Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Fated - Book Review


Fated - Book Review

Sarah Alderson

YA Paranormal

Fated Book #1

UK Publisher: Simon and Schuster Childrens Books


Synopsis:

What happens when you discover you aren't who you thought you were? And that the person you love is the person who will betray you? If your fate is already determined, can you fight it?

When Evie Tremain discovers that she’s the last in a long line of Demon slayers and that she’s being hunted by an elite band of assassins - Shapeshifters, Vampires and Mixen demons amongst them - she knows she can’t run. They’ll find her wherever she goes. Instead she must learn to stand and fight.

But when the half-human, half-shadow warrior Lucas Gray is sent to spy on Evie and then ordered to kill her before she can fulfil a dangerous prophecy, their fates become inexplicably linked. The war that has raged for one thousand years between humans and demons is about to reach a devastating conclusion. Either one or both of them will die before this war ends.

If your life becomes bound to another’s, what will to take to sever it?

Review:

I thought this book was an ok sort of read but I have to be honest, I didn’t love it. While I liked the main character and parts of the story made me chuckle, ultimately it just had one to many niggles for my liking. For instance I saw so many similarities between this story and Buffy the Vampire slayer that I found myself picking apart each line, which obviously took the joy out of reading. 

The story begins with Evie. A feisty, no-nonsense sort of girl who works each hour of everyday with the singleminded goal of getting out of her small town. Trying to escape the gossip thats circled her since her best friend died the month before, Evie locks up after a late shift at the diner only to be attacked by a group demonic beings.

Saved by a Hunter named Victor, he takes Evie under his wing, explaining that she is the last of her kind, a true blooded Hunter whom it is prophesied will end the thousand year war between Demons and Hunters.  But as Victor plots to train Evie into a killing machine, Lucas Gray conspires to end her existence before that can happen. Half-human, half-shadow warrior, he takes a position as a Lodger in Evies house, taking his time to learn her skills and weaknesses. Yet what he docent expect is for Evie to become his weakness and as Luca’s begins to fall for Evie they both begin a dangerous game of love and war. But who will turn on who first…

My main grievance with this story was the instant love between Evie and Lucas. While both strong and likeable characters, Lucas’ attraction was immediate and all to soon, within only a few days and a mere handful of conversations, Luca’s was ready to die for her. Literally. For me part of the enjoyment of the story is watching the romance develop and I felt Fated lacked that important spark.

Yet otherwise I thought the plot moved at a good pace. Developing from Evie’s reluctance to accept the truth of her heritage, through her training to the inevitable betrayal and kick ass fight scene. There were a couple of surprises along the way too, but there were also a couple of cliches. 

Honestly while it wasn't a bad read, I do think this story would be liked more by those who haven't watched Buffy as they wouldn't get distracted by the similarities. However I refuse to give up on Sarah Alderson, I have heard nothing but good things about her Hunting Lila series so am determined to try that next. 

All in all, I would say an average 3 stars!

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