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The Chosen Knights

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When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.

There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.

328 pages, Kindle Edition

First published March 22, 2016

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Born in Seoul, Korea, author Mary Ting is an international bestselling, multi-gold award-winning author. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise. She is a diverse voice who writes diverse characters, often dealing with a catastrophic world.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

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Author 20 books13.1k followers
February 10, 2017
(READ THIS AGAIN)

This was really fun to read again. I did it because its sequel is out and I wanted to remind myself of all the ins and outs of this story. I am really glad I did, it was a really fun book to revisit!


Again, another book with no faults.

perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare. Angels, demons and more supernatural beings in Hawaii!
I need the sequel... Mary, I love you!!
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394 reviews15 followers
June 4, 2016
ARC kindly provided by Mary Ting in exchange for an honest review.

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‘The Chosen Knights’ is the first novel in the spinoff series 'The Angel Knights'. This is the second series which the author, Mary Ting, has written about the wonderful world of angels and demons set in Crossroads, a place where Nephilim children reside. If you're new to this author and/or series, you may want to start with the either the prequel, 'The Angel Knights', or go back to where it all began in the 'Crossroads Saga' with Michael and Claudia: father and mother to the two main protagonists of this series, Lucia and Zachary.
I was super hyped about receiving a reading copy of this novel. Not only was this a continuation of a great series, but it also starred some of my favourite fantastical creatures: angels and demons.
'The Chosen Knights' is written in first point narration and follows the perspective of Lucia, younger twin sister to Zachary. I loved her due to her emotive capacity and empathy towards others. She was strong and witty and loyal. In other words: my type of protagonist. Reading from her point of view never bored me!
The beginning starts off with a bang. I absolutely loved it! It grabbed me and refused to let me go. The reader gets a peak into awesome action straight away and gives such great detail and history to the future events in the novel. The prologue was dark and dangerous and just exquisitely written.
As this is this is the second young-adult series by Mary Ting, her writing style had seriously improved. The wording has made the story easier to read due to its smoother style and much more fluent. There still remained a few sentences with slightly awkward, unsure phrasing but overall there was a vast improvement.
The better writing SERIOUSLY also allowed for a deeper connection to the characters. I, as a reader, find the character-reader bond very important as that is what allows for a deep emotional understanding and connection, which as a result, makes the novel a bigger pleasure to read.
The emotive and imagery language used was spot on. I felt every moment as if I was part of the story. It was powerful and exhilarating!
Plot was very well thought through. It kept you reading and DIEING to find out more. There was lots of tension and drama and anticipation. It would call to you every single time you would put it down and refuse to be put down when you had to. There were plot twists, shocks and surprises galore!
Character development and variety was spectacular! I couldn't believe how special and unique each and every one was! From main characters to minor ones, each had a personality rich in flaws, traits, and individual styles. Each character would evolve and change overtime and as the plot progressed.
If you're looking for something with a bit more chemistry in it than your usual young-adult novel, then this is it! I can't believe how charged some of the scenes were and how utterly swoon worthy the male characters! Whew!
There were a few formatting issues in my reading copy such as unnecessary blank pages but there was one typo but no spelling mistake. The font was a bit too big in my opinion but it was easy on the eyes. Grammar was well done and prose had incredibly improved in quality.
Loved the finale! It was soooo bittersweet! What an epic way to end the first instalment!
Congratulations to Mary Ting on publishing the first, gorgeous instalment in 'The Angel Knights' series! I can't wait for 'The Blessed Knights'!



Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!
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175 reviews33 followers
February 25, 2017
*I received a copy of this book for free as part of a blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion.*

A fascinating YA urban fantasy, The Chosen Knights captured my attention from the very first page and left me wanting more.

The first full-length book in The Angel Knights series features the children of characters from another Mary Ting series, Crossroads Saga. I have not yet read that series, but I was able to follow along just fine so readers shouldn’t worry if they haven’t read it. Although, reading this book has definitely made me want to check out the other series so I can learn more about the parents’ story. With that being said, I do highly recommend reading the prequel to this book The Angel Knights, however, as it explains and sets up the series and introduces you to some of the main characters, such as Lucia and Zach.

Half-human and half-angel, Lucia and Zach have lived in Crossroads, the place between Heaven and Earth, their entire lives training to become Venators, or demon hunters. Now, along with their uncle, they must venture into the human world to investigate the suspicious disappearances of teens in Hawaii. As Lucia tries to adjust to life as a human teenager she begins to suspect that her family may not be the only supernatural beings in town. They soon find themselves dealing with clues and legends from the past while trying to protect innocents from an evil demon lord. Along the way, they find allies in surprising places and Lucia finds herself experiencing emotions that are foreign to her…like love.

Lucia is an interesting character. Only half-human, she is not used to the emotions, thoughts, and everything else that comes with being a teenager in the human world including falling in love. Everything about the human world is new to her and she has to adapt, but sometimes doesn’t really understand the world and why people acted they way they did. She has a kind heart and is, at times, too trusting which leads to some sticky situations for her and her loved ones. She also has the tendency to act before she thinks, which is not really a good thing considering the consequences of battling demons. This is something that not only frustrated me, but also frustrated her Uncle Davin (a character that I absolutely adored, by the way…he’s like a big kid). But I look forward to watching Lucia grow and learn further as the series continues.

In addition to the characters, I found the different types of demons as well as the other supernatural elements included in this story quite interesting. It wasn’t your typical Angels vs. Demons, good vs. evil story and I liked that. There was a lot more to it including legends, different traits, distinctions, etc. The different legends and stories that Lucia and her family come across during their investigations were fascinating. From the Knights Templar to legends of the blue moon to the history of the creation of the first demons, everything had a reason for being included in the story.

The story had a few unexpected (and a few expected, if I am being honest) turns. Because the book ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment in this series to see what happens next!
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Author 14 books492 followers
November 16, 2017
Fantastic supernatural fantasy that will appeal to fans of Richelle Mead, Melissa Marr, and Michelle Madow.

There are a lot of characters in this story, which I thought would become confusing, but the author makes each one believable and a real, true part of the narrative so they fit in without any trouble and feel necessary in relationship to everyone else. All of the usual high school problems are complicated by the whirlwind paranormal aspect of their lives, much like in Michelle Madow's The Elementals series, but this is definitely appealing to adult readers like me as well as teens. What a thrilling ride!
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924 reviews64 followers
August 24, 2016
I received an eARC of this book from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

The Chosen Knights
by Mary Ting is an urban fantasy lover’s dream! There are demons, vampires, angels, and fallen angels all set to the back drop of high school in Hawaii. What more could you ask for?! If you are new to Mary Ting, I highly recommend reading either The Angel Knights, the prequel which will give you a little background to the world created by the author, or go back to the beginning Crossroads, the series that this one is based off. Personally I haven’t read Crossroads and am not lost so this series can be read as a standalone. However I have every intention of reading them!

Lucia and Zachary are the nephilim children of Michael and Claudia, raised to be demon-hunters, Venators. They deny the human-side of themselves, pushing their emotions to the side. Zac does this better than Lucia. Lucia struggles and it’s this struggle that drew me to her story. Lucia and Zac are 17, have never been around humans, and are now being thrust into the world of high school. It’s interesting to read how they adjust and even humorous when Lucia tries to reason out the use of unfamiliar slang which results in miscommunication.

Lucia is easily likable. She’s loyal, a fierce fighter, and follows her heart, which gets her into a lot of trouble. Zac is what every brother should be. He’s her best friend, her confidante, and always has her back. “Uncle” Davin, Michael’s best friend and their guardian while in Hawaii, cracks me up. He’s like a big kid, but fiercely protective of Zac and Lucia. I love him!

Then there’s the humans they meet, or at least Lucia believes them human. Eli is half-demon and also the love interest. I’ll be honest, I really had a hard time liking him. He’s rude, pushes Lucia away at one instance and in the next is keeping a close eye on her. I’m not sure how I stand on my feelings for him.

The plot revolves around the mysterious Cyrus, who he is and what he wants. I found myself completely absorbed in the paranormal world created by Mary Ting. Between the mythology created by the author and the action, I was hooked! I loved the scenes between Eli and Lucia. You never really know where either stands. Are they enemies, are they friends, or are they more? And that ending….ugh!!! I hate cliffhangers. I need The Blessed KnightsThe Blessed Knights like yesterday.

Overall I really enjoyed this book! It’s a great start to the series. If you enjoy urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or enjoyed the Crossroads series, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of this book asap.
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1,990 reviews222 followers
November 20, 2017
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Chosen Knights is the first book in the Angel Knights series by author Mary Ting. However, It was recommended to me to try the prequel novella, The Angel Knights, first. Each of the books can be read on their own, but I decided to read this series in order, starting with The Angel Knights. On one hand, I was glad that I did. It helped me get to know Lucia and Zachary a little better, and since I didn't read the originating crossroads series, this book helped me put all the pieces together for the crossover characters. But on the other hand, I didn't love the Angel Knights. I found it to be a little simplistic and a lot rushed. I didn't have the chance to connect with any of the characters. But still, I love the idea of The Chosen Knights, which is the first full length book in the series, and I wanted to see what Mary Ting could do with the characters in a full length novel so I decided to still give The Chosen Knights a try. And I am really happy that I did. I enjoyed The Chosen Knights a whole lot more than the prequel. 

I had more of an opportunity to get to know Lucia and Zachary. Lucia and Zachary Nephilim warriors, or knights. Being that they are part angel, we get to see all kinds of cool abilities. It has been ages since I have read a good Angels and Demons story, so I was really excited to mix that in with Templar lore. The Chosen Knights lived up to and exceeded my expectations after reading the prequel story. The characters were more fleshed out, the plot line was intense and really interesting. In fact, the plot was my favorite part of the story. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to see where it is going to go next. That is a little unusual for me, since I am normally a character driven reader, but Lucia fell short for me a few times. She is very rash in her decisions and more than once she races head first into a situation without really thinking it through. I am really hoping to see some character growth in her in the next book. Actually, that would be super satisfying. I love a good character journey throughout a series. 

Bottom line: If you are looking for an action/adventure story with supernatural elements throughout and lots of fighting, The Angel Knights series is for you, especially if you enjoy stories about Angels and Demons. Feel free to read the prequel first, or not. I don't think you will be lost if you start with The Chosen Knights, and I certainly enjoyed the Chosen Knights a lot more than the prequel. But if you have read Mary Ting's crossroads series, you might really enjoy The Angel Knights because it sets up the character overlap and gives the reader some good background into why the characters are placed where they are, and who they are. This was a good supernatural story, and I can't wait to read the sequel, which is already out. 

This review was originally posted on Book Briefs
Profile Image for DawnMarie  Carpintero.
Author 2 books16 followers
January 30, 2016
10 Misty Stars

I was given this book for my honest review.

This is a spinoff to the Crossroads Saga and can be read as a stand-alone

“I told you to keep it on at all times. What do I have to do to make you listen to me?” It was Eli’s voice. My heart galloped like Midnight racing for the finish line. Surely I was hallucinating, but how did my necklace move by itself? Was I delusional? As if he could read my mind, he spoke, It’s me, Lucia I’m here. I’m astral traveling, but I can’t hold on. I’m weak. (Lucia and Eli)

As a warm mist flows in the horizon we can see that the shade of white appears in the distance but as we envelope ourselves within it by getting closer the serenity of the mist becomes an awe. The softness of the surroundings is a sight to be seen and felt as it gently kisses our skin. Taking that into account within this read the whiteness of the mist can also appear to be a darkness that brings a shiver upon us but at the same time a feeling of completeness. This is Lucia’s and Eli’s journey.

Come take a journey like no other with Lucia and Eli along with their friends on this twisty turning, back to the past to the current of today and the future of tomorrow. Come and discover lands to which they have never seen or understood before all the while enveloping what was and what is to come. Be sure to have your screaming blanket available along with your favorite ice-cream that you will surely need to cool you off during this heated up read.

To the author: A normal review could not be done so leaving your readers with this is just the right amount of foggy mist enveloped in the darkest of night but with a subtle white glow.

Fear the demon, Embrace the past, foresee the future, get swallowed by the darkness, get encompassed by the purity of love, strength, hope and the lights of the nights sky.

Happy Reading
September 25, 2017
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What an extraordinary read this was!! I enjoyed turning each magical page from beginning to end.

The characters were phenomenal! I felt as if I could connect with them and feel every emotion that flowed off of each page.

The story-line was mystical and magical. There was so much that went on. I was completely enchanted by this story. Everything I thought was going to happen turned out wrong. I love how the author spun this web and released the cobwebs to bring the WOW into the story. I highly recommend it!!
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June 25, 2016
DNF 30%

When I pick up a book with so many 5 stars ratings and raving reviews I expect a certain level of writing and character development and such.

Sadly, many times great ratings don’t mean a great book. I have to say the idea for this story was very attractive and I really wanted to like it. The concept of angels protecting humans from demons, fighting alongside other demons and supernatural beings is very interesting and should be highly entertaining.

I believe the biggest issue I had with this book was the first person narrative. It didn’t work at all. Lucia’s POV felt very choppy, sentences were disconnected or just felt wrong. She wasn’t my shade of main character either. She reminded me of Clary from The Mortal Instruments series in the sense that she always took this rush and stupid decisions that put her in unnecessary danger, making others risk themselves to help/save her. It’s always annoyed the hell out of me when characters keep doing that over and over. I also felt she repeated herself a lot. Lucia, we know you are not supposed to have human feelings, we understood that the first hundred times you thought about it…

After trying and failing to get into the story I decided to call it quits and just pick something else up. Since I have not read enough to judge fairly, I will not rate this one.
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168 reviews4 followers
September 16, 2016

I was intrigued by the synopsis and the idea of the story. I liked that it was set in Hawaii. I thought the idea of the descendants of the Knights Templar being at risk and fighting for their lives.

​In all honesty, I struggled with this book. I've looked at the 5-star reviews and am wondering what I missed. I enjoyed the descriptions and the set up. If you haven't read the first book in the series, Angel Knights, you could still read this book and understand what's happening. The mystery of the story is fabulous as well.

I found the dialogue really distracting. It was not the caliber of the narrative itself. The conversations between characters was stilted and flat, detracting from the rest of the story. I found myself skimming the dialogue and in doing that, I missed quite a bit. I think there is potential there, but it was not my favorite. My attention was lost.
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525 reviews1 follower
September 23, 2022
A new adventure for Zachary and Lucia on earth while trying to solve the mystery of missing teens. Having no experience on earth, uncle Davin must guide as well as protect them.

The world created by Mary Ting was utterly amazing. The storyline was engaging, and while reading it, I could picture everything in my head. Lucia and Eli's relationship could be seen from miles away, and I couldn't wait to see how they could make this forbidden relationship works. The ending of this book was heartbreaking, thankfully I have The Blessed Knights book ready, and I could read it right away.

Note: This is my second time reading this book because I want to reconnect with the characters before reading the snow queen! My review stands, and the star remains as I still freaking love the story!
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2,346 reviews213 followers
September 12, 2016
Lucia and Zach are now on earth in Hawaii with their uncle Davin to solve the mystery behind why so many teenagers are going missing.

To do this Lucia and Zach must uproot leave their parents and world behind them and become high school students, mystery, love and action plays part to The Chosen Knights being a really good keep you hooked book.
Mary Ting is a new for me author and m so glad I have discovered her but now I'm left hanging until I can get my hands on book 2.
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143 reviews122 followers
November 10, 2017
It could have been a lot better. Maybe I'd give this more stars if it's written in 3rd person POV which probably put more dynamic into perspective. Or maybe I'm just really not a fan of Lucia as the MC. She nearly made me pull all my hair out in frustration.

But other than my issues with the heroine, it's a pretty good and fast read. Lucia still has time to redeem herself.

Full review on Nov. 23rd
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371 reviews33 followers
November 18, 2017
Review for Blog Tour I am Involved in.




The Chosen KnightsMary Ting(The Angel Knights #1)Publication date: March 19th 2016Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

(HIGHLY recommend to read prequel first–The Angel Knights) SOME BOOKS AREN’T MEANT TO BE OPENED ***City of Bones meets The Da Vinci Code. Urban fantasy lover’s dream! Demons, vampires, angels, witches, and fallen angels all set to the back drop of high school in Hawaii, and astral travel to the past to Knights Templar era. *** SILVER AWARD WINNER 2016–YA FANTASY–READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD*** A page turning mystery with a supernatural twist that entertains to the last page! ~InD’tale Magazine
Book trailer: http://bit.ly/2t0cOKF
When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.
There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.
 
My Review
I thought the book was pretty good. I have never read the first series with Michael and Claudia, so I will definitely have to later down the road. I thought the main character of Lucia was an okay heroine, but it took awhile for me to start to warm up to her. I really loved her brother Zach and there guardian Davin a lot. Davin was so freaking funny and kept me laughing, but he also had a very serious side as well. 
Lucia is only 17 years old I had to keep reminding myself that, because of some of the stupid stuff she does in the book. Plus she hasn't liked in the human world, or liked a boy, until she meets Eli, so she's also dealing with her hormones. 
Now Eli I am still not sure about, I really don't know if I like him or not. Or how I feel about him and Lucia as a couple. Sometimes his such a jerk to Lucia, and he seems like a know it all. 
I thought the book was very interesting especially the ending, which ends in a very big cliffhanger. So I am looking forward to the rest of the series to see however is going to turn out for everyone. Oh before I forget, which I would hate ,is if I don't talk about Lucia's best guy friend and another one of my favorite characters, which is Jack. I really love that he plays a big part in things that are going on, in regards to the plot. I just freaking love this guy, his just so awesome to me. I love that he is there for Lucia, and even though he likes Lucia as more than a friend, he knows that Eli is the one Lucia wants to be with. And he still wants to be in her life, if only in a best friend. 
Thanks to all parties involved that picked me to take part in the book tour for this book, after I requested for it.

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Author Bio:
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
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Author 3 books174 followers
November 24, 2017
I was excited to get my hands on this one, and even more excited that it didn't disappoint. Before reading this first book, it's highly recommendable to read The Angel Knights first. Although the author does give enough background to get the story going, it's easier to understand the characters and the situation after reading the novella.

Lucia and Zach are sent on a mission with their uncle to scope out supernaturals. As angels, they're hoping to find a way to stop the threat of a possible war with the demons. Hiding as students at a high school on Hawaii, they soon locate students with special powers. But the numbers are much greater than they first expect as are the secrets some of the hold. Soon, Lucia finds herself not only trying to figure out normal human, high school teenagers but battling a very evil force. Add a forbidden romance, and she's gotten herself into a prickly situation.

This is an exciting read involving the battle between good and evil, while letting tons of gray swim in between. During the first chapters, it's a little hard to grasp Lucia and Zach, but then, they're having trouble grasping their new situation. As fresh inhabitants on Earth (undercover), they are trying to blend in with humans and not necessarily understanding things right away. As the story progresses, especially Lucia becomes an amazing character, who is hard not to like. She's brave, protective, a little awkward and naive, but determined to fulfill her role as a warrior for good. And she's not alone. The characters around her each have their own personalities, problems and goals, which gives the tale a nice depth. They offer tons of twists and turns as the plot progresses and make it hard to guess where the entire adventure is heading.

Boring is not a word for this book. Something is always happening, and the danger increases with every page. More and more characters unfold as the plot thickens, promising a rich series to come. Still, the story maintains the feel of a teenage novel. The characters make many mistakes and behave as teens would—this is a definite YA read. There's mistrust as well as concerns about popularity and who gets to sit at which table in the cafeteria. The romance fits well to the age group as well. It has a bit of instant love, but also isn't an easy and builds up over time.

Fans of young adult paranormal fantasy and romance with tons of magic, demons and battles are sure to enjoy this one. The ending is a cliff-hanger and promises tons more to come.

I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed reading it so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
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9 reviews
January 20, 2023
❌DNF at 20%

Ok, I've had enough of reading this. The premise was very appealing and I really felt very drawn to all that this book promised, but unfortunately it hasn't turned out at all as I expected. Absurd dialogue, absolutely predictable events and the characters are completely flat and bland. Their relationships and roles are full of clichés, and it has nothing special that’s worth reading it. A waste of time and a complete deception...
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5,102 reviews458 followers
August 23, 2017
*Source* Loan via Booklending.com
*Genre* Young Adult / Paranormal
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

The Chosen Knights is the first installment in author Mary Ting's The Angel Knights series. As you have read in my review of The Angel Knights above, this series features the Nephilim twins of Claudia Emerson and Michael who you may have read about in the author's Crossroads series. Things have changed. Lucia, Zachary, and Devin have moved to Hawaii to uncover why there seems to be such an imbalance of supernatural activity in the state, and why teens have disappeared without a trace. 

*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

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801 reviews582 followers
September 28, 2018
09/28/2018: Read for the second time. Rating changed from 5 Stars to 4 Stars.

I really loved catching up on this series. I remember that I liked the romance, and that still stands true. While this is not necessarily instalove, I feel that the relationship formed a little too quickly. Though I think this is because this book is a fast-paced read. I did enjoy the characters for the most part. Sometimes the dialogue felt forced and cheesy, but there were some hidden gems sprinkled throughout as well. Some of the characters had some great character development, and others not so much. I didn't feel fully connected to the main character, Lucia. I liked her well enough to read the story, but she wasn't memorable. If anything, I liked her love interest in the story more. He was quite interesting, snarky, and had some good backstory. I very much like the premise of the book series. I always love when authors take existing ideas, like this series does with angels and demons, and and make them their own with unique ideas. Ting does this well in this series. I really love the flashbacks to events that have taken place in the past. Those characters' journeys are just as much a part of the story as the main characters. The world-building in this is not out of this world. Though there are supernatural and paranormal fantasy elements infused, this series takes place in present-day Hawaii and so the world is that of a contemporary with paranormal creatures that live there. Overall, I enjoyed rereading this book and I am continuing on with the series. I would recommend this series. It is a fun, engaging, and quick read and the unique take on angels and demons is enough to warrant a read.

I received this book for free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

This book is so flawless! I loved every moment of it, and I could NOT put this book down! The story really grips you and imprints on you right from the first page. I love stories that start out with a lot of action and jump right into the story, and The Chosen Knights really fits the bill.

The first thing that I noticed about The Chosen Knights is how smooth Mary Ting's writing is. The words flow together immaculately. I loved how the world building was created in a way that reading about it did not feel tedious. The world building and the character development are both woven so beautifully together.

The character development was really spectacular. Especially for the main character, Lucia. The book is told in first person from Lucia's point of view. I loved experiencing all of her conflicting emotions alongside her. I also admired how she stayed true to herself, even though she was unsure whether or not to let her emotions take over.

The plot was quite compelling. I adore stories with angels and demons. What makes The Chosen Knights stand out is the unique angle in which Mary Ting presents by adding the Knights Templar into the story. I've never seen this done before in an urban fantasy, and I adore the originality that it brings to this tale. The story has the perfect amount of action, romance, and mystery.

I loved the romance in this book! It was slow and had the perfect amount and sweetness and temptation. I adored every moment.

It is worth mentioning that The Angel Knights series is a spin-off of Mary Ting's Crossroads series. If you have not read the Crossroads series, fret not! The Angel Knights series can be read as a stand-alone series as well. I have not yet read the Crossroads series, and I was able to follow along without any problems. (Although, I am definitely going to be reading Mary Ting's Crossroads series very soon!)

I am highly anticipating the release of the next book in this series! (And by that I mean that I need the next book more than oxygen.) I have hands down found a new favorite series and a new favorite author! You will not be disappointed that you read this!

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Profile Image for Elena Love.
315 reviews2 followers
November 22, 2017
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

I was extremely excited to start reading the Chosen Knights because the synopsis really spoke to me with how interesting it made the book sound. It greatly reminded me of The Mortal Instruments and that is one of the main reasons I decided to give it a chance. Which isn't a bad thing so, don't take it as one. Me and the story got off on a rocky start, which wasn't the most promising in terms of me actually enjoying it as much as I hoped I would. I found it very hard to connect with the main character and for some reason, Lucia's voice kind of got lost in the background and was kind of overshadowed by everyone else's. It's obvious that's she a loyal and brave heroine but, I felt like I didn't get to know her throughout the book as much as one would expect. I usually find it very easy to connect with characters and for me, it makes the experience of reading the book itself even better and more satisfying!

As the story progressed though and the plot developed, I found myself really enjoying the direction it took. It just took more than a couple of chapters for me to start getting into it and I loved the second part of the book. The first part wasn't my favorite but, once I got over that, everything became so fascinating and interesting to read that I couldn't stop. The facts just kept coming at me and they were as intriguing as they should've been from the beginning. By the end, everything made sense and I was at the edge of my seat, eagerly anticipating what would happen next.

I loved the secondary characters of the book and I felt that they complimented it quite nicely. I feel like Lucia's dynamics as a character just weren't strong enough at the beginning to show through everyone else's. Needless to say that I loved Eli because this particular kind of romance - as cliche as it might be - is one of my guilty pleasures. A favorite of mine to read about, if you will. And his character was just so mysterious, dark and tempting that if I were in Lucia's place, I would've fallen for him too. No questions asked or anything, just like that. Abel was kind of likable as well but, he has nothing on Eli, let's just admit it. The romance wasn't really as obvious at the beginning but, as the story progressed, it became even stronger, which was not a problem for me but, some people might find it inconvenient. Zach and Uncle Davin were definitely some of my favorites and I really enjoyed their back and forth with Lucia. They sincerely cared for each other and it really showed through, not only their words but also, their actions.

The writing was good but I feel like it could have been a lot better and contributed to my personal enjoyment as a reader. I found it lacking in some parts and sometimes, it felt a bit rushed. Other than that, the scenes were pretty descriptive and their vividness left me hungry for more. Eli and Lucia's romantic banter was probably my favorite thing in the whole book so, just getting that out there. The characters developed nicely throughout the book and the ending left me disoriented and completely shocked! So, if we don't take into account the disappointing first part of Chosen Knights, it was a great and extremely entertaining novel that introduced me to a very fascinating and complex word! This is definitely a book fans of adventure and the action and heartbreak that inevitable go hand in hand with it!
February 17, 2016
"Mary Ting has done it again. She has create a supernatural world of Angels, Demons, and Vampires. A world that will leave you on the edge of your seat. A world where out of the darkness forbidden love blossoms."

I was so excited for this book! Back in the lives of the Angels and the Crossroads world! Oh, how I have missed them. We get to see how Davin, Zack, and Lucia survive in the human world. As if being a teenager in high school isn't hard enough. Try being an angel who has never been around humans and has to try to fit in. Especially when the reason you are there is a dangerous one. Teenager are disappearing.The pieces start to come together and Zack and Lucia notice something is strange pretty quickly. Things are not what they seem. There is evil at work here. A more powerful evil then they could have imagined. They will not be able to do this on their own. They will need help if they are to survive.

The world building and story lines were awesome in this book. The Knights Templar and their descendants, Demons, Angels, Vampires yes please!! So of course I was sucked in immediately. The book with secret clues to the treasure. I loved being introduced to this world and I am so excited about where this story is going!

On top of all that Lucia is dealing with a whole different problem. Hormones....Yes, those darn hormones that run rampant in high school. Lucia and Zack are suppose to distance themselves and not care to much about people. If they think with their heart to much they will make reckless decisions and will end up heartbroken. This proves to be a difficult task. The heart is made to love even if it's against the rules. There is nothing better then forbidden love. The kind of love that you would give your life for. I have high hopes for love in the next book!

This book was so much fun to read. I read the whole thing in 2 days. I was sucked into the paranormal world so fast. So much happened. Love, friendship, and loss all in one. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
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57 reviews5 followers
October 24, 2016
Ok, Mary Ting has done it again. A wonderful story of our wonderful Demon Hunting Angels!!! Although this book has a few twists that I did not expect, it only added to the wonderful book. This book moves very quickly and before you know it you will be done with it and wishing that you had the next one already. I will be going back to read some of Mary Tings earlier work just to get a fix on our half Angel/ half human Demon hunters.
If you have not done so please go read the prequel prior to reading this story. You will want it for a little bit of background.
Lucia and Zach are moving to Earth with Uncle Davin, Hawaii to be specific. Hawaii has been very quiet until recently and there are a lot of missing teenagers. In order to keep thing low key just the three are going to investigate. Lucia and Zach are in for a learning experience when they have to assimilate themselves into high school. High school in itself is not easy so now try it as a half angel demon hunter teenager and oh Lord…. Let the chaos begin.
They are finding out much more is happening than they bargained for. Throw in the Knights Templar, some descendants, along with demons and many other paranormals and you have one helluva story. Toss in some unexpected love and friendships and you will be glued to this story to see what happens. Oh did I forget to mention the emotions involved? Oh well I suppose you better pick up the book to find out what is happening. You will not regret it!! I am loving this series so far and will be impatiently awaiting the next story. Please hurry with that Mary Ting!!! Thank you for your wonderful universe!!! I am giving this story 5 solid stars.

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2,087 reviews149 followers
November 24, 2016


**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

The story of Lucia and Zach, twin Angel warriors and their supervisor and Uncle, Devan are sent to Hawaii on a mission to investigate the disappearance of several teens.



They have to blend with the humans at the local high school to try and discover the evil. They however get more than they bargained for with half the student body being supernatural beings.



The story is told from Lucia's POV and explores her growing relationship with their neighbor, the dorky Jack, who becomes her best friend and her forbidden attraction to the demon, Eli. It is a fast paced adventure aimed at the young and young at heart.



I do however suggest that the prequel and book one get read back to back as I found that the prequel on its own left me dissatisfied and with a feeling of incompleteness.



This book receives a worthy 4 stars.
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53 reviews
January 13, 2016
"Catching my eye he gave me the most delicious smirk, one I could dream about all day. It was a secerative kind of grin, one that told me he'd enjoyed the time we spent alone together. The smile that said, ' I know you, I've kissed you, I've told you secrets.' I returned hima shy one and was sure my cheeks were flushed."

The relationship that develops between Lucia and Eli is slow, sweet, tempting and so very against the rules. And just like the relationship between Claudia and Michael was forbidden in Crossroads, these two have the beautiful backdrop of the Hawaiian sunsets to test their limits.

But Lucia and Zach are on a special mission handed down from the council of 12 in Crossroads which included their mom Claudia and their dad Michael. They have been sent along with their Uncle Davin to live among the humans and try to find the demons that are hiding there in the high school.

Another perfect setting and a brand new element in the Crossroads saga. The Knights Templar adds another dimension to the fight between angels and demons. A new mystery to solve using stories and history handed down through generations of a new friend Jack. An all new adventure for an all new generation of Crossroads fans.
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314 reviews12 followers
April 29, 2017
Kids Will Be Kids, whether Human, Angel, or Demon (Audiobook)
The Angel Knights series follows the twin children, Zachary and Lucia, of Nephilim Michael and the not quite human Claudia, along with their loyal friend Davin from The Crossroads Saga. Zachary and Lucia along with their mentor “uncle” Davin are starting on an extended assignment on the island of Hawaii as Venators, demon hunters in response to the several teen disappearances and increased demon activity in that area.

Attending a new school is tough, especially if you are a demon hunter now attending a school for humans. The interactions the angels have with the different types of humans are entertaining and very sweet. It is also great fun to see big brother Zachary & uncle Davin trying to keep Lucia safe from all those of the male persuasion. I also enjoy how Mary Ting weaves the elements of good, evil, and lots of in between into this fun and enjoyable story for teens and above

As always, Kerri McCann gives us a good variety of character personalities and voices and provides well-paced narration.

This audiobook was provided for an unbiased review.
February 9, 2016
*** This book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest opinion. ***

The Chosen Knights is a wonderful story of sweet young love, tempting and forbidden, but also so much more.
It brings us back to an old beloved Crossroads Saga character - Davin, some characters we already got a glimpse of - Lucia and Zach, as well as some new exciting ones that we just couldn't have anticipated meeting, or falling in love with.
I loved how Ting managed to create an exciting twist of worlds/characters that we typically wouldn't see together in one story. Angels, demons, vampires (but not quite), witches, Knights Templar and their descendants, fighting together and against each other, make this story intriguing and complex.
Also, I must stress out that Ting is the Queen of Cliffhangers. Much like some of her earlier work, this story has left me shaken, heartbroken and begging for more. I'll be biting my nails until the next sequel...
I "devoured" this book in one day and one breath. I just couldn't put it down down until I was finished. Mary Ting has done it once again.
March 25, 2016
Another one I wanted to like.

This book is the first one I've read in the series and from Mrs. Ting. The storyline looked promising and drew me in with its unique take on angels and demons. Unfortunately the sentience structure and the lack of grammar understanding took away any intrigue I may have had for this story. Sentences were constantly started with prepositional phrases, they were without verbs or were not positioned correctly to make the sentence make since. The descriptions of what they were doing, why or how they were doing it, were positioned awkwardly in the story which made it feel choppy. The dialog was very choppy and the feelings expressed didn't fit some of the situations. I keep finding books like this, where the story seems amazing but the writing is lacking. What I find frustrating is that these problems would be easily fixed with a few English classes from a community college. Maybe English isn't this author's first language, at least that's how it felt..
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15 reviews6 followers
March 21, 2016
One of her best work yet! The Crossroads Saga Spin off “The Chosen Knights” is incredible! All the plot twist and action you immerse yourself into to see Michael & Claudia’s children in action Oh my! She brings you The Knight Templar and different type of Demons. In this action spin off you get it all! If you like Angels, Demons, witches etc., then this book is for you. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!!!
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550 reviews15 followers
August 27, 2016
I adored this book, I do so love Angel/Demon books. Good verses evil.

It wasn't to predictable, and I'm eager to read the next book after the cliff hanger ending that leaves one thirsty for more.

The characters were likably, it was fast flowing with a few intense moments and some action scenes.

A must read for lovers of YA paranormal fantasy.

I was given this book in return for an honest review.
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194 reviews6 followers
January 18, 2017
This book grew on me as it went along.The idea of less than perfect angels doing their best to protect mankind was very appealing.I enjoyed the notion of demons who are not all bad too. But the main character Lucia is a bit annoying in so far as she doesnt learn a lesson and the reader finds it difficult to believe that she can be stupid at the expense of others again. A bit lame in places so only 3stars definitely not worth 5 but I will read book two.
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