Author: Lanie Bross
Publication date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: e-ARC from publisher via Netgalley (Thank you, Random House Children’s!)
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?
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Fates is an intriguing story about fulfilling destinies. It has a promising plot and the author’s writing is simply beautiful. Words laced with the creative vision of an artist, Lanie Bross’ descriptions of things, places, people, emotions, and situations project sharp, bright images to the reader’s mind. The world, rather, worlds she created gleam with the mystery and beauty of impossibilities.
But in spite of that, I struggled in connecting with the story and its characters. I felt that Fates is kind of complex. There is too much to know about Pyralis Terra, the world of main character Corinthe. Terms and ideas are thrown to readers and are explained. However, even with all those information, everything is still confusing. To be honest, the story needs solid history or background to thoroughly explain to readers the origin of concepts and how things are the way they are.
Even the romance aspect of the book was a bit vague so I, as a reader, got lost. The process of falling in love was not clearly presented. One moment Luc, the love interest, loathes Corinthe and in the next, he loves her because she understands him. Corinthe is Luc’s “Other” but how did that happen? I went back to previous chapters that led to Luc’s moment of realization looking for scenes wherein he showed signs of love for Corinthe. Yet, I found nothing. I didn’t see how and when the guy fell in love with the girl. There’s obviously a spark between Corinthe and Luc but I think there’s something more than that—a deeper meaning that justifies the attraction and love that Corinthe and Luc feel for each other. I hope the sequel will tackle more about their connection.
Although this story did not work for me, I still encourage you to give it a try because of its interesting take on the idea of destiny. Fates will appeal to fans of destiny stories with a touch of other-worldly magic.