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  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Series: Soul Seekers (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312664850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312664855
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alyson Noël paints a magical New Mexican landscape." –New Mexico Style

"Noël does a terrific job of slowly unspooling secrets and motivations with writing that is both charismatic and spunky." –LA Times

"A rush of romance will sweep you away in this hauntingly mystical read. I'm already as addicted to Daire and Dace as I was to Ever and Damen. Next book please!" –Janet, teen reader from Kentucky for Justine magazine

"An adventurous page-turner. Dreams and reality bleed into each other in this dangerous and edgy romance. Another home run series for Alyson Noël!" –Anna, teen reader from NY for Justine magazine

"Emotional, fast-paced, romantic. I love Alyson Noël’s lushly descriptive writing –I could hear the beating of the crow’s wings, feel the blue-eyed boy’s embrace and smell Paloma’s coffee in this new Soul Seekers series." –Catherine, teen reader from Florida for Justine magazine

"With fantastic characters and an amazing plot, Fated will suck you in and leave you breathless. Noël is a master with words…with passion and thrills around each corner, this book is a must read." – Romantic Times (Top Pick!)

"Atmospheric and enjoyable...Noël's many fans will be eager to find out what happens next." –Publishers Weekly

"Readers will feel the pull of Daire's quest just as forcefully as Daire herself does, and will count the days until the release of Echo." –Shelf Awareness, Maximum Shelf

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A fast and enjoyable read...with some very unique plot twists and balance among the romance, conflict and family relationships." --Deseret News

"Two boys, one light and one dark, factor heavily into the intriguing, twisting story line, which is sure to draw Noël’s numerous fans." –Booklist

"Another captivating series from Alyson Noël. Fated did an excellent job setting up everything for the next books in the series. …I’m really looking forward to seeing where this series goes!" –The Story Siren

"Fated reads very well and the descriptions set the scene perfectly. Noel takes the time to set the story up right so it never feels rushed or that any details were missing. …I’m glad there’s not too long to wait for the sequel – Echo is due out in November of this year."—The Reading Date

"If you're looking for a new series to get stuck into "The Soul Seekers" is out of this world." –Dark Readers

 "I found myself unable to put this book down, completely captivated by the narration and the beautifully crafted world. It was a refreshing YA fantasy with new elements I’ve never before." –Love, Literature, Art and Reason

"A superb thriller. The key to this absorbing tale is the heroine who makes the Noël mythos seem genuine as she enters the underworld while wondering who she can trust. Filled with twists, this is a winning opening act." – Alternative Worlds

"This book has it all—magick, spookiness, cute boys, a little romance, danger, fun and light-hearted moments, some mystery, and there's even good/evil twins (cute ones, too!) What more can you ask for? I am very intrigued by this new world that Alyson has created, and I cannot wait to read more about Daire and her friends in the future." –Once Upon A Twilight

"Noël has surpassed all of my exceptions with a new world filled with magick, trust, and love. . . . It just mesmerizes me how [she] can create a world filled with fast-pacing, heart-breaking plots along with awesome characters and such a magical world."—Cover Analysis

"I loved this book. All the characters were beautifully developed including some of the minor characters. . . I for one had high expectations of this book because of Evermore and Fated defiantly met those standards." —Flamingnet

"The world-building in Fated is fantastic. …The plot is amazing and the rich Native American history along with the supernatural elements of the book, just made it even better...Fated is a story of pure magic—breathtaking and wonderful, all at once."  —Kindle & Me

"Fated was absolutely original in its own way! From the vivid descriptions to the spiritual world the author, Alyson Noël, has cleverly created, I was so intrigued and stunned by this book that I can't wait to see where Noël takes this series to because she sure as hell has a winner right here!" —Tales of the Inner Book Fanatic

"This novel is something different than anything I've encountered. Fated has a rich mythology, full of spirit animals, spirit journeys, fate, soul-seeking, and of course, good and evil." —Thirteen Days Later

About the Author

ALYSON NOËL is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals series, the Riley Bloom series, and seven previous novels for St. Martin’s Press. She lives in Laguna Beach, California, where she is at work on her next book.

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Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best selling, award-winning, author of FAKING 19, ART GEEKS AND PROM QUEENS, LAGUNA COVE, FLY ME TO THE MOON, KISS & BLOG, SAVING ZOË, CRUEL SUMMER, FOREVER SUMMER (a LAGUNA COVE/CRUEL SUMMER 2-in1), KEEPING SECRETS (FAKING 19/SAVING ZOE 2-in-1), THE IMMORTALS series including: EVERMORE, BLUE MOON, SHADOWLAND, DARK FLAME, NIGHT STAR, & EVERLASTING, THE IMMORTALS spin-off, RILEY BLOOM series including RADIANCE, SHIMMER, DREAMLAND & WHISPER), with short stories apearing in the anthologies: FIRST KISS (THEN TELL), KISSES FROM HELL, & DEAR BULLY. She is currently working on a new series for teens, THE SOUL SEEKERS: including FATED & ECHO- in stores now-, MYSTIC (05.07.13), & HORIZON (11.12.13).

With over 8 New York Times bestsellers in 2 years, and over 7 million copies in print, her books have been translated into 37 languages, sold in over 50 countries, and have made the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NCIBA, Walmart, and numerous international bestsellers lists. And have won numerous awards such as: the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, appeared on the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick.

The dramatic rights for all 4 books in THE SOUL SEEKERS series were optioned for film by Cheyenne Enterprises--and her adult novel, FLY ME TO THE MOON, was optioned by Ridley Scott's, Scott Free Productions, with Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones' Diary) set to write and direct.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, she's lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled in Southern California where she's working on her next book.

Photo by Nancy Villere.


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Dace seemed too cliche, and same goes with Cade, but Cade seemed like the more interesting character.
Angela Vu
The story was a bit boring at the beginning and took a lot of time to pick up its pace but once it did there was no stopping and I enjoyed the rest very much.
CUTEsatarupa
The author did a great job setting up the characters, giving us an idea of the supernatural elements and enticing us with an interesting story.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Leah on April 4, 2012
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Daire's a girl who travels the world with her makeup artist mom for major films. She's also being plagued by visions of glowing figures and crows. The more these visions take hold, the more Daire begins to questions her sanity. She never expected that these would be the heralding of a calling which will pit her against unimaginable evil.

EDIT: FATED is the first book I have read by New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noel, but I am familiar with her IMMORTALS series. I was a little hesitant to read this because of the mostly negative reviews I have read about her previous novels, but curiosity got the better of me. I'm very glad I read FATED for two reasons. I love Native American myths and legends, and the mythology and traditions in the book made for a fascinating read. This, along with the landscape of New Mexico, brims with magic and mystery. These were the strengths of the story.

Pacing wise, the first third is a little slow, but once things pick up, the story becomes compelling. It takes its time to explain things or let them unravel.

Daire was troublesome for me. She's a level-headed sixteen year old, but she doesn't sound like a teenager. Some of her phrasing is archaic. Also, she is very close minded, even when beyond ordinary things start happening to her. She treats everyone, including her own mom, like garbage. She was very frustrating. Most of her dialogue is complain, whine, groan, moan. But once she started her journey, it was easier to get onto the path with her; not by much.

When she meets her love interest, Dace, it's instantaneous. But he's too perfect. I'm assuming that, since this is the first in a series, there will be more development of him as a person. The villains were a lot more interesting, if in a psychotic way.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Wang on June 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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the book starts off during a time freeze, something Daire is used to y now. What she isn't used to are the glowing people and the crows attacking her in the middle of them. Marked as crazy almost immediately, Daire only has two choices and decides to choose the lesser evil and is shipped off to her grandmother's home--a woman she didn't even know was alive. Quickly she learns about her powers as a Soul Seeker and learns to eventually accept it, to control them. Making things even more interesting is Dace, the boy Daire's literally been dreaming about, and someone who she's immensely attracted to. The problem? Dace is part of a family called Le Coyotes, a family that has tried o control the Lowerworld, an event that will, eventually, kill humanity. Should she trust him? Or is her truly the one she will be forced, fated, to kill?

The book lacked the edge I had been anticipating, I'm afraid. Nothing really seemed as dangerous as this type of story required in order to make you excited. In short--Fated seemed seemed just a bit too innocent at times. Especially with the things we encounter. On the other hand, I enjoyed reading it and the story was as original as you can get in the paranormal genre.

What I did fully love, was the fact that Alyson Noel could create wonderful worlds that honestly didn't sound that farfetched, the way she wrote it! I could honestly believe in the Lower, Middle, and Upperworld if I knew it was fiction. It's just the way that Alyson Noel pieced together the words and sentences that made you convinced of everything. Onto characters, I honestly hated Daire the first few chapters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By titania86 VINE VOICE on July 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Fated seemed like a great paranormal read. The premise was pretty interesting and I had heard good things about Alyson Noel. I read the first hundred pages and it was a struggle to get that far. I did not finish it because I just wasn't that interested in the plot or the characters. It seemed to be gearing up for another cliche YA love triangle and cliche YA instalove because she fell for a guy in her dreams. Daire was also pretty annoying and treated the people in her life badly. The pace was also really weird and there were odd holes in the story that were never really explained. This just wasn't for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh VINE VOICE on July 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Also appears on my blog, The YA Kitten!

Most readers know this author for her Immortals series and opinions about it vary. Some call it the best thing since sliced bread. Others think it's decent. Still others think it's gut-wrenchingly terrible. Then there's that contingent who think it's hilariously bad, and that's where I am. I spent months thinking over whether or not I wanted to read Fated and a few weeks ago, I decided to go for it. (You may notice that means I made my decision at the same time the cover for the sequel came out. Shut up! Whatever you're thinking, just don't say it.) I can't say I'm entirely surprised that I disliked Fated.

When Fated gets good, it gets really, really good. I love each and every one of the ideas in this novel, even if they're executed a little weaker than I'd like. Creative, fresh, and fun--exactly what I expected and wanted from it. One thing I love about this author in particular is that she always uses names most authors wouldn't touch because they're so weird. Marliz, Jannika, Django, Daire... Such strange and lovely names. On occasion, the prose is perfect for the scene and the imagery is astounding.

The rest of the time, however, this does not read like this author's eighteenth published novel. That's right: eighteenth published novel. That's pretty impressive, but it reads more like someone's second attempt at writing a novel when they've never been published and they're still trying to learn the ropes. The way most of the novel is written in sentence fragments made me ache for some sentence variety and adherence to the rules of grammar. Fragmented sentences? They're alright with me as long as they're not overused because it's not like everyone speaks or thinks with perfect grammar--not even a stickler like me!
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