RJ Does Books! – Fated by Alyson Noel


Author: Alyson Noel
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Series: The Soul Seekers, #1
Genre: Young-Adult | Fantasy and Romance
Format: Hardcover, 306 pages
Release Date: May 22nd, 2012
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository
Source: ARC won | sent by Publisher


The first book in a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël.

Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before…but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with…or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

I would like to thank LibraryThing and St. Martin’s Press for giving many readers, including myself, the opportunity to review some advanced copies of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

This book was definitely interesting and different from anything I’ve read so far. However, there were a few things that kept it from being a hit with me, one was Daire. I couldn’t warm up to her as much as I wanted to and for a while I seemed to struggle with wanting to continue on alongside her. Toward the end, when things picked up I did find her growing on me which has me intrigued as to how she will progress in the sequel. Another drawback was the romance, I really do like some good romance in the novels I read and, while it was there and pretty good at times, it was still a little too undercooked. I would have loved to have had more tension and more connection to the character.

Nevertheless Alyson Noel does a fantastic job in FATED, I am glad I got to read this book early and will recommend it to those who I know have a taste for this type of novel.

RJ Gonzales

RJ Gonzales

RJ Gonzales is a born and raised Texan that unfortunately didn’t get the cool accent or sweet hat/boots. Aside from attending a local university to study Film and TV Production, he can be found nose-deep in a pile of YA books, or behind a screen writing some. He has a habit of picking up skills when bored; one of them being writing his biography in third person.