Children of the Gods - A Chosen Novel

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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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Published: Dec. 24, 2011
Words: 54,740
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465793607
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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Reviews

Review by: Pepper Owens on Aug. 21, 2012 : star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ray Chelle on July 03, 2012 : star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Smith on June 22, 2012 : star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Jenny Franklin on May 27, 2012 : star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heather Boustead on May 17, 2012 : star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Berenice Mendez on May 16, 2012 : star star star star star
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 within a month of 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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emma Jackson on May 16, 2012 : star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: ELSA CARRION on May 14, 2012 : star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gabbo de la Parra on May 12, 2012 : star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Martha Campos on May 08, 2012 : star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cae on May 04, 2012 : star star star star star
Title: Children of the Gods (A Chosen Novel)
Author: Monica Mallard
Rating: 5/5

A sincere thank you to Monica Mallard for offering this book for review via the Goodreads.com group the Nexus.

Summary: Reka a seventeen year old girl lived inside the City of the Gods. Everyone outside of the city thought they lived a perfect life never wanting for nothing, having all of their needs met. But they were so wrong inside the city they had no freedom, the one thing that they wanted the most. The gods told them what kind of music they could listen too, what foods they could eat. They lived a life of fear. At the next choosing, all at the right age were gathered. Reka was chosen, her world turned upside down.


Review: FIVE STARS! Spectacular read. Reka, aged seventeen, was chosen at the current choosing and thus becomes the Queen of the Gods at Jaxson’s side. The relationship between Jaxson and Reka was fun to watch unfold, was unique in its way, and of course had its own hurdles to ensure that much like every other relationship it was not smooth sailing all the time.

However, I did, despite my stellar rating find one thing a touch grating, we had no backwards knowledge into Reka and her “abilities.” They were just there, also what other “images” had she seen that we were not given privy to when Ayana had been bombarding her. I realize we saw some of the more potent ones, but what of the others? She had the essence/alien presence of someone who had been alive for close to a thousand years.

The ending did seem somewhat jumbled, and a touch rushed, but I did enjoy the ending. The ending made me cry, but there was still a note of happiness within the ending and that gives me hope for the future of this character. I do hope that Reka will be seen again in subsequent books (if there are any in the works) and that we will get a bit more insight into her background as she continues to develop.

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(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Michael Griffith on May 02, 2012 : star star star star star
This book started off a little weird but in the end I found that I didn't want it to end. The concept of the book is a little different then other things that I have read, but once I was able to understand the thoughts and who was speaking I found that the book was very very good and well written. I enjoyed the fact that there was not a heavy emphasis on the love triangle that was present at the beginning and that the author allowed her character to overcome her previous love in order to help he family survive. She then found that she does fall in love with her new "husband".

I enjoyed the plot twists that occurred throughout the novel that helped keep me guessing and kept my attention wrapped in the story. I did think the author did the duality of the main character was very well done. She showed the two sides clearly, my only problem was that I was not used to the concept at the beginning but I was able to pick it up very easily.

I found that I really did like Reka and Jaxson, I wanted them to be able to actually fall in love, and I wish that they were going to be able to live with each other once they realized that the love was real and not a cause of the gift that Reka has. I do feel that the end is a little disappointing but you will have to read to determine why, but there is a bit of hope for the future.

If there is going to be another I cannot wait to read it, if not then I think this book would be a great stand alone novel
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Nancy Allen on April 30, 2012 : star star star star
I would like to thank the author Monica Millard for posting her book Children of the Gods (A Chosen Novel) in the group The Nexus in the discussion topic Authors Requesting Reviews on Goodreads for review and allowing me to read and review it.

Reka a seventeen year old girl lived inside the City of the Gods. Everyone outside of the city thought they lived a perfect life never wanting for nothing, having all of their needs met. But they were so wrong inside the city they had no freedom, the one thing that they wanted the most. The gods told them what kind of music they could listen too, what foods they could eat. They lived a life of fear.

A very long time ago Reka's village was very poor. They never had enough food to feed everyone to keep them from starving. The Holorans came to them pretending to be gods, they were aliens. The Holorans promised them that they would take care of them and no one would ever be hungry ever again. They promised them the moon. What did they ask for in exchange for providing their ever need, want? They asked that they give their children to them so they could use their bodies as host for the Holorans.

On the night of the choosing everyone that was the right age to be in the choosing all lined up in their rows. Reka was one of the chosen. They took her away to her new home which was a ship. Reka was so terrified when they reached the ship and the doors started to slide open that she almost fainted. Upon entering the ship she learns that she will be the host body to their queen. They place an alien worm inside of her that is the queen. Reka is a very strong person; she is the stronger of the two between her and the queen inside her body. This is not normal; the queen is supposed to be the stronger of the two with Reka only being an annoyance inside her head.

Reka tries to be the person that she thinks that the queen is from what everyone tells her about herself, the queen. But on occasion it is very hard for Reka, she is not a mean nor a hateful person. Neither does she want to be. Reka tries to make the lives of the people on the ship better for them. She changes some of the rules that were applied by the queen herself. She does end up making friends with the staff.

Reka doesn't execpt nor wants to love Jaxson but she has no choice. She finds herself liking and loving Jaxson no matter how hard she tries. Jaxson is a very nice and handsome man. She also likes Jaxson's guard Griff too, she never expected this either. Although she does have some conflict with a woman by the name of Duester. Duester is jealous of Reka and would very much like to have Jaxson for herself. There were times that I wasn't sure if Duester was jealous of Reka because she wanted Jaxson or because the queen was her friend.

I really enjoyed reading Children of the Gods. It was extremly well written. I was kinda disappointed in how it did end though. I was definetly expecting something more something way different than what did happen. I hope that their will be more stories about Reka's life.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: seh seh on April 30, 2012 : star star star
Children of the gods was a nice read, the plot reminded me though of the series "Stargate SG-1"...and the scene with Daniel's wife...am I the only one? Maybe it is because I was a huge fan of this series^^

Back to the book, I don't really know what to say...I find it sometimes too cheesy but it is one of its charms though...I have mixed feelings about it actually as I did like reading it but it won't make it to my favourite shelf if you see what I mean

And my favorite quote in this book: "He loved you because you were just like him; making the best of a horrible situation. He
wanted to give you everything he never had."
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lolita Verroen on March 09, 2012 : star star
This review was originally posted on goodreads

Again I have mixed feelings about a book. Let me start positve: I absolutely loved the idea behind this book. A special race has control of a city an every year a human is choosen to be the host for one of those special people who are referred as Gods. Sounds great right? Well sadly the original plot is the only good thing in this book.

My biggest problem with this story is that it lacked explanation. It lacked world building, inner dialogue, character depth, explanation about how everything worked. To give some examples I didn't knew they lived in a space ship until almost the end of the book, when I hear ship I think of a huge boat on the water. I know stupid. I also didn't realize most of the plans and ideas of the lead characters until late in the book. This book felt like I was wandering about in the dark trying to find the light and understand where I was. And I feel sorry to say this but I just couldn't enjoy the book. There was so much missing.

The world that is introduced in this book sounds great, but except for the initial explanation we get from the lead character there is no more world building. Why is this race of gods in this planet? Where did they come from? What does the ship looks like (except from having purple walls)? What does the lead characters room looks like? what do the characters look like? What does the lead character think? why did she made some of the descisions she made? What about the other characters, why did she like some of them? How does she feel about her new life? I can go on with these kind of questions, but this is mainly to give an idea what was missing.

The characters are another point which I found lacking. It is first person view, but even at the end of the book the main character is still a huge mystery to me. We don't get to read much inner dialogue and I found it very difficult to understand why she did certain things and what she thought about everything that happened. I just couldn't connect with her or any other characters for that matter.

I also have to say something about the story line. Where the main plot was interesting most of the story felt like just filling up the book. It is a short book, only 117 pages but most of the book is spend seeing the main characters daily life. And well nothing really happens. I had no idea where the story was going, it seemed to go nowhere and then suddenly at the ending something drastic happens, without any explanation and then end of the book. This book left me confused and I believe it could have been so much better. The ideas are there, but it just isn't worked out enough.

To conclude I didn't like this book. I foudn it lacked world building and character building. We almost got no idea of who the characters are and the lead character just stays one big mystery to me. I did like the idea behind the story and I think it has a lot of potential, but the story falls short.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jamilla on Jan. 26, 2012 : star star star star star
Absolutely Brilliant!

This is a story like no other! I completely adore stories that take me beyond my world, into fantasies and dreamscapes that I could have never even dared to contrive! And this novel, Children of the Gods, wholly sucked me into this whole new world of creatures alien and zapped me into a heart-wrenchingly sweet tale of unexpected love, crafted by someone who is clearly a master story teller. Very well written as well and the emotions of the characters were conveyed with such skill and lucidity!
Definitely a book well worth purchasing!

I can hardly wait for the next instalment and purchasing this book in hardcopy at my local bookstore!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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