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Published on March 8th 2015
The second saga in the best-selling, ground-breaking Forever Evermore series begins with Chosen Thief, where the life of a skilled lawbreaker suddenly becomes much more than she ever wanted…
Caroline Jules knows death is imminent. She’s only 22, but as an inmate of Death Row in the most secure Mystical jail, what else could her future hold?
Caro has no idea. Her solitary, transient life is about to get flipped on its head when it is revealed that she is the new Prodigy Elemental, and she has responsibilities and ties that she can’t ever escape. Caro is attempting to run from a brutal past, but the Rulers have other plans for this thief’s future.
But the transition from a self-contained existence to life with the other Prodigies, the Kings and Queens, and even the Elders was never going to be easy, and Caro has secrets she’s loath to share. Suddenly she has friends, mentors, lovers – and they all want to know more about her than she is willing to reveal. Can she learn to thrive in the role of a future leader, or will the obligations scare her into disappearing again – this time forever?
To be honest, after reading this book I felt rather conflicted. I am certain it has a lot to do with how much I loved the first trilogy of the Forever Evermore series, specifically how much I enjoyed Lily and Eraza’s characters. Although Chosen Thief shared the same fantasy world, but how the story executed was not quite the same. Chosen Thief has focused solely on Caro, along with couple secondary characters whom may be possible love interests, Sin and Leric. The rest of the characters, however, included all other prodigies which were more like the tertiary characters, I found they didn’t weighted as much in the story plot.
Chosen Thief introduced a new element element, spirit, which supposedly a very rare ability, also a new supernatural division and their leader “the One”. I don’t know, I felt “the One” and his people’s existent significantly contradicted the position of the Kings and Queens, unequivocally debilitated the current King of Elemental, Jack. Considered it was painfully obvious “the One” was far more powerful than Jack. Furthermore, “the One” actually puts fear in the Kings and Queens. In a way the new concept rather clashed with the previous concept of the Supernatural Leaders, and I couldn’t help but wonder if that was the intended purpose. However, there are still far too many unknown at this point, we would have to wait and see how the new elements would impact, and change the dynamic of the series.
While I was reading I felt the story construction seem a little random, there were some scenes while they were entertaining to read, but at the same time I didn’t think necessarily have any relations to the main story plot. I was a little confused on why Caro’s ability wasn’t formally introduced, elaborated until the last part of the book. We kind of know how her power affected her, but other than how much she refused to use them, or acknowledged them, the “why” part still remain as a mystery.
Caro’s love interest is still up to debate at this point, it seems Caro was attracted to every hot guy she encountered, and it would appear that every guy are in love or in lust with Caro.
Sometime Caro do reminded me of Lily, but compare to Lily, she was a less likable character. I thought Caro can be a little bit too much of time, she was always very sure of her ability (although she rarely uses them), she was awfully arrogant, and often problematic with a has serious attitude with the authorities. Also her little stint with Jack did not put her in my favorite list.
I was curious about the tile Chosen Thief, which seem to be a riddle itself. Is Caro a Chosen, because she is the new prodigy of Elemental? Or does it have to with her elemental ability?
Overall, I thought the story plot was not a strong one, but I found myself curious and interested in learning more about the new element. As always I enjoyed the special bonding and sparkles between each of the characters, which the author does so well on. However as much as I enjoyed reading how Caro and
Sin’s characters interacted, I would’ve like to see a little more of the other characters as well. I really liked Brenna’s character, but sadly there were very little of Brenna in the book. I also loved the returning of Vizoac! I just love those little guys. Chosen Thief also brought back old favorite characters of mine, included Lily and Erza, Jack and Pearl.
Since this book left with so many questions, I am really curious about Caro’s ability, and am looking forward to learn more about it.