Monday, October 19, 2015

Review and Giveaway: Fates Divided by Jules Barnard

Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1)
Release Date: August 31st 2015
Genre: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy
Rate: 4 stars


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.


In the Halven Rising Series, love and ancient allegiances are threatened when the worlds of Fae and Halven collide. Each Halven Rising novel features a different couple and may be read as a standalone, but an overreaching story arc connects the books, so it’s fun to read them in order.

This was a new to me author and a new genre for me. I haven't read a lot of young adult novels but the blurb for this one intrigued me and I couldn't resist so I requested an arc and received one. This book had a different take on Fae and angels.  Not the same ole same ole which i liked. The Fae are very discriminatory. They don't like Halven which is what half Fae/half humans are called. I thought that was too darn bad since they obviously liked sleeping with humans or there wouldn't be any Halven. This book is about two specify Halven Elena and Derek. I liked Elena from the first. She was feisty and kind of a nerd. Very much like me at that age  And though Derek was a butt hole at the beginning he turned out very well in the end. This story had action, adventure, danger, and love. I liked the world building in this story and am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

I was given this book in exchange for fair and honest review. And I give it 4 stars.

Some of my favorite  quotes

Take that, Fae, and your twisted truths. 
Darek sat next to him "You can pick your chin up off the ground now, dude."

“Fae only mate with Fae. At times, they’ve lain with humans and created a diluted, lesser being, the Halven. It doesn’t happen often. Fae do not generally desire humans. But when it happens, we must watch the offspring for signs of abilities.”
Derek snorted. “Sounds like some serious denial you’ve got going on there, buddy.”
Keen shot him a glare and opened the door.
Before Elena could walk through, Derek pulled her aside and spoke low in her ear. “Mating with humans? Tirnan and the Fae realm?” He shook his head. “We stick together inside Fae-U, got it?”

Elena wet her chapped lips. The things Keen had said, Derek’s deep voice in her ear and the protective way he’d been acting toward her—all equally distracting.

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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.