ARC Review: Fates Entwined by Jules Barnard

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They can never be together. The notion is laughable. Humans are inferior, a scourge on the Fae and on the magic passed down to them by angels millennia ago. And if Keen finds himself drawn to the tiny human female,
he keeps it to himself. He won’t add to the half-breed problem that threatens his people’s existence.
 
Reese can’t stand Keen. He criticizes her clothing, won’t answer a straight question, and is too handsome for her peace of mind.
 
Her entire life, people have pegged Reese for a shallow, ditzy blond. She won’t accept the stereotype from the large, arrogant Fae too. But after Keen saves her life, she begins to question what truly lies beneath his stoic demeanor.
 
Forced together, Keen and Reese fight to survive among enemies, and Keen makes choices Reese couldn’t have predicted. She glimpses a side of him that is protective and dangerously seductive.
 
But Keen refuses to acknowledge their connection.
 
Until he’s faced with the decision to betray his people, or lose Reese forever.
 
*This mature YA series is intended for readers 17 years and older.
 
**Each Halven Rising novel features a different couple and may be read as a standalone, but an overreaching story arc connects the series, so it’s fun to read them in order.**
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3.5/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review

+++This is listed as Mature YA, but I would definitely put it in the New Adult range. Explict scenes.

Reese is hardcore. She’s confident, bold, a fighter, and not afraid to speak her mind. She challenges and gives back and much as she gets. She’ll never let anyone force her to do something she doesn’t want to. Her bravery is intense. She is clever and happy with herself despite her past hurts. Reese has sass for days. Her dialogue is funny, emotionally charged, and she’s a master at those fighting words. 

Keen is set in his ways. He has biased views of Halven and solid ideas about a woman’s place, but Reese throws him off-center. From the minute he meets her, she changes his world and he opens his eyes past his prejudice. Keen is sexy, flirty, and completely commanding. He brings the heat and together with Reese, it’s explosive.

The love hate is strong. No matter how hard they try to deny themselves, the stronger the attraction grows. They nag and badger each other. They say horrible things. They fight, sometimes physically, but the chemistry is insane. Their romance is a battle they’re happy to lose. 

I would have liked stronger back story for both of the main characters. Keen’s story is particularly intriguing, sad, and super dark and yet, it’s pretty much glossed over. The politics of Halven and each of the kingdoms would have been better defined had Keen’s relationship been more clear. The drama between kingdoms, their unique features, the kind of fae who reside in each realm, all of that was tucked into the story offhand and barely elaborated on. A little more world building would have added to the severity of each threat and explained the animosity between groups. 

The pacing was staggered. After the initial adrenaline rush and uncertainty of the first scene, it takes a while for things to develop. The time Reese spends training and whatnot goes by so slow, despite the budding chemistry between her and Keen.

Other Books in the Series

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RITA-nominated author Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched Fates Divided, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls “…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters who have heart and humor.

When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.
 
Fantastic reading, 
Jordan
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Release Day Blitz, Review & Giveaway: Fates Divided-Jules Barnard

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Fates Divided (Halven Rising, #1)  by Jules Barnard
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

cooltext1889161239 copyElena 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.

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***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.

PROS:

  • 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. 

CONS:

  • 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. 

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JulesBarnard_edited-265x300Before 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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