Review: Chosen (The Chosen Chronicles #1) by Jennifer Ortiz


Cal Reynolds has always been special. He comes from a long line of Hunters – a group of humans gifted with exceptional strength, speed, and magical ability. The Hunters’ purpose is to protect the world from demons from the Underworld. But even among this select group, Cal stands out.

When his strained relationship with his father causes Cal to leave the Hunters, a series of events is set in motion that causes him to discover secrets about himself, his family, and his future that he could never have imagined. In the midst of trying to decipher the pieces left from this chaos, Cal reconnects with Gabrielle Morgan, the only girl he’s ever loved, after a nearly seven year estrangement.

But Cal is Chosen – and that has far reaching ramifications, not only on himself but on those he loves as well. When Cal is faced with the ultimate deception, he begins to realize that he will need to choose where his loyalties, and his love, lie…and the seduction of darkness is almost overwhelmingly alluring…


When I told Jennifer Ortiz that I would review her book, I was taking a big chance. Not because I didn’t know much about the author, but this was a bit outside of my comfort zone. But I have learned one thing from reviewing books, living outside my comfort zone tends to find me reading books I would not have picked up otherwise. It is not because of the cover. But more the content. I am not a big paranormal book reader, but taking those risks in what I read have led to some amazing books. It is one thing I strive to do. Push myself. This book had me pushing the boundaries of what I would “typically” read and I actually found myself having difficulty putting it down.

This is a crazy world. Cal is Chosen. He is different from all the other Hunters in his abilities and his significance. But one thing Cal will never be is normal. Raised mainly by his father, his boundaries were pushed, his limits tested and the struggle remained. The tension between the two of them was high and Cal just didn’t know how to deal with it anymore.

That’s when he took the job. Mostly out of spite, kind of out of convenience. His job wasn’t to protect people. He didn’t have a greater good. He just had to slay the beast. It wasn’t easy work, but the pay out was always rewarding.

There was something else he left behind when he left the Hunters. He left Gabby. But a moment of fate brought them back together. His sweet and beautiful Gabby. Would she still be mad at him because of the way things ended? They were not involved in all those years, but there was always something special between the two of them. When the two of them reconnect, everything shifts in Cal’s world and I mean everything.

Learning that things were not always as they seemed and searching for answers while struggling to hold on to his one constant in life was going to be his biggest test.

Now, I get that I have pretty much told you this is completely paranormal and all, but it is so much more. It has steam and passion too. It is not lacing in the romance department that is for sure. There are the number of women that he used and the number of women that meant nothing to him except a means to an end. But there was nothing quick and easy about getting lost in the one person that you know you are destined to be with.

This book is told from Cal’s perspective which I really enjoyed. It was not only his words, but his thoughts. It was told as if he were actually sitting there telling you the story. I embraced a males perspective in this book where as most times I read what the men are saying and thinking in books and I think to myself, I don’t know one single man who would say something like that, but with Cal telling the story, I could envision a guy telling the story from his point of view. This is something that is not easily done in books and I was very impressed with the author’s ability to do this and do it well.

Jennifer Ortiz has done a great job with this book and I really enjoyed the story despite my original apprehensions of the paranormal part of it. It was a great read and kept me on my toes waiting to find out what was going to happen next with the crazy creatures from the underworld and the love of Cal’s life, Gabby. I am looking forward to reading more of Jennifer’s work and I am looking forward to more of this series!




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