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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that's perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen.

For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice.

The first was when her childhood crush,
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: January 26th 2021 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
This is very much the type of book you devour in one sitting. I couldn't put it down, and I found the usage of "zombies" unlike anything I have ever read previously. The ending confused me a bit regarding the dropping of certain plot points, but perhaps this will be turned into a series, and more answers will be given then? Either way, this book is gorgeous, inside and out, and has a wonderfully cinematic feel to it. I wouldn't be surprised to see this one turned into a Netflix show!

*Many thanks
i'm only the teeniest bit ashamed to say that it wasn't "feminist" or "sea captain" that first caught my eye (though both are VERY good things)—

it was "childhood crush fell in love with older sister"

this is the sort of angst i LIVE & DIE FOR
Miranda Reads
3.5 stars

Just published my October Book Vlog and whew! It was a lot of reading but so worth it!
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Three siblings - Harlow the eldest (amazing guitarist), Vanessa the youngest (Olympic-bound gymnast) and….Charlotte the middle sibling (who is…average).

(okay, technically she's been crushing on Dean for ages but he's recently started going out with Harlow so there goes that hobby for Charlotte).

During Vanessa's latest gym meet, a strange person interrupts it. They seem erratic,
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The cover is immaculate, this is a feminist fantasy, there's sea captains and the main character isn't the "chosen" one?


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Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything! It had wonderful fantasy aspects that blended beautifully with the post-apocalyptic bits, swoony romance (with handsome sea captains), and just enough violence to give me a good scare at times.

UNCHOSEN had a strong start! It began with an exciting and nerve-wracking scene and then introduced the characters at a good pace. Things seemed to move at a good speed throughout the whole book really.

The plot was so intriguing! I never felt like things were dragging or dull. I
“Kindness, in this world, is the only thing that shows that we’re worth the survival we’re fighting for. You should accept it as the precious and rare thing that it is. We can’t save humanity if we lose ours.”

One of my favorite subgenres in the YA category is dystopia; add in badass female characters, found family and a curse? Safe to say, I’m sold. When I saw the premise of Unchosen by Katharyn Blair it literally sang out to my soul and this didn’t change once I finished it. I read this in one
Connor's Library  Corner
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was out of this world, when I found out that this was classed as a sci-fi fantasy book I thought I would not like it but I gave it a chance anyway. I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID.

The story follows Charlotte who for all of her life has been known as the average sister. During a virus that spreads over the world and is transmitted through eye contact, Charlotte takes her sister's place as the chosen one.

For starters I must say that this book has some of the best characters. I loved each charact
Lisa | Lady_Logomancer
Wow! This book is fantastic. I am absolutely positive that this book will be a movie or a Netflix series. I’d put money on it right now.

There’s such a wonderful powerful female vibe throughout this book. Women are badass, they are smart, they are leaders both good and evil they are making decisions about life and death and love. The character development of the main character, Charlotte, was really enjoyable. I liked the sisterhood aspect and that family would sacrifice anything to save one ano
"Come find me in the depths
Write redemption on my bones"

I am legit stumped on how to rate this book--let's settle with 3 1/2 stars and round up cause Goodreads still doesn't do half stars in the year of 2020.

Like, it has its faults not gonna lie, but at the same time I devoured it? I don't know if it was the author's writing of the inner monologue of the MC, the romantic tension, or the colorful set of characters (found family is my kryptonite)... but it just worked for me. The only thing th
Victoria Alyesa
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reviews
With a cover like this one how can you not want to read this book, and thanks to the amazing people at HarperCollins I was gifted with an arc to discover what is beneath this beautiful cover for myself.

Straight from the first sentence the flow of the book is just there. Making it easy to read page after page after page; allowing you to start to connect and bond with the characters and fully immerse yourself into the story. A post-apocalyptic world where vampire/zombie like monsters are made real
This was a good book, once it got started, but it took a really long time to get there. I was bored the first few chapters, and almost dnf'd it a few times. I'm glad I didn't.

Aside from the whole feminist fantasy, swoon-worthy sea captains, and childhood crush falling in love with her older sister hooks, what really attracted me to this book was its cover. I don't know why I'm so drawn to it, but I freaking love it.

As for the story, I liked it, but it felt a little incomplete to me. Everything o
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Write redemption on my bones..."

WOW! Where do I begin?! This book had me baffled from the very beginning. At first, I was really confused by a zombie virus that was spread by eye contact, but once it explained how, I was 100% on board with the idea. Not many people can blend science in fantasy stories--generally, the two are like oil and water--but somehow that's exactly what Blair did! She blurs the lines between fact and fiction by completely rewriting our idea of the zombie apocalypse.

Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review for “Unchosen” by Katharyn Blair. I read this book as an eARC from NetGalley. Thank you to NetGalley, Katharyn Blar, and Katherine Tegen Books for the opportunity to read and review this book!

“Unchose” is the story of Charlotte Holloway, and her life being stuck as the middle sibling. Charlotte lives in her older sister’s shadow, and she is the caretaker of her younger sister. Both of her sister’s are talented, and Charlotte is pretty ordinary. She is also in love with her older sis
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
A deadly plague that turns people into vampire-like zombies? Pirates? Intense romance? A main character who isn't the chosen one? There is so much to love about this book and I loved it!! I think my favourite part was the mix of modern setting and technology but the book has this old-school, ancient magic and legends feel. No - actually my favourite part was the romance. A long-held crush that is unattainable, slowly and passionately morphs into a romance that is intense, unexpected and so hot!! ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was all over the place. I wish it had picked either supernatural or virus. Also the timeline was so odd. The world ended... not that long ago & yet they live in a VERY post-apocalypse world that seems quite established & way older than just a few years.
Kera (featherboundbooks)
I was not expecting this, folks!! From the stunning cover to the adventures inside, this book was an experience.

I am finding that I really enjoy sea faring tales. I love the openness of the open ocean and the dangers that lurk above and below the endless blue. And in Unchosen, Katharyn Blair has incorporated this pirate-esque sort of lore into a post-apocalyptic zombie riddled world. And I am obsessed.

When a curse called the Crimson descends upon people, turning them into flesh eating monsters t
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Charlotte is used to the end of the world. Growing up in the shadow of her older sister was hard enough, but Charlotte didn't expect the man she loved to fall for Harlow. She didn't expect the zombie apocalypse, either. Harlow is one of the commanders in their group of survivors and Vanessa, Charlotte's younger sister, is the Chosen One who will save them all. But their camp is raided in search of the Chosen One and Charlot
Becca Mee
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unchosen was a really interesting book. Charlotte's entire world was turned upside down when The Crimson began turning people into mindless zombie-like monsters, including her own parents. Now, she lives in the shadows of her sisters--Harlow, the leader of forces of survivors, and Vanessa, the fabled Chosen One destined to bring about an end to the curse. But in an effort to keep her sister safe, Charlotte claims that she is the Chosen One and catapults herself in a web of secrets, deception and ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I can definitely see this being made into a movie for netflix/hulu. Dystopian, but not in the far off future. The scenario feels plausible with everything happening in 2020 and then has the element of magical pirate queen curse. The only thing I wish is that everyone wasn't depicted as the hottest, the most beautiful, and the perfect person just flawed by the curse. Good quick read and loved the story arc for Char. ...more
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
4 1/2 stars


Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my review copy.
Adrielle Eispu
Aug 19, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-2021
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Noel Crouse
Oct 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Charlotte’s world ended when a curse, called the Crimson, is unleashed on the world, turning people into flesh-eating monsters via eye contact with the infected. Charlotte is the middle child and often feels like she is in the shadow of her sisters. Harlow is her older sister and was extremely popular and in a band before the Crimson started but turned into a fearless warrior and
Jess (The Cozy Reader) Kennedy
Ugh, I wanted to like this book so much.
However, the opening is terrible. Very confusing describing the before time and then it was suddenly 2 years or so later with an unexplained, or very badly explained virus that turns humans to flesh eaters that hold legit conversations. And they are stealing a historic item from a museum.....
All way too much at one time but with too little information at the same time.
I couldn't get past the first few minutes of the book.

Too bad.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
See my full review here:

UNCHOSEN is a fantastic and completely captivating YA apocalyptic fantasy, filled with feminism, friendship, sisterhood, and romance. Charlotte is the middle sister, who has always fallen in the shadows of her older and younger sisters, Harlow and Vanessa. Charlotte felt like the world ended, when her BFF and long-time crush fell in love with her older sister, Harlow. It ended again when the Crimson struck her town and family in on
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
3 stars, an enjoyable read with some promise

Well first off, that cover is absolutely gorgeous. Being completely honest, it's 60% of why I picked up the book at all. The other 40%? Feminist post apocalyptic fantasy with unusual zombies? Well that sounds up my alley and sure enough, I did have a fun time with this book. Blair has a really unique flair for her specific take on zombies and I can't help but like her self-sacrificing heroine, Charlotte, who is caught in the unenviable position of bein
heather - NightlyReading
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here is what grabbed my attention right off the bat:

~Flesh eating monsters
~A curse
~Childhood crush falling for the older sister

The beginning of this book did not grip me. I had to keep reading to really get into it. I was confused and it seemed that so much was happening quickly. We were getting too much information thrown at us in a rapid speed that it was hard to keep up but there was just something about the characters that kept me forging on.

The premise is that this virus which is called cri
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
With her world turned upside down, her first love taken away, and now the thought of losing her sister looms over her head, how far will Charlotte go to protect the ones she loves?
Unchosen is a stand alone novel written by Katharyn Blair. Charlotte Holloway and her sisters are fighting to survive as the world is being taken over by the Crimson. This curse has taken so much from her already and when it threatens to take her sister, the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a last-minute decision. She gives
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a decorated apocalyptic world that has such a fresh take that is new and different. It is full of great characters and a storyline that is like no other I’ve read before. Author Blair has created a scary new future with terrifying new zombie like monsters who can destroy the surviving world of humanity.
They knew the end was coming but not exactly when; so when Charlotte, Harlow & Vanessa lose their parents, they are on their own.

They have taken refuge near where they lived with other s
Chelsea Grace
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Unchosen by Katharyn Blair - release date Jan 2021 on kindle. Thank you to Harper360ya for providing me with an arc of this amazing book!

I gave Unchosen 4/5 stars. It really was a great, fast YA fantasy read, just what I needed after being away from fantasy books for so long! I flew through it and just couldn’t put it down.

Unchosen follows Charlotte, who often finds herself in the shadows of both her older sister, Harlow and younger sister Vanessa. When the Crimson, a disease/curse spread thro
Rachel 007
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Thank you Katie for letting me read an early draft*

Wow this book is so much freaking fun! If The Walking Dead had a baby with the 5th Wave and Seafire this would be it.

UNCHOSEN follows Charlotte, the middle of 3 sisters who grew up in California. Sandwiched between a gifted musician sister, Harlow, and a gymnastics pro little sister Vanessa, she doesn't feel like she is anything special. But then a virus hits and the whole world collapses (sound familiar?), people turn into zombie-like creatu
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