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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

REVIEW: Fates, by Lanie Bross

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 really don't know what to make of this one. I felt like the setting and worlds were believable and really well done. I felt like the characters were hastily contrived. This is really Corinthe's story, but I felt like Lucas was better-developed. And with the story being told in a two-sided third person point of view, the reader spends a good amount of time looking over Lucas's shoulder.

Corinthe is cold and distant..except every now and again when she suddenly is achingly human in her interactions and teenage-style sudden love. She was written as very stilted--she's a Fate (like those Fates that control your fate) and I guess I thought Fates would be more interesting. There's allusions to some evil she did that got her kicked out of her world, but you don't ever really learn what. That might've salvaged her for me.

Bross's writing style is simplistic. There's little delineation between scenes and many times I felt like I was reading "This happened, then this, and she felt, but he felt, and they did this....etc." It was just...simple.

What do you think??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Delacorte BFYR (Random House Children's) through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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