Fates Divided (Halven Rising, #1) by Jules Barnard
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Elena Rosales has busted her ass to get into a good college. She’s the only one in her family ever to attend, and expectations are high. No pressure. But Elena’s got this one in the bag, because she’s as dependable as the molecules she studies, as reliable as the chemical reactions that comfort her in their predictability. Until they don’t.
Elena has always wondered why her mother abandoned her on her first birthday. It’s not until she turns eighteen and her chemistry experiments go berserk that she learns the truth: Her mother wasn’t human, and the Fae are willing to harm those Elena loves if she doesn’t use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease.
Derek, Elena’s brooding neighbor, isn’t the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover. But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire-and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival. Lives collide, and allegiance and love are tested, in Fates Divided.
***I received this ebook as a gift in exchange for an honest review and with participation in this tour.
READ THIS BOOK IF:
- You’re into unconventional fae, angel, human, and half-breed relations.
- You’re looking for steamy chemistry.
- A twist on the tree of knowledge, Nephilim, fae, and their relationship to God. The complex relationship between races was intricate and intriguing, it drew me in and totally captivated me.
- The mix of science, elemental magic, and immunology added a nice blend to the paranormal elements.
- The subtle racism was an important part of the story. Not only is Elena a minority, being a half-Hispanic woman but as a half-fae, she experiences the same bigotry in both worlds.
- Each character has a substantial, developed personality, no matter how fleeting to the story arch.
- Elena and Derek are HOT together. The energy is charged and electric between them. The attraction is more than skin-deep. They’re both intelligent, determined, and have the same turmoil going on between their parents, their abilities, and the duress they’re under.
- A little instalove. Things go from instant attraction to much more in less than a week.
- The politics of the fae world, their hatred of the Nephilim, the superiority complex, the treatment of Halvings, how they see humans and what the Ternin world is like in relation to the various kingdoms were briefly mentioned. A clearer distinction and explanation of these relationships would have made it easier to understand when to trust, what to be weary of, and what Elena and Derek were getting into. Also, a deeper understanding of why the enemy would resort to such harsh measures. Additionally, the codex text was so brief that it’s hard to put any importance on it for being so crucial to their survival. A couple of words?
- Some parts were a bit slow. There was a lot of rest for how dire the situation was and though necessary, it didn’t seem like enough.
Before turning to storytelling, Jules earned a master’s degree in public health and spent many an hour running statistical analysis–until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.
Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.
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