Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Fate Series by Heather Lyons


       I finally had a chance to read A Matter of Fate this past weekend, and let me tell you, I was completely destroyed.  I can’t decide if Ms. Lyons is completely sadistic or totally brilliant.  I seriously haven’t been this crushed at the outcome of a book since reading Empire of Storms. 
          I’m not one to give away spoilers in my reviews, but let me just say, HOLY LOVE TRIANGLE.  This is not just the passing wants of a teenage girl either, they are the deep, true, soul-crushing needs of true love; with both.  And they are twins!
          Now that I am done gushing, let me give you a real review.  What I liked about the book :
                   Plot.  Very unique plot line that hasn’t been done thousands of times and it does not involve any vampires in love with human girls they can’t have.  THANK YOU!  This plot involve new things and new ideas and magical powers in a new realm that we get to learn all about thanks to Ms. Lyons great story telling. 
                   Characters.  Many characters that are well-developed.  We learn about a whole new world and what it is like for different people living in that new world and how different people have different perspectives on it.  This multi-dimensional approach leads to a better understand not only of the characters, but of the world itself.  I also like how the younger, teenage characters ACT like teenagers at times.  Sure they may have more and bigger responsibilities than your average human, but they are still teens.  They have selfish at times, and confused, and don’t want their whole lives planned out for them, and question everything, just like teens are supposed to, and often do.  It helped me connect with the characters and for them to feel more real to me. 
                   Wrap-up.  Sure this is a series of books, but this one didn’t just end in the middle of a paragraph like some authors are wont to do.  It is exciting and this particular plot was wrapped up and YES I want to now more, but I wasn’t left hanging on for the next book to finish the thought I was on.  I will be reading the next one, and the novella from Jonah’s point of view because I WANT to know what happens next, not because she left me hanging with incomplete thoughts or unfinished pieces. 

5 Stars

A MATTER OF FATE (Fate, #1) 
     Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn't a normal teenage girl. She's a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she's a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she's to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.

That's nothing compared to the boy trouble she's gotten herself into. Because a guy she's literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.

Chloe's once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.

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BEYOND FATE (Fate #1.5)
  There are always two sides to every story . . .
His whole life, Jonah Whitecomb has strove to meet everyones expectations of him: the perfect student, dutiful son, loyal twin, accomplished surfer, and powerful Magical. But behind his carefully composed façade hides the truth of how his family has fallen apart, leaving Jonah more often than not feeling adrift. To complicate matters, he fell in love long ago with a girl in his dreams, one hes never told anyone about, including his twin brother.

Just when life seems its bleakest, Jonah discovers that Chloe is real. Wanting to finally reach out and grab happiness for himself, he embarks on a journey to track down the girl of his dreams, only to find that happy endings arent always guaranteed, the best laid out plans can go horribly awry, and sometimes, you have to simply let yourself go along for the ride.

* Beyond Fate is Jonahs point-of-view of the events of A Matter of Fate, and is a companion novella.

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     No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicalscity-state plane of existence. Since moving, shes joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, shes happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like shes finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.
       After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about whats shes capable of as a Creator. And then theres the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonahs twin brother and Chloes ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.

       But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.

*This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+.

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     Not long ago, Chloe Lilywhite seemingly had it all: a prized spot on the MagicalsCouncil as lead Creator, a loving fiancé and Connection, and a wealth of good friends. But the poised young woman she projected was nothing more than a façade. Her parents all but disowned her. Power plays and accusations of murder within the Council rocked her confidence. And most difficult of all, her secret, a secondary Connection to Jonahs twin brother, Kellan, became painfully impossible to resist. Desperate to gain control over her rapidly unraveling existence, Chloe did the unthinkable: she ran away.
     Now living and working in Alaska under an alias, Chloe is slowly discovering who she is and, more importantly, who she wants to be. But the more she tries to leave the Magical world behind, the harder it becomes to stay hidden. The Elders are back with a vengeance, and the stakes have never been higher. Chloe finally has to make a choice: embrace her pre-ordained Fate or pave her own way in the worlds. One things for sure, thoughshes finally up for the challenge.

*This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+.

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  It all comes down to this . . .
     Chloe Lilywhite has struggled for years to find her footing in a series of dangerous and demanding worlds. Creator, first tier Council member, and one of the most powerful Magicals in existence, she was little more than one of Fates pawns. But now, Chloe is back home and ready to call the shots. She knows what she wants and who she wants to be.

Except the Elders never got the memo.

Annar and Magical-kind are under attack. The lives of Chloes loved ones, and life as they know it, are at stake. Chloe's the key to taking the Elders down, but they won't go quietly into the night.

This time, neither will Chloe.

*This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+.

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