190 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
A girl with a past she tries to forget, and a future she can’t even imagine.

Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day.

And things only get weirder…

Leonie learns from her fathe
Paperback, 363 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by WWS Publishing
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Giselle Simlett I've always loved fairy tales, but I'm also one for dark twists. My mind was wrapping around the idea of a magical realm when Leonie, the protagonist,…moreI've always loved fairy tales, but I'm also one for dark twists. My mind was wrapping around the idea of a magical realm when Leonie, the protagonist, popped into my head. She really made the story for me. I was also interested in the idea of immortality. It's a major theme in YA fiction, but I didn't read too many books that tackled the downsides to it. I wanted to focus a lot of the story on 'how great can immortality be if you're trapped within a cage?' That's when Korren came in, and when the story really began to take off.(less)

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bibliophile (Romance Addict)
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy reader!

"Arc provided generously in exchange of an honest review."

This book did have some cliches TBH. The whole chosen trope is definitely significant here. There is also a part where the author keeps telling readers that the MC is strong and has a special gift.

So then, why did I like reading this?

♣ The world building is solid. The author described the world perfectly. There were no plot holes, and it's so interesting in its own way.

♣ The social classes is so intriguing. This book is unique because
Frannie Pan
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Rating: 1.5 stars

*insane laugh*
*tries to regain herself*
This is gonna be hilarious.

Soooooo. Uhm... this book.
Let me get one thing straight: I hated this book. Like, I really did. It had everything I would and could never enjoy, all the tropes and clichés that you could ever think about.
Annoying main character? Check.
Unexplainable insta-love? Check.
"The chosen one" complex, where a plain normal teenager becomes the saviour of the world even though they are not that special? Check.
Broody love
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
(I apologize in advance for the cursing and general vexation in this semi review)


I thought that this book would help me lose my obsession with fanfiction, it SOUNDED perfectly suited to me, but DAMMIT.

Look this book...I find the cover engaging, I found the entire idea of the "Chosen" intriguing, I thought it started decent well since hey I live by my routines to ignore my pain too. I get it Leonie. I really so.

But it fell off the rails pret
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
+Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you WWS Publishing!

I didn't know what to expect from this book but it surprised me for the good! The summary kind of reminded me of Daughter of Smoke & Bone for some reason and I can still see some resemblance but I do not mind resemblances. Every book has "copy-cat" others in one way or another. A lot of humans and a lot of different ideas but most of them overlap at some point, that's okay. I truly enjoyed this book
Curly Carla Celebrity Readers

I received this copy from NetGalley and this book is amazing. The main character is a teenager in every sense of the word. She is stubborn, hardheaded, she bucks authority. She is contrary just to be contrary. Doesn’t think things through and is pretty immature. She definitely is a teenager and the author wrote her perfectly, it was just brilliant. And her counterpart is written really well. The whole book is just written flawlessly. It had a great balance
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
**I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
This book is incredible. I am in awe of Simlett's writing chops.
She has developed a well-conceived story world, deeply dynamic characters, and a plot that keeps you guessing page after page. I am enamored with this series.
The cover is simply stunning, and I cannot wait for the next book...I am disappointed that I must wait to find out what happens next. The book is not too heavy on the fantasy, to where you
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy, Teens/YA


Recommendation: I have mixed feelings, read the review and decide for yourself.

Type: Series,not sure when additional books will be released

Summary: It was OK but I think it could be great.+good chemistry +some original themes -wordy -under-developed +decent world building +interesting male lead -weak female lead

Full Review:

This book has so much potential but it definitely needs a bit of work. In an effort to clarify my thoughts I am just going to basically e
I really enjoyed this adventure though the first chapter wasn't great. I didn't get the wow factor until I was further into the book. Due to the poor beginning I could see some people dropping the book. If they progress they will be rewarded with an amazing, gripping story. I have to say Korren intrigued me. I absolutely adore his character, his disdain for leonine and all that she represents is conflicting within him.

(In book two they are going to get it together, THEY HAVE TOO! (Though it wou
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
DNF at 25%

5 Words: Not my cup of tea.

I just couldn't click with this in the way that I so badly wanted to. I think that this is going to be one of those hit-or-miss books that, like Marmite, you either love or hate.

There was too much telling, not enough showing. I felt that it was very repetitive too, and a little wordy. What was a paragraph could have been condensed into a sentence and those second, third and fourth repeats could have been cut out.

At 25%, and with my eyes glazing over, I decide
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
You'll have to bear with me on this one because it's a bit of a rollercoaster of 'Do I finish this?' to furious page turning, and if you're interested, you'll find out why. By the end of it we may even work out where I fall opinion-wise after reading this.

Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day.
I received an advanced e-book copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Girl of Myth and Legend is book 1 in the series.

Leonie Woodville likes to have routines. But one day when she explodes with light, she finds out that she's not normal; she is the only Pulsar left and she is the Chosen.

When I started the book, I thought that I was really going to like it but half way through, it got really troublesome and I wasn't too satisfied with the ending either.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Well, well, well. It's been awhile since I had a really tough time rating something. The first 5% of this book was awful; I felt like I was reading an uninspiring high school student's essay. After that, it became slightly better up until about 10% of the book. Then...


...I couldn't stop reading anymore!

So yes, the first chapter wasn't remarkably fabulous. We get introduced to Leonie and her dad. The seventeen-year-old girl seems like this very stubborn, annoying and slightly emo kind of teenager
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
Caution!!! - This is not a pleasant review. Being honest is often excruciating.

Dear author, I know you will hate me for this. Being an author myself gave me that insight. There are readers that will badmouth you, put you intentional abyss of despair and will give a bad rating even without reading it. With luck you will experience all these and much more. But being an author means pushing through all those and shine like a star bright enough to extinguish most of the troubles. You have the power
"A land of impossibility, a land made of myth and magic."

The Good

The POV is alternating between our main character, Leonie who is a Chosen and her kytaen, Korren. Kytaens are basically the bodyguard for the Chosen and are considered as tools to use and are not regarded as friends or comrades in arms. The Chosen are broken down into groups based on who has the most magic. These two are very different from all others of their kinds. Leonie was raised in the human realm so she grew up with differen
books are love
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I want the next book. I need to know Korren’s fate and Leonie will she stay Leonie that Korren trusts and dare I say love? What vision of the future will come true? Can Korren help her? What of Korren and Lorren and their relationship? what is in the urn? What of Sersu? Who is Jupiter really? And Grato what of him? Will Leonie stay away from Imperium as her dad wants? Soo many questions I am left with ugghhhh!!!!

The writing is masterful in how it pulls you into the cause of Korren and to an exte
Megan Cornish
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reasons I didn’t want to read this book:

Modern fantasy is a genre I just can’t understand. I don’t want to read about vampires and magicians stopping for coffee or browsing the internet, I want to hear about battles and kings and queens and a world different than mine. For me, reading is a form of escapism, so the further away from my world I can get, the better. When I saw that the book summary mentioned the main character “walking to college”, I couldn’t help feeling skeptical.

Overall rating:
I'm really sorry for giving this book a rating so low, but seriously, it was awful. Like, awful awful. It was so awful... Okay, okay, no need to become Leonie.

For one thing, I feel weird for hating the main character, because I'm not even sure that she was a character in the first place. She was just there, trying to be someone but failing so very epically. I felt more positively towards the Kytaen, but that's only because he was the less annoying one. The rest of the cast wasn't even there.

Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Thanks to the Author/Publisher for the copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I would give the book 3.5 stars as I'm at war with myself over it! The cover is stunning and the whole concept I really like but it took me until over half the book to really get into it.

Leonie Woodville is a "sort of" normal teenager who lives on her own with her father in the middle of nowhere who forgets to mention to her that she is some sort of magical bean. One day on the way to college she nearly co
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
You can read this review on my blog:

** I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange of my honest review **

I read Girl of Myth and Legend at the beginning of the month and it was really cool :D . I liked the way is narrated a lot and that we have Korren's and Leonie's point of views. My favorites were Korren's ones because I was able to feel all the power he had too. ;)
The only thing I can say I didn't enjoy so much was the beginning, I was
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
At first, I was kind of confused, the formatting of the book does not lend itself to easy understanding. I was intrigued by Korren and Leonie's stories and I felt like they were really well developed. Leonie annoyed me a bit in the beginning, she seemed like she was all emotion all the time, never able to think rationally. However, I loved the dialogue and the interaction with the characters and THE WORLD. THE WORLD CREATION WAS SPECTACULAR. The whole idea of there being absolutes and no grey ar ...more
Andria Potter
For those who love magical worlds, women being awesome, excellent plot, and fantastic writing.

This book was awesome, and I loved every minute of it!

The only downside was the cliffhanger at the end.

But it definitely leaves you yearning for more.

I highly recommend this, it's so good that I am going to get a copy in hardback when I can!
Rating: 2/5
(I received a free copy from the publisher, WWS Publishing Limited, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
***Minor spoilers***

Leonie has lived a life of routine and sameness for so long. She thinks she's happy with this life, but soon learns that maybe something different is what she needs. Her entire life changes when one day, she suddenly starts glowing, and she feels like she's on fire. When her dad finds her, she expects him to be concerned like any dad would, but he's u
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett is the first book in the Chosen Saga and it is off to an amazing start! If you enjoy reading fantasy novels, this will most certainly be the book for you. Girl of Myth and Legend is the story of Leonie a not so ordinary girl living an ordinary and predictable life. One day all of that changes as she is marked Chosen. Soon she learns of a world that she never imagined could have existed. A world of magic and rules, friends and foes. All Leonie knows is t ...more
Madelyn Rose
Before I started reading this book, it sounded really good. I was excited to read a book about someone overcoming difficulties. It sounded really cool that someone (Leonie) was the last of the Pulsar. I thought that the book would really focus on her overcoming her struggles of being the only one. For some reason, this book reminded me of H2O by Virginia Bergin. Or at least when I read the summary. I am not sure why, maybe because it was about someone being the last of something and trying to st ...more
Lucie Paris
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Surprising and very well written!
Since I'm reading marketing and digital books lately, I was looking for something perfect to relax before going to bed. As I like Fantasy, the summary caught my eyes and the art of the cover too.
I wanted to escape reality and this story was promising.
And it really was!
I've not been able to put the book down. Every time I was trying to read only a few pages, I was staying up late just to know what will happen to Leonie.
It's not really the monsters, powers, assassi
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-reads
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

Wow, can I just say that was a great book. Lately I can tell how good a book is based on how long it took to read it(especially since I have a 4 month old and can't just sit and read all day like I used to). This book took less than 3 days. It would have been done even faster but like I said...4 month old and a full time job. I thought this was a great story set in a wonderful world of fantasy. Leonie and Korren are just fantastic with
Pamela Scott
I really enjoyed Girl of Myth and Legend. I didn’t love it but I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it. The second half of the novel is much better than the first. I loved the concept of the Chosen and the world the author creates. The first half of the novel develops slowly with Leonie suddenly thrust into this world after awakening and having to deal with revelation after revelation. She copes as well as you would except of a teenage girl suddenly yanked out of the safe but dull life she knows. I f ...more
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
**I received this ARC copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review**
I ended up reading this in a day. I almost didn't read it but it's cover was just too stunning to pass over. I was concerned that the main character being "Chosen" would translate to a special but boring person who was capable of everything but who had no substance. Leonie was anything but boring! I thought she was great and liked everything about her. She is was complex, every bit the teenager, brave, loyal and sarcast
Ayanami Faerudo
Original reading dates: Dec. 12-14, 2015
Actual rating: 4.5

Dear Leonie,

You foolish, foolish girl.When someone stabs you in the back once, then you can be sure that they're going to stab you again no matter how many platitudes they give you nor how much they promise that they're going to help you. You have to be wary with this kind of people. Betrayal is a painful thing, I know that very well, and it will only get worse from now. You did unleash an unknown evil from an unknown, clearly evil urn. I
*This book was provided to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I really loved this book. In the beginning I was really annoyed with Leonie's character and how she bossed her father around. However, as the book progressed i liked her more and more and the story really started to pick up. I love the interactions between Korren and Leonie and the alternating POV's (Korren's and Leonie's) was really effective. I can't wait to see more of them both in the next book and really hope they
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Giselle Simlett was born in England. She has studied Creative Writing at both Gloucestershire University and the Open University. She has a diploma in Creative Writing, Language and Literature and will soon complete her BA Hons Open Degree.

She does not as yet have a degree in the power and responsible use of magic, but she does have a young son, which amounts to the same thing.

She currently lives
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“She smiles. ‘I like black because it reminds me of night. You can only see all the stars when the sky’s black.” 3 likes
“I put my head on his shoulder
‘Wh-what are you doing?’ he yells, shoving me away from him with wide eyes.
‘I was giving you a hug!’ I say.
‘Pff. D’you really think I’d do that? I’m trying to keep warm, idiot. You’re like my overgrown Furby.’
‘I’m in a human form, not my kytaen!’
‘Tomayto, tomahto.’ I come close to him.
He pushes me away. ‘You shouldn’t be doing that!’
‘What’s the problem? You said you’re my tool, right? Well, I’m cold, tool of mine, so why don’t you calm the hell down and give me some of that sweet, sweet warmth?’
‘Don’t touch me!’
‘I’m starting to think you’re self-conscious in this form. You let me cuddle you in your other-‘
‘We did not cuddle!’ he shouts.
I manage a grin. ‘Would you prefer I use a different word? Snuggle, maybe?”
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