Saturday, January 25, 2014

Review: Fates by Lanie Bross

Title: Fates
Author: Lanie Bross
Series: Book One in the Fates Series
Published by: Delacorte Books (February 11, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 3 Stars

Book Description:
What if your destiny was to kill the one you love?

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’s 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?

I am a sucker for anything mythology related but even though I love the subject it is so nice to see a different spin on it.

The concept portrayed in this with the Fates, the Executors, the Unseen Ones and the other beings was truly unique and had a well executed plot. It kept me interested enough with the world building that I wanted to keep reading and find out more. This story didn’t' go the traditional route of the three fates but rather a whole league of them that help shape the lives of the humans on Earth (Humana), Corinthe being one of them that was exiled to Humana for a mistake she made years earlier. 

The fact that fate isn't always what we perceive it to be nor the idea that our lives are truly as “fated” as we think they are was a great one and one that left you thinking and curious about the world and beings in it. Their lack of understanding and compassion as well as their inability to understand that sometimes we are the ones that decide out fate was nicely done. 

Even though I never connected with Corinthe or Luc I did like them and appreciated the way the author portrayed their thoughts and feeling and their struggles as they both experienced what life and love truly have to offer together even though they couldn't have been more different in their raising and circumstances. 

The world Bross created was truly magical and slightly dark feeling with all the realms and beings, some willing to help Luc and Corinthe and others more set out to see them fail and help spread hate and suffering between the two worlds. 

I really enjoyed the underlying messages about love conquering all and saving us all. This truly
was an original and fun twist on the fates, their role in our world and the lives that they affect. 

The ending left this wide open for a sequel and I would like to see one come about, I think it would be interesting to see how it all plays out and what the author decides to do with Luc and Corinthe's fate (yes cheesy pun intended). 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*


  1. I am sorry you didn't connect with the characters :( leave a whole in the story I think, but the concept does sound good.

    1. Yeah, not connecting with the characters is always a tough one.

  2. Sounds like a cute book, but it makes me a little nervous that it was hard to connect with the characters...Thanks for the great review!

    1. You never know, you might connect more with them if you give it a try. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by Becca!

  3. Hmmm ... I'm curious, but not overly so. I sounds interesting though, so I'm glad you liked it.

    Btw, I enjoy cheesy puns. :)

  4. Thanks for the great review. It is always difficult when you don't connect with the characters, but I am glad you liked them anyway.

  5. I was curious about this one, but then decided it wasn't for me. It sounds like it is a good read, though.

  6. I love the cover & I am interested in venturing into new areas. I picked up Fated by Alyson Noel today so I am excited to read it. i normally never read books in that genre of YA. Have you read it yet?

    1. I haven't but I agree that it does look good! I can't wait to see what you thought about it.

  7. I hadn't heard anything about this one yet! I'm not sure if it's a book I would enjoy though. I'll have to watch for more reviews.

  8. This sounds like it has really cool worldbuilding and interesting take on the fates. It's a shame you couldn't connect with Corinthe or Luc, but I'm glad you enjoyed it for the most part. Lovely review!

  9. i think I gave this one 4 stars, but my review isn't going to be up until February (I'm on the blog tour). I have read this one as soon as it popped up on NetGalley and enjoyed it quite a lot. it wasn't a perfect read by any means, but like you, I'm a sucker for mythology, so yeah! :) I did have a hard time connecting with the characters, though, so I see your point there! Still, quite interested to see what'll happen in the sequel!

    Great review, sweetie!
    Evie @Bookish

    1. I did love the mythology aspect the most and I think I would have rated it higher if I could have connected a little more with the characters. :)