Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review: Fated by Alyson Noel

YA Paranormal Romance

The Soul Seekers #1

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.

Source: Reviewer purchase

My Review

First thought when I saw the cover was "Wow, Alyson Noel outdid herself." Its absolutely gorgeous!!! I was so excited to read this book after reading the authors previous series, The Immortals, which I loved! The book started a little slow for me,  I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it. After about the third or fourth chapter, I really got into it. I really enjoyed the characters. There's Daire, a spunky, witty and courageous girl, who just realizes she has abilities and responsibilities that most teenagers could never understand. Then there's Dace's twin brother to Cade, which is the bad guy in this story. He is the total opposite of Dace. Dace is sweet and absolutely gorgeous and has some abilities of his own. Then we cant forget Paloma, Daire's grandmother, who until now, Daire had never met. She learns to love and respect her for her knowledge and help with her journey of becoming a very powerful seeker. Something that was very refreshing to me was the use of the Native American culture and tales. It was really different and not something you hear about much, which I loved. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. I really cannot wait for the next installment to come. I believe this series has enough promise to be good, if not better then her previous ones.