Friday, June 1, 2012

Fated (Souls Seekers #1) by Alyson Noel: review + GIVEAWAY

Goodreads rating: 3.91
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by St. Martin's Press
 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.

I've realized reading Noel's books that her writing style is a lot like mine was before I realized how "off" certain phrases sounded. She also loves fragments. Where she has periods, there should be commas or at least semicolons. I think that's what annoyed me most about this book. Otherwise, it was smooth-sailing. While there was suspense, I didn't feel myself getting as immersed into this world as I did with her Immortals series of books. But at the same time, I feel like I'm going to enjoy it more. There's a lot more to work with, and this whole other realm that not even our most wise and experienced characters know about. There's definitely a lot of mystery, but I didn't find the depth I was looking for.


There wasn't a lot of romance, which was surprising. The first dream we get from Daire is a pretty sexy one. But then it's a lot of waiting for her to find Dace and then realize he's not who she thinks he is (take that as you will), and when they reenact at least that first part of the dream. But when they do come together, it's all happens so fast. All of a sudden they're boyfriend/girlfriend. Noel makes it clear from what many characters say, and that's that Daire and Dace are fated (hence the title). But I just didn't feel it. I know we're going to know more in the next one, but it just wasn't enough here. I felt like we definitely got to know Daire, but all the other characters kind of fell flat. Except maybe for the villain and the lover interest. But even then I still didn't feel as invested in them as I wanted to. But Cade is definitely a good villain. He's one of those popular guys that's so sure of himself, but it turns out he's a blood-thirsty demon.


The one thing I loved about this book was the mythology. You don't get a lot mythology that isn't Greek (and for me, Nordic), and this was really refreshing. You can tell Noel is all about energy, since she's made it a big factor in both of her series now. Like I said before, there's so much potential here with these other realms and creatures, and I'm hoping to see a lot more of the mythology. But all in all, this book seemed more like a big setup for more to come than anything else. I enjoyed reading it, but when I finished it, I wasn't satisfied that it was a good first book. In Evermore, everything is certain: Ever and Damen love each other and that's the gist of it. But here, everything is so uncertain. That's why I think this will be a better series than her Immortals series. I always thought Evermore could have easily been a standalone (imagine my horror when five more books came out), but this is definitely not a standalone series. I cannot wait to see what Noel has for us next!



For more info on Alyson and her series visit: http://www.alysonnoel.com/ and friend her on https://www.facebook.com/soulseekersseries  to receive updates, participate in contests and more.

Fated is also an audiobook! Check out the clip here:

Fated audiobook, chapter 1


Now, onto the giveaway! You, my lovely followers, have the chance to win a copy of this book. Not only that, but it's SIGNED! Eeep! You know how I loved signed things. Just check out my giveaway policy tab and make sure you understand the rules. This giveaway is US ONLY. Again, sorry international followers. This giveaway is not funded by yours truly so I have no say in where it can be shipped. This giveaway ends on 6/15. Good luck!






8 comments:

  1. thanks for the giveaway! I have tried and failed several times to read Alyson Noel's books. I just don't like them. But hopefully I can get into this one...

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  2. thanks for the giveaway! I have tried and failed several times to read Alyson Noel's books. I just don't like them. But hopefully I can get into this one...

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  3. i haven't read any of them yet, but I would really like to try this one!

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  4. Yes:) but only the first, Evermore:)
    -JennyC

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  5. Fated is about Daire Santos, who has started to have terrifying visions that she doesn't understand. These visions lead her to a grandmother that she has never met, who teaches her about her heritage and the powers that she has been developing. She also meets two twins Dace and Cade, who serve as love interest and antagonist respectively.

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  6. I haven't read any of the books yet... can't wait to!!!

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  7. I've read the first two books in the Immortal series and also the first in Riley's series. I have the rest sitting on my TBR shelf.

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  8. I read Evermore and found it quite interesting :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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