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Chosen by Grace

Divine Fate Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Series: Divine Fate Series , Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Ryn Tyler didn't intend to kill a demon when she moved to Eagle Valley - or to become the hero of a divine race of angels. She just wants to be a normal teenager, but fate has other plans.

While discovering the secrets of the supernatural, Ryn navigates a complicated relationship with Marek, the guy who can't stop saving her life. But Marek knows more about Ryn's magic than he's letting on.

Only Ryn has the power to stop the coming apocalypse. But there's a demon in Eagle Valley who wants that power for himself - and if Ryn wants to survive, she'll have to fight back.

©2018 Alicia Rades (P)2018 Alicia Rades

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  • Kimberly Smith
  • 29-03-2018

Fascinating series starter!

So let me just get this out there, I LOVED THIS BOOK! It’s so much more than I expected, and the narration is FABULOUS! This story is full of action, magic, drama and suspense from beginning to end. It pulled me in from the start and I finished in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the outstanding narration made the book! Natalie Naudus is a ‘new to me’ narrator and is now a ‘my favorites!’ narrator. She does an excellent job giving each character a unique voice, bringing the story to life and making it easy to get lost in the book. I will most definitely be looking for more of her work! I will also be anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!!!
I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 06-04-2018

Great story and great narration!

This was my first Alicia Rades's book and won't be the last. This is a paranormal story with angels and demons and it's so well written! I really appreciate my read/listen to this story. This story is fast-paced, suspenseful, funny and sweet. I love all the characters in this book. In fact, I love all about this book. It's a gem! The main characters Ryn and Marek are perfect together. The storyline is entertaining and really captivating. I can't wait to listen to the next story in this Series. This was my first listen to Natalie Naudus. She has a great voice, very easy to listen. I also love her male voice! I'm looking forward for more books narrated by her. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Adriana B
  • 24-03-2018

Interesting new series

One of my favorite genres is YA/teen fantasy. This story fits the bill well. I enjoyed the story line and plot but Ryn did not make much sense at times. She was very indecisive and made some stupid decisions at times.

Narration was well done and brought the story to life.

I was happy with no major cliffhanger. The story wrapped up nicely and paved way for the next book in this trilogy. I hope Ryn will step to the plate and make smarter choices in the next book. I’m looking forward to the next book.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • S. Family
  • 19-05-2018

Ready for book 2!

I highly recommend this book! I cant wait for more in the series! Even a great narrator that really makes the book.

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  • Trisha
  • 09-05-2018

Amazing

Romance, magic, angels and demons fit into a spectacular book. I could see so much of this book come to life in my head as the story flowed by. The narration was spot on and truly wove together an amazing picture. I can't wait to see what happens in later books!

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

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  • ilianag
  • 01-05-2018

Refreshing

I was given a copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review and this is it.
I have to say that I found this story very refreshing and new despite the fact I was a bit hesitant to listen to something that had to do with teens and school.
It has an interesting story and I can tell you that the narrator has done an excellent job.
It's one of those books that you truly enjoy to listen and the voices the narrator does suit the characters.
It's a great start for a series that will totally hook you in...
I need more.

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  • Margaret
  • 29-04-2018

An angel? Not really

The main character Ryn is an older teenager who lives with her mom. Things are tough between them. They constantly move and her mom’s interests and hobbies change often. They move to Eagle Valley and here Ryn befriends another girl. One night they go out to have some fun and she meets Marek and some demons. The reality of her world changes here. Some other characters come into play and now Ryn needs to deal with the revelation she’s an “angel” and learn how to control her magic. Of course there is also the impending apocalypse.

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. I enjoyed the personality of Ryn. She’s a little sarcastic and quite self reliant. I like the story thread involving her schoolmates. This is not a stand alone book since it does not have a resolution . There is a lead up to the next one.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I would definitely listen to another. The character voices were well done and the story brought to life. It is a good listen

Despite Audiobook Boom giving this a violence and language rating there is no excessive violence or swearing. I’m not sure, but I think one character may swear a couple times, but I don’t really remember. If so, only a bit. There are no explicit sex scenes.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review

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  • Raul
  • 23-04-2018

Interesting new YA fantasy series

Would you consider the audio edition of Chosen by Grace to be better than the print version?

Definitely, the narration really brings out each character.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that it didn't have as much drama and teenage angst as some other YAs

Have you listened to any of Natalie Naudus’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first one. Top notch narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really extreme, but what is it with fantasy YAs these days that where someone in the story wants the female mc to be a baby factory.

Any additional comments?

It was a good enough story, with good history and background. The long battle of the "angels" and the "demons" and her internal battle to not kill anyone. Can't wait for the rest.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Layla
  • 16-04-2018

YA Fantasy.

I have listened to other works by this narrator and I would recommend listening to her other books that she has narrated. She voiced the characters out and I felt their personality come through.

The story is a bit predictable for me. It has all the classic YA theme. That is not to say it is bad, the author had me intrigued in certain areas but I would have liked to be suprised at some point.

YA might like it more then I did.

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 13-04-2018

Interesting enough but has some flaws...

OK, first of all, it's 3.5 stars for the story...

"Chosen by Grace" is my introduction to the writing skills of Alicia Rades, and on the whole it's quite a good experience. Although I'm not a young adult any more (way past beyond it, really:)), working with 17-19-year-olds on daily basis, having insight into their way of thinking, I like books written for that audience and I look for them quite often. So, I've read a good share of them so far and I have to tell you, most of them seem formulaic, schematic and predictable. This one, however, though still a bit predictable, following the rule: a girl discovers she's magical, she's saved by a handsome dude she instantly falls for (for no obvious reasons but the fact that he's handsome and rescues her) and then is expected to fulfill a prophecy/save the world/you name it, has also some unexpected twists on old tropes and brilliant imagery.

What I think are the strenghts of the book? The interesting take on the genealogy of creatures we call angels and demons; although it's also its weakness in a way. It may feel informative on the pages, but while you listen to an audio version, the information, containing a ot of strange names which you can't see, just hear, is given so fast and in such abundance that I still don't really understand it. I'd have to listen to it again to fully grasp the idea.
Another strength is Ms Rade's ability of vivid description; the final battle is wonderfully depicted, with a lot of suspence and emotions, and with the situation changing at a really fast pace, as it should be when it comes to serious fights... The flying lesson is also beautiful both in how it is shown and how Ryn's feelings are conveyed to the listener.

So what did I find faulty with it? Well, there are a few improbabilities when it comes to the characters' behaviour; some reactions to some events are either too weak or too, well, sane... I also had a feeling that some scenes were totally unnecessary and didn't serve the plot in any way, not even to explain or justify someone's actions (like the whole plotline involving the school rivalry - what is it there for? It has nothing to do with the main plot, it doesn't really jeopardize the relationship between Ryn and Marek, it doesn't even explain anything about Marek's past.... Unless it's there to be developed in future books - but I still think it could have been totally omitted...)

As for the narration by Ms Natalie Naudus, it's quite fast, but still clear enough. Although there were a few instances when male voices sounded a bit too similar to one another, I still was able not to lose the track of who's speaking, so that's OK. On the whole, it's a sound interpretation of the book.

So, generally, although it may not be the greatest book in the genre, it is still good enough to give you about 4 hours of fun and make you want to listen to the next book in the series (probably:))



DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 08-06-2019

Encouraging start

“We believe you have the Power of Grace. Marek knew when he first met you. It’s evidenced in the colour of your essence - purple. Most Davina can only conjure white essence. Yours, Ryn, is special.”

When Ryn moves to Eagle Valley with her mother, she hopes for a fresh start with a chance to lay down roots. While at a party with her friend Allie, Ryn is shocked when they are attacked by a demon. Acting on pure instinct, she is able to conjure essence and inadvertently kills him.

Ryn comes to learn that the demons she has been able to see since childhood are in fact real and that she belongs to a divine race of angels who are tasked with protecting humans from demons who feed off their life force/essence. Due to the unique colour of her essence, Ryn is told that she is a conduit for Grace, the last surviving Davina who stayed behind to seal the portals between Vehana and Malum. Now that her powers have manifested in Ryn, it means that the lines between the realms are weakening. They must now awaken the power of Grace and identify the portal that poses the threat in order to stop the apocalypse. Unfortunately a demon wants Ryn’s power for himself and will stop at nothing to get it.

Chosen by Grace is the first instalment of the Divine Fate trilogy. The strength of the book lies in the Intriguing world building that the author has depicted and the interesting variation on the usual angels v demons lore that I’m accustomed to.

“We’re not angels or demons. We’re similar, but the stories have it all wrong. We’re where the stories of angels and demons come from, but we prefer not to use the terms as we have no religious affiliations. Not with any modern religion anyway.”

Primarily the Davina are the offspring of the Divinities, powerful godlike creatures who started the world. The Ades are similar to demons and are the offspring of the lesser gods, known as the Sanctities. While the Davina were gifted the realm of Vehena, the Sanctities were stripped of their immortality and banished to Malum for having forbidden offspring. A second Curse was placed on the Sanctities which prevented them from seeing, hearing and interacting with their children in order to prevent alliances and more offspring. A war has brewed between them ever since.

While the world building is exceptional, I felt that the characterisation suffered especially as the length of the book was short. I didn’t connect with any of the characters on an emotional level. Also I felt that the book lacked tension and suspense. I hope this will be rectified in the next instalment. I have a niggling feeling that Ryn’s mother knows more than she lets on and is hiding something which might explain her overprotective nature. I’m also looking forward to learning more about Marek’s past and the reason behind the scars on his back.

Plot wise this was an encouraging start and ideal for fans of angels, demons and paranormal romance.

I received a advanced free audible copy of Chosen By Grace which was read by the excellent Natalie Naudus and I am voluntarily reviewing it.