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Review: Fated by Sarah Alderson

Fated by Sarah Alderson
Published by Simon and Schuster


 What happens when you discover you aren't who you thought you were? And that the person you love is the person who will betray you? If your fate is already determined, can you fight it?

When Evie Tremain discovers that she’s the last in a long line of Demon slayers and that she’s being hunted by an elite band of assassins –Shapeshifters, Vampires and Mixen demons amongst them – she knows she can’t run. They’ll find her wherever she goes. Instead she must learn to stand and fight.

But when the half-human, half-Shadow Warrior Lucas Gray - is sent to spy on Evie and then ordered to kill her before she can fulfil a dangerous prophecy, their fates become inextricably linked. The war that has raged for one thousand years between humans and demons is about to reach a devastating and inevitable conclusion. Either one or both of them will die before this war ends.

If your life becomes bound to another’s, what will it take to sever it?


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My initial reaction when I started this book was WOW. So completely different from Sarah's first book and yet full of all of the things that made me love Hunting Lila.

From the very first page the pace of this book is awesome. The story jumps straight into the action and doesn't let up until the very end. I loved this as it meant I didn't have a second to get bored which meant I just wanted to keep reading page after page until I got to the very end as I just needed to know what was going to happen next.

I also loved that this book was very much a novel in itself. What I mean by that is often with a "first-in-the-series" book you get lots of backstory and setting up of the series but often not much happens. This certainly wasn't the case and while you were left wanting more as a reader I was happy that I had got somewhere and some way into the story and that at least some of the questions I had whirling around my head were at least partially answered.

Fated is a bit like a take on Buffy at first glance. A Teenage girl called Evie is destined to save humans against the demons ... sorry Unhumans ... who is sent a mentor to watch over her and train her so she can become the ultimate Unhuman killer. She is kick-ass and sassy and quite happy to speak her own mind and of course there is a gorgeous boy involved who isn't quite what he seems. Don't get me wrong it isn't a blatant rip off and the story does it's own thing in a variety of different ways. I liked the most (History Geek alert) how Evie's extended family tree was interwoven into the backstory. I also enjoyed Sarah's take on the Unhumans that were after Evie and how they were her own unique take on the average demons you come across in novels.

Another thing I love about Sarah's books so far is how she writes her characters. Evie is instantly someone you can get behind and warm to as you follow her story. I love how she is trying her best to get by in a world where she really hasn't been given a break without whinging but by doing something practical to get herself sorted. I also loved Lucas as a character because he was both gorgeously hot (wait to you get to 'that' scene) but I also seeing how conflicted he was in the way he lived his life.

All in all this novel was a brilliant read with interesting characters, engaging ideas and a fantastically pacey storyline which will make you want to carry on reading page after page. Bring on the rest of the series!!!


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Comments

I keep hearing really good things about this novel. i loved 'hunting lila' so I think i should definitely check this out ! great review!
I've had my eyes on this book for a few weeks now and I love how you compare it to Buffy! Fab review :D
Book Angel Emma said…
I couldnt resist & scooped it up in Asda. Looking forward to getting to it :D
Clover said…
I'm so looking forward to this one! I wasn't sure because of how very different it sounds to Hunting Lila (which I ADORED!) but I think I will still absolutely love this one.
Mel said…
I definitely need to check this book out - I love Buffy and anything that is compared favourably to it is a book I mut read! :-)
Raimy-rawr said…
i really cant wait to read this book! must get hold of it soon!