Back-to-Back Book Review: A Chosen Life and Shadow Prison by K.A. Parkinson

About the Book

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A Chosen Life
The Chosen Chronicles (Book 1)
by K.A. Parkinson
Sci Fi & Fantasy , Teens & YA

When Macy was chosen to join an elite group of children responsible for protecting ignorant mankind from the monsters of the Dark, she understood there isn’t time for speed bumps, and the arrival of the Ninth Chosen ten years late is one big bump.

The Ninth is to one day lead all the Chosen in a final battle between Light and Dark forces, but the legendary warrior turns out to be Tolen Parks, a clueless and reclusive seventeen year-old whom Macy fears will not be their captain but instead their downfall. In an action-packed entertainer, Tolen and Macy are swept down a dangerous path that tests everything that Macy is, and brings out everything that Tolen can be, as they discover the power of choice, true friendship, and the incredible influence a single person can have on the world.


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The Shadow Prison
The Chosen Chronicles (Book 2)
by K.A. Parkinson

From the first moment the Watcher, Bastian, and his ward, Macy, showed up on his doorstep, Tolen Parks knew his attempts at a normal life were gone forever. While his peers were measured for caps and gowns and submitting college applications, he’s been fighting the evil forces of the Dark, learning to tap into powers he once feared, and accepting the role of the Ninth Chosen, a destiny far greater and more terrifying than he could have ever imagined. Tolen has discovered that his father is trapped at the center of the Dark’s stronghold, the Shadow Prison and that it is Tolen that must step forward and rescue him. But while Tolen’s gifts are powerful, his lack of control makes him dangerous, leaving tragedy in his wake and losing his allies’ trust. His advisors want him to train, but Tolen knows that time is running out for his father, and sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re ready when you’re needed most.

My Reviews

The Chosen Life and Shadow Prison is a beautifully written book. It was the kind of book that nourishes your soul, yet gives you things to ponder on.

Overall, the two books are pretty good. The words of the author were somehow very engaging, and she got her own way with words.

The characters of the book, well– Macy, for me, was like a judgemental brat kid who seems to be a know it all. Tolen, on the other hand, was an innocent, with teach-me-everything attitude. Bastian was my favorite character in the series. I’m actually rooting for him to be the chosen one(well, in the earlier chapter, I’m hoping it was him.)

As for the plot, honestly, there were few parts of the book that was very slow pacing, boring– I think, in my opinion, they can cut it. I mean, I survived the and understand both books even if I skip the said parts.

And if there is something I really, really liked with this book, it’s how the author builds the relationships between characters and the readers– especially Basti–I’m not sure, but I have grown so attached to him that at the end of the first book. Well, I’m devastated.

I also would like to inform everyone that I put the said review in the same post because, for both books, the only thing I can criticize is the slow-pacing chapters.

DISCLAIMER: I requested for an ARC of this book in NetGalley and I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review. The description and the cover of the book had caught my attention.

Overall Ratings


A Chosen Life and The Shadow Prisoreceived a rating of fourheavenly book goodness! This book is pretty good, I personally liked it, but there were slow-pacings in the book that bores me. But still, the goodness of the book is still there.

About The Author

K.A.ParkinsonK.A. Parkinson was raised in a small suburb where she spent her summers hiding under her bed with a book, a flashlight, and a bag of cookies. She began writing to give teens she mentored clean and inspiring stories that not only entertain but teach powerful messages. She continually seeks through her books and her presentations to encourage youth to pursue their goals and follow their dreams.
If you would like to learn more about K.A., her books, or her school or youth group presentations, visit her Website

A Chosen Life, book one in The Chosen Chronicles, is a winner of the Silver Rone Award for Novel Excellence.


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