Fated – Alyson Noël

“Strange things have been happening to Daire Santos.  Animals follow her, crows mock her, glowing people appear from nowhere.  Worried that Daire’s having a breakdown, her mother sends her to stay with the grandmother she’s never met, who lives on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico.  There Daire crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes.

Her grandmother recognizes Daire’s episodes for what they are – a call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, a person who can navigate between the living and the dead.  Guided by her grandmother, Daire must be quick to learn how to harness her powers, because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter, out to steal them.

Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and discover whether Dace is the guy she’s meant to be with… or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.”

I absolutely loved Alyson’s The Immortals series and The Riley Bloom series so I couldn’t resist buying this book which is the first of a planned four books called The Soul Seekers series.

The cover of this book is lovely, it has a really calm and peaceful feeling to it.  Once I started reading I found that at the beginning I struggled to fully understand what was going on, but I still managed to become completely absorbed by it.

Daire’s dreams were confusing yet very intriguing, I felt like I needed to read on to find out what they meant and so it was very difficult to put the book down.  Everything about this story is interesting with many magical and spiritual moments that really captured my imagination.  The vision quest in particular was a strange but powerful event in the book and it marked a definite turning point in Daire’s journey.

One thing that really sticks out in my mind from this book is the clubbing cockroach, it may sound crazy but when you read it you’ll understand!  It was a defining moment for Daire that enabled her to truly understand what she was up against.

The book grew in intensity as it neared the end and my heart was pounding with nerves over what Daire was planning.

I look forward to seeing Daire and Dace’s relationship grow in the books to come, by the end of this book I felt a little unsure as to where they were headed.

The ending left me wanting so much more, I have lots of questions that will hopefully be answered in the next book Echo which is due to be released in November 2012.

This is a fascinating and, at times, very dark story that gripped me from start to finish.

Fated can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Alyson Noël visit her website here

Fated is also available as an audiobook from Macmillan Audio, just click on the link below to hear a clip.




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