Hardcover: 368 Pages
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Source: ARC from the publisher and also a finished copy from the San Francisco/Sacramento Book review.
Rating: Really Liked
The first book in a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël. 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.
I really liked this book! Way more than I thought I would especially after getting aggravated with Alyson’s Immortals series. So if you did too (got aggravated that is) give Fated a chance because the writing is beautiful and the story is absolutely magical!
One of the things I loved about this story was Daire she was a very strong female MC and really likable. I didn’t find her whiny or needy at all. And I loved her two friends Xoitchl and Auden along with the eventual love interest Dace. Yeah there’s a bit of inst-love in this but Daire fights it because the love was only in her dreams even though she feels it when she’s awake too. There’s also an evil twin to Dace his name is Cade; and he’s arrogant, gorgeous, and absolutely demented but I kinda like him! Yeah I know, I know predictable right Jaime always likes the bad guy but in this story I like Dace more.
Oh and speaking of the magick part of the story I loved the Native American mythology Alyson brought into the story it’s so well researched and detailed and it made the story even more enjoyable to read! I can’t wait for book two in the series Echo!!!!!
I chose a rather steamy passage to share but I just couldn’t resist!
He throws his head back and laughs, the sight so beautiful I wish could last. Leveling his gaze on me when he says, “I guess we’re right back to instincts again—so far, they’ve yet to steer me wrong.”
“And what are your instincts telling you now?” I whisper, knowing I can no longer trust mine. He’s thrown me so off kilter, I don’t know what to expect, what to do next, other than tighten my grip on the rock in my lap, and wait for his twin to show up.
He swallows hard. Takes a deep breath as though he’s about to dip under the water again, but he says, “They’re telling me to kiss you.”
He leans forward, gaze steeped with intent. And when his hands find my cheeks—when his thumbs smooth my skin—when his gaze wanders over me, devouring all that he sees—well, I can’t help but notice that it’s happening now just like it did in the dream.
Check out the trailer!!!!
Add this to your Goodreads shelves.
Pre-ordered your copy now!