Book Review: Fates

Book Review: FatesFates by Lanie Bross
Series: Fates #1
Published by Random House LLC on February 11th 2014
Pages: 336
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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?

Exiled and cut off from all that she knows, Corinthe is lost. A Fate stuck on Earth until she has redeemed herself. Her crime? Being curious and asking questions. Her salvation? Having to kill the one person she loves most.

Fates started off pretty much how I thought it would. A little bit of back story and getting to know our characters. Nothing unusual here. Then, bam! A killer scene that came out of nowhere. Loved it! Despite, all the negativity I had been hearing, for me, things were not looking so bad.

Until…

I discovered Corinthe’s crime. Okay, so there had been a few other question marks before that. But really, you get exiled for asking questions? A little curiosity never hurt anyone. What is the big deal? Personally, if that is all it takes to get exiled, I would not have lasted probably five minutes in that place. Weird exile reason aside, I was still willing to roll on with Fates.

Until…

Insta-love. Ugh. I am not sure any read can ever be saved after insta-love. It is a disease. Note to authors: please, please kill off the insta-love. Or at least, dampen it enough to give me something to root for with the romance. Something. Anything. A crumb of chemistry, is that too much to ask? For Fates, it might have been. Oh sure, I liked the romance possibility as first. However, any and all hopes I had for it went down the drain with the ‘too stupid to live’ scenes happening over and over again. She wants to kill you! Stop thinking about her eyes, her smell, or whatever else your boy parts are turned on by at the moment. She wants to freakin kill you to save herself.

Okay, now that I have that out of my system.

Fates is a disappointment not for what it was, but what it wasn’t. There was so much potential in that beginning. But it all pretty much went downhill from there. The Fates concept? Completely confusing. Is there another Fates mythology out there that this is based on that I am missing? Because this mythology was completely twisted, and not exactly in the best way. Instead of three who control all, it is a group of sisters (Alexia, Alessandra, Beatrice, Brienne, Calyssa…just to name a few) living in this ‘perfect’ world, dressed up like fairies, dancing around. I just can’t get my head around it. Am I missing something here? Cause it feels like I am.

World building. Usually, I do fine with alternate universes. I actually quite enjoy them. With Fates, I was lost. I loved the imagery presented. I just didn’t love the disjointed everything else.

Final Verdict:

Fates is not going to be for everyone. Is it a fantastic read? No. Was it completely horrendous? No. Fates falls into this weird middle ground. The potential was there. I have no doubt. It is just all the other mess junking it up. Sometimes less is more. If Fates had given a little less in certain areas, and gave attention to the areas that needed it instead, it would have been a much better experience.

 

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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