Friday, January 13, 2012

Review: Fated by Sarah Alderson

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Sarah Alderson
Release date: January 5th 2012
by Simon & Schuster

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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 inextricably linked. The war that has raged for one thousand years between humans and demons is about to reach a devastating and inevitable conclusion. Either one or both of them will die before this war ends.

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

I thought Sarah Alderson’s Hunting Lila was a really fun book, so I knew I had to read this as soon as I saw who wrote it. Fated has the same feel, but still quite a bit different from Hunting Lila. We now the story of Evie, who just found out she’s a demon hunter; and Lucas, who’s sent undercover to get close enough to kill her.

I have to say that the world Alderson describes is really interesting. Filled with all sorts of species, from Scorpio demons to Vampires. I enjoyed learning about all of these creatures, along with the intriguing history they all share. Evie is a strong and intelligent female character who knows when something just isn’t right. She trusts her instincts even when she’s not aware of it. She was wary of Lucas from the beginning and she knew who to fear. I loved her personality. I loved that she wasn’t careless or whiny even when things seemed to be crumbling down around her. It’s definitely easy to relate to her. It’s also remarkable that in a book filled with side characters, all of them stand out in their own way and give substance to the story instead of simply filling up pages superfluously. Out of all, I think my favorite is Jocelyn. I picture her as a sweet (but tough) old lady who just wants to do the right thing. Her role is small in Fated, though I think she’s going to end up being very important.

The one thing I learned from Hunting Lila, is that Sarah knows how to give us a great, chemistry filled romance. Lucas and Evie meet in unfortunate circumstances. Lucas, sent there as a spy to kill her, soon realizes that it won’t be so easy, since he’s quickly falling for the girl. Awww a forbidden love *dreamy sigh*. The romance is sweet and enticing, however it’s not the central focus. Due to their unconventional situation, their relationship builds up slowly, even to the point where I wish there would have been more. But at the same time I found it was realistic and grew at a natural pace. In the end I felt very satisfied with it.

Exciting plot developments, a fairytale romance and fabulous characters – Fated gives us what we crave! If you enjoyed Hunting Lila, Sarah will charm you once again!

4 Hot Espressos
Interested in what I thought of Hunting Lila? 

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25 Responses to “Review: Fated by Sarah Alderson”

  1. Elodie

    I haven’t read Hunting Lila but I’d really like too because I’ve heard awesome things about it .. This one sounds really good as well, I’m glad you enjoyed it ! Great review 🙂

  2. Amy

    I am so excited for this book. I am still waiting for it to come in. I want to read the book even more after reading your review. I didn’t read Hunting Lila, but I heard it’s really great.

  3. Jenny

    I heard amazing things about Hunting Lila, I still have that one on my list and now this one is going up there as well. I love a forbidden romance that has all sorts of delicious tension and chemistry. Can’t wait to read this, thanks Giselle!

  4. Missie

    I have yet to read Hunting Lila, but I’ve heard good things about it, and now this review of Fated adds to my resolve to get my hands on something by this author soon.

    Also, I can’t resist a forbidden romance.

  5. Sam

    Brilliant review, Giselle! I have Hunting Lila waiting on the shelf for me so I’ll have to read that one first before I get stuck in to this book. I am looking forward to both! 🙂

    Sam @ Realm of Ficton

  6. Mimi Valentine

    OH MY GOSH!!! *squee* I love Sarah Alderson’s books too! <3 I just got both Hunting Lila & Fated in the mail and read them each in a night (two nights total — would've been one if I didn't have so much homework!), and I absolutely LOVED both of them! You're SO right when you say that Sarah knows how to write an awesome romance — Evie and Lucas were both so sweet! I love forbidden love too! x)

    Awesome review, Giselle! I’m extremely & exponentially glad that you loved this book too! 🙂

  7. The Drifting Bookworm

    For some reason… this book seemed perfect to review on Friday the 13th, haha! 🙂 I am going to give this a try! I love it when there’s some chemistry in the romance and it’s INTERESTING!

  8. Giselle

    @Karen: *gasp* you’ve never heard of this? Ooh you have to check it out. And Hunting Lila too!

    Thanks for the comment guys you make my day! 🙂

  9. Sarah (saz101)

    Giselle, you’ve summed up Evie perfectly! Even though her world’s collapsed around her, she’s never whiny or careless. She’s brave. She’s smart. I LOVE this. I lover her. I still haven’t read Lila, but oh my goodness, you’re so right about the chemistry! Eeee!