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Short Description for Fated A spooky paranormal thriller from the author of Hunting Lila.
- Published: 05 January 2012
- Format: Paperback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780857074348 ISBN 10: 0857074342
- Sales rank: 47,682
Reviews for Fated
An arsenal of weapons, a demon fashionista and a boy who steps over his shadow.
I'm a big fan of Sarah Alderson's HUNTING LILA and at the time, FATED came in handy as option to bypass the wait for LOSING LILA, the sequel to Sarah's debut.
FATED tells the story of Evie, who has to discover that she's been born as the descendent of an ancient line of Demon hunters. So this book is another that jumbles its heroine's life as it has been, and leaves her with a seemingly insurmountable task to conquer.
Evie has to train hard to face the dangers her fate presents her with. Her training makes up a major part of the book. She even receives a helpful guide with all kinds of useful information about demons. Finally a heroine who doesn't have to figure out everything on her own! Unfortunately I wasn't always that into it, because she's attached to a mentor that appeared more pesky than beneficial.
Against Evie and her task to rid the world of evil, stands an organised group of demons. Among them specially gifted shadow warrior Lucas. It's his task to spy on Evie and eliminate her before she's trained enough to pose a threat to the demons.
Easy to predict that there will be more between Evie and Lucas than just the usual slaying business. Compelling about their romance is that Lucas was initially sent to her as a spy. Alternating perspectives between Evie and Lucas allow us to see how different their lives really are. Before Lucas knows what he's feeling for Evie it's in his instincts to protect her. He would rather die for her rather than risk her death and that makes him one of the most amiable demons I've encountered so far.
The demons Evie has to face are all different kinds of dark creatures. There are scorpio demons, mixen demons and a certain shadow warrior. This demon gang is even funnier and more sarcastic than one would expect.
3,5/5 ***/* FATED - An arsenal of weapons, a demon fashionista and a boy who steps over his shadow.
FATED is a book about the dark side. Where others highlight the task to extinguish evil, FATED has it the other way round: Destroy the one person who could save the world. The first half of the story was primarily about Evie's daily life and her finding out about her destiny. Even the encounters with Lucas didn't feel as charged as expected. More speed and a higher entertainment factor are guaranteed in the second half. by MissPageTurner
All Evie Tremain ever wanted was to work two jobs, save money, be done with high school and leave her little town. She wasn't always like this. She used to be a sociable person, with friends and hobbies and a handsome boyfriend. But after the death of her father and the recent accident and betrayal that her best friend and her boyfriend were involved in, she has pulled away from civilization and society, mourning. But everything got even more complicated when she found out that she was a Hunter.
The world of Hunters and Unhumans existed alongside the 'normal' world. With Evie smack in the middle of it, stuck in an ancient war, she had no choice but to start training with Victor's help and become a Hunter. I loved Evie! She knew what she wanted and she was determined to live life her way (as much as she's capable of anyway.) She's concerned, loving, protective, sexy, fierce and brave. Really, readers will adore her! Her actions were justified. She wasn't reckless, not really, but she was brave. She faced danger, acted on instinct and moved gracefully as she tried to sidestep one death threat after another. Another thing I liked about her was that she had to deal with love life issues, death issues and mortality issues in this novel. Her situation changed her, making her realize the importance of life, her role as a Hunter and the price of being one. The emotional 'weight' was just enough for me to feel her pain, her grief and her sorrow but it wasn't overwhelming. I like the balance that Alderson portrayed.
The Brotherhood was a group of Unhumans set against the Hunters. Shula, a Mixen Demon, coated in acid, Caleb, a Scorpio Demon, Joshua, a Thirster, Neena, a Shapeshifter, Grace, a Sybll and Lucas, a Shadow Warrior, were the current members of the Brotherhood. I like how Alderson introduced them. I admit that in the beginning, I was a little confused with the girls because they were introduced simultaneously. But after that, I got to look into their lives. There was something about Alderson's writing style that let me get their character in such a small time.
Lucas was the half-Shadow Warrior and half-human member of the Brotherhood. He was like a double-edged sword. He had his cold Unhuman side - the side that swore an oath to the Brotherhood, hunted and killed. He had his human side - filled with bittersweet memories and an almost lost humanity. He was ridiculously handsome, clever, skilled and charming. Both sides were bound to touch, reach out, and affect readers. His relationship with Evie developed in such a way that was life-changing, sweet and hot and unexpected. I liked that how they started from being awkward strangers to suspicious acquaintances to starcrossed lovers.
Fated was action-packed, with slow-motion-ala-matrix-scenes, knife-throwing, Hunter training that will remind readers of Angelina Jolie movies. What I like most about it was the realism of the action scenes and the details. It reminded me of Legend by Marie Lu (which had amazing action scenes.)
Well-developed, charming, attractive and gorgeous characters, a smooth heart-stopping, heart-melting plot and beautiful writing graced the pages of Fated. Addictive, suspense and romantic, Fated will satiate your thirst for starcrossed love, secrecy, the paranormal world and badass action. I highly recommend this! by Preciousunder review
YA blend of UF and PNR
I was lucky to win Fated through the You Give=We Give campaign, as well as Alderson's debut novel [book:Hunting Lila|10188580] published in 2011 which has gained a lot of praise.
Fated is a blend of urban fantasy and paranormal romance aimed at a young adult audience. Seventeen year old Evie Tremain dreams of moving to New York and escaping the reminders of her tragic losses. Her plan is ruined when she discovers she is the last pure blood Hunter of the hidden Unhuman races that threaten to overrun the Earth. Thrown into a life of danger, secrets and deception, Evie must to learn to fight to survive.
Half Unhuman Shadow Warrior, Lucas, has sworn to avenge his parents murder and destroy the Hunters but for reasons he cannot explain he is compelled to protect Evie from his own allies, even at the cost of his own life. For Evie and Lucas to survive, the pair must find a way to defeat their enemies and fulfill the prophecy of the 'White Light'.
There is plenty of action in Alderson's first installment of the Fated series. She introduces her characters, mythology and world with a pitched battle between a shocked Evie and a group of nightmarish creatures including a green skinned Mixen, blood crazed Thirster and Scorpio Demon. The Brotherhood are members of a hidden race known as Unhuman by the Hunters that are the guardians of the human realm.
When Evie escapes their attack her history is revealed to her by Victor who intends to train her to join the fight for good against evil. Both Evie's training and continued skirmishes between the Hunters and Unhuman provide action through out the novel culminating in a battle finale that not everyone survives.
The world Anderson is building is interesting - a mix of accepted and original mythology with a touch of SciFi about it. The author gives just enough detail without bogging down the story with set up.
The title not only relates to Evie's prophesied destiny but also the nature of the romance that develops between Evie and Lucas. I am not really a fan of insta-love, particularly when the couple have good reasons to be enemies. What is lacking for me here, is a solid reason for the inexplicable devotion between the two teens, attraction based on the physical I can buy but being willing to die for each other within days or even weeks of meeting, not so much. Perhaps there is one hiding in the parts of the prophecy that have been lost (presumably to be found further on in the series) but I would have preferred that Anderson have allowed the relationship to simmer into the next book than force the immediate love connection when Lucas's desire to end the war would have been believable as enough motivation.
I thought the writing was of a high standard, and the story fast paced and exciting. Fated is an entertaining novel with a mix of action and romance that is sure to appeal to young adult readers. by Shelley Cusbert
A Thrilling Beginning to Another Wonderful Series by Sarah Alderson
When diving into Fated by Sarah Alderson I knew what I was going to be delivered was going to be wonderful! Sarah Alderson immediately impressed me with her smashing debut Hunting Lila, and I knew that what she'd deliver in Fated would be nothing short of spectacular. Though, admittedly, Hunting Lila did leave a big space to fill with it's success among readers, so the pressure was certainly on for Sarah to deliver.
"You ever see Willy Wonka? You know that part where the girl eats an everlasting gobstopper sweet and it tastes of everything? Like chicken soup and roast beef and blueberry pie all rolled into one? Well, that's exactly what Shapeshifter blood tastes like..."
- Direct quote from Fated by Sarah Alderson
Fated's protagonist, Evie, was significantly different then that of Hunting Lila. Evie was strong-willed, determined, independent, and overly sure of herself. Evie had serious attitude and I loved it! In addition, there was Lucas. *sighs and swoons* I absolutely adored Lucas! Why? It wasn't that he was mysterious, because truly he was vaguely transparent. It was because he had his priorities straight despite his heritage and what he was brought up to believe. All in all, I found that an incredibly admirable trait that led to my absolute adoration of Lucas. In addition, I found myself thoroughly enjoying Fated's secondary characters despite some of their "bad-to-the-bone" tendencies.
Fated, unlike Hunting Lila, didn't focus so much on the action front as much as it did depicting the emotional growth that Evie goes through. In fact, Fated's development surprised me on many fronts. I'm ashamed to admit that I was expecting something more cliched, maybe something a little more perfect and stiff. However, I was pleased to find that Fated didn't only focus on delivering the reader some seriously swoon-worthy moments. It also worked hard to deliver some incredibly painful and dramatic moments that made Fated so much more entertaining!
Fated by Sarah Alderson had it all; romance, suspense, a kickbutt heroine, and a cast of exciting characters. Fair to say that Fated easily worked it's way to my heart! Young adult fans who love anything and everything in the paranormal genre will certainly fall head over heels for it!
And now the wait begins...
How long do I need to wait for a sequel!?
As if the wait for Losing Lila, Hunting Lila's sequel, wasn't killer enough! by Mocha ღ Latte