Fated by Alyson Noël
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.
This book is the first of a series.
Age: 12 years and up
Review: 5 stars
Review: 5 stars
I loved this book. It had magic, love, mystery, and so many emotions! I was completely immersed in the book the moment I read the first sentence.
We start out with Daire. She's always been on the move; her mother's job taking her from one country to the next. She has never formed attachment to anyone because of this and has been lonely for most of her life. When we meet Dace, Daire tells us that he is the only thing that has been permanent in her life: she's been dreaming about him for six months. Though she's skeptical at the fact that magic exists, she's open to it and isn't stubborn in clinging to the world she knows, and I love her for that. Most books I read where this happens, the main character pisses me off because she just won't accept her destiny. But though Daire is skeptical and careful, after the first few weeks she's open and willing to learn about being a Seeker.
Then there's Dace and his evil twin Cade. I love Dace. Though we don't learn much about him in this book (though the author dropped heavy hints that he's super important towards the end of this book), we know he's kind and pure good.
Cade, on the other hand, is pure evil. He was raised by his evil father to become evil, so it makes sense that Cade is what he is. We don't learn much about him here too, but again, we get a glimpse that he'll be important in the next book.
This book was mostly focused on Daire, and her journey to discovering her potential as a Seeker, but that doesn't mean it's not packed with magic, love, and adventure. I will highly recommend this book to anyone who loves action, magic, mystery, love, and fantasy.