Book Review: The Choice by Cindy Cipriano

Note: This copy was given to me before its book release by the author/publisher, as per requested, in Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.


“For Calum Ranson, seventh grade brings changes in his relationship with his parents and his friends, and a confrontation with his bully. Calum’s talents have also developed to a level unheard of in the Sidhe world, and he surprises everyone when he cleverly catches the person responsible for casting Finley out from the Otherworld.

When Calum goes against everything he knows is right, he makes a choice that may cost him his friendship with Laurel. An old friend steps in, but her mysterious ways leave Calum questioning her motivation.”

It was so hard to create a review for this book just because I haven’t read the first installment. I know I’ve made a mental note-to-self to only request books in Net Galley that are interesting and the first book should it ever be the series. So I don’t know and I can’t remember how I’ve requested for this one and not see it was the second book.

Nevertheless, I indulged myself and my interest for it because, while I can’t find my bearings to the series, it was so interesting. The depth of this story, the mystery and wonders of Sidhe (which I haven’t heard of until now), the fully developed characters.

My love for mythologies grew strong in this novel as I immersed myself in the cultures and traditions of an Irish myth. And while, I’ve already had a knowledge gap of some sort with not reading the first book, certain characters have already risen my curiosity on what their roles will be in the entire series, such as Natali the Hobayeth girl. Well, especially herI also want to know what would happen to Sun afterwards. And of course, Finley. The kind-hearted, loyal Finley.

For some reason, Laurel sometimes comes off slightly whiny to me and the stubbornness of her father was kind of annoying. But I understand where these things where coming from seeing the situation that they were in.

Overall, this book, in itself, was a wonderful read, obviously crafted meticulously. The Choice is filled with lessons about friendship, morals, love, and loyalty. And written in such a deep and profound way that I find lacking among most YA authors today. With this book, itself, I already wanted to know about what will happen to Finley. The Choice is an engaging read and the description of the Sidhe’s world was vivid in my mind. And I wanted to be part of it.

3.5/5

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