30 April 2012

Fated (The Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noel

Fated (The Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noel.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : May 22nd 2012 by St. Martin's Press.
The first book in a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël.

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 went through a war,
Fought a battle I was sure I had lost."

Daire has had the life of a nomad. As the daughter of a hollywood make-up artist, the only life she has ever known is the one on the film sets in different countries. On her 16th birthday, Daire was in Morocco with her mom while shooting another movie, when she experiences a psychotic attack that almost drives her insane. Despite consulting various doctors, these attacks wouldn't stop and finally, after trying everything, Daire's mother takes her to visit her grandmother at the small town of Enchantment, New Mexico.
Upon her arrival, Daire learns about her heritage, one that she didn't even know she had- that she was from a powerful bloodline of Soul Seekers.

"I'm going to teach you to hop with the rabbits, to slither with the snakes, to run with the horses, to crawl with the scorpions, and to fly with the ravens."

With the help of her grandmother, Daire understands her heritage and learns how to control her powers.

I was insanely excited to receive and ARC of Fated but before I could actually read it, I had heard from a few people that they were disappointed so I went in not knowing what to expect. However, I am so glad to say that I loved it! The world-building in Fated is fantastic and Alyson Noel has undoubtedly given it a lot of thought. The paranormal elements are unique and the storyline is unbelievably captivating.

Although at first, I felt like there was an information overload and everything was too much to absorb, it was also the reason I couldn't put the book down. I was up until 5AM reading Fated and let me tell you, it is EPIC!
I loved Alyson's writing, her descriptions were vivid and managed to evoke some emotion in me, which doesn't happen often. The plot is amazing and the rich Native American history along with the supernatural elements of the book, just made it even better.

Romance doesn't play a big part here but it still exists. If you prefer your story to have a fantastic plot, instead of just a swoon-worthy romance, you will love this!
I'm not saying that it lacks a male lead that makes your heart race because there's not one but two guys to choose from. Alright, alright, one of them is the bad guy but while Dace is really sweet, I found Cade sexy, even though he's not the guy I should be rooting for. The whole bad boy thing he had going on made me have a thing for him, I know it's wrong but I'm an idiot.

This was the first Alyson Noel book I've read and needless to say, I'm a new fan. While it had a slow start, Fated is a story of pure magic - breathtaking and wonderful, all at once. Soul Seekers a series that I'm definitely going to keep reading.

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