THE VIKING’S CHOSEN
by Quinn Loftis
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Romance
Pub Date: Feb 12, 2018
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Length: 300 pages
His orders are clear: launch a raid against England and bring home the spoils of war. But the prophecy is also clear: General Torben will take a foreign bride — one who is a seer and healer just like his mother. The eldest princess of England is said to be just that… a beautiful, charming, and headstrong woman. But he’s a Viking army general and she’s an English princess — and one who is already promised to the king of Tara.
Two worlds collide in this epic historical fiction centered on an undeniable chemistry that smolders against the odds. Richly written and injected with moments of humor, this action-packed romantic tale will leave you breathless.
NOTE: Many of you can attest to my excessive criticism towards the books I read, but that’s because I expect good stories. I don’t give passes for new writers or certain genres or age groups. A good story is a good story and a bad story is a bad story. Period. And I’ve read LOTS of bad stories (as you can tell from my 1-star reviews), but if I have to DNF a book… there is something SERIOUSLY wrong with it.
SAY IT WITH ME: “EDITING!”
Good. God. I don’t know what this author was thinking when she went to publish her book and thought it was ‘ready’ because it was anything but! This book had so many gosh darn typos, so many incorrectly placed punctuation marks, locations where words were either missing or duplicated. A few typos, is fine. A couple hundred in the first half of the book? NO! Clearly, the author does not think it worth her time to go back through her own story and EDIT IT. Fine! That’s her choice, but then I don’t have the time to read her story!
!!!!!!!!TRIGGER TRIGGER TRIGGER TRIGGER TRIGGER!!!!!!!!!
One of the POVs of this book is that of the young princess who is labeled as “beautiful, charming, and headstrong.” (lies) She is engaged to marry a King who is cruel, abusive, and deadly, and she willingly subjects to this marriage because she believes it is the best way to save her parents’ kingdom and protect her people. So she allows the King of Tara, a full-grown man, to assault her (a teenager) repeatedly. He physically and sexually assaults her because he’s a controlling jackass. Okay. Fine. That shit definitely happened back in the day.
And the princess reacts as any normal, sane woman would who has just been violated and lost control for the first time in her life: with paranoia, anxiety, panic attacks, etc. She tries to claw off her own skin to rid herself of feeling his touches and even removes her own clothing because she can’t stand the feel of it, but while she is doing this, the main protagonist, Torben, strides in to “protect” her by picking her up, placing her back in her bed, holding her, AND THEN KISSING AND GRABBING AT HER! ARE YOU EFING KIDDING ME?! What kind of man decides that this is the right time to advance on a woman he is interested in?! What was going through his head? ‘Oh, she was just assaulted. I should stick my tongue down her throat and grab her body and pull it closer to me.’ THE FUCK?!
This is not okay. In no way is this okay, and it was because of this specifically that I stopped reading because this kind of behavior towards an assault victim is wrong. It propagates rape culture. This scene tells the reader that it’s acceptable to make sexual advances on an assault victim mere HOURS after they were assaulted, but it’s not! It is NOT okay because it is pretty much saying you do not CARE about the victim’s feelings. Your lustful emotions are so damn strong that they negate the fragile state of the person in front of you. THEY DO NOT! This is not romantic. This is manipulative bullshit! GAH!
The worst part about all of this is that a WOMAN wrote it. A WOMAN who should know better than to MAGICALLY fix an assault victim with romance. That is NOT how that shit works. And the fact that a woman would write this is just…. I just- I can’t with this shit.
DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BOOK!