Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review: Fated by Alyson Noel

Fated by Alyson Noel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Series: The Soul Seekers #1
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin | May 22, 2012
Pages: 352

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Until now, he's existed only in her dreams - but fate is about to bring them together. I shove through the crowd, knocking into girls and bouncing off boys, until one in particular catches me, steadies me. I feel so secure, so at home in his arms. I melt against his chest-lift my gaze to meet his. Gasping when I stare into a pair of icy blue eyes banded by brilliant flecks of gold that shine like kaleidoscopes, reflecting my image thousands of times. The boy from my dream. The one who died in my arms. Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead. There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.

My thoughts {bzzzzzzzzzzz}:

The Scene

Some girl named Daire has some weird things happen to her. Then, she goes to this one-horse town and stays with her grandmother that's she's never met. Then, her grandmother trains her to be a Soul Seeker and she meets some twins with weird names.

The Girl

To be honest, Daire was just kinda blah. No, that's not right she was annoying actually. Daire complained a lot and she called her mom Jennika. Yeah, she called her mom by her first name. Like I said, annoying.

The Boy(s)

Okay, let me think. The twin brothers in Fated are like yin and yang I think. Uh, maybe not. Oh, right yeah I think the Dace dude was the good one and the other guys name I think Cace? was the evil one. Oh, now I remember it's Cade. Talk about some weird names. Other than their names I really didn't like Dace and Cade too much. Obviously I thought Cade was a douche but Dace just felt like the author was pushing the reader to like him a little bit too much. I think cause maybe she was going for the whole like this guy because he's GOOD and hate this guy because he's EVIL thing.

The WTF?!

The first thing that irked me was Daire. The second thing that irked me was the names. Really, what kind of names are Daire, Jennika, Cade, and Dace. I applaud the concept of trying to find something original but that's a little over the top. The third thing that irked me was the slow pacing. It was very slow and very boring.

The Buzz

They're really wasn't much buzz in this book. I think the whole book overall annoyed me. The characters, the slow pacing, even the world building bothered me. Don't get me wrong there is a lot of potential for this book but it just fell flat for me. I have the second book on my to read pile but I don't know if I'll pick it up.

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