Unchosen by Katharyn Blair

11 Feb, 2021 by in young adult Leave a comment

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Unchosen by Katharyn Blair


on January 26th 2021
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
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Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that's perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen.

For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice.

The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister.

The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters.

Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse.

When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner.

The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found.

But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world.

Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.


Gorgeous cover, pirates, zombie apocalypse. Unchosen is fast paced and action filled. Three sisters in the middle of a plague spread through eye contact. This book was way out of my usual genre with horror elements, but I was pulled in quickly with a daring rescue of human cargo on the sea. The world building is multi layered and complicated, at times the contagion and plot elements are a bit confusing. The characters are amazing. Charlotte finds her strong voice and her role. The main male hero is on point and perfect for Charlotte. Folklore, fantasy, dystopian elements with a cinematic feel. Once you pick it up, it’s hard to put down! Thank you Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins for the unforgettable saga!

Content: heavy swearing, violence, mention of sex, human trafficking.

About Katharyn Blair

Oh, hi. My name is in very large letters at the top of this heading, so I assume you know my name (Katharyn).

And what I do (Write novels and screenplays).

I live in LA, drink way too much coffee, and write all day long — because I’m crazy blessed to do what I’ve been doing for fun since I was a kid hiding in my garage loft writing terrible, terrible vampire stories. Glitter enthusiast. Bethyl shipper. Pluviophile. Ask me about my Dean Winchester obsession. John 1:5.

I’m wife to Ross and mom to Aryn, Liam, and River Grace. Also, mom to Cricket (a dog, not an insect), Maximus Dogimus Meridius (a ferocious cuddlebug) Maggie Rhee (cat, not the bad ass from The Walking Dead), and Kovacs (no parenthetical needed for him). Source: https://www.katharynblair.com/about

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