The Chosen Sin Paperback – Oct 7 2008
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About the Author
Anya Bast lives in the country with her Belgian husband, their tornado toddler of a daughter, and more cats, dogs, and rabbits than is sane. Ever since she was a little girl, Anya has told stories (much to her mother's dismay). She's happy to finally be making a career out of it. A native of one of the colder states, she loves to ice skate and watch hockey. She has fascination for crows, ravens and birds of prey. She enjoys the study of Eastern philosophy, Celtic myth, dreaming, and shamanism and occasionally incorporates what she learns into her paranormal stories. She works part time as a data base editor and French translator.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This is a layered, complex story about good and evil. Great character development. The book is extremely erotic and romantic, yet still makes you think. The characters stay with you long after the story is finished. I can see why some may not like it since the author does write the villain in a sympathetic way. He's not a 100% evil mustache twirler by a long shot. But in my opinion he's bad guy, a threat to their society, a murderer and a slave trafficker. He got what he deserved in the end.
The heroine is no Mary Sue and she's no fluffy brainless bunny. She's abrasive at times, but I think this makes sense given her history. She changes and grows throughout the course of the story. Alejandro is just flat out luscious, strong without being that overpowering alpha male. Three cheers for a hero who is not a Caucasian male!
What surprised me about this book is that it's not just a paranormal romance. It's a science fiction pararnormal. Vampires in space.
Absolutely nothing on the cover or the back cover copy gave any indication of this. It's an interesting concept, to be sure, but for the most part, I feel like this book could have just taken place on a futuristic Earth instead of in a galaxy far, far away.
Which leads me to my first major problem with the book. The science is sketchy. I know that this probably won't bother many readers, but I'm enough of a nerd to really get annoyed at the scientific impossibilities. See, Earth has become overpopulated. That makes sense. People want to colonize other planets. No problems there, either. Astronomers discover a new galaxy, and some Earthlings move there.
Wait, wait. A new galaxy? Galaxies are really freaking far away. I mean, really far away. The two closest galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, which are satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, are 169,000 and 210,000 light years away. Even if humans could travel at the speed of light, it would take 169,000 to 210,000 years to get there. And according to our current understanding of physics, we can't even achieve a substantial fraction of the speed of light. Even if the characters used wormholes, it just doesn't make sense that we'd leave our own galaxy, which I'm sure has plenty of habitable star systems.
On top of the galaxy problem is the solar system that humans have colonized. According to the book, there are four planets within the habitable zone. This just stretches plausibility to the limit for me. In our solar system, only one planet is within the habitable zone: Earth. Venus and Mars are on the edge of it, but are outside. Four planets within that zone just doesn't make sense; they'd be too close together, causing their orbits to destabilize. Bast also falls into the old SF trap of creating an entire planet with the same climate everywhere. That just plain doesn't make sense (I partly blame Tattooine for this... I'm looking at you, George Lucas).
It would have just made more sense for me if Earth had colonized a nearby star system in the Milky Way and lived on a couple of planets and habitable moons. But like I said, I'm a nerd and I'm nitpicky about stuff like that. YMMV, of course.
The first half of the book is marred by expository dumps... you know, where the author pauses the action to tell you the last four hundred years of history of the people of Earth. That is one of my biggest pet peeves in fiction. I love good worldbuilding, but I love learning about the world as the story goes along instead of having it all dumped in my lap in the first hundred pages. Some of the infodumps were completely unnecessary, too; if you tell me that the characters popped out their PComps and mention that they're communication devices, I'm going to understand that it's a chip in the characters' bodies somewhere. I don't need a paragraph telling me exactly what they are, and that they're called PComps out of some bizarre sense of nostalgia the futuristic Earthlings have for "ancient" personal computers.
The plot doesn't really pick up until halfway through. The first half of the book is all setup; Daria and Alejandro (who are law enforcement agents), along with another vampire agent, Brandon, must infiltrate The Shining Way, a vampire commune. The Shining Way is run by Christopher Sante, who happens to be Daria's ex who also happens to have murdered her best friend along with a few other agents, and escaped the long arm of the law. Daria wants to bring Sante down both out of revenge and also because she's sure he's doing all kinds of naughty, illegal things in his commune.
On top of trying to pin a kidnapping and other sundry illegal things on Sante, Daria must also deal with Alejandro's advances as well as her recent transformation into a Chosen, a vampire. Alejandro has the hots for Daria, Daria has the hots for Alejandro but she is determined to focus on her mission and her revenge on Sante, so she tries to resist Alejandro of the Very Sexy Chest. It obviously doesn't work for long, because there's a lot of sex in this book, including some rather kinky scenes that aren't too common in romances. The sex is very hot, and luckily, within the last quarter of the book, I really started to buy into Daria and Alejandro's messed up relationship and started rooting for them.
I actually found the story's villain, Christopher Sante, to be much more interesting and compelling than the main characters. I won't give anything away, but he's much more complex than many villains I've come across in this genre.
If the first half of the book had matched the last in terms of plot movement, I would have been much happier with this book. As it is, I can only give it a B-. The plot finishes out well, but there was way too much dodgy science and telling instead of showing.
Daria has spent the last seven years of life burning to get revenge on the 'Chosen' (vampire) who made her love him, and then betrayed her and killed her best friend, among others. She lost her faith in love and friendship that night and has struggled in her career as an agent ever since. Now she'll finally get her chance at her enemy...but she must become 'Chosen' to do so.
Alejandro has loved Daria for longer than seven years. He was in her circle of friends when she was betrayed by the man she loved and she turned to him for comfort...of a sexy sort. Since that night, Alejandro was 'Chosen' and his life changed forever. He still battles the bad guys, he just polices the Chosen instead of humans. When he hears about Daria's mission, he fights to be both her partner and the one who 'Chooses' her. Alejandro is a man who knows what he wants...and he wants Daria...forever.
In all honesty, I didn't particularly enjoy the book until I got about halfway through. Daria's continual push/pull drove me nuts! I found her actions fairly cruel, in a way, since once she was turned she HAD to know how she was affecting Alejandro...if she'd bothered to think about anything except her revenge. Once I begin to dislike a heroine, it's very difficult for me to enjoy the story. BUT, about halfway through Daria began to 'put on her big girl panties' and deal. For me, that made all the difference.
Bast's vampire world is set in the far future which gives it a different feel from many other vamp stories out today. She also wrote a bit more about the mental/psychological aspect of being a Chosen and I liked that. I had a pretty good idea of where the story was headed, but she did manage to throw a surprise or two at me before the end of the story. I'm guessing she may have plans to write more stories about this world and I'm hooked enough to want to read the next one if that happens.
BUT I LOVED IT.
I thought the characters were great. The world building was fun too. Thanks Anya!
The setting was the distant future and another solar system. Daria and Alejandro are undercover cops that are trying to uncover a slave/drug ring. I thought the story was intriguing and very hot. My complaints are that I wished the charcters were developed more and the setting was a brush over. Bast took the easy way out by making the characters prefer 20th century dress and decorating. This way she didn't have to create anything new or unique in her futuristic world.