Book: Fated by Alyson Noel
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: Won for review from LibraryThing
Short Synopsis: Ever since a freak accident happened, Daire is sent to live with a grandmother that she's never met, and must learn to survive in a whole new world.
My Thoughts: A definitely different and original story, just one that really didn't stick too well with me.
All Daire has ever known is a life with her mother who happens to be a makeup artist, on the road, traveling to exotic places, on movie sets, meeting famous stars. It isn't until one day, Daire starts to have horrifying visions, and seeing things that aren't there. Daire is on the verge of being sent to an institution.
Her grandmother who hasn't contacted her in sixteen years, tells Daire's mother that she can help Daire. As a last resort, Daire is shipped to New Mexico where her grandmother lives. As she gets settled, Daire is told that she is a Soul Seeker, someone who can navigate between worlds of the living and dead.
As she embarks on a journey, she must learn all she can about her new found abilities, and try to control her powers. Daire must also find out if the boy she has been dreaming about, is actually her one true love, or if he is allied with his evil twin, and the enemy that she must destroy.
A very different adventure than what I originally thought it would be. I have to admit that it did take a while to get used to. I enjoyed reading a lot of the novel's aspects, except the spiritual elements, and just couldn't wrap my mind around some of the adventures that Daire went through.
It was interesting to read about how Daire traveled in the movie sets with her mother, her encounters at school, and her love interest in Dace. I also liked the fact that there was twins involved, and how one twin was good and one was bad.
There were a couple things that I wasn't too fond of. It really didn't make any sense to me how Daire was able to travel through animals and view the world through their eyes, yet still have the same mind thought. I was also a little lost on the whole situation with souls, and what Cade was up to. And though I loved reading Noel's other series, but I'm a little torn with this novel. Though I want to find out more about Daire's life, I'm just not a fan of the spiritual world. Overall, it was an interesting original novel, just one that didn't really suit me.
Would I recommend this book: Maybe
Rating: I give this book a 3/5.