Friday, January 10, 2014

Fates by Lanie Bross

Author: Lanie Bross
Publication Date: 02/11/2014
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
What if your destiny was to kill the one you love?

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she’s falling all over again—this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die.

In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?
Picture and Summary from Goodreads
**I received this as an eARC through Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  In no way does that effect the thoughts and opinions expressed here.  I did not get compensated in any way for this review.**
Fates was a very interesting story.  The idea that there are all these different layers/worlds to the universe and that the balance depends on everything falling into a certain place based on unseen powers was hard to wrap my mind around.  The different worlds created for this book were so imaginative and crazy that I had a hard time following them all. 
But to be blunt I found the book boring.  Seriously there was a lot going on but none of it was stimulating enough to get me excited about reading it.  I found myself putting it down a LOT.
I ended the book feeling NOTHING for any of the characters.  I kept hoping it would change, that something would happen to make me invested in their outcome but it never did.  I will say that I felt a little more attached to Luc than I did Corinthe but mostly because of his loyalty to his sister and that he would do anything for his family while Corinthe seemed really cold and stand offish.  The relationship between Luc and Corinthe has me so confused.  Apparantly love has formed between the two even though there isn't a whole lot of interaction between them.  But it must be strong because....well, just because.
I think part of the problem was that there was a lot of internal dialogue and not so much interaction between characters.  It was also told from the POVs of Corinthe and Luc which I struggle with.  But also I'm left confused about the whole background of the story.  The author tried explaining it all but I just don't get who the power players of the story are supposed to be and how it's all supposed to work.
Overall Fates is a quick read and the idea of the story is good I just wish there had been more action and more interaction for the characters. 

Lanie Bross was born in a small town in Maine, where she spent the next 18 years dreaming of bigger places. After exploring city life, she and her husband and two young sons ended up coming right back to the wilds of Maine where they now live just one house down from where she grew up. Fate, perhaps? She loves chasing around her rambunctious kids, playing tug-o-war with her 95 pound Lab, and writing for Young Adults. Fates is her first novel.

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