31 March 2012

Book Review: Fated (Soul Seekers #1)

Fated (Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noel

Format: Paperback (arc)
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Published: 24th May 2012
Pages: 440
Main Characters: Daire, Dace, Cade, Paloma
Date Started: 25th March 2012
Date Finished: 29th March 2012
Rating Given: ***
Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.

I loved Alyson Noel's other series The Immortals so when I heard about this series I thought it sounded just as good and definitely worth a read.

It starts out with Daire having an 'episode' where everyone thinks she has gone crazy but when her Grandmother finds out about them she knows that she isn't going crazy but is actually a Soul Seeker giving her powers that she never even knew she had and because of this she is sent to stay with her Grandmother so get ready for the role she was born into.

I found it was slightly confusing at the beginning and I just never really understood what was happening. Throughout the first half of the book I was going through stages of either loving it and thinking it was one of the best books that I have ever read to hating it as it was boring with nothing exciting going on. After hitting the halfway mark I found it settled into a great book with twists and turns that I was expecting which I think is a great thing to happen in books.

I wasn't sure what I really thought of Daire's character as she seemed nice enough at the end but at the beginning she was a bit selfish and very annoying as well as being mean to the people who loved her the most but she did grow throughout the book into a more descent person which I was pleased about I just hope she stays like that in the next book.

Dace was a great sweet and kind boy which I found a great quality in him but I always felt like he was going to change into his evil twin brother. I think that maybe it will happen in the next book but I sure hope that this doesn't happen.

Paloma is Daire's Grandmother who I loved I think she could well have been one of my favourite characters but this could have something to do with her reminding me of my Nanna.

Cade was a strange character as he did seem nice on the surface but he is the bad twin and some of the things he did when he thought no one was looking was awful so it was hard to trust him but also as hard to hate him.

Overall a good start to what I am hoping will be a great series I just wished that it had picked up pace a lot sooner than what it did do. I am looking to where this story is going and I can't wait to see what is going to happen.