Friday, June 15, 2012

YA Review: Fated

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.(goodreads)

My thoughts... Fated, book 1 in Alyson Noel's Soul Seekers series offers readers a glimpse into her latest world.
The heroine, Daire, finds herself plagued with horrific visions that disrupt  her life and meager social connections. Once she turns 16, they peak and become uncontrollable. She finds herself living in a small town with even stranger occupants. Here she meets the boys of her dreams and some other students (both cruel and kind) and some wise elders who provide her with guidance. The characters were interesting with much room for growth and development.

Fated moved at a decent pace. Daire goes through quite a bit of self-discovery that leads her to some interesting situations. I wished they were a little more detailed. I often found myself saying "oh, it's over?". Several scenes didn't offer the punch I expected. The end of the story did a brilliant job of setting up the next book. The journey for the characters was clearly lined with challenging goals.
Overall, I enjoyed Fated. I felt it fell short in some of the action scenes. Several of the characters lacked spark in their reactions in dire situations. I was also missing the meaning behind several things which I hope will be explained in future books. 

While lacking in a few areas, Fated had much to offer. I enjoyed the infusion of Native American folklore into the story. Additionally, the characters find themselves in various "worlds" which create many possibilities for unique settings and "world rules". I think YA fans will enjoy Fated and I look forward to the next book in the series.

For more information, visit Alyson Noel at her official website.


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