Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Celia Thomson Series Review

Book Name: The Fallen
Author/s: Celia Thomson
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: 2004, Simon Pulse
Page total: 256
Date Read: May 30, 2011
Genre/s: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
First line of Book:He never tired or lost her trail.

Book Name: The Stolen
Author/s: Celia Thomson
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: 2004,Simon Pulse
Page total: 288
Date Read: June 01, 2011
Genre/s: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
First line of Book:She was back at the Golden gate Bridge.

Book Name: The Chosen
Author/s: Celia Thomson
Source: Bought
Publisher, year:2005, Simon Pulse
Page total: 256
Date Read: June 04, 2011
Genre/s: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
First line of Book:"Hey King, how you feeling?"

First of all, I would never have known about this series if it weren’t for The Story Siren’s post about the upcoming TV series (which I will most definitely watch). That got me to read the first book’s blurb and, guess what? I got intrigued.
Call me crazy, but a world where menaced cat people live and are hunted down by a secret society really, really intrigued me. I had to read it. Had to.

The first thing I noticed was that while the writing was not bad, it wasn’t particularly brilliant either. I didn’t find the characters that likeable either, for the most part either. They were okay, but sometimes they annoyed me – especially Chloe. I know she was supposed to be brave and kind and sensible, but sometimes she just didn’t seemed to be any of those things, especially on her thoughts. She was kind of self-centered sometimes.
The other characters weren’t that well developed either, sometimes they were hardly mentioned! I’d have loved to read more about Amy, Paul, Kim, Mrs King and even Alyec and Brian. They all seemed great but they really didn’t feel real.

Now, lets move on to the good stuff, shall we? The concept it AMAZING. Cat people rule, MAI rule. In a Mai vs vampire battle, I’d bet on the cat person.
No, really, what would you rather have, claws and night vision or fangs and night vision?

The Fallen shows us Chloe’s old life and the strange things that happen and how she discovers she has all these cool new powers. The Stolen is more of a gateway between the first and third books, where Chloe spends some time with other Mai, and the Chosen is the final book, the one where she fulfills her destiny.

The series’s plot was really interesting, and it made sense. My only complaint is that this séries could actually be longer. I’d love to know more about Chloe’s adventures as a Mai, and I also didn’t think the ending was any good. Sure, there are no loose ends but it was just a bit too “and-they-all-lived-happily-ever-after”.

Overall, it is worth it, but it is not much more than an entertaining and original read.


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