Monday 7 April 2014

Review: Fates (Fates #1) by Lanie Bross

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 was exiled from Pyralis as young child because she made one mistake. A mistake she made because she was curious. After all those years she still doesn’t like living in Humana and all she have to do to get back to Pyralis is one final task. The task seems easy, kill a boy, nothing she hasn’t done before or is it?

I had a difficult time connecting with Corinthe, even in the end I didn’t feel really connected to her. At the beginning of the book she was unemotional, I mean how can you orchestrate a fatal accident without thinking about it twice? But as the book continued she began to change, she began to feel and at the end she made the most selfless choice that she could possibly make. 
I understand that it was hard for Corinthe to change and that she didn’t understand half of what was going on around her. She believed in the only thing she ever knew. That she had to do her task without asking to restore balance in the world. But when your heart tells you something different than your mind it’s hard to find out which is the right path to follow. So of course she felt confused and fascinated by all the things that were happening to her.

But what I couldn’t get was why Corinthe and Lucas were in love. Sure they were attracted to each other but to call it love? The first half of the books they were chasing each other because Corinthe wanted to kill Lucas and because Corinthe was the only one who knew were Lucas could find his sister.  They were just getting to know each other when they were already saying that they loved each other. A bit hasty for my taste. 

What I did love about the books how the ideas and fate were being explored. Things aren’t always as clear as they at first appear to be. The book showed that if we once had made a different choice in our life everything we know now could be entirely different.  I also loved that we got to see different realms in the book. All of them had their own function the keep the universe in order. And I hope that we get to know the different universes better in the next book because I feel like I don’t know enough of it yet.

While I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I hoped I would I can see the potential that the book has. And the ending of this book was definitely promising and so I’ll want to get hold of a copy of the second book when it becomes available. 

Title: Fates
Author: Lanie Bross
Series: Fates
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date: February 11th 2014
Pages: 336 (Hardback)



  1. It is a shame you did not like this one as much as you thought you would. Also not connecting with the main characters is always a bummer. However, like you say it does have its interesting points. I really like the sound fate and destiny being explored, if things really are written in the stars.

    Great review and thanks for sharing! :) xxx

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

    1. The book had so much potential, it's a shame that the author didn't do anything with it; But I have still hope for the second book :)
      Thanks for stopping by!


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