Path Unchosen by Kim Cleary
(Daughter of Ravenswood #1)
Publication date: September 7th 2013
Genres: Dark Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
When eighteen-year-old Judy Hudson discovers she’s a necromancer and sees first-hand the pain her powers can cause the dead, she just wants to deny who she is. The zombie plague is long over. She wants to find a more normal life, but that’s a challenge when a beautiful otherworldly man, who claims to be her guardian, saves her life.
Judy tries to set right the harm she inflicted on a spirit she raised, but new zombies attack—zombies raised from among the long-time dead. Someone else just like her is out there, and he’s not trying to set anything right. To save her own life, and protect the innocent inhabitants of the nearby town who’ve become her friends, Judy has to figure out who’s raising the dead and why. She must also learn to control the darkness inside her—a seductive darkness that promises her power beyond her wildest dreams.
*My Book Review*
DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge for an honest review.
I was very excited to read Path Unchosen by Kim Cleary. I haven’t read anything is these genres for a while, so was happy to settle down with some old faves.
At times the beginning of this book felt a little rushed. I understand that many people like to start a book right in the thick of the action, but I, personally, prefer a little more story set up. It seemed that characters were being introduced and just as quickly were whipped away from the reader.
But once the reader settles into the story, there is plenty of action that is not particularly rushed. We find the main character Judy in a world she never imagined with a man who may or may not be the man of her dreams. I loved the interaction between these two characters, Judy and Purah. Their relationship is just flawed enough to keep you interested. Add another couple of intriguing men into the mix and I get the feeling that things are going to get complicated for this poor girl in subsequent books.
Judy, as a character grew on me. At the start, I found her a little too impetuous and when she could suddenly use her powers, I wasn’t quite sure I could fall in love with her. Yet, by the end of the book I did. She was still impetuous, but I came to the realisation that while she is eighteen, she has been raised in a sheltered lifestyle and therefore is incapable of really thinking things through and making decisions based on knowledge. And, in fact, it was nice to see a character so immature in a YA book – I now can’t wait to see her grow up over the span of this series!
The story flows from one fanciful event to the next; some completely believable, others not so much – even for a fantasy novel! Sometimes I just felt like it was a bit too easy for the characters in their struggles throughout the book. And yet, at other times, I found events deliciously challenging, although this was more in the characters own perspectives and not so much by the events surrounding them.
And what about the zombies?
I really LOVED Kim Cleary’s take on them. It’s fabulous to see inside the zombie’s minds like this thanks to the fact that the necromancers in this novel can read their minds. It was a lovely new take on the zombie genre.
Now I know this book is listed as a New Adult book, but, honestly, it definitely felt like YA (Young Adult). Therefore, I think that genuine young adults will love this novel. There is plenty of action, magic and complicated romance to keep them satisfied. I think though that the older audience reading YA as a genre, might not agree so much. However I found this novel a fun read and can’t wait to see what happens in the next instalment of the Daughter of Ravenswood series!
I am giving Path Unchosen by Kim Cleary 3 out of 5 stars.
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About the Author
Kim writes urban fantasy for anyone who longs to discover they are extraordinary. She writes about hopefulness and determination, and about heroes who push through extraordinary situations and obstacles, one step at a time. Magical friends and gorgeous guys help, or hinder, in one adventure after another.
When not writing, revising, or thinking about writing, Kim gardens, plays with her dog, chats on social media, catches up with friends or cooks an Indian feast. She is a member of Writers Victoria, Romance Writers of Australia, The Alliance of Independent Authors, and a certified chocoholic.
Kim grew up in Birmingham, UK, studied medieval history and psychology at Adelaide University in South Australia and has worked all over Australia and in London. She now lives with her husband and an adorable Cocker Spaniel in Melbourne, Australia.