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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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ARC Review: Fates by Lanie Bross

Fates #1
Author: Lanie Bross
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Delacoute Press

What if your destiny was to kill the one you love?

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she’s falling all over again—this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die.

In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?
Disclaimer: Advanced Review Copy provided Random House Children's for a honest review via Netgalley – Thanks!

     It's easy to write a positive review. It's easy to write a negative review without offending or insulting anyone. But there are books in which I have a hard time expressing in a review immediately, and Fates tend to be one of them. I sort of call them "the middles." AKA bystanders if anyone wants a real life comparison. No bullying is involved.
     So after about a week or more pondering on what to say in this particular review, semi-enjoying winter break (the frigid cold is not enjoyable, and if anyone ever says it is, you must be a descendant of a snowflake and I envy you), and falling behind on my reading schedule once more, I figured it's about time to write the review for Fates – list or not – before school starts and I forget everything. Then I would have to reread, and horrors if I have to adjust my reading schedule one more time. It's well jam packed already. :p
     If anyone knows me well enough, I'm an avid fan of reading retellings and mythology, and I more often than not tend to like them rather than hate them (I think that's a good sign?).
     (Yes, there are some that I don't like. No, I haven't met a DNF in that particular genre. I hope I never do.)
     Let me reassure you that I didn't hate Fates, nor did it land into my favorites (small chance of that happening). It is, however, part of the many books that I liked, and I will probably remember it if something triggers it. Otherwise, it'll just be filed away into the back of my mind as Algebra II and I continue to wrestle each other for the rest of the school year.
     I will have to say that the author did us a favor by foreshadowing of what could possibly happen in the end... of the first book.
     Nope, not furious at all, considering how it ends. In fact, I'm as curious as Alice on what may happen next. I just haven't fallen into a rabbit hole yet, and there are plenty of possibilities of what could actually happen. I'm no mind reader (if that ever happens, it's all just a lucky guess).
     Yep. Curiouser and curiouser. I didn't read Alice in Wonderland in case anyone's wondering. But I have it.
     For a debut novel, Fates is actually a pretty good book. It's confusing in some parts, but in the end, it sort of fits together nicely like a puzzle and makes sense (in most cases). Not as great as Rick Riordan's, but who am I to compare a debut author to a long time author? I was actually expecting Fates to be better though... the premise seemed quite interesting, but I suppose not every book is going to turn out the way one would like (unfortunately).
     It IS worth a try for mythology lovers out there though. I just can't promise you'll love it to pieces.
     Then again, I can't promise anyone they'll love a book to pieces. Only a penny containing some thoughts can be given.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Owls



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