The Trouble with Fate: A Mystwalker Novel Mass Market Paperback – December 24, 2012
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“New talent Evans produces an edgy and bleak tale of an emotionally damaged young woman struggling to survive, at war with the two sides of her nature. Evans does some very interesting world building that places Hedi on the road to further dramatic adventures. A truly intriguing debut novel!” ―Romantic Times Book Reviews for The Trouble With Fate
“A true storyteller with a tough heroine and an original and engrossing tale. Reader beware, if you pick up a Leigh Evans book, you won't put it down until the last page.” ―Patricia Briggs, New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, on Leigh Evans.
“Her first time at bat, Leigh Evans has hit one out of the park. THE TROUBLE WITH FATE is the perfect mix of romance and action, with characters you can't help but root for and a twist that had me squealing with surprise. Evans offers a brilliant new take on fairies, werewolves, and magic--and this book is urban fantasy and paranormal romance at its best. I am officially addicted.” ―Chloe Neill, New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series on The Trouble With Fate
“What a delicious read! THE TROUBLE WITH FATE is chock full of fun twists and sexy diversions, one of them named Robson. Leigh Evans is definitely one to watch. Get this book! You will not be disappointed!” ―Darynda Jones, New York Times bestselling author of the Charley Davidson series
“It's rare to find a debut novel with a well-crafted world, a great story and dynamic characters, but this book has them all. I was grabbed early and hooked to the very end. I eagerly await the sequel!” ―Karen Chance, New York Times bestselling author of the Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarab series on The Trouble With Fate
“Leigh Evans' brilliant debut, The Trouble with Fate, has a likeable, light-fingered heroine with smarts, a tough sexy hero with troubles, and a glimpse into a fascinating fae world that will have you howling for the next book. I loved it!” ―Suzanne McLeod, author of The Shifting Price of Prey
“I loved THE TROUBLE WITH FATE. So fun and fast-paced. Leigh Evans takes everything you think you know about urban fantasy and throws it out the window, creating a world that's fresh, a heroine that's enthralling, and a world that's as complicated as it is engaging. I can't wait for the next book” ―Nicole Peeler
“This book was a breathe of paranormal FRESH AIR. I have read an ENDLESS amount of the genre in the last few months, and to be honest, it all started swirling into a collective, repetitive, blur. This book broke the mold for me. It was action packed in JUST the right places, and with just the right amount of words.” ―Reeka of Bound by Words on The Trouble With Fate
“Thank you Leigh Evans for writing The Trouble with Fate. I now have a new series to follow, characters to love, and world to escape to. The Trouble With Fate has everything I look for in a paranormal/ urban fantasy series. There is a quirky, determined heroine, a complex supernatural world, a well-developed plot with plenty of twists and turns, and, of course, a drool-worthy hero to spark plenty of chemistry.” ―Book Savvy Babes
From the Back Cover
I HAVE TWO WORDS FOR WEREWOLVES:
My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I'm not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I've never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father's death...
Today I'm a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I'm going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal "another" amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I'd turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he's as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That's the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again...
First in the incredible new Mystwalker series!
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781250006400
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250006400
- Product Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.95 x 6.76 inches
- Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition (December 24, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1250006406
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,924,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since that day, she has been hiding with her mother's sister Lou believing that Lou was the only full fae left on earth and that the werewolves would kill both of them if they knew she had escaped the massacre. Her only friend is an amulet containing a fae being. She spends her days as a barista and part-time thief caring her her aunt who is fading.
Then her aunt is kidnapped by weres and to rescue her Hedi needs to find another amulet - an amulet she last saw around the throat of Trowbridge. She has to convince him to help her and deal with her crush at the same time.
The book was filled with intense moments both between Hedi and Bridge and when they were captured and tortured byt the weres. Hedi's ability to enter a world halfway between the human world and the fae world where souls are kept also added more intensity to the story.
And talk about a cliffhanger ending... Luckily, there are currently three more books in this series.
Hedi Peacock is living a lie. She's half Fae, half werewolf and a mystwalker and completely lost in life. After being attacked by a pack of weres, Heidi has to retrieve an amulet from her childhood crush who she believes may have played a part in her parent's death in order to rescue her kidnapped aunt. This book is kind of a hot mess. It suffers from the first book syndrome of trying to tell the reader too much information. This book felt like a friend trying to tell you a good story but kept on stopping and changing direction when she remembered something else. There were bits and pieces left all over and not all of them made sense.
I really loved Heidi. I have an affinity for troubled souls and she is certainly that. She's caught between two worlds being a half-Fae half-Were. She had to witness the deaths of her parents. She watched her twin brother carted away to the Fae realm. On top of all that, Heidi had to live under the radar her crazy Aunt Lou and Merry, her enchanted Fae amulet. She's torn. She's lost. She's lonely. Despite all of her heartbreak, she finds ways to compartmentalize her pain to move on to the next challenge.
Enter her childhood crush, Robson Trowbridge, the son of the deceased Alpha who is trying to figure out who killed his father, mother, brother and wife. I pieced together that he's been spending the last 10 years at the bottom of a bottle, but returns to Creemore at the behest of his sister, who is mentioned once and never talked about again. Trowbridge, (what a mouthful of a name), has the amulet that opens the portal to the Fae realm. Heidi nearly steals the amulet out from under him but is caught and in what seems like the next breath, they are doing it and being mated.
It's understandable how she could very quickly fall for this man - she's young, naïve and lonely. Trowbridge is one minute mooning over his deceased wife and the next trying to get into Heidi's pants. The whole business of them hooking up and then mating was glossed over and left me feeling quite confused. Finally, the biggest head scratcher was the amulet. Supposedly made of Fae gold and therefore mutable, it mainly hung out around Heidi's boobs. I just couldn't use the written words to form a visual in my mind that made sense. Sometimes it would hop around and move and other times, I think, would grow gold vines and twist around things? I'm still not sure even after reading the passage about 10 times.
Despite all the WTH moments, I really did feel like my girlfriend was telling me a good story but talking so fast she was leaving out important things. I'm continuing on to the second book with a firm hope that the author fills in the blanks because the writing is certainly there.
She is a very good author. She does Urban fantasy proud.
"The Trouble With Fate, A Mystwalker Novel", is an amazing book. Leigh Evans has captured the love/hate relationship between Hedi Peacock and Robson Trowbridge just perfect. And add to that , a temperamental amulet named Merry. Its a book that very hard to put down.
This book has it all. Fairies, werewolves and magic.
"The Thing About Weres" is the next book in the series and I can't wait to see what Leigh Evans has in store for Hedi and Trowbridge next.
Happy Reading everyone.
The developing romance also left my heart fluttering in the best of ways - the emotional roller coaster I so enjoy.
Thankfully, book 2 comes out at the end of July! I'm pre-ordered (and impatient!). Series readers...jump on this bus! You know you've been looking for a new literary diversion, and The Trouble with Fate is it!
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Meet Hedi Peacock. She's half Fae. Half Were. And all trouble…
I Have Two Words For Werewolves:
My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…
Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…
If you thought "Ridiculous name" when reading "Hedi Peacock", you felt exatly the same as me. I admit, I had a hard time taking someone seriously, who goes by the [chosen] name of Peacock. Especially when being a half-werewolf. And the first encounters with Hedi through her 1st person POV, when she is a rather unsuccessful barista and actually hiding behind an espresso machine, did nothing to alleviate my mixed feelings. After having read so many UF, PNR and High Fantasy novels with strong heroines, with or without any kicka*** powers, Hedi was a bit hard for me to connect to. Since she is neither brave, nor really amiable. Instead she wastes strength on petty payback with humans, steals and lies her way through life. Wich is nearly an accomplishment, since she is also half-fae and they are unable to lie.
So, not the best place to start. But bit by bit, Hedi's past and her miserable current life are revealed and with understanding came sympathy, so after a few pages more, I found I was rooting for Hedi and now at the end of the book, I'm totally on her team and hope, things will turn out ok for her. Because this is something you have to prepare for: the inevitable series-cliffhanger. Not the worst one ever, but no, things are only partly resolved in the end.
But back to the characters: they are all a bit hard to warm up to. The love interest, Robson Trowbridge, is not the shining hero the reader [and Hedi] expect him to be. But there is room for growth and thankfully, he rises to the occasion or I would have had a real problem reading on. And this book being on the border of UF and PNR, typically for PNR, there aren't too many other people utterly fleshed out, but I can say, I didn't miss them. The interaction of Hedi and Trowbridge and Hedi's thoughts about the rest of her world, were enough to have kept my interest.
And: in hindsight, it was a good thing that the characters aren't totally one-sided. Yes, I had to work through some chapters, but in the end was rewarded with real people, who are not always what they seem and are not only good or bad, fae and were-genes notwithstanding.
The world buildig was solid, the history of weres and fae, the principle that you have to pay with pain if you inflict pain magically and so on, was really well thought-out. And the world plays a huge part in Hedi's story. Allthough the main conflict was resolved, there is a lot of munition to fill many more books with Hedi's adventures. There is her twin brother, who was stolen by the fae and brought to the fae-world. There are Hedi's mystwalker abilities, the many open questions she has about what they are, what others can do and last not least, the end of the book brought a kind of new job, or "obligation" for Hedi [that I won't spoil] that will surely change her life utterly. But one cannot say, if for the better. Oh and concering the PNR: yeah, there is the mate-thing, I'm usually not so fond of. But it does not at all solve all problems, answer all questions or predestine a HEA. And this is something, I liked very much: I have no idea, what and whom life has in store for Hedi Peacock. And this is why I will read on right now.
Der weibliche Hauptcharakter eine Halb/Werwolf und Halb/Fee mit einem Amulett was sich mit Ihr "unterhält" ... zuerst dachte ich was ne komische Kombo aber ist echt witzig die Feenmagie und die Werwolfwut.^^
Und der Männliche Hauptcharakter der Werwolf naja wie man ihn sich wohl immer vorstellt Gross, unrasiert und knurrig und von Ihr angenervt.^^
Und ich kann nur sagen wau echt mal eine richtig, richtig gute Idee. Der Schreibstil kann zwar meiner Meinung noch nen bisschen besser werden aber das ist ja auch anscheinen Ihr erstes Buch also setze ich mal meine hoffnung darin das sie mit der Erfahrung immer immer Besser wird. Bin schon sehr auf die Fortsetzung gespannt.
Also wer nen Fan von auf Werwesen, Feen und einer Wirklich Spannenden Story steht kann ich diesen Roman nur empfehlen.