Published by Fresh Fiction on August 31, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy & Magic, Romance
Source: eARC from Author
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.
A New Adult Fae series? Umm, HECK YES! Fates Divided is the first book in the Halven Rising Series. What in the H-E- double hockey sticks is a Halven you ask? –> View Spoiler »A Halven is a half-fae, half-human « Hide Spoiler This is the first paranormal that I have read by Jules Barnard and I have to say, I think I like it even more than her contemporaries. I love paranormals and magical based new adult books, and this one is so good! I loved how the world was a college campus combined with part of the fae universe. It was so cool. Jules did an excellent job of blending modern science with the magical. While reading, I kept thinking, “yep, I could totally see this happening.”
Elena turns 18 and everything starts to change for her. I didn’t put together that it was her 18th birthday that was the catalyst for everything, until a lot of the crazy events had already started happening, but still it was pretty cool to see everything that she could do. And what I loved was that through the bloodlines, different traits and abilities were passed down. Because Derek and Elena were completely different.Fates Divided is told mostly from Elena’s point of view with a sprinkling of chapters from Derek’s view. Of course I wanted to see more of Derek, because he is oh so dreamy and protective of Elena.
I kind of wish that the timeline of the story was a bit more stretched out. I know the urgency of the situation was heightened by the one week deadline, but it was freaking me out how fast Elena had to work to not only develop her abilities and find this big mysterious cure. I should note that the writing and the pacing didn’t feel rushed, just the timeline of events was crammed together by design. It was ampping up my heart rate while reading.
I need more of this series right now. I know that the summary says each of these books can be read alone because they feature a different couple, but because of the world building and background information that you get in Fates Divided, I think it would be best to read this series in order. I wouldn’t want to pick it up at a later book. if you are like me, and have been dying for a new adult paranormal or fae series, this is the one for you! Check out Fates Divided and let me know what you think.
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