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Review: ‘Fated’ by Alyson Noël

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Fated’ by Alyson NoëlFated by Alyson Noël
Series: The Soul Seekers #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 22nd, 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: requested from publisher
three-stars
Until now, he's existed only in her dreams -
but fate is about to bring them together.


I shove through the crowd, knocking into girls and bouncing off boys, until one in particular catches me, steadies me.
I feel so secure, so at home in his arms.
I melt against his chest-lift my gaze to meet his. Gasping when I stare into a pair of icy blue eyes banded by brilliant flecks of gold that shine like kaleidoscopes, reflecting my image thousands of times.
The boy from my dream.
The one who died in my arms.

Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.

About Alyson Noël

With over 8 New York Times bestsellers in 2 years, and over 6 million copies in print, her books have been translated into 37 languages, sold in over 50 countries, and have made the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NCIBA, and Walmart bestsellers lists, and have won numerous awards such as: the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, appeared on the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick.

Chosen as one of OC Metro magazine's "20 Women to Watch," she's been nominated for the Orange County Business Journal's "Women in Business Awards" as well as their "Excellence in Entrepreneurship" award. Her adult novel, FLY ME TO THE MOON, was optioned by Ridley Scott's, Scott Free Productions, with Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones' Diary) set to write and direct, and all 4 books in THE SOUL SEEKERS series has been optioned by Cheyenne Enterprises.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, she's lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled in Southern California where she's working on her next book.

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review

The beginning was super slow. Girl moves to a new place and country, and has no friends. Only to realize she is part of a world she doesn’t understand. The first hundred pages or so bored me tears, that I had to stop and read another book. When I came back to reading it again, I finally realized why Alyson Noel is a best selling author. She writes well for a YA author. I haven’t read any of the Immortals books so I did have a high expectation when picking this up.

I always love a good romance between the main character and the good boy, and Dace is no exception. He’s extremely likable and pure at heart to boot! (Although he has long hair..makes face Why are guys with long hair considered attractive?? Seriously chop the hair off, and leave the long hair to the females. Sorry Fabio..) At least Daire has good taste, and steers clear of his evil brother. Dare I say that Daire is also your typical teenage girl and she annoyed the hell out of me? Some of her thoughts are very mundane and I didn’t care much for her. Sorry to say.

I wished there was more action. I can honestly say if I don’t find any action or plot in a book, I will not finish it. I was close to not finishing this, but I did, and was glad once it picked up! If you’re a fan of gooey love stories with a paranormal twist, pick this one up! If you’re not, well it’s best to just borrow this book from the library.


quotes

Ignorance is one of the greatest evils known to man. (103)
Don’t let them define how you see yourself, or your place here. (161)
He pushes. Hand through his hair, as his eyes—the color of aquamarines—glide down the length of me. And damn if I can’t feel they’d trajectory. It’s like showering in a stream of warm, molten honey—dropping from the top of my forehead all the way down to my feet. (194)
I bite down on my lip, having no idea what to say. So instead I just stare at his profile—noting his it’s so perfectly chiseled it should be minted on coins. (221)

rating

3/5

three-stars

3 Comments

  1. Cali W.

    October 16, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Good review. I didn’t care for this book too much myself.

  2. Cyril Valencia

    August 19, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Excited to read this. I heard that this is a very nice book.

  3. Brent

    November 14, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    sounds interesting

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