From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals, Alyson Noël, comes Fated—a 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.
Ah, the moral dilemma as to whether fight the boy of your dreams or lurrrrve him. Well, you'll have to read the book if you want to figure it out ;) Now, here's the rundown of my first impression: Cool cover. Cool girl. Cool-ish title. Intriguing concept... If a bit confusing.
Now, I must say this: I really, really hated this book in the first 180 pages. I wanted to throw it down, stomp on it, light a fire, and throw it in that fire. And then I wanted to find someone like Daire, our main character, and bitch slap her until she bruised. If you do decide to read this, it gets better. Ha- no I don't mean to sound like the people advising drug-addicts, I seriously mean it. Trust me.
Daire Lyons? Santos? Her dad died when she was still a baby in the womb and because of that, her teen mom Jennika (cool name, huh?) wants her daughter to never have to feel the pain she herself did from learning to love people. Thus comes her lifestyle of traveling the world on movie sets and a very bad attitude. *sigh* Let's begin.
Page 9- self description:
"The fact that I've been dealing with celebrities my entire life leaves me not so easily impressed, which is probably the number one reason they're always so quick to like me. I mean, while I'm okay to look at-tall-ish, skinny-ish, with long dark hair, fair-ish skin, and bright green eyes that people like to comment on, I'm pretty much your standard issue girl."
That right there bugged me. She's half-Hispanic and half-Irish yet she got the lucky genes (me being a halfie myself, I can judge). Light eyes, not too fair not too tan, and dark hair? Psshhh. Yeah, good luck with getting that regularly. She was just very unrelatable. Her situation, her appearance, etc. etc.
Next- she is a burrito of sass to her mama! Sheesh, girl! I know she explains it as because she helped her mom grow up, too, but really! No respect. Not good.
Three- oh, oh please. I'm gonna be sick. Please cover my ears and put a blindfold on me. Er-lack! Nasty, nasty girl, she just turned sixteen but she is quite the naughty gal! She has these steamy dreams about a dream boy leading her to a hot spring and undressing her and very naughtily kissing her. Bad, bad boy! These dreams might have been, like, cool, but... no. Just no.
But. She goes through this big personality change and she becomes wayyyyyy easier to handle. I mean, she ends up singing at the top of her lungs while riding horseback! Heck yeah, that's my kinda girl!
Dace Whitefeather. Oh me, oh my. Honestly, he bored me to death. But, more importantly, how the hell does a human being have "gorgeous brown skin", glossy black hair, and icy blue eyes with gold flecks in them that reflects the onlooker like a freaking mirror??? Seriously? It's not possible. Nuh-uh. I won't accept it.
Page 113, description:
"My eyes grazing over his dark glossy hair, his strong shoulders, and well-defined arms that spill out of his black short-sleeved T-shirt, seemingly immune to the weather. His torso long and lean, sexy and sinuous-narrowing into a pair of dark denim jeans that hang low on his hips. The sight of him so mesmerizing, so distracting...BLAHBLAHBLAH"
Mmhmm... Yeah. He has long hair, too. I'm sorry, not meaning to offend or anything, but honestly. Who thought Taylor Lautner in Twilight looked way hotter with his hair short? *raises hand* Long hair doesn't do it for me. I cringe and have to pretend I didn't read the long hair part.
Now... his twin brother on the other hand? Mmm... imagine luscious black hair that's cut just above his eyes. Oh yes, now that's what I'm talkin' bout. Yeah, so Cade (his brother) is dangerous. He's got his eyes set on Daire (isn't that always great?) and he's not afraid of telling her. I found Cade extremely alluring (that's right big guy, I mean you ;) and screw it if that means I would've lost my soul to him. He'd be sexy as hell and way worth it to be around. Except... except his eating habits. They were questionable.
Um... Was it Xotichl? Or Paloma? Or.. Jennika? I'm not sure. Xotichl I hope, because she was one bamf blind girl. Okay, not really. But she was cool, if a little annoying. Paloma... I dunno but I mean while it's cool to love your g-ma, I don't see kick-butt people having their grandmas as their BFFs. And as for Jennika, neither their moms. Unless they're REALLY cool and pull it off, which Daire is not. Sorry, Daire.
Er. Sooo... New Mexico. Hi. There were some nice descriptions, but none really of the Lowerworld. But I liked the spirit animals! 1.5/5 for trying.
Eh. Decent. I was expecting some more BAM!! and less zzz, but... Yeah. It was all towards the end (EXCEPT for when she got hit by a car! :D That was a highlight) but the action at the end was pretty good.
Overall, I didn't like the book but I didn't dislike it either. It was just... kind of there. Like an empty burrito!