by Kim Cleary
Series: Daughter of Ravenswood #1
Published by Raven's Lair Publishing Release date : September 7th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
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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.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Path Unchosen caught my eye, admittedly, because of the cover. Anything with a bird (raven) on the cover is bound to be eerie and creep me out. I have read my fair share of books that revolve around necromancers. It’s one of my favorites. Why? The whole concept of being able to talk to OR raise the dead is freaky. I like the weird and freaky. SO yes, Path Unchosen had my name written all over it. While it did take me quite some time to get into the story and the swing of things, I thought Path Unchosen was pretty good.
As I mentioned, it was difficult for me to get INTO the story. It’s really slow to start, and with hardly any world building, it was difficult to get a good FEEL of the book. I had some many questions that were left unanswered about, well everything. Aside from that, I enjoyed the writing. I am big on mysteries, so I was loving the all the weird and mysterious things going on. We have the mystery of who Judy really was and ultimately, who was raising the zombies. All the pieces come together slowly, over time, and I thought Kim did a great job weaving all of it together. Also, there are some really eerie and gory scenes. I had the goosebumps and everything to prove it. I loved it though!
Judy, just figuring out what and who she really is, is a strong compassionate girl. She was whiny at first, but once she got over that she couldn’t change who she was, she really stepped up. She was determined to figure out who was causing all the mayhem and you have to admire her strength and drive to do so. As for her tutor Purah; it took awhile for me to trust him. He held too many things back from Judy and his sudden appearance was to coincidence for my taste buds. That comes together towards but I still don’t trust him. haha
There are an array of characters. Evie, who was ghost that Judy has raised early on in the story. I was really curious about her. I thought the irony of her being so skittish was hilarious. She cares for Judy though, and even in her “afterlife” she tries to protect her. Lyken; who is an Imp and becomes Judy’s familiar. Boyce; the creepy Mayor. I wont go into too many details about him. Let’s just say he is a sinister, creepy man. AND OF COURSE; the Raven, named Nightwing. Spirit-guide to Judy, his role was minimal but memorable. (stop laughing) AND THE DRAGON. Yes, a dragon.
There was a hint of romance too. Judy and Purah AND… Judy and Glynn. Glynn, or Captain Buckley, was the captain of police in the town where the zombie attacks were happening. I am glad that the romance took a back seat in the story, because there was no room for it at all. It’s obvious though that she cares about both, and something will become of this in the next book in the series. If I had to chose a guy now, it would be Glynn. Because, well I don’t trust Purah.
My Peeve- There was a lack of world building. It had a historical feel to it; with no electricity or cars and the like, but how did the world get this way? How long has it been this way? Why did this “plague” cause zombies to raise? Are there are MORE paranormal creatures out there?
Overall- Path Unchosen was pretty good. It was eerie, gory and with so many mysteries that kept me guessing. I am really curious about what happens from here so yes, I will continue with the series.