Book Review: Rise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp

Rise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp

( I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)


In Sam's world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.

The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal - to kill.

Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything - including the person she cares about most.


There are few books where I love every single character.and this was one such book. The good ones, the bad ones ; I love them all because they are such well rounded, three dimensional characters. I could finish the book in one sitting because the characters made me care about them, want to know about them. Sam, David, Lena, Julian..everyone.

Sam is an amazing protagonist. She is determined, grounded and doesn't take shit from anyone. I love how her character develops through the story.


The undead plot is pretty common so I love how Anna Kopp gave it an unique twist. Nothing about it was cliched. While most undead plots focuses on the living, this one focuses on the undead. This is a story of how humans can adapt and survive when faced with something new, something dangerous. Also the author knows how to keep readers in suspense, to make them curious and to give such amazing twists that make you jump out of your seat!


The writing style was clear and engaging. Throughout the book, i didn't feel the need to take a break even once. I sat and finished it in one sitting. The interesting snippets of information here and there piqued up my curiosity. When you read, this is the kind of book that brings images to your eyes rather than words and I loved that!


-The well rounded characters
-Writing style
-The unique, refreshing take on the undead plot line!


-NOTHING. Nothing at all!


One of the best Sci-fi / Fantasy books I've read till time. I was hooked to the book from the beginning. I just cannot wait for the sequel.



Its a full 5

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  1. Replies
    1. It is! Its definitely a new kind of book for me :)

  2. I saw this one on NetGalley and loved the cover but didn't pick it up. I'm happy to see it was a 5 star read for you!

    Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    1. If you find the time to read it, you should totally go for it! It a pretty awesome read :)


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