Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Chosen RS Broadhead Review

R.S. Broadhead
(The Urban Legends Series)
Publication date: October 24th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Supernatural, Thriller
Black eyes. No emotion. No sympathy. Only emptiness.
Piper McAdams’s life was normal. Career? Check. Boyfriend? Check. Friends? Check. One unsettling run in with a homeless man turns everything from normal to terrifying. She begins seeing…things.
Things she can’t seem to explain or make any sense.
As if things aren’t already getting out of hand, Piper receives news that the only family member she has is dead. She thinks maybe a trip across the country to her hometown will get her away from all the strange events happening.
After a late night accident, Piper isn’t in her hometown burying her loved one. She’s in a town called Hell. All she wants to do is leave, but the people seem to be holding her there for some reason.
A reason she feels threatens her life. Around every corner things become darker and scarier.
Can she escape what is coming for her?

Author Bio:
R. S. Broadhead lives in Jackson, Alabama with her husband of ten years, their two little girls, and a pug named Wednesday Love the Duchess, or Winnie for short. She has a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in business administration. She loves to snowboard, travel (Australia is her favorite place so far), and dance (not professionally, just whenever she feels like it). When she was sixteen-years-old, her and her friends would take pictures and make up funny stories about them. Fourteen years later, UNVEILED was born. UNVEILED, her first novel, is the first book in a four book series.


What I Really Think

What I did like: 
The synopsis gives you a glimpse, but it is so much more. The main character Piper has a rough start in life (to put it mildly). Piper ends up in an actual town named Hell. She is lured to stay because she wants to finds out more about her grandfather's life and discover the secrets as to why he never spoke of it. The story is told mostly in first person. It is unsettling. Even with the right amount of validation moments, Piper's experiences feel more like watching someone have a serious schizophrenic attack. This in itself is frightening, but knowing no one would believe it, is truly horrifying to me.

The storyline fits in urban legends quite well using ghostly children knocking on doors asking to be let in.

What I did not like: Piper gets hurt ... a lot of times. Plenty of cuts and bruises, lacerations and more. Yet none of her injuries, including head trauma, slows her down in the slightest bit. She has zero problem trudging through the woods.
Sacrifices must be made and considering the price of the sacrifice, I would have expected the payout to be richer.

Overlooking, the faults mentioned, I found this novel easier to read during the day. Reading it at night made sleep difficult to find. I felt unsettled and nervous. Chosen is a bit creepy.

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  1. This sounds right up my alley! I love creepy, dark books! Great review, Kathy! :)

  2. Daily Writing Prompt: This is one of the prompts that inspired a story that I can take later and expand on. Today I took a bit longer than ten minutes. I liked where the story was going, but then the kids were demanding attention and I cut it shorter than I liked so I could post it. This story has definite potential.

    Maybaline threw her faux leather jacket into the closet. She slammed the door shut. “You do this every single time we go out. You act like I’m not even there. You make me feel like I need to bring a date. And then you have the gall to wonder why I’m pissed. I have friends too. I could have spent my night off having fun.” Maybaline whirled around.
    Shaun sat on the couch fumbling with the remote in one hand and an opened beer bottle in the other. His feet on the coffee table.
    She tilted her head back and let out a screaming howl. Shaun turned the volume up. Maybaline hit the photo of the two of them at the beach in happier times. The glass cracked and spidered out.
    “I don’t know why I expected you to behave differently. It’s not like you talk to me here at home either. You just mope around, drinking your beer until you pass out.” She sat next to him. “Shaun, maybe you should think about going to rehab. Talk to someone maybe. I know something is bothering you. Is it me? Do you want to split up? You know I love you. I don’t want to give up, but I can’t help you if you don’t tell me.”
    The doorbell rang. Maybaline sank back into the soft couch. “Jeeze. Does it never end. We finally start to talk and someone has to interrupt.
    Shaun stood and went to the entry way.
    “Hey mate. Thanks for stopping by. Did you bring it?” Shaun looked at the broken photo frame. He ran his finger along the seam.
    “No, Shaun. I’m not bringing you a gun. I’ve come to take you with me to get help.”
    Shaun shook his head. “Doesn’t matter where I go. She’s never going to leave me.”
    “Maybaline already left you.”
    Shaun shook his head. “No, mate. She’s here. She’s always here.”
    “She’s gone, Shaun. Dead and buried. Gone.” He put his arm around Shaun’s shoulders. “Let’s go.”