Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fates by Lanie Bross + a Giveaway

Ten years ago Corinthe did something forbidden amongst fates. She was banished from her world and sent to Humana as and Executor, responsible for helping along events in certain people's lives. Births, deaths, chance encounters... sometimes a person needs a little nudge to get them on the right path and it's Corinthe's job to ensure this happens. She's always longed to return to her own world and patiently awaits the time when the Unseen Ones will finally allow her to do so. When that day comes, though, Corinthe is faced with one last task that will cause her to question everything she knows. 

Lanie Bross's debut started off exactly as I'd expected it to - Corinthe and Luc have a chance encounter and both begin to ponder over the possibility of feelings for one another - but the story quickly took an unexpected turn.

What I thought would be an ill-fated love story was actually a quest featuring one uniquely drawn setting after another, each filled with creatures and characters I never saw coming. It made for a really nice surprise indeed and Bross's various worlds are wonderful, even if we only get to spend a very short period of time in them. In fact, I would love to return to these worlds and spend more time in them! The story as a whole felt rather rushed, though.

All in all, Fates is not a bad first outing. There are some quite redeemable qualities about the book - the premise is interesting, the twist on classical mythology is fun, and the worlds are intriguing - but I wanted more... more of everything. More time in the story, more character development, and more explanation. This is Bross's debut but she has at least two more titles in the works - one as Lee Bross, and (thankfully) a sequel to Fates - which means I should get my wish for more, more, more! I look forward to seeing what Bross does with the story.

Rating: 3/5

Thanks to the publisher, I am able to offer one of you your very own copy of Fates. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below before Monday, February 24.

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Unknown said...

Dying to read FATES. Thanks for the giveaway!

Tabitha (Pabkins) said...

Ok so I plan to read this - this week good to know that I won't get to see each place explored as much as I'd probably like. Hopefully I enjoy it more than you did - sounds like still a enjoyable read if not a showstopping one.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway<3