My Rating: 3/5
Author: Jean Booth
Background: “It was chance, guided by the hands of a god that brought them together. Would their choice bind them, or be the cause of their destruction?
Natasha never believed that the fairy tales she read to her niece about supernatural beings were real. She read them to give her niece hope. She, herself, had all but given up on love, until the fateful day when she went scuba diving in the Bermuda Triangle and was thrust into a culture of people that’d change her life forever.
On a legendary island, she meets Raif, the shape shifting Warrior Chief of Atlantis, and her soul mate. Their attraction is instant, powerful and foretold by an oracle, centuries before Natasha was born. She struggles with the attraction, unwilling to believe in soul mates, and fraught with the desire to return to the surface where she can continue her monotonous life, free from the intense and confusing emotions she feels around Raif.
All his life, Raif’s searched for her. To have finally found her after so long, is a dream come true. Trouble is; this dream’s more of a nightmare that he can’t seem to find a way out of than the haven it’s supposed to be. His people have become complacent, and her arrival is the beginning of fulfilling an ancient prophesy; a prophesy that not too many are willing to see fulfilled, least of all, his king.
Together they’re faced with the most difficult choice of their lives: doom a hidden, mythical culture to eternal segregation, or sacrifice their love to reunite Atlantis with the rest of the world?”
Choice is an interesting fantasy novel. If you like eclectic paranormal/fantasy – type books, you should like this book.
Choice was written in first person, through Natasha (Tasha). Tasha was an independent female who had an unsuccessful romantic life and didn’t like to show weaknesses. The character had qualities that I could relate to. Throughout the book, the reader learns more about her. For me, I cannot say that she was a multidimensional character, but she was not simply one-dimensional. [I guess you can say she was two-dimensional (maybe?) is there is such a thing in the literary world.] Raifuku (Raif), her soul mate, was another main character. He lived Atlantis and hence had a different culture and ability than Tasha. Obviously as soul mates, there was a strong attraction between these two characters. Raif had duties toward his people as well as Tasha, so the reader can see some of his personality better as he worked between the two.
The beginning of the book didn’t strike me as well as the second half of the book. There seemed to be more of a point (destination) after Tasha ended up in Atlantis. Because of the book’s description, the reader kind of knew what happens at the beginning so it seemed to take longer getting to the real plot of the story. Afterwards, I felt that I got more into it. The ending (to me) seemed very abrupt, although not completely surprising that the last scene took place. I just expected there to be a more settled ending for the story before the story picks up again in the sequel. Also, the beginning of the book seemed to have more repetitions of descriptions than the later half.
The Bottom Line:
Overall, it was a fast, easy read. I won’t put any spoilers but you can expect to see a variety of unusual “characters” and fantasy genres in this book –more than what I was expecting.