Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Challenges: 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge
Rating: 3.5 stars
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.
Fated by Alyson Noel was an interesting book. Alyson Noel has really woven an intricate tale and set this series off on a really cool beginning.
Fated is a book you really need to get into before the story begins. The first 50 pages or so provide a lot of backstory and it got a bit confusing at times. Even after this, I found the story to be a bit confusing at times. I got confused with what was real and what was wasn’t.
I really liked the build up of the story. I felt like this was very much a first book in a series, where everything is established, and that book 2 is going to be awesome! Alyson Noel has taken such an interesting take into the world of fantasy. It was new and refreshing, and there are a lot of questions I cannot wait to have answered.
Fated is host to cast of great characters! I really loved them all. I loved Xotichl – she was great. I really hope to see more of her in the next book in the series. I know I was supposed to not like Cade, but he had some appeal to him too. Dace was pretty much the cutest guy ever. Daire was such a strong heroine, which I loved.
Fated had a few flaws, but overall, I really enjoyed it. I really am anxious to see where Alyson Noel leads Daire and Dace in the next installment of their story.
Fated is also available on audiobook! Listen to the first chapter below: