Review: Wicked Fate-Tabatha Vargo

3/5 Stars

Wicked Fate (Wicked, #1)-Tabatha Vargo

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I knew others found him appealing, but I wasn’t sure if anyone else saw him the way I did. I could practically hear his skin sizzle against the frigid cooler. I’d never actually touched his skin, but I refused to believe it was anything but hot to the touch. It had to be. It would be a crime against nature if it wasn’t.

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Adam made me feel like I was floating on gossamar wings; like a tiny, butterfly fairy in an unseen world. He made my life poetic. The whole scene-the water, the historical lighthouse in the distance-it was all so magical and beautiful. He had a way of making me be in the moment. I’d almost forget about everything else when I with him.

Plot: Mage has been an outcast for as long as she can remember. People fear her, stare, and steer clear of all association. Even her teachers are scared of her. Mage doesn’t know why but she’s grown to deal with her loneliness and roll with the punches. Mage has a secret, one that could make her even more of a freak than everyone thinks she is and potentially destroy her. Adam Westcott, Mage’s crush, knows and for years they’ve never spoken about the incident but one day that silence is shattered when Mage is forced to use her magic. Adam slowly joins Mage and her new friend Bernie. Mage, in addition to her magic, has the ability to see ghosts. All her life, Mage has yearned to know what happened to her mother, why she left, and whether she’s still alive. Mage has questions about her abilities, her father, and often tries to pry answers out of her dead grandmother and Thaddeus, a random ghost that haunts her library. Mage starts to have horrific nightmares that always end badly. When the woman from her dreams appears and threatens her, Mage realizes her dreams were never just that, but warnings. Desperate to learn about her powers, Mage digs through journals in the library and what she uncovers changes her life. Mage doesn’t know what’s true and what’s a lie. As her life starts to fall apart, Adam grounds her, together they fight for a future, uncover twisted plots, and struggle to survive the encroaching evil.

Magic has no place in this world, so technically neither do I. Those around me want to see me burn—make me explode underneath their accusing glares—but I won’t. There’s only one person that gets me hot, and we’ve never spoken to each other. He’s clueless to my fascination, but knows too much about secrets I’ve never whispered. He’s different from the rest. The black sheep… Adam.

I want him in my future, but my past threatens everything I’ve longed for. I won’t run, I’ll fight. I don’t know what destiny has planned. I only know love can be cruel, and fate is truly wicked

**16+ Some strong language and sexual situations**

-via Goodreads

PROS:

  • Mage is a hilarious, sarcastic vixen of sorts. She’s headstrong, determined, she doesn’t care about what other people think and it’s truly liberating to see a character who knows herself so well. She’s a fighter and while her solitude does plague her, she alters between resolved and wide-eyed wonder at the beauty of nature and the love she finds within herself. When Mage discovers that she can socialize, that she’s not a monster her joyful, compassionate side comes out and she seems so much younger and light-hearted than the semi-jaded girl in the beginning of the story. Mage’s poetry is dark but so hopeful, it is a poignant glimpse into the inner turmoil  of her feelings about her life.
  • Bernie is the best friend that every girl wants. One who is perverted, extroverted, and such a vibrant, powerful character. Her personality is one of fierce optimism. She is loud, proud, and doesn’t have any insecurities. Her confidence is infectious and her devotion to Mage is the sort of loyalty that sometimes falls short in secondary characters.
  • The ghosts, the letters, the diaries, and the back story is fascinating. Each secondary character has a story that is interesting, full of mystery and intrigue. Mage’s mother’s story is one of heartbreak, loss, and insanity but never regret. It’s a curious mix of sacrifice, secrets, sinister intentions, and betrayal. Learning about Mage’s family history through journals almost makes their magic seem like mythology. Thaddeus, a southern gentleman of a ghost that lives in Mage’s library, is warm, honest, and his past is one of the most shocking.
  • Adam. I was torn between liking Adam and feeling indifferent. While he is hot and gives Mage the most amazing, heartfelt presents, he’s somewhat robotic. His love is bold declarations and sacrifice. The connection, while there, doesn’t feel like mutual chemistry.

CONS:

  • There are some loose plot points. Adam’s association with that rough group of people in the water tower. Knowing Adam’s personality, this doesn’t really make sense and the scene is never explained nor is his friendship with those in it. One of Mage’s powers doesn’t feature into the plot as it should. Suddenly, it’s there but for years she’s been having the opposite effect. Whether it was a recently acquired power or not is unclear.
  • Adam and Mage’s love has hardly any build up. While Mage has been obsessing for 9 years, Adam has only recently noticed Mage again and his love isn’t gradual, it’s more of an epiphany that has little basis and is so fast.
  • The reveals were piled on and so much crucial information is packed into small sections. Key revelations felt jumbled and rushed.

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Pleasant reading,

-BB

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First Five Friday (1)

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Lately on all the blogs I follow I’ve seen meme after meme of blogish/bookish goodness but I haven’t found any that are quite me and that I feel like I can stick to weekly. So I’ve decided to tweak some of the premises I’ve seen in Friday posts to fit my own personal preferences and style.

What is First Five Friday?

First Five Friday is where I give you the first 5 lines of books I plan on reading and reviewing from the time of this posting until the following Friday. This is not only to share with you what’s coming up on the blog but also to piqué your interest in new books by the power of a few lines. When I start reading a book, the first lines are crucial to whether or not I stick with reading. As you read in my DNF piece, I generally read about 20% of a book before putting it aside and going back later. If I’m not sold at 20% it could be that I’m not in the right frame of mind or mood for the book and so I’ll give it another go later or if, after the second attempt, it will take residence on my DNF indefinitely. I strongly feel that some books are meant for certain points in your life and you may not be there yet but at the same time, the beauty of such a vast variety of books is that there’s something for everyone not that each book is for every individual. It’s hard to find universal appeal and that is why it’s important to read a few reviews to really get a rounded opinion of a book.

TBH: I read reviews after I’ve already read and reviewed. I find that afterwards, I can read less than stellar reviews and mull over whether or not I agree but I don’t want anything to destroy my initial reactions and also I don’t want to risk spoilers.

That being said, welcome to First Five Friday. I hope you enjoy and learn about new books. But really, what I want is to explore the majestic nature of the first few lines, how they make you feel and how they influence your scope or overall opinion of what the book will be. Next Friday, I will reflect on my first line feels and see if they were accurate. This is an experiment and adventure and I hope that you will join me, have fun, and rethink how you see first lines.

Had anyone told me that my entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, I would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat.

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Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Already you can see the personality of the main character in this strong voice. The introduction of a life-altering event is always a key part to keeping the attention of the reader. Plus, the hint at something terrible brewing as horrible as it is, captures attention and makes you want to know more.

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Risking my life to steal an orange was a stupid thing to do, but today of all days, I didn’t care about the consequences. If I were lucky, the Shields would throw me to the ground and put a bullet in my brain. Dead at seventeen. It would be a relief. As I hurried through the crowded market, I touched the back of my neck and tried not to wince.

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Pawn by Aimée Carter

Dystopian? Why is she/he so depressed? What happened that day? What’s on his/her neck? 

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The human cell is something to be admired. It adapts to survive in the most unusual circumstances. Splicing occurs when you mix animal cells with human cells, which results in what some scientists call a parahuman, a type of cryptid. A cryptid can be described as a paranormal being with some animal-like traits. This is the story of one of those creatures.

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Reveal by Brina Courtney

Whaaa??? What is this magical creature/cell technology? What animal is the character mixed with? This is a short sample of the premise and really showcases what the theme is. 

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Captivating-that’s what he was. For nine years I’d been über fascinated with Adam Westcott; and this shit wasn’t going away anytime soon. Not because he had some bizarre talent I envied, or anything even remotely close. I was merely intrigued with him because he held a secret-my secret, to be exact. Adam wielded the power to bring me down, by divulging hidden parts of me only he’d seen, and yet he hadn’t.

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Wicked Fate by Tabatha Vargo

Nine years is a long time to hold on to a crush. The internal dialogue is real, it has great personality and I want to get to know this character.

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Marie Toussaint moved as fast as her plump body would go down the street running between Iberville Projects and an expensive cemetery located outside the French Quarter of New Orleans. The early autumn night was chilly enough to make her shiver despite the gown she wore. Street lamps rendered the sidewalk well-lit while the graveyard and the side streets were shrouded in darkness. As a member of a culture that revered death and celebrated the transition of a person from flesh into a spirit, Marie normally felt comfortable-honored even-to be anywhere near the tombs of the deceased. Except when she came to the city.

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Cursed by Lizzy Ford*

New Orleans. That’s almost enough for me. Combine that with the darkness, the dead, and notion of a lifestyle that glorifies death. Count me in. Now is she a witch, a necromancer, a priestess? 

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I had never kissed someone before. Yes, I had been kissed, but to make that last move-the final step before lips pressed against lips and warmth and wet blended together in an orchestra of emotions, need and magic-I had never done that before. I had never wanted it so much that I would fight against my own insecurities to do it. I had never been brave enough. **

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Soul of Flame by Rebecca Ethington

Ah. The magic of a joint first kiss and wonderful self discovery. This scene is magnetic. Who is worth the risk and why does she finally give in?

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There was a demon in McDonald’s. And it had a powerful hunger for Big Macs. Most days, I loved my after-school job. Tagging the soulless and the damned usually gave me a mad case of the warm fuzzies. I’d even given myself a quota out of boredom, but tonight was different. 

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White Hot Kiss by Jennifer Lynn Armentrout

This is fun. It’s quirky. It pulls you in with its weirdness and a demon liking Big Macs. Tell me more.

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I smack into him as if shoved from behind. He doesn’t budge, not an inch. Just holds my shoulders and waits. Maybe he’s waiting for me to find my balance. Maybe he’s waiting for me to gather my pride.

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Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

I don’t know what to make of this one. Seems like it could be a future love interest. What I do want to know is why he’s till holding on to her. The unknown is always a good way to draw a reader in. We need to KNOW.

This is a tentative schedule. But my goal is that by participating in this weekly meme that I’ll stick to my plans.

*Cursed is an ARC so it’s possible that the first 5 lines have been altered. Since the book releases next week, I thought I’d share to get you in mood for the release.

**I refrained from including line 5 in the Soul of Flame book because it’s spoiler-ish if you have not yet read the first 3 books in the series.

Please let me know what you like or dislike about this post and ways it could be improved. I love ideas. Be creative! Share your thoughts on the lines, speculate and mostly, get excited!

Happy reading,

-BB