Title: Children of the Gods
Author: Monica Millard
For as long as seventeen-year-old Reka Cushing can remember, she has watched her friends and her neighbors be stolen, their bodies used as hosts for the Halorans; an alien race that has come to earth posing as gods. For just as long, Reka has lived in fear of drawing the eye of a Haloran, keeping her head down, hoping not to be caught in their sights.
The only time she has ever been bold, tried to get what she wanted, a god, one more powerful, more dangerous than all others is watching
Reka gets chosen to become the host of the Queen of the Gods and that is when all the drama commences. The Queen hates the King and for awhile so does Reka because of the Queen's influence but as time goes on she begins to see him in a new way.
What I liked about Reka was that even though she was being heavily influenced she still made up her own mind. She didn't give in to the peer pressure that many of us succumb to. I respect her for that. On the other hand she seemed to be one track minded. It seemed as though as soon as she was chosen she promptly forgot about her old life, her family , everything and became focused entirely on Jaxson
I believe that there was a whole lot of them "touching" each other and not enough story. Every couple pages they seemed to get steamy (I don't think a YA book should have this many such moments). Personally I would've thrown in a bit more then just them enjoying each other. The explanation behind how the gods came to be with Reka's people and how getting chosen worked seemed a bit rushed. A bit more info Duester or perhaps the reason behind the garden.
I gave it three birdies because of Reka and her strength to make up her own mind as well as the love I did feel from Reka and Jaxson (even though they very touchy, if ya catch my drift). It was the passionate, romantic, and caring love that everyone hopes, dreams, and wishes for. That part of the story came across loud and clear.
Reminded me A LOT of 'The Host' by Stephanie Meyer. Aliens coming to Earth, taking over, thinking that they know whats best for the humans, taking over the humans, etc.
Overall I liked this book because of the reasons I stated above but would like to see a bit more story (action, adventure, anything) and a whole lot less romance.