Children of the Gods - A Chosen Novel

Rated 3.81/5 based on 16 reviews
For as long as seventeen-year-old Reka Cushing can remember, she has watched her friends and neighbors be stolen, their bodies used as hosts for the Halorans; an alien race that came to earth posing as gods. For just as long, Reka has kept her head down fearing she'd draw the eye of a Haloran. The only time she has ever been bold, acted for herself, the most powerful and dangerous god is watching. More

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About Monica Millard

Monica was born and raised in Alaska. She doesn’t own a dog sled team, but has worked in a place where there are buildings with caged exterior doors to keep employees from being eaten by polar bears.

She lives in Wasilla, Alaska with all her critters, some four legged and others that stand on two. She writes Science fiction, fantasy, and Paranormal for young adults.

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Pepper Owens reviewed on Aug. 21, 2012


The synopsis is pretty accurate and hard to expound on without giving away the pertinent and wonderfully woven parts of the book. What can be said is the lyrical prose and manner of speaking felt perfect for these characters and this setting. Reka and Jaxson were drawn with the absolute correct balance of flaws and perfection to put yourself in their places. The secondary characters were ready as well for their close-ups because just as much care had gone into their creation. The story grabbed you from the outset and kept you engaged until the end. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the length – I would’ve preferred a full length novel to the novelette version.

This fantasy world took me by surprise as I found myself in Reka’s mindset and her outlook was mine. I was even more surprised that while I too despised Jaxson (just like Reka), my feelings changed toward him just before hers did. The very delicate and intricate relationship that exists here between the Gods and their Children is full of political intrigue, maneuvering, backstabbing, unrequited love and it charms you into that world until you want more of it. I really enjoyed the semi-unexpected twist which I can only hope signals another great installment for this new series and quickly.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Ray Chelle reviewed on July 3, 2012

Let me start off by saying I loved this book. Don't be fooled by my rating - although I actually consider 3.5 to be pretttty high - Children of the Gods is a beautifully written book that certainly made my heart ache.

I should be a little ashamed to say this, but the best part of this book for me was the romance
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Jennifer Smith reviewed on June 22, 2012

Children of the Gods (A Chosen Novel) by Monica Millard
For as long as seventeen-year-old Reka Cushing can remember, she has watched her friends and her neighbors be stolen, their bodies used as hosts for the Halorans; an alien race that has come to earth posing as gods. For just as long, Reka has lived in fear of drawing the eye of a Haloran, keeping her head down, hoping not to be caught in their sights.

The only time she has ever been bold, tried to get what she wanted, a god, one more powerful, more dangerous than all others is watching

Edition Info:
Kindle Edition - Published (first published December 24th 2011)

In a nut shell: It was a good story with an original concept and uniquely done. I cried… I chuckled… I really did enjoy the story and the characters.

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Ok I know what you are thinking… Why only 3.5 if you cried? **because we all know I don’t usually cry reading books** buuuuuuuut I didn’t love the book… I liked it yes, but didn’t love it. It just didn’t speak to me like some of my favorties have – and because of that is it a 3.5 review for me.

Reka and Jaxson – I absolutely LOVE the story here and the progression of the relationship. The only part that bothered me was not really being given a time line on this. It isn’t that it was confusing or anything like that; there just wasn’t any time frame on when things happened… had Reka been there a day, a week, a month, what? I think you’ll understand what I’m talking about as you read this book.

Like I said in the nut shell - this is a good story. I like the fight that Reka has in her and the inner issues she has throughout the book.

The last thing I want to say is about the ending of this book – which absolutely gutted me… not going to even try to lie about it – I hated the ending, but it is good because it brought out the emotion I felt for the characters. I hated the ending of this book in the best way possible – it isn’t what I wanted to happen but … you know how that goes! I’m not the author – I don’t have a say – it is hated in the best possible way.

So you need to pick up a copy of this book, and once you read it come back and let me know what you think! It is a steal for only $2.99!

Until Next Time,
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)
Jenny Franklin reviewed on May 27, 2012

I got a copy of Children of the Gods for review via the group the Nexus. I would like to thank Monica Mallard for offering this book, I was really excited to read it when I got it. When I first started the book, it was a
little confusing. I didn't know right away that I'd like this book but I kept reading and the more I read, the more interested in it I became. By the end of the book I didn't want it to end. I really liked Reka, the main character, she
was a strong female who really just wanted to make the best of a bad situation. it was also fun to read how her and Jaxsons relationship grew. I did have a few issues with the book. My first issue was you didn't really get to know Reka as herself before she had been "chosen". Not being able to
understand her abilities and such. Another issue I with the book was the ending. it came out of nowhere and came on too fast and just everything happened all at once. It was rushed and I think it could have been better. I did, however , love the read and if there was another Reka book, I would love to read it aswell.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Heather Boustead reviewed on May 17, 2012

Children of the Gods
By Monica Millard

Every twenty-thirty years the “Gods” come into the village where Reka lives to choose a new host body. Reka tries to blend into the crowd and prays she will not be chosen but unfortunately she is and not just to host any “God” but the queen. When they pull her into the ship that will soon become her home every part of Reka fights back but as they insert the queen into her body she fears it was all for nothing, that is until she wakes and realizes Anaya is the consciousness that lies in the background and she is still in control of herself.

This book starts off a bit slow, there isn’t much action in the entire thing it is a romance as Reka begins to fall in love with the man who is her king, Jaxson. The inner turmoil she must face is the main focus of the story and Monica Millard did a wonderful job the only thing I wish is that when she mentions the flashbacks that Anaya is showing Reka that she would go into more details some of them she just mentions that Anaya did it and moves on. If you are a fan of Stargate then you will love this book they are very similar in some aspects but then very different in others, it is an interesting book and I hope I will be able to read the next book since this one is left with a fantastic cliff hanger!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Berenice Mendez reviewed on May 16, 2012

Reka Cushing spent her whole life trying to be invisible, trying not to stand out and catch their attention, but all her hard work got thrown into the garbage the day she is chosen to be a vessel to one of the gods, all her fears and nightmares become true.
Her destiny is now that of many others, trapped in her own body as aliens that disguised themselves as gods take over, but what happens when things don't work as they should? Can she fool a ship full of aliens and play the part of their queen?

This is my first time reading a book that talks about body snatchers I found it fascinating and a good change of tune from what I'm used to reading.
This book slipped by, time just passes by while you enjoy this book, it is well written in a small amount of time I feel I bonded with the characters and didn't want this book to end.
Once you read this novel by Monica Millard I think you will crave for more of her work as I do now.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Emma Jackson reviewed on May 16, 2012

Years ago, a generation of people from Reka’s home agreed to offer up their adolescent children as hosts for the ‘Gods’ in return for saving them from famine and starvation. When Reka is picked to be the host for Anaya, the Queen of the Gods, she believes her life is over, her body to be hijacked and her spirit crushed – but from the moment she steps on the ship, nothing turns out quite as she expected.

The story is told from Reka’s first person perspective and I have to say I found it slightly confusing, as a lot of the world building elements were either referred to but not thoroughly explained, or things happened but were given no further context. I’m not someone that is a big fan of ‘telling’ in comparison to ‘showing’ but I needed more clarity about what was going on and why. Some of the time I wondered if I was just being a bit dense and not picking up on the subtleties, whereas at other times it just didn’t make sense to me as to why nothing more had been said (for example, when Reka told us that Anaya had showed her a memory but then not said anything more about what it was of).

The opening chapter of ‘Children of the Gods’ did fall prey to this issue but I have to say that the actual events that were unfolding hooked me in and kept me reading. I thought the whole plot was very interesting and there were lots of ideas that were really imaginative. The budding romance between Reka and Jaxson was sweet and I liked how they gradually grew closer and more trusting of each other but I would have liked to see this play out in different settings to keep it interesting. There was a point where each day felt quite repetitive (a lot of meals and canoodling).

Overall, I would give this a 2.5 star rating as there was heaps of potential in this story but the execution needed some tightening up.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
ELSA CARRION reviewed on May 14, 2012

The story was different but kind reminded me of the movie “The Body Snatchers”, in a way. However I enjoyed it tremendously. Good plot and characters. A little on the sad side but the love Jaxson showed and the patience he had with Reka could not help but like him. The story is left with a small cliff hanger wondering what's going to happen with Reka, Jax or even Griff. I was lost as to the time frame that Reka was with Jaxson, at times it seemed like a few months had passed but other times it felt like years had gone by. It left me wondering but not enough to have prevented me from enjoying the story.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Gabbo de la Parra reviewed on May 12, 2012

It amazes me how so many other reviews compare this book with THE HOST and nobody seems to hear the distant echo of THE HUNGER GAMES. Luckily for me, I haven’t read any of these books (I watched the movie, but beyond that, nah) and therefore my perception of CHILDREN wasn’t tarnished by other authors.

What I appreciated the most about this book was its conciseness. Although, there were days (within the book) that it seemed like nothing happened, every little step (a touch, a glance, a simple words exchange) built my understanding of the relationship between the main characters.

Coming from a Man Down South who writes erotica, the love scenes were mild but sweet enough to keep me interested. Other people might think there were too many of these skin-to-skin moments for a YA book, but in total honesty that line between what is YA and Mature is downright blurry. Many PG13 movies have a lot more violence and skin in comparison to this book.

Even if many background details were swiftly explained or altogether omitted, I grasped the story from beginning to end. I felt somehow cheated with the almost rushed last chapter but it didn’t bother me so much as to say it diminished my appreciation of the story as a whole.

Books written in first person aren’t my cup of tea, especially when it’s a girl doing the talking because in many occasion they seemed not just naïve but immature. Not the case here. Reka might be young, but she knows enough of life to understand (if not fully, at least, coherently) that every action has a reaction. Hey, we have to accept she is a girl in love, and Love usually fogs your ability to be rational and act like an adult, even when (technically) you’re not one.

I recommend this book if you want a story that’s interesting and doesn’t drag you around with unnecessary flourishes.

I received this book thanks to The Nexus group ARR program.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Martha Campos reviewed on May 8, 2012

Reka gets chosen to become the host of the Queen of the Gods and that is when all the drama commences. The Queen hates the King and for awhile so does Reka because of the Queen's influence but as time goes on she begins to see him in a new way.

What I liked about Reka was that even though she was being heavily influenced she still made up her own mind. She didn't give in to the peer pressure that many of us succumb to. I respect her for that. On the other hand she seemed to be one track minded. It seemed as though as soon as she was chosen she promptly forgot about her old life, her family , everything and became focused entirely on Jaxson

I believe that there was a whole lot of them "touching" each other and not enough story. Every couple pages they seemed to get steamy (I don't think a YA book should have this many such moments). Personally I would've thrown in a bit more then just them enjoying each other. The explanation behind how the gods came to be with Reka's people and how getting chosen worked seemed a bit rushed. A bit more info Duester or perhaps the reason behind the garden.

I gave it three birdies because of Reka and her strength to make up her own mind as well as the love I did feel from Reka and Jaxson (even though they very touchy, if ya catch my drift). It was the passionate, romantic, and caring love that everyone hopes, dreams, and wishes for. That part of the story came across loud and clear.

Reminded me A LOT of 'The Host' by Stephanie Meyer. Aliens coming to Earth, taking over, thinking that they know whats best for the humans, taking over the humans, etc.

Overall I liked this book because of the reasons I stated above but would like to see a bit more story (action, adventure, anything) and a whole lot less romance.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
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