Details: A Review of FATES by Lanie Bross – Plus a Giveaway

Lanie Bross
336 pages
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: February 11th, 2014
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

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 is an exiled Fate, and must now play the part of an Executor, meant to fulfill destinies. But now, ten years later, Corinthe has been given her last assignment, one that will allow her to return home to her peaceful life in Pyralis.

Her assignment? Kill Lucas Kaller. It should be fairly easy, but soon Corinthe’s doubts begin to surface. And she begins to question her existence and purpose.

Wow. That ending was… something. Different and sad and hopeful and cliff-hangery.

Now onto ze review. FATES was a novel that started off slow and was confusing with all of these unknown terms, that were thankfully explained later on in the story. But as soon as we learned the main concept things picked up, our characters were thrown into different worlds, the action happened more often, and the places were interesting.

But if there’s one thing Lanie Bross excels at, it’s details. FATES is a novel with alternate universe’s and Lanie Bross descriptive writing made it easy for me to visualize. And the world’s were all interesting and unique.

One of my problems with FATES was the insta-love, although there was a lot of stuff that took the mind off the love, it was still annoying, especially in the beginning. Another thing I didn’t like was how clueless Corinthe was about some specific things.

At the start it was hard for me to like Corinthe, but by the time I turned the last page I really missed her. Lucas, on the other hand, isn’t your typical male protagonist. He’s everything but mysterious and dark, yet he was still a likeable character.

Told from three different points of view, FATES gives us a different perspective from the three characters. It wasn’t confusing, like a few books I’ve read where I can’t remember who’s who.

Although it took me sometime to actually feel anything for the characters, FATES is a novel I ended up enjoying and can’t wait for the second book!

About the Author

Lanie Bross was born in a small town in Maine, where she spent the next 18 years dreaming of bigger places. After exploring city life, she and her husband and two young sons ended up coming right back to the wilds of Maine where they now live just one house down from where she grew up. Fate, perhaps? She loves chasing around her rambunctious kids, playing tug-o-war with her 95 pound Lab, and writing for Young Adults. Fates is her first novel.

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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 15 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a part time pirate and assassin.



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    Sarah K

    February 21, 2014

    I haven’t read Fates yet, but I can’t wait to

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    Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    February 21, 2014

    I’d love to read it! I haven’t had the chance yet, but I’m a big fan of the premise. Insta-love, though? Not so much. :/

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    February 21, 2014

    Mmm. Between the insta-love and the cliffie-type ending, I’m not sure this is for me. Lucas sounds like an intriguing character, though!

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    Amber @bookishwonders

    February 21, 2014

    oh my friend had an ARC on this book and said it was really good. I love the cover and it sounds good :D

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    kim { Book Swoon }

    February 21, 2014

    I enjoyed reading Fates, but like you said the insta love didn’t feel right and it took awhile before the story really toook off. With that being said, I was so fascinated by the alternate worlds and secondary characters that I kept turning the pages. I’m escited to see where the story goes next. Great review, Asma.

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    February 21, 2014

    This might be a tough one to get into in the beginning and the sort of instalove might not be my thing, but for the most part this sounds pretty good!

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    February 21, 2014

    I have not read this book yet, but it looks interesting!

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    Hillary R.

    February 21, 2014

    I haven’t read Fates yet, but I’ve been reading a lot on it on different blogs so it must be good. And reading the summary definitely helped so I can’t wait to read it! :D

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    Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    February 21, 2014

    I’m interested in Fates. It definitely looks fun, but I’m a bit apprehensive too. Lately I’ve needed books that grab me from page one, so it might not be the right time to read Fates.

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    susan beamon

    February 21, 2014

    Sounds interesting.

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    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    February 21, 2014

    I’ve already started this one, I just need to sit down and finish it. I’ve been iffy about it because the insta-love is already kind of obvious, but I’m glad to see it picks up

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    Melissa (Books and Things)

    February 21, 2014

    I’m not a fan of insta love, but can deal with it at times. What would really bother me is the cliffie. UGH! I hate those. At least the characters won you over in the end. I need to feel some connection to the characters. Hm… might wait for the next to come out. Really appreciate your honest review!

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    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    February 21, 2014

    Great review, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! I like it when an author focuses on the details, instead of brushing over it, so that sounds good.

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    February 21, 2014

    I’m glad you liked it. It sounds like a very enjoyable read!

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    Danielle P

    February 21, 2014

    I haven’t read this book yet but I totally want to! It looks super good! :D

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    February 21, 2014

    Maine’s a beautiful place, right next door to my old home Nova Scotia. I’m looking forward to Fates, thanks for the chance to win it.

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    February 22, 2014

    Yes, I want to read FATES! It sounds awesome! I love me some Greek myth retellings :D

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    February 23, 2014

    I want to read it!! Sounds awesoe!:D

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    Joy F

    February 26, 2014

    Yes, I would love to read it.

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    Michelle Lee

    March 4, 2014

    I haven’t read Fates yet, but it’s on my list to read. Thank you for this giveaway!