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Monday, May 21, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Fated by Alyson Noel @alysonnoel @stmartinspress @mackidsbooks

Book Description

May 22, 2012 Soul Seekers
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals, Alyson Noël, comes Fateda breathtaking new saga brimming with magic, mystery, and an intoxicating love story that will steal your heart away. Meet The Soul Seekers.

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.

AAbout the Author

ALYSON NOËL is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals series, the Riley Bloom series, and seven previous novels for St. Martin’s Press. She lives in Laguna Beach, California, where she is at work on her next book.



After being dragged to movie location shoots around the world be her mother, Jennika, Daire, has what appears to be a psychotic break and attacks a teen heartthrob on the set the day of her sixteenth birthday.  After freaking out again, Jennika takes Daire to live with her grandmother, Paloma.  Daire's parents were never married and she was born when Jennika was only sixteen.  Paloma is an American Native healer and brings Daire's health around while teaching her ancient mystical ways.  The psychotic break that Daire has been having are actually her seeing on another plane.  The story follows Daire and her awakening to these mystical powers and her destined fight to save the community of Enchantment, New Mexico from evil. 

Basically, this is a story of good versus evil and it says so right in the story. There are two evil twins, Cade and Dace, that were separated at birth and brought up as light and dark.  As Daire acclimates to her new environment and powers, she finds a few friends that help her along the way.  I really enjoyed the Native American mythology presented along with the story but I almost didn't even start to read this one because of the dense synopsis at the beginning of the book that explained each animal spirit.  I did dig in at the first chapter and almost quit again because of the tiny, tiny print of this advance reader copy.  I hope that the final print has a more readable size.  Ok, those are really nitpicky things but it could have derailed a really good story.  

This is a much heavier reading experience than Noel's other works of Riley Bloom and the Immortal series.  It is a typical teen paranormal romance with a love triangle but the details surrounding it are quite intriguing.  I love the character of Xochitl, who is blind but can see far beyond without her vision.  The story is pretty fast paced once you get into it.  I look forward to the next installment in six months.


  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312664850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312664855


  1. Ooh sounds like a good book.. really want to read this now! :)


  2. It was good. I agree. I was surprised I loved it as much as I did. Not a fan of the Immortals series so my expectations were low. Great review.

  3. Awesome review - thanks! I've had this one on my wishlist for a while and it's great to finally read a review.



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