Review: Channeler’s Choice by Heather McCorkle

Channeler’s Choice (Channeler #2) by Heather McCorkle
Young Adult
Hardcover,
Published Feb. 27th, 2012 by Compass Press
Source:  Author *for review*

With her parents’ murderers dead, Eren can finally concentrate on fitting in at Spruce Knoll High, not to mention figuring out what it means to be a channeler. If only it were that easy. It turns out she isn’t normal even among channelers – she may be a legendary warrior meant to protect the earth in a last great battle.

But Mayan prophecies are the least of her worries as she involuntarily starts to gather her own Society, another girl moves in on Aiden, her powers rage out of control, and worst of all, someone is stalking her. To top it all off, Eren discovers she doesn’t have to be a channeler after all – she has a choice.

As an old threat closes in and she risks ending up like her parents, she is forced to decide. Be a normal teenager and leave the legendary warrior stuff to someone else, or embrace a dark destiny?


 

I really enjoyed the first book in the series and was really looking forward to reading this second one.  But this is going to be one of those difficult reviews to write.  It’s not that I felt negative about the book but because I felt right down the middle about it.

I like Eren and I like Aiden.  I like that they have such strength and that they truly love each other.  I also like that for the most part their relationship is issue free.  Though there was a spot toward the end where I truly felt Eren way overreacted to something, other then that their relationship was very smooth.  I did grow a bit tired of Eren talking about how hot he was and the kissing and heated moments became too frequent for my taste.  

The setting of Spruce Knoll is nice.  I’ve decided I like how it all works.  This town full of Channeler’s is quite interesting.  I also like that there are issues of prejudice because the Irish think they should all marry Irish and Mayan should marry Mayan, etc.  Eren and Aiden are doing a good job at showing people that mixing races isn’t so bad.  

The channeler powers are great but I started to feel like it was too much to take in.  It felt like they just kept revealing more and more and conveniently Eren and Aiden seem to have them all and more.  I know that they are suppose to be unique and super strong and there’s an explanation for all of it, it just feels a bit too much I guess.

This was a slower paced book.  I felt like it was focused on Eren and Aiden and them developing their powers more as well as Eren learning fighting.  The real action is mostly just brief snatches here and there and mostly in the background until the very end.  And I think that it could have used just a bit more action.

Now it seems like I’ve pointed out a lot of negative things but I actually did really enjoy the book.  Heather McCorkle is a great writer with a fantastic imagination.  She’s created a world and characters that I enjoy reading about.  So while it’s not perfect for me, it certainly wasn’t a waste of my time and I most certainly plan to continue the series and see where things go.  

3/5 stars

Disclosure:  The author provided me with a copy for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.  

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Comments

  1. Ah. One of those books. Good but there’s just something about it…

    I have a hard time when characters have ALL the powers. Of course, I want them to be strong and powerful but, for good conflict, they really need to struggle and find other ways to solve their problems. It’s part of the reason I broke up with the Laurel K. Hamilton series–Anita just kept getting every power there was. Really?

  2. Great review Candace I’m looking forward to jumping into this one. I loved how creative and different Spruce Knoll was. 3-stars are always the hardest reviews to write huh!? ;)

  3. I know the hardest reviews for me to write are the just okay books, where they don’t generate much of a response. Still, you did a good job reviewing it. Holy cow the sun is out, nearly blinded me this morning when I drove out of the fog!

  4. As Heidi said, you did a great job reviewing something that was so/so. It doesn’t appeal to me. I’m turned off by the cover and the fact that the 2nd book focuses just on the romance and powers. I’d get very tired of that very fast. You did a wonderful job!

    Heather

  5. Middling book reviews are always the hardest for me to write, too. Somehow the lack of enthusiasm just kinda kills the urge to write, hah. This series sounds intriguing, though, so I might check it out sometime after the third book is released. Thanks for the honest review, Candace!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  6. Middling book reviews are always the hardest for me to write, too. Somehow the lack of enthusiasm just kinda kills the urge to write, hah. This series sounds intriguing, though, so I might check it out sometime after the third book is released. Thanks for the honest review, Candace!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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