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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Halli is a shy, young dwarf who has no idea of her true calling. When the evil Prince Gastle sets out to detroy the world of Phantasma, Queen Laurali of the Elves comes to tell Halli she’s a Holy Paladin with the power to heal, and will join The Chosen, a group of brave warriors being sent to defeat the evil beast and save Phantasma. Will Halli be accepted by her group, an ...more
ebook, 114 pages
Published December 14th 2010 by Solstice (first published December 2010)
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Phantasma is in shock and grief after attacks by Prince Gastle. Queen Laurali of the Elves sends her valiant group, including the short, stout and beautiful Dwarf Halli. There’s a lot young Halli doesn’t know about herself but she’s about to learn in Andrea Buginsky’s fantasy novella, The Chosen. Perhaps there are strengths in being shy and quiet and avoiding conflict. But first Halli must learn to believe in herself.
A wonderful story for any girl who’s ever felt unimportant or lacked self-confi
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Chosen by Andrea Buginsky

The Chosen is the tale of a beautiful young dwarf called Halli, who lives in the magical land of Phantasma. But all is not well in Queen Laurali's realm and Halli is called from her life of obscurity to join the band of The Chosen. Their task is to defend the Kingdom from its mortal enemy the wicked Prince Gastle. Along the way Halli must overcome her shyness and lack of confidence and learn to use her extraordinary healing powers to protect her friends during their
K.C. Sprayberry
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Queen Laurali faces a dilemma, and she only has one choice to make in those she selects to deal with it. The Chosen is a group of six gifted individuals - two elves, a druid, and two Goliaths. And then there is Halli, a pretty dwarf, who is also a Holy Paladin, with the ability to heal and sometimes resurrect the dead. Yet, eighteen-year-old Halli has no idea she was born to such magnificence. She's an unsure young woman studying at a local school when she receives this news. And she must now le ...more
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Most readers of my blog probably know that I'm a huge fan of the fantasy genre. It's my bread and butter, so therefore I never pass up an opportunity to review a book that falls in this category. Thus when I was offered the chance to review Andrea Buginsky's novel, The Chosen, I readily agreed.

Now let me start out with this. The Chosen is a short book. At only 113 pages, it is a quick read. Therefore there isn't much time for Andrea to acquaint us with her characters. Those of you out there who
Source: Received from author courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for The Chosen. Many thanks goes to Andrea Buginsky and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 3/5

Halli is a shy, quiet, unassuming dwarf. When she meets Queen Laurali of the elves outside her home one morning, she is surprised, and shocked by the news that Queen Laurali brings with her. Halli is a Holy Paladin and has the
Christine Cunningham
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a coming of age story based on Halli set in the land of Phantasma. Halli is an eighteen-year-old dwarf who gets swept into a group of combatants brought together to save the Kingdom. She faces many obstacles, including self-doubt and the doubt of others concerning her abilities.

I loved how the obstacles Halli faced were thinly veiled representations of trials that young adults face growing up. The moral said to me, surround yourself in life with those who will support you and even when
May 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This review was originally posted on my blog, Creativity's Corner

One of the main things I really appreciated about this book is it's one of the very few YA/MG high fantasies out there anymore. Despite my strong love for the genre my biggest complaint is that it's rather obsessed with Paranormal and Urban Fantasy right now. The closest we get to high fantasy is Steampunk, and that really counts more as historical fantasy than high fantasy. This book, though, is an all out questing high fantasy,
Jana Grissom
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Phantasma is under attack requiring the assistance of The Chosen. The main character, Halli, is surprised when the Queen approaches and informs her of her healing powers. Halli leaves her family and joins The Chosen. Despite the objections of a few skeptics due to the healer's lack of training, Halli is allowed to join the team and learns how to heal, quickly. The journey has multiple battles with diverse enemies in the fantasy world of Phantasma.

This is a very quick read and appropriately label
Sofia Wren
Apr 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I thought the premise of this book was awesome. Perhaps it has a good plot.

But the writing? Seriously needs work.

I'm a writer myself so I am admittedly picky. But rather than trade a read for a review, for once I actually bought a fiction book by an author I didn't know.

I couldn't get past the second chapter.

This is not a good read. I went out of the country for the past seven days so I was not able to ask for a refund. It really was painful to read.

The problems that occurred right away were ov
Verna Clay
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
This YA story is high fantasy. Halli, a dwarf, is also a Holy Paladin, something she did not know until revealed by Queen Laurali. Because of Halli's powers, also revealed by the Queen, she is recruited to become a member of The Chosen, a team of Paladins sent to defeat the evil Prince Gastle. Before battle, however, Halli must be trained in the use of her powers by the other Chosen.

Halli is adorable. Her personality comes through loud and clear. Although timid, she overcomes her self doubt to b
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, I'm biased, of course, but I think this is a great book. I hope you all like it.
Stephen Woodfin
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
THE CHOSEN is a young adult book about Halli a teenage dwarf with healing powers. Beleaguered Queen Laurali presses her into service to save her kingdom from destruction at the hands of an evil goliath, Prince Gastle.
In her telling of the story, author Andrea Buginsky draws on universal motifs, those fundamental themes that make readers pull for their heroes, themes chronicled in Christopher Vogler’s classic work, THE WRITER’S JOURNEY.
Halli shows us how a young person, insecure and unaware of h
Duca Blueheart
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, e-books
The main character is Hali, and she can be everything what you want, but not an warrior. She is shy, peaceful and she wanted to be a teacher, not someone who is in the middle of the battlefield. Until the day when the Queen of the elves came and told her that she is one of ‘The Chosen’ and she must help her team members to survive to this important quest. She accepted and when she arrives at the castle she began a special training to develop her skills, and meanwhile she falls in love with one o ...more
Mark Shaw
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is not my usual type of book, but it was giving to me to have something to read by my daughter for my flight to Thailand. And i must admit i got caught up in it.You have a great imagination. Thank you for making me a believer.
Ambrey Nichols
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A good book and fun to read.
Mary Ann
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Andrea Buginsky! You wrote a page turner for young adults. It was consistently fresh and interesting. Well done!
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Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write fantasy books for teens. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight.

Andrea has written five more books since:

* My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with h