Series: Fates #1
Published by Random House on 2/11/14
Genres: Fantasy, YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Libbie
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?
I had high hopes for FATES when I read the description and was very excited to start reading it. Now that I’m finished, though, I can’t help but think I’d have liked it more if the description matched the actual story told.
For some authors (and I’m thinking of Kevin Hearne here), throwing characters into different planes of reality are almost seamless. Atticus shifting from one plane to the next just feels right in his world. In FATES, however, it’s more confusing than anything else. The world building is rich in detail but it doesn’t seem to have any real flow to it – every new place they land is filled with peril so all they’re doing in that plane is trying to get out before they die from something. The feeling I came away with was that the author had all these great ideas for her world-building and tried to get to all of them in the first book.
It was also hard for me to connect to the characters in FATES. As hard as it was to connect to Corinthe, I felt like I might have if she was more consistently…other. Raised by another from her world and kept mostly out of human contact outside of her mission to ensure fates are fulfilled, I expected her to be staid and stilted when around humans. She was…except when she wasn’t. The inconsistency kept me from bonding with her (that and the whole going from obsessively trying to kill someone to wondering what it would be like to kiss him thing.) That might work for some authors but in FATES, it fell a little flat.
There weren’t really any secondary characters of note. Luc’s sister is a shadow – plot device more than active character in the plot just like Miranda and Rhys. They’re there, they serve a purpose, but not much else than that, though Rhys comes closest to being a fleshed out character. And I won’t comment on the Free Radicals other than to state the obvious feeling that I needed to moisturize.
I’m sure there’s an audience out there for FATES, but I won’t be included in it. I think this series will have to carry on without me.Series Titles: