Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ARC Review: Chosen by Fate by: Virna DePaul


Chosen by Fate (

Virna DePaul (website)

Paperback, 336 pages

Expected publication: October 4th 2011 by Berkley

ISBN 13: 9780425243992

Source: Author for the purposes of an honest review

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Para-Ops, #2

Stars: 5

Flames: 5

I loved the tension that Wraith and Caleb brought to Chosen by Blood. Readers could easily see the chemistry and connection between these two characters. I was very eager to see how their book would flesh out. Needless to say I was not disappointed. Wraith’s character is heartbreaking on so many levels. She’s dead, she has no memory of who she was when she was living, touch pains her, but all of her other sensations are severely lacking. Then the icing on that cake ALL wraiths die again between their tenth and eleventh year. So of course the moment Wraith finds herself with a job she feels passionately about, team members that she cares about and a team that cares about her in return, her days are now numbered. I think anyone can understand her general negativity with all of that piled up on her. To top it all off she wants something that she knows she can’t have, Caleb O’Flare her sexy Shaman healer teammate.

Caleb wants Wraith. He knows that to give into those wants is to cause her excruciating pain through touch. How can you cause harm to someone you care about? Caleb can’t. He is on the other hand willing to do almost anything to give her pleasure. I loved this double edged sword that was their relationship. Touch her and cause her pain, don’t touch her and cause pain to ones self. Just when Caleb gives in to his desires for Wraith someone from his past reenters his life claiming to need his and the Para-Ops teams help. 

Wraith does not want another mission, she wants to find out all the details of her pre-wraith past. It was part of her agreement to join the Para-Ops team.
Chosen by Fate is a page turner. There is a ton of action between the current mission, the tension between Caleb and Wraith and the ultimatums that the Goddess Essenia keeps issuing. The team is so new that they are still having some trust issues. Everyone has their secrets. I would not attempt to read the Para-Ops series out of order. The reader would miss so much of the tension that makes up Caleb and Wraith’s story. I was also pleased with the fact that Knox and Felicia got page time in Chosen by Fate. I was left with some questions about them and I’m glad that some light was shed on those. The readers also learn more about exactly what is going on with Zeph, Knnox’s brother. The problems that the Quorum is causing Otherborn’s is still causing major amounts of trouble for the Para-Ops team and the world in general.


  1. So not talking to you, not even a little bit! I am just a tad (a whole lot) bit jealous that you have already read this one :)

    That being said Go Team Wraith and Caleb!

  2. Thank you so much for the great review, Nessa. Hope you have a super fun time on your trip! Waving to Felicia and loving your enthusiasm! :)