Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Fates by Lanie Bross

By Lanie Bross
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Source: Blog Tour
Summary: Perfect for fans of Jennifer Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, Rachel Vincent, and Sarah J. Maas, and for girls who love all things pretty, romantic and inspirational.

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 is 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?

Review: One look at this cover, and I knew that this was a book I had to read. Just look at how gorgeous it is! And I loved the idea of how the main character is actually one of the people who carry out fate in the world. I thought it would be fun to see fate from the other side of the spectrum. 

For the past 10 years, Corinthe has been living on Earth, carrying out the fates that she has been sent through tiny marbles. Now, Corinthe only has one more fate to complete before she can finally return to the home she was banished from so many years ago. The only problem, though, is that this fate involves Luc, a boy Corinthe has started to feel things for that she's never felt before. Can Corinthe kill Luc in order to return home? The fates say only one of them can live, but can they fight that fate? 

Like I said, this book sounded so cool. It reminded me of The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon, only from the perspective of the people who actually work the system of fate. I liked Corinthe and Luc enough, but the whole world they live in and the journey they go on is a pretty confusing one. Only a small portion of the book actually takes place on Earth during human time, while the rest takes place in different universes with crossroads and really strange creatures/people. Maybe I read through it too fast, but I often found myself confused as to where exactly the characters were, and how they and gotten there in the first place. I think that too much happened in such a short time frame, so it was hard to keep everything straight. 

While this whole book is basically centered around Luc and Corinthe's romance, I didn't feel the connection as much as I wanted to. They would talk about how they felt this strange pull towards each other, but they never really got to know each other. Yeah, they had one conversation about their troubled lives, but that was it. I wish that they had gotten to know each other more in the beginning when they were still on Earth, instead of instantly falling in love and risking everything for each other. Corinthe may have been conflicted over her feeling and not completely willing to let them rule her decisions right away, but I just wanted a stronger, more realistic connection. 

Overall, the idea behind Fates was very intriguing and I loved how the ending left me begging for more. During the story, though, I wanted more from the relationship and was left hanging as the characters went through universe after universe without taking a breath. If you are a fan of fantasy and mythology, I'd say give Fates a try when you can, just be prepared to focus and really pay attention to this unique world where fate is a carefully constructed plan that is not supposed to change, no matter what. 


  1. Thanks for the great review! I saw this book at Barnes and Noble today and thought about picking it up but I'm glad I saw your review first!

    Nora @ The Bookery

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