Lanie Bross’s debut FATES is perfect for fans of Jennifer Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, Rachel Vincent, and Sarah J. Maas, and for girls who love all things pretty, romantic and inspirational.
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 is 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?
Corinthe didn’t like her life among the humans. An exile from Pyralis, she didn’t have any plan for herself other than carrying out the orders that she received from her guardian and making sure that all orders were executed. When she knew she could go home if she accomplished a task that seemed very different from all previous orders, she didn’t hesitate before accepting it. Could she finally return home?
For me, I had a somewhat difficult time connecting with Corinthe. I wouldn’t say she wasn’t nice but because she’s from Pyralis, she didn’t start out having much emotions. I still remembered how I cringed when I first read about the way she dutifully followed her order and then walked away from a scene of chaos and death. So, it wasn’t easy for me to believe that she would not only develop deep human feelings but also keep making one selfless choice after another when she was working on her final assignment.
It’s bizarre to watch Corinthe develop feelings for Lucas. In the years that she was being exiled, Corinthe had never liked any humans. So, it’s plain weird to see her unable to stop thinking about Lucas. And then when she knew what she must do to fulfill her last assignment, she thought she could carry out her order but her body seemed to be yearning for something else. Her feelings were all jumbled up and things no longer seemed easy for her. I felt just as confused as Corinthe when life took a tricky twist and she was being thrown into one challenge after another. And because she could not deny her feelings, she began taking action that she had never considered doing before and I wasn’t sure if she had actually transformed to become more noble or if she was just being confused/disoriented/fascinated by her side of humanity.
I felt bad saying this but… I felt a little let down after reading the story. I guess I had a certain expectation about how love might fit in after reading the book blurb and when I didn’t feel convinced about the notion of love here, I was disappointed. While I was convinced that the main characters were attracted to one another, I couldn’t say I believed that they were in love with one another. And when the plot kept pushing me to assume that these characters were in love, I felt like I was being forced to accept something that I believed otherwise.
What I did like about the story was how the ideas of fate and free will as well as the concept of order and chaos were being explored. Things weren’t as plain as they seemed and I liked that the secondary characters offered a wealth of insights to help me see why creation and destruction could be so closely intertwined and related to one another.
Many of the events happening across the worlds (Earth, Pyralis, and other realms) were interesting but because the element of time seemed to be moving differently across the worlds, I felt a bit confused when in the end, it was being revealed to us that only one day had gone by according to the way how time was being measured on Earth.
While I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I’d hope, I could see how the story could be appealing to fans of YA Fantasies. The ending did make me wonder if certain secondary character(s) might play a bigger role in the next installment and so I think I’ll want to get hold of a copy of book two when it becomes available.