Book Review: Fated by Alyson Noel

May 21, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★½

Book Review: Fated by Alyson NoelTitle: Fated by Alyson Noel
Series: Soul Seekers #1
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin on May 22n,2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 352
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two-half-stars

Until now, he's existed only in her dreams -but fate is about to bring them together.
I shove through the crowd, knocking into girls and bouncing off boys, until one in particular catches me, steadies me.I feel so secure, so at home in his arms.I melt against his chest-lift my gaze to meet his. Gasping when I stare into a pair of icy blue eyes banded by brilliant flecks of gold that shine like kaleidoscopes, reflecting my image thousands of times.The boy from my dream.The one who died in my arms.
Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.
There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, Night Star, Everlasting

You know when I heard Alyson Noel wrote another book, I had to check it out. Fated, the first in her new Soul Seekers series, is a story about Daire, a teenage girl who discovers that she comes from a soul seekers, a sort of special being that deals with souls of humans and animals alike. There isn’t anything like the world that Alyson creates and she does it so creatively and profoundly, you have to admire her skill in painting such vivid and thought-provoking pictures. Alyson dives right into Native American lore and talks a lot about the importance of spirit animals and harnessing the powers and strengths of nature. While I’m not too big on all that spiritual stuff, it was nice learning about it and seeing it being incorporated into the story. There’s this one part with a cockroach that I have to say was a favorite of mine.

It did take me a good halfway through the book before things really picked up, but after that I finished it pretty quickly. The first half is about Daire discovering who she is and her journey in accepting and managing her powers, with the help of her grandmother. There’s a lot of inner monologuing and explanations from her grandmother, you also get some glimpses into the “dream world” where Daire meets two very important guys. There aren’t very many in the way of characters until Daire enrolls in the local high school and meets her sworn enemy, and potential true love, in person. Along with some new friends and frienemies, they all added humor and fun to the story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Fated seemed more of a “setting the scene” book for me, where it was basically Daire coming into her powers and family history, then facing off with her enemy in an important, yet not so epic battle. She did intrigue me with this book and its premise so I’m eager to see where Alyson is going with this series and hope for more action and interaction in the next book.

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