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A Matter of Fate (Fate Series 1) Paperback – August 26, 2012
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"What could only be explained as a well-kept secret among those who have read and loved it, this book will keep you glued to the pages from start to finish, with never a dull moment in sight, never a scene that won't provoke one deep emotion or another in you. Immaculately written, original and engaging, emotional and touching, this book is truly the full package." --Natasha is a Book Junkie
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"It has been so long. SO. LONG. Since a book has transported me away and into a magical world like this. Intense, gripping, heart-racing, magical, and total escapism are all ways that I would describe this incredible story. For me, it's off the 5 star scale and is one of the best books I have EVER read." --Back Porch Romance Book Reviews
About the Author
Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels--one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she's also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.
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In some ways much of what I enjoyed in DEEP END were in this book--a romance that didn't make me feel as if it was shallow, secondary characters that were interesting and a resourceful(ish) girl trying to take back her life. And the world itself was intriguing.
Where the book failed for me however was the character execution. Chloe, Cora, Lizzie, Kellan, Jonah, Karl...I can see what Lyons wanted to achieve with them (individually and together), but at times they came off as too much caricature. For instance when Karl first meets Cora and Chloe, and is explaining his mission, Cora is constantly interrupting, correcting and badgering him until he grows so frustrated he yells. Chloe rationalizes this by saying that Cora is just being protective, and its true Cora is coming off as protective of Chloe's sensitivities...but it makes Cora look bad.
Instead of seeming like she's trying to get Karl to understand that Chloe is not just some future asset to protect, but a living breathing girl who at the moment needs to be related to as a person, she comes across as seeming as petty, bratty and obnoxious. And Chloe often came across as a bit bipolar. She'd lash out at her friends' legitimate concerns about her behavior then grow frustrated when they refused to help her.
My main problems though lay in the romance. And this is all spoiler talk so avoid like the next paragraph if you haven't read:
I'll give Jonah and Kellan credit though, the two of them do their damnedest to work through their problems once they're out there and don't play the victim blaming s*** on each other or Chloe (unlike everyone else in Chloe's life pretty much). It hurts, they hate it, but they understand its not something any of them can change so they just have to work through it.
This book also felt very very long--which according to GR its 550 pages o.o dear lord I've read epic fantasies that are shorter that's a lie...kind of. I read this on my Kindle so I didn't see the page count that way, but that's really long for a story that probably could have been at least 200pgs shorter (to be fair it looks like the next two books grow shorter and shorter).
In all honesty I'm not sure if I'll continue with this series. I'm not particularly fond of any of the characters and I don't want Chloe with EITHER of the love interests. Want to defy fate? End up being a super badass Creator without romance. Or end up with both of them.
It has been so long. SO. LONG. Since a book has transported me away and into a magical world like this. Intense, gripping, heart-racing, magical, and total escapism are all ways that I would describe this incredible story. For me, it's off the 5 star scale and is one of the best books I have EVER read.
Jealousy is a nasty emotion. Completely irrational. Venomous. It was like a snake weaving it's way through my body the whole time I was reading this. And I thrived off of it. My emotions were at an all time high. I'm not exaggerating. I'm talking heart in my throat, hands shaking, panic-inducing jealousy. The best angst EVER! This is a book you won't be able to put down or stop thinking about. The characters won't let you. The writing is so engaging that this series owned my whole weekend. Ahh! I. LOVED. IT.
"I'm finally where I'm supposed to be. I don't have to ask to know he's feeling this, too."
In A Matter of Fate ,Chloe, Jonah, and Kellan are all magicals. They all have their futures mapped out for them. Fate determines their overall path in life -- their jobs -- their relationships. Chloe has a hard time dealing with what her future holds. She feels like she can't choose and that eats her up inside. Everyone's expectations of her are too much for her to handle. Plus, the guy she's loved all her life disappeared a year ago. The catch is that she met this guy in her dreams, and she doesn't think he's real. Dream or not, that doesn't stop her from missing him. She's agonized over it ever since he vanished so imagine her surprise when he shows up at her high school. With his twin brother.
Jonah and Kellan's arrival into Chloe's life sets off a chain of events that wrecked my heart. This was a love triangle that was so masterfully woven that even I found myself in the throes of confusion at times. I'd go from insane I-want-to-claw-your-eyes-out jealousy to stars-in-eyes can-I-love-you-forever passion. It was a insane rollercoaster that I wish I didn't have to get off of. Totally consuming. Brilliant. I cannot say enough good things about it.
As caught up as I was in the relationships, the magical world was just as addicting. For me, paranormal books can be hit or miss. I love 'em or hate 'em, but this one hit the bull's-eye. Dead on. ALL TIME FAVORITE. ALL TIME. This is a book that ups my expectations of other books because everything else pales in comparison. I can't pull myself out of this world, and I don't wanna!!
More than 5 Stars!!
Okay so the only reason this book got 2 stars instead of one is because of Kellan, Caleb, and Karl. The lead H(Chloe) is so whiny and has absolutely no backbone. The story line was great when the author decided to actually incorporate it but once it started to get good the whining started.
And I don't know about anyone else but throughout the whole story I kept hoping that the voice in her head was somehow a separate person inside her who would magically separate from her and that would solve the whole love triangle fiasco.
I also just did not like Cora or Jonah. Cora was a freaking jerk who was so freaking high and mighty all the time. And Jonah was just not flushed out as well as Kellan was. It was like he was a lamer version of Kellan honestly. I loved Kellan! And couldn't figure out why she didn't want to fight fate for Kellan.
Chloe could have been this awesome herione and there were times where this came through like the 2 times she fought against the Elders but those were short scenes in a very drawn out book. This book was basically about a girl who could have embraced her awesomeness but chose to pine and whine over 2 guys instead.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely not. It was incredibly frustrating and never went anywhere.
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The only downside is chloe really toes the line with me on being likeable.Read more