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Fate (My Blood Approves, Book 2) Paperback – April 15, 2010
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"There is no denying that Amanda Hocking knowshow to tell a good story and keep readers coming back for more. More is exactlywhat they will be looking for once they've turned the last page." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Hockinghits all the commercial high notes... She knows how to keep readers turning thepages." ―New York TimesBook Review --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with John Hughes and Jim Henson. In between making collages and drinking too much Red Bull, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
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****possible spoilers below****
The love story between Jack/Alice is really interesting and I was kind of glad that there wasn't much Peter to get in between them. The author does an especially good job with the romantic scenes - they are really hot, but not in a smutty way. I don't know if my word choice is the best, but I can't think of any other way to describe it. :D When Peter finally does make an appearance, it's a bit of a surprise (in a good way!). I loved the Peter/Jack fight scene!
I don't get the whole Lucian/Violet subplot. Why they were so obsessed with Alice? I got the vampire club scene, that made sense to me - most of the humans there are whorish and she is an innocent in a place she doesn't belong. What I didn't get is why they appeared at the gay club or why they appeared outside of the house party to follow Alice. Maybe I'm missing something here that gets explained in a later book, but I have a hard time understand why these two vampires can't leave her alone in a city of millions of other humans to feast on.
This book was much more realistic and flowed much better than the first. I'm glad to see Jack getting off the X-Box and taking an interest in the family business, since his lack of ambition was something I disliked in the first book. I wish Alice cared a little more about school, but it's not unrealistic for a teenager to not give a crap about high school or their future so I am willing to let that slide. ;)
***** definite spoiler here! *****
My only real gripe with the entire story was that the "turning" of Alice was so abrupt. I didn't really see why she needed emergency vampirisation (my spell check going off over that word is bugging me so much). A high school kid turning into a vampire should be a big deal. There are more concerns than just her. Isn't anyone worried about her mom flipping out? Alice's grades weren't good enough to use the silly boarding school excuse. Doesn't she care about her mom? She was upset that Milo didn't give her mom much of a goodbye, but she's going to turn into a vampire without even saying goodbye herself? We all know Alice was going to turn, but I felt that it was too sudden and there wasn't good reason for the timing. This wasn't a life or death situation, this was Jack saying "I want you to turn!" and her saying "Ok!" and boom, she's a vampire.
Overall, great story. I can't wait to get started on the third book today. Definitely well worth the $3 I spent on kindle to get it and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the genre.
There were at least 2 twists in this book that I didn't see coming and a few surprises. I was sort of let down by the character development with Alice and Jack and Ezra, but otherwise I really enjoyed reading it. I am still hoping that an editor will actually check this for all the errors in the next book, but we will see....
I found myself upset at Alice throughout the book, I just wanted to tell her to stop whining already. She seemed very depressed and kind of needy throughout the story. I could understand where she was coming from, but jeez she needed to stop dwelling on it, and could have used her time to do something else instead of just moping around.
Once you get through most of the book, the story does start to pick up again at the end, and in doing so ends not so much on a nail-biting cliffhanger, but more of a "Oh my gosh, what does this mean?" and "What are they going to do about this?"
The book itself is worth the leap of faith to read if you love or even just like a little bit of YA Paranormal or Vampire series then jump on board with this, I'm not going to give away any of the storyline as I find too many reviews do this. Take the chance, you'll love it and you'll love every book that follows, leaving you in suspense for more. Once you finish with this book make sure you check out her other books, I didn't think they would be to my liking but was hooked with them all.
Addictive reading does not explain it.