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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Review by: Pepper Owens on Aug. 21, 2012 :
A PERFECT BALANCE 4STARS

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)
Review by: Ray Chelle 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)
Review by: Jennifer Smith on June 22, 2012 :
Children of the Gods (A Chosen Novel) by Monica Millard
Blurb:
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)
ASINB006PZFWQ6

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

Details:
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,
@jendsmit
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)
Review by: Jenny Franklin on May 27, 2012 :
I got a copy of Children of the Gods for review via the Goodreads.com 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)
Review by: Heather Boustead 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)
Review by: Berenice Mendez 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)
Review by: Berenice Mendez on May 16, 2012 : (no rating)
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)
Review by: Emma Jackson 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)
Review by: ELSA CARRION 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)
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