Yecheilyah’s Book Reviews – Rise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp

Title: Rise of the Chosen: Lifeblood Series Book 1

Author: Anna Kopp

Print Length: 193 pages

Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers (October 4, 2016)

Publication Date: October 4, 2016


*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I’m not into fantasy novels but I do happen to be a fan of the latest Zombie Craze! Unlike The Walking Dead, however, Rise of The Chosen: Lifeblood has a much more unique and interesting twist. In this YA dystopian fantasy, Samantha Shields lives in a world where the apocalypse came in the form of people who began to rise from the dead, or The Waking. The Waking wiped out entire countries and changed the structure of normal society that collapsed when the dead came back to life. Well, sort of.

First, there’s the Woken, who wake in typical zombie form. Driven by an insatiable hunger for blood, The Woken make up the majority of the world’s rising dead population and are determined to ravage and destroy. On the other hand, however, there are The Chosen, people who died and came back with lifeblood flowing through their veins. Unlike the Woken, The Chosen still maintains their humanity while possessing the physical strength and superhuman power of The Woken. While self-sustaining communities exist, the threat of the undead caused organizations to form to help to protect the living.

In Book One, Samantha is promoted in The Watch Academy when she is rescued after being attacked by a Woken. With one human and one chosen per mission, the plot thickens and tensions rise when Samantha and her team discovers secrets within the group. With Chosen struggling to be accepted by their human counterparts, Samantha has no idea how deep the rabbit hole goes. Woken, Chosen, Human, it’s a war of the worlds in Anna Kopp’s Rise of The Chosen.

What struck me about this story is that it could have gone in so many different directions. I mean, the concept is so interesting symbolically that I found myself seeing it from so many different perspectives. As a zombie book it could have followed the typical walking dead theme but Anna decided to shake things up a bit. I love the concept of having a group of people who are chosen to carry the lifeblood in their veins that are the saving grace of humanity. This alone, the action and the mystery of it all, will keep you reading until the end.

Plot Movement / Strength: 5/5
Entertainment Factor: 4/5
Characterization: 5/5
Authenticity / Believable: 4/5
Thought Provoking: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Rise of The Chosen is now available for pre-order!!

Book Releases October 4, 2016.

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Yecheilyah Ysrayl is an author, book blogger and poet of black historical fiction and poetry. She also writes inspirational nonfiction and urban fantasy. "I write to restore black historical truth for the freedom of all people." Visit her online at

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