Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fated (Souls Seekers #1) by Alyson Noel: Review

Fated (Souls Seekers #1)
By Alyson Noel
Expected Publication May 22 2012 by St. Martins Press
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Synopsis borrowed form Goodreads:
The first book in a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël.

Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before...but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

Darkfallen's thoughts:

Daire doesn't exactly live the life of an average teenage girl. Of course having a mom that is a famous make-up artist how could she? She has trotted the globe growing up on movie sets ever since she could remember. So while traveling and hanging out with movie stars should be a good thing it's not all the glam it's cracked up to be. Especially when she starts having these weird visions that get worse and worse until she flips out in a foreign county and attacks her movie star crush. All this landing her in a small New Mexico town with a grandmother she never even knew she had a few days ago. Yea everything in Daires life is about to change...

This book was a little slow to start in the beginning. I mean there was action but it just doesn't really pull you in until about 160 pages of so. But after that it really starts to fly, sucking you into the plot. I loved the whole idea of the Seekers and the Native American background that is so dominant in the story. It was nice to see a new supernatural element brought to the Ya Paranormal world for a change. And Daire was perfect for the job. She is easy to like and true to her character throughout the whole book.

Then there is the whole take on the "good twin, bad twin" scenario between Dace and Cade. Where Cade is all bad and evil; Dace is all nice and swoon worthy. I just wish we would have had a little more time spent on the relationship between Dace and Daire. Maybe brought them together a little sooner so we could have watched that grow a bit more. The action definitely takes the front seat in this story. Still I'm thinking we will get more Dace and Daire in book two now that they have an established relationship, and I for one can't wait to get more Dace! lol

Overall, while I still miss the Immortals series, Alyson Noel doesn't disappoint with her new take on the supernatural.



  1. I'm glad you liked this. Alyson Noel is not an author that I particularly enjoy. I only got through the first three Immortal books before I gave up on the series. Maybe it was the heroine and not the writing that turned me off though. I can't remember.

  2. When did you add the elephant to your name button? This is the first time that I noticed it lol.

  3. That little guy has been there since the beginning. He is just very sneaky. Lol

  4. I enjoyed Daire most of the time. In the beginning, she is super moody and emotional and only thinking about herself, later this changes as she learns. I love when people learn things and then adapt. Yay her! I also enjoyed the grandmother; she is very no-nonsense straight to the point. I really liked the story telling, Noel does a great job of leaving enough suspense and questions to pull the reader forward. The story is captivating and the world she creates is realistic yet magical. I just couldn't stop listening. She is able to add characters to the story seamlessly, leaving some mysterious and others very clear upon their arrival. Love it. I am interested in seeing where this series goes.