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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385742827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385742825
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—Supernatural being Corinthe has been exiled to Humana (Earth) from the realm of Pyralis Terra. In Pyralis, she was a Fate, but now she must act as an Executor, who makes sure that nothing interferes with the working of destiny, thus ensuring the balance of the universe. Sometimes this means engineering an unsuspecting human's death in an accident. For 10 years, Corinthe has carried out her orders, hoping to return to home, and at last she receives her final assignment: she must kill teen Lucas Kaller. When the girl attempts to assassinate him, he escapes through a gateway to other worlds, and she pursues him. However, Corinthe and Luc are being manipulated by other beings attempting to alter the balance of the universe, and to complicate the situation further, they are falling in love with each other. The detailed descriptions of the colorful alternate worlds in which the protagonists find themselves is a strong point, but these worlds don't seem to have any connection with each other. The invented mythology is often confusing, and the budding romance between Corinthe and Luc doesn't seem plausible. Paranormal fans may initially be attracted this title but may not stick around for the projected second and third books in the series.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

From Booklist

Are we doomed to live out a scripted life, or can we change our futures? Because she questioned the rules, Corinthe has been cast out of her home world and sent down to live among humans. To earn her way home, she must ensure that certain events come to pass. She is determined to follow the rules this time, until she meets Luc and realizes she is destined to kill him. With doubts setting in and forces beyond her control using her to secure their own ends, the stakes are raised. Bross has done a lot right: backstory hints lend mystery and depth to secondary characters, the plot moves along at a good clip, and the book ends with plenty of story left for the sequel. Corinthe and Luc are a bit too perfect, but perhaps they might get the necessary depth as the story continues. By the conclusion, many characters are fighting against their fates, but the one fated thing readers are aware of does come to pass, despite everyone’s best efforts. Can we change our destiny? Only time (and book two) will tell. Grades 10-12. --Peggy Hailey

More About the Author

Lanie was born and raised in a very small town in MidCoast Maine where she spent countless hours exploring the woods around the farm where she lived, and playing dress up with her grandma's suede boots. She even had a stubborn pinto pony named Magic.

She left small town life after high school graduation, seeking bigger and better things, but quite honestly, the city life was not for her. She yearned for fresh air and space to roam, and she found her way back home fifteen years later, this time with a husband and two young boys in tow.

Now she lives in her grandparents old house, on a dirt road, in the same small town she grew up in. It's poetic, which makes her smile as she sips coffee staring at nothing but trees outside the window.

FATES is Lanie's debut YA novel.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This was a really entertaining book and a unique take on the Fates (otherwise known as Moirai from Greek mythology). The worldbuilding was solid and interesting enough to really grab me from the beginning, and even though some developments seemed very "convenient" to say the least, I can honestly say that I had fun reading this one.

The story is told in dual third person perspective, alternating between the point of view of Corinthe and Lucas.

Corinthe is one of the sister Fates. She's been exiled from Pyralis for being "too eager, too curious, too questioning". And she can't go back until the Unseen Ones permit it. She and her sisters keep the universe in balance by making sure that all destinies are fulfilled - "most destinies would be fulfilled on their own, but the clouded marbles, the damaged ones that she and her sister Fates gathered, needed extra attention." Corinthe is now an Executor and her job on Earth is carrying out unfulfilled destinies. She lives among humans, blending in and pretending to be one of them.

It had been ten years since Corinthe's exile as an Executor, ten years of completing assignments, and now it's finally time for her to return home. She has one last job to do and then she can go back to Pyralis. Only this job will prove to be the hardest of all. To live, she will have to kill the one she loves. And what she doesn't yet know is that there's a lot more at stake than just her and the boy's destiny.

Now, if you're familiar with the Fates from Greek mythology, you know that they were three sisters: Clotho (spinner), Lachesis (allotter) and Atropos (unturnable). You also know that they controlled the metaphorical thread of life of every mortal (possibly even Gods).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Fates by Lanie Bross
Book One of the Fates series
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Rating: 2 stars
Source: Ecopy from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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?

What I Liked:

I really, really wanted to like this book. It was a highly anticipated read for me, and when I received a review copy, I was ECSTATIC. There is nothing like getting one of your most anticipated reads really early, right? Or at all, to be honest. Nevertheless, I was heavily disappointed by this book.

Basically, Corinthe needs to kill Lucas, in order to restore the balance of the world. She is an Executor, sort of like a Grim Reaper who doesn't necessary kill, but this was her first kill mission (it's rare for her to be asked to kill directly). Everything does not go according to plan when she not only fails to kill him, but sends him through a gateway, and then falls in love with him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
3.5 Stars

'Fates' is the first book in a young adult fantasy series that questions the very concept of fate, destiny, and free will. It follows Corinthe, a Fate who is exiled to Humana (Earth) after making a mistake. Now she's an Executer - she makes sure that certain fates are done according to the plan. She's assured by her Guardian, Miranda, that after these past ten years on Earth, Corinthe can return home to Pyralis Terra after completing two final assignments. Enter Lucas Kaller - an average guy with family issues - who just happens to be Corinthe's final assignment. To kill him. Strange things are beginning to happen to Corinthe since she meets Luc - she experiences human emotions, physical issues like needing to sleep and becoming injured, and the most frightening of all - love. Corinthe realizes that she's becoming something between a Fate and a human. She's fallen in love with a mortal boy who fate says she must kill in order for her to go home. Can fate ever be wrong? Is it possible that some things are more powerful than destiny?

I found this to be a fascinating book that not only deals with mythology but with deep life questions. The characters are both well written - Corinthe is an interesting leading lady for the book. She's unique in so many aspects, yet easy to identify with at the same time. I enjoyed watching her relationship with Lucas develop and grow. The chapters are told from varying views - they alternate between focusing on Corinthe and Lucas, but are written in the third person. I think that this writing style gave the book a bit of a original feel that gives insight into both the plot and the characters. The author uses vivid descriptions and details throughout the story, so it was easy to envision the worlds that were created in the book.
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