Monday, 13 February 2012

Book Review: Fated by Sarah Alderson.



Product details:
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK.
Release date:  January 5th 2012.
Paperback, 320 pages.
Rating:out of 5
Ages: YA
Source: Received from publisher for review.

What happens when you discover you aren't who you thought you were? And that the person you love is the person who will betray you? If your fate is already determined, can you fight it?

When Evie Tremain discovers that she’s the last in a long line of Demon slayers and that she’s being hunted by an elite band of assassins –Shapeshifters, Vampires and Mixen demons amongst them – she knows she can’t run. They’ll find her wherever she goes. Instead she must learn to stand and fight.

But when the half-human, half-Shadow Warrior Lucas Gray - is sent to spy on Evie and then ordered to kill her before she can fulfil a dangerous prophecy, their fates become inextricably linked. The war that has raged for one thousand years between humans and demons is about to reach a devastating and inevitable conclusion. Either one or both of them will die before this war ends.

If your life becomes bound to another’s, what will it take to sever it?

Fated, the page-turning second novel from Hunting Lila author Sarah Alderson, introduces us to Evie Tremaine, a small town girl who dreams of escaping her boring life and her cheating ex-boyfriend. It’s a case of be careful what you wish for though, when Evie is set upon by a band of dangerous demons, amongst them Lucas Grey, a guy who makes her forget all about her ex, but who is also on a mission to kill Evie, who we soon find out is no ordinary girl, but the last in a long line of purebred demon hunters.  Evie says goodbye to her mundane lifestyle as she finds herself at the center of an age old battle between demons and hunters, where every day is a fight to the death.

As in Hunting Lila, Alderson’s writing is fast-paced, addictive and intense here. Fated is a roller-coaster ride of a book, and while it was all good fun, sometimes I wanted things to slow down.  I wanted more from this book, especially in terms of world building a characterization. A lot of the time I felt like I was playing catch-up here, meeting characters that I never really got to know, in a world that was alien to me. I need to be able to connect with characters, and while Evie is pretty much a kick-ass protagonist, and Lucas is the ultimate hottie (Alderson writes great book boys!), I felt like I just got to know them on the surface, so I didn’t entirely buy into the fact that they were willing to die for each other after one hot make-out session. It was all a little bit too like insta-love for me.

Overall, Fated is a fun paranormal read with full on action, and exciting plot twists, but it was missing that extra special something that I needed to fall in love with it.

11 comments :

  1. Too bad on the characterization, as enjoyable as both Evie and Lucas sound, I like to get to really know the characters and not just appreciate them superficially and then move on to the next book. Still sounds like a solid read though, I've yet to read anything by her and I feel like I'm missing out!

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  2. Rollercoaster is correct! This book zipped by so quickly for me. Their relationship was a bit too insta-love too, I didn't really understand how they suddenly loved each other when they barely talked?? Otherwise though, I think Lucas was a great dude (if only we knew him more!) and I enjoyed the book. It makes me want to check out Hunting Lila. I agree with you about the something special part, hopefully the next book will have it!

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    1. I'm thinking maybe the whole insta-love had a lot to do with the prophecy/they are fated etc. but I just didn't think it was fully explained here...

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  3. It's a shame that it felt a bit insta-lovey, but I do really like the sound of this one and I loved Hunting Lila, so I'm definitely gonna read it! Glad you enjoyed it overall, despite the issues you had with it. Fab review! :)

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  4. I felt this way about HL which is why I haven't picked Fated up yet. I really enjoyed HL...but it just missed...something. Seems like this one does a bit too, so I might give it a miss for a while.

    Thanks for the review Leanna, wonderfully written as always

    The Cait Files

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    1. Thanks, Cait! This all moved a bit too quickly for me. I enjoyed HL more than this one.

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  5. I read Hunting Lila and felt the same way. It definitely had swoony moments but it was underdeveloped character- wise.Though I want to read Hunting Lila's sequel to see what happens, I'll probably hold off on Fated for now. Thanks for the honest review!

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    1. I enjoyed HL quite a bit more than this one, so I'll definitely be checking out Losing Lila! :)

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  6. Awww it sucks that you didn't love this one. I really want to read it as I loved hunting Lila! :)

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    1. Same on HL! This one just didn't work out quite so well for me.

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  7. I haven't read any of Sarah Alderson's books yet but have both Hunting Lila and Fated. I think after reading your review though I'm going to check out Hunting Lila first seems as you enjoyed that one more! Thanks for the honest review :) P.S It's good to know she writes good book boys ;)

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