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Book Review of Fated by Alyson Noel

Title: Fated

Author: Alyson Noel

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Release Date: November 13th, 2012

Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before…but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with…or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: I read Alyson’s Immortal series and loved the first couple of books, but the series started to drag for me towards the end. I was leery to pick up another series by Alyson, but the summary just sounded too interesting and I did like the first few books in the Immortals series and hoped that would be the case with the Soul Seekers as well.

Fated follows the life of Daire, she is a sixteen year old girl who has never really had a place to call home. She and her mother travel so much and as a result they never put down roots. Daire doesn’t really mind this and thinks she is not missing anything. She does however have strange things happen to her often, like time slowing down or visions of glowing people. She never confides these things to anyone for fear of them thinking she is crazy. However, one day when the visions spiral out of control, she goes into a fit and has to be taken to a hospital. The doctors say she has had a psychotic break and recommend her mother put her in a hospital. Forced with not knowing what to do next her mother takes Daire to her to stay with long lost grandmother in New Mexico since she says she can help her. Daire is not too happy about this turn of events until she starts to make friends and gets closer to her grandmother. She likes having people around her that care for her and she starts to settle into life in Enchantment.

Daire’s grandmother teaches her how to harness the power she has been given and I enjoyed the mythology that Alyson painted for us. It is not one I have seen explored too much and I found the Native American twist on all of it very interesting. There is a guide at the beginning of the book to acclimate you to all the sprits that inhabit this world and I did find myself referring to it a couple of times. The Native American culture really permeates this pages and I was very absorbed in learning more about this world.

Fated does have some romance weaved in, but it is really a story about Daire discovering who she is. We follow her while she tries to navigate this new world that she has been suddenly thrust into and learns about her past and what her future holds. I did enjoy Daire as a character, she is self-reliant, but still has some trust issues to work through. She does not want to let people get close, but once the walls come down she is loyal to those she loves.

As for the guys, there are two in here, Cade and Dace. Who also happen to be twins, one light, and one dark. Daire has had dreams for the past six months that all revolve around Dace. She thinks they are figments of her imagination until she comes face to face with him in high school. She gets tongue tied and is not quite sure what to make of him. They have a slow building romance which was very sweet and appropriate for their age and the circumstances they found themselves in. Sometimes in young adult paranormal the love interest can be an insta-love and there is no build up whatsoever. It was nice to see Alyson have her characters get to know one another and take their time building a relationship.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and the characters in it. However, I do not see myself picking up the next book. I did like what I was reading, but I am not compelled to look into the life of Daire anymore. I will read reviews of future books and see how it is received and might give it a try depending on what others say. If you read Alyson’s Immortals series and liked it, then odds are you will like Fated as well. I would read a couple of chapters see what you think and decide from there. Or check around and see what others think as well. Alyson is a good writer and has developed a very interesting mythology for this book, but I am just not wowed by the overall storyline.

FTC: I received this ARC for review as part of the Amazon Vine program.

Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon Cover Reveal & Giveaway!

I am very excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon. I really enjoyed Carrier of the Mark (review here) and am excited to read Shadow of the Mark when it releases next summer. For today though, I have the cover, the synopsis, some information about Leigh and a giveaway she is hosting to try and hold us over until then. First up is the synopsis.

While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal has been spun around her. With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It’s a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past?far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order?s dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.

Synopsis provided by the author

Now for the cover:

So what do you think? I personally think the colors are gorgeous Here are Leigh’s thoughts on the cover.

I know, there’s no mistaking it. This is definitely a Carrier Series cover, but that was the intention. After the amazing reception to the cover of Carrier of the Mark, HarperCollins wanted Shadow’s cover to be instantly recognizable. And it is, but the new darker color palette reflects the darker tone that this installment brings, and the pink and purple really make it pop. I love it and think HarperCollins have done another amazing job. I hope you like it too.

I think it is definitely recognizable as a part of the Carrier of the Mark series and it is a good idea to have the covers related to one another. Here is some information about Leigh and places you can pre-order Shadow of the Mark.

I started out life in South Africa. A year later my parents moved home to Dublin, Ireland. When I was older and realized my parents had moved me from exotic Durban, to sedate Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, I was rightly ticked off.

Giving up lions for sheep, I grew up in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains where I went to a convent school and had to contend with uniforms, gabardines, and nuns. When not dodging the beady glare of the Sisters of Mercy, I was devouring every book I could get my hands on.

I traveled all over Europe while working in banking and treasury, but I gave up my calculator in favor of a keyboard and haven?t stopped writing since. My first book, Carrier of the Mark, was published by HarperTeen in 2011.

Our home is in Cork in the south of Ireland, but we?re currently on loan to Massachusetts in the US where I continue to write books about magic, ghosts,and romance, with a bit of Irish flavor.

Pre-order on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Mark-Leigh-Fallon/dp/0062128000/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350828346&sr=1-1&keywords=shadow+of+the+mark+by+leigh+fallon

Leigh’s Website

http://www.leighfallon.com

And finally a giveaway through Leigh’s website! Click on the link below to be entered. Let me know your thoughts on the cover in the comments and thanks to Leigh for letting me be a part of this!

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Book Review of Endlessly by Kiersten White

Title: Endlessly

Author: Kiersten White

Release Date: July 24th, 2012

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Evie’s paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie’s hands.

So much for normal
Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: Well, here we are at the conclusion of Evie’s story. I almost dreaded reading this book, just because I was going to miss Evie and her world so much when it was over. She is almost the opposite of me, but I loved getting lost in her world and watching her kick some *bleeping* tail! While she may be in danger and her world is starting to become bleaker by the hour, she is still the same old Evie. This conversation between her and Lend is proof of that.

“Anything else?” he asked, playing with my hair.

“Oh, yeah, and there’s a dragon in the alley behind the diner, hanging out with Nona.”

Lend frowned at me, his warm fingers lingering on the back of my neck. “And this gets a mention after the color scheme for a dance and a new episode of a teen soap?”

“Priorities, Lend. Priorities”

She may be fighting to keep her life the way it is, but she still had me cracking up. Even in situations where it looked like there was no way out, she was still cracking some kind of joke and had me laughing out loud. Evie can kick some serious butt, and do it with a smile on her face and that is what I loved about her.

While there was a lot going on in the past two books, Paranormalcy, (review here) and Supernaturally, (review here), it was all clearly building to everything that went down in Endlessly. Evie is taking hits from all sides, the supernaturals want her, the faeries need her and the IPCA is under new management and want Evie under lock and key. It is completely chaotic and it kept the plot moving forward at a breathtaking speed. I think Raquel summed up the overall theme of this book in a conversation she had with Evie.

“Sometimes it takes a little chaos for things to work themselves out. When we make it through the chaos, we can use it to shape the world around us into something better than it was before.”

“I’m good at the chaos part, at least.”

“And you’ll be just as good at makings things better on the other end. Trust me.”

While the action is non-stop, Evie and Lend still get plenty of swoon-worthy moments together. He sure does know how to say and do the right things to win her over and I have adored watching the two of them get to know one another and fall in love through the course of this series.

I cannot say too much else about the book without given plot points away, but it is definitely a fantastic conclusion to this story. I am sure Evie would say it was *bleeping* awesome. Well, maybe not while it was happening, but in retrospect I am sure she thinks something similar to that. If you have read any of these books in this series, you have to read Endlessly and see where Evie’s journey leads her. And if you have not read this series, than I highly recommend checking it out!

FTC: I was sent this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.