Release Date: May 24th, 2012
Finished Date: May 17th, 2012
Source: ARC For Review
The Review: When I first heard about Fated, I immediately added it to my ‘to be read’ pile because I enjoyed the author’s other series 'The Immortals', so it’s safe to say, I was pretty excited to read something else by her. But after reading this book, I have to admit, I really struggled with it because, while I thought Fated had a lot of promise, the story just fell a little flat for me.
Daire is a young girl who starts having hallucinations. They are being called hallucinations by her mother and her doctors and they plan to have Daire committed. But when Daire’s long lost grandmother comes back into the picture after 16 years, she take’s Daire under her wing and teaches her the real meaning of the hallucinations – there actually not hallucinations but visions. Daire’s a Soul-Seeker and she has a big role to play in order to fulfil her destiny, but there’s one boy that could shatter everything for Daire and she has to figure out if she’s meant to be with him or if he’s the enemy.
So I’ll admit, when I first started Fated I was intrigued. The first few chapters really grabbed my attention and I was dying to read more but as I read, I lost interest fairly quickly. The start of the story follows Daire going through her struggles with the visions but it was all just so slow. Most of the first part of the book surrounded Daire complaining about how unhappy she is and all the while, I was dying for something to happen. More importantly I wanted to find out why she was having the visions but it was a good 120 pages before I found out. I did however, really enjoy the reveal of Daire’s destiny but it was very short lived as soon as it happened, the story went back to Daire complaining and going back and fourth between what she wants. Even the romance isn't really introduced to the story until nearly half way through. It was a little frustrating.
The characters for me didn’t really stand out and I didn’t really have any real connection with them – which is what I need from a book. I did like Daire to start with but in the end, I found her to be a very whiney character. She sometimes came across quite mean and in her defence – she’s just lashing out at her mother for leaving her with her grandmother but sometimes it was uncalled for.
All in all, Fated has a good premise and an interesting story but overall it’s just not for me. If you’re already a fan of this authors work then I’d highly recommend you try this.
Thank you to Macmilliam for giving me opportunity to review this book.