Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review: Fates by Lanie Bross

Fates by Lanie Bross
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press

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?

I'm a big fan of mythology books, and so I was really look forward to reading a story centered around one of the mythological Fates.  I went into this story expecting and wanting to love it.  I found myself really struggling through it, however.

I think part of the problem from the start was that I just didn't connect very well with one of the many characters, Corinthe.  Even though I knew her backstory, I just didn't feel as much empathy for her... I felt like there was a distance there between that character and me.  I loved Lucas!  Lucas got me from page one because he was a genuinely nice guy, had some backbone, and was just an easy guy to love and root for.

I believe the biggest problem I had with the story, however involved the setting.  Very little of the story takes place on earth, and the rest is set in strange worlds or universes between the "crossroads" gateways.  It did, somewhat, remind me of Julie Kagawa's Nevernever world, but it didn't quite achieve that effortless meld into a new and strange land.  In these other settings in Fates, I felt confused about where we were, what was going on, and the strange people/creatures in these lands.  I felt like I had to struggle through much of these pieces of the story.  Perhaps it was just a bit dark for my tastes.

The author, however, has an engaging voice, and I enjoyed her ability to create suspense.  I was left with a feeling that I had found the right author, but just the wrong book and story for me.  I look forward to seeing other works by her in the future.

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