Rise of the Chosen Lifeblood Series #1 by Anna Kopp

“Like in a slow motion movie, he dropped to his knees, the bag falling out of his hand. Blood began to pool in a ring around his neck. He fell forward, his head sliding off and hitting the ground a moment before his body.”

I guessed this was going to be a zombie-style book with a twist – some don’t go on a killing spree! Other than that I had no idea what to expect.

The books starts with Sam Shields waking to an alarm. Only this isn’t your usual kind of alarm, this is one that is life-changing!

On waking for a second time, Sam has to move on after the events of the day before, she not only has an ex-boyfriend to deal with, she also gets her team assignment in the next few days, so after all that has happened, she moves into the barracks till she knows where she will go next.

Sam’s journey involves danger, reunion, kidnapping and death, for many of those around her and, possibly for Sam herself. Sam has more to lose than she realises, I think.

This is a well written tale, with an original twist on the zombie theme. I thought it was a little reminiscent of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series of books, so if you enjoyed those, definitely read this! I found it very enjoyable and compulsive reading.

I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.

4/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)

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In Sam’s world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.

The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal – to kill.

Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything – including the person she cares about most.

A Note From the Publisher
Anna Kopp was born in Russia and immigrated to the US when she was 11. She joined the US Army and lived in Georgia during her military career before settling down in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in business but her true passion is writing. Anna is a wife and business partner to a software developer, and a mom to two rambunctious boys. A true geek at heart, Anna would love nothing more than to see her imagination become a part of something greater. Her debut novel, Rise of the Chosen, is the first installment in the “Lifeblood Series.”