Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

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I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: Fated

Title: Fated
Author: Sarah Alderson
Series: Fated #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Published: February 1st 2012
Source: Publisher for review

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?

Sarah Alderson has once again returned with a stunning series. Fated is even more action-packed than her first novel, Hunting Lila, and will leave you desperate for more. Amazing fight-scenes? A diverse and interesting cast of characters? Two brilliant leads? A sizzling hot romance? Check, check, check and CHECK! When Evie Tremain is forced into the Hunter lifestyle after discovering she's the only purebred left - in other words, the only one who can fulfil the White Light prophecy - she's conflicted between doing her duty as a Hunter, living her life as a normal human and abandoning everything for the man she loves... A man who also happens to be her enemy - a member of the Brotherhood, which aims to eliminate all Hunters, namely Evie. If you're ready for another exciting read, get yourself a copy of Fated right this instant!

Lucas Gray, a half human and half Shadow Warrior, moves into Evie's house and is sent there to spy on the Hunters in town, learning their training methods and tactics. While his mission is to kill Evie before she ends the Brotherhood for good, Lucas also struggles with his duty because of his burgeoning love for her. I really love forbidden romances, especially when the stakes are this high. It's literally a life and death situation - they have to kill each other! - that will have your heart racing at a million miles an hour.  Evie and Lucas are a perfect couple, having unbelievable similarities and understanding each other only like they can. Although it takes a long time for them to get together, the entire process is exhilarating! Being a Shadow Warrior means Lucas can turn invisible and...things certainly get interesting here. A slow-burning romance filled with danger, secrets and passion? Yes please!

This entire world is magnificent. I love the mythology, I love the creatures, I love everything about the way Alderson's constructed this story. Shocking? Not at all. Some authors have amazing stories but are let down by stony characters we couldn't care less about. But Sarah? She could write about two people watching tv and it would still be award-winning! Her characters are always so loveable and developed that it's shocking how quickly you become invested in their lives, that is, if you haven't read any of her books before… I knew Fated was going to be brilliant and damn it if I wasn't right! There's honestly no slowing down in this book, it's packed with material. With one exciting scene after another, it's no surprise this is another 2012 favourite. Read this and you will not regret it. It's brilliant, end of story!

*pants* Who else died after reading that first kiss? My god. SARAH! You're killing us!  

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