Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review: Channeler’s Choice by Heather McCorkle

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Channeler’s Choice
Heather McCorkle
Series: Channeler, #2
Release date: February 27th 2012
by Compass Press

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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?

*A copy was provided by Heather McCorkle for review purposes*

The second book in the Channeler series continues to follow Erin and her discovery of her Channeler powers, and now, we’re introduced to the notion of a society – her society. Even though I wasn’t as immersed as in The Secret of Spruce Knoll, I certainly enjoyed finding out more about their powers, in addition to seeing her relationship with Aiden grow.

Passionate and sweet, the romance plays a big part in this sequel. Aiden and Erin are becoming accustomed to their connecting powers and I especially liked how that all works. As in the first book, I found their relationship very mature; it’s not only filled with lust and angst, you can see how they simply click together. I also loved the addition of Caitlin in the story. As Erin’s new best friend, it’s great to finally have someone she can trust and turn to other than her boyfriend. Plus, we’ve got a secondary love story brewing which I found completely endearing. All the characters are truly wonderful; well-rendered and charismatic, they’re easily my favorite part of this series.

We start to delve deeper into the paranormal elements of the story in Channeler’s Choice. We learn a lot about the society that’s quickly becoming a monumental part of the plot; I especially enjoyed the rules at the beginning of each chapter. I do find that Erin and Aidan’s powers are maybe a bit too perfect, but it’s interesting to learn the complexity behind it all. Along with the secluded town and detailed history, it’s an incredibly imaginative world that Heather has given us.

A new society is forming, Erin is learning to control and fight, her relationship with Aiden is blooming, this doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for actual plot development. We do have some action at times, but the pacing is a bit on the slower side. This is not necessarily bad since the time is spend reinforcing the world and setting up for this supposed upcoming epic battle, but I was craving for more details on this approaching war we keep hearing about. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what happens with this society and how it will all play out.  

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18 Responses to “Review: Channeler’s Choice by Heather McCorkle”

  1. Amy

    I haven’t read the first one, but this sounds good. It’s too bad it wasn’t as good as the first one for you. Great review chick!!

  2. Jac

    I hadn’t heard of this series before, but I am always a bit bummed (although never surprised) when the second book isn’t as good as the first… It sounds like an interesting premise and I may have to hunt down the first book eventually!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  3. Andrea @The Bookish Babes

    This series sounds very interesting. I can’t believe I’d never heard of it before. I love a story w/a non-annoying romance and cool powers. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one as much. That’s usually the case w/the second in a series. Great review!

  4. NIcola

    Never heard of this series before it sounds interesting. I love when it has a unique paranormal element.

  5. Mary @ BookSwarm

    It’s always nice when the characters really make you keep reading and keep you involved in the story. Haven’t read the first book yet but it sounds like an interesting series.

  6. Lexie

    I haven’t read the first book, but I really like the concept of these. (Although, I’m gonna be honest, the cover of this one made me think that it was a contemp romance. O_O) I’m sorry you weren’t crazy about it, but it still sounds like there was a fair amount of awesome as well. Hopefully the final book is amazing. ^_^

  7. Sam

    This sounds like it is worth a read but I will have to check out the first book! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this. Great review!

  8. Candace

    Sounds like we had similar thoughts on this one. It was slower paced and I would’ve liked more action but it was still a good read.