Saturday, 7 July 2012

Fated (Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noël

Author: Alyson Noël 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 352 (Hardcover) 
Rating: 3/5

New York Times Bestselling author of the Immortals series, Alyson Noël creates a beautiful and diverse world of the Soul Seekers. Fated, the first book in this new young-adult fantasy series, tells the story of a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Daire Santos has been experiencing strange things recently. She has visions of glowing people and animals that follow her. Concerned for her mental health, Daire’s mother packs her bags and sends her daughter off to the remote town of Enchantment, New Mexico. Daire will be staying with a grandmother who she never met, and claims that she has the solution to Daire’s condition. 

During her stay, Daire meets Dace, a stunning young man with breath-taking blue eyes who Daire is certain that she has met before…in her dreams.

However, Daire’s stay will not all be fun and games. Her grandmother, Paloma, straightaway begins to teach her how to harness her spiritual powers of being a Soul Seeker, a person who can travel between the worlds of the living and the dead. Paloma and Daire must work quickly and efficiently at getting her to master her powers. If not, insanity will begin to take over and corrupt Daire’s mind, and will give Dace’s shape-shifting brother an easy opportunity to steal her powers.

Danger is in the air and Daire must welcome her destiny of being a Soul Seekers with open arms. Will Dace be the one for Daire or the one to destroy her forever?

Reading this novel was a challenge in the beginning as the book took up more of a spiritual edge and understanding their ways of culture was difficult. Moving through the book was easier said than done but Ms. Noël did finally capture my attention before I hit the middle of the book. The vivid descriptions and plot line was ingenious and I was pleasantly surprised.

Overall, Fated was an enjoyable book and a satisfying read. Be sure to check out Echo, the next book in the Soul Seekers series which hits bookstores November 13, 2012.

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