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Girl of Myth and Legend
Chosen Saga #1
Giselle Simlett
Publication Date: December 29, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
A girl with a past she tries to forget, and a future she can’t even imagine.

Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day.

And things only get weirder…

Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.

Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic. There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren, who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.

But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive.

Dare to dream. Dare to hope. Dare to be a legend.
Review copy provided thru NetGalley

Dear Leonie,

You foolish, foolish girl. When someone stabs you in the back once, then you can be sure that they're going to stab you again no matter how many platitudes they give you nor how much they promise that they're going to help you. You have to be wary with this kind of people. Betrayal is a painful thing, I know that very well, and it will only get worse from now. You did unleash an unknown evil from an unknown, clearly evil urn. I thought you've watched The Mummy? But you have to heed your father (even if he was not a very good one), you just have to be yourself.

If you were presented with a way to leave your boring, routine, mundane life, will you take it? Will you escape? Will you take the promise of something more?

Well, Leonie did take that opportunity, despite being lied to all her life, despite being faced with something so foreign and being thrust into an overwhelming destiny. Oops, it may not be so fun an adventure after all. Ah, ah, ah. No takesies-backsies, Leonie. You're in for the long haul. Face it. Do it for your Dad. Do it for your dog. Do it for your kytaen Korren. Do it for yourself. Give fate and destiny the finger and defy all odds.

I like Leonie's character. She's pretty intense. And she's quite philosophical especially when I look at her from Korren's point-of-view when they're having a talk. I love their conversations. I love their insights into each other's psyche and without knowing it, they're unconsciously helping each other grow and develop. That's why I love their relationship. And thank the stargods that there's no instalove here. Actually, there's no romance here but I'm quite confident on where it is going. It's good to read a relationship that is allowed to grow with trust, respect, and friendship first along with resolving the issues (whether they're own doing or the world they exist in made) between them, then letting the river run its course.

The story reminds me much of a series of Japanese light novels (also made into an anime) called Juuni Kokki or The Twelve Kingdoms by Ono Fuyumi. Youko Nakajima was also a red-headed, green-eyed girl who was plucked from her home and transported to another world and searched for her destiny. Twelve Kingdoms also have a version of Kytaen called kirin. Kirin are noble and holy creatures that are bound to and chooses the ruler of each kingdom. No matter if the kirin objects they cannot go against their master's orders, even if that means killing someone.

However, the similarities stopped there and Girl of Myth and Legend wove a distinctive story that kept me turning the pages.

I seem to have the habit of starting a lot of series this year but I hope I won't wait for so long to read the sequel to this because, man, I want to know things now!

Ayanami Faerudo

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