Fated by Alyson Noel
Source: free Advance Reader's Copy via a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway for my honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've been meaning to read Alyson Noel's series "The Immortals" for some time now. I still hadn't gotten around to it when I won a copy of the first book in her new "Soul Seekers" series from Goodreads First Reads giveaway program. So I skipped ahead and read this newer one first.
Now, I don't claim to know everything about the genre, but I have read quite a lot of Young Adult books and I really like the direction this series is taking. This is the first I've read, or even really heard of, that tells a fictional, supernatural story that focuses on Native Americans.
Daire is the daughter of a traveling Hollywood makeup artist and her father died before she was even born. As she is approaching her 16th birthday, very strange things start happening to her. She's seeing things no one else can and everyone is convinced she's having a break with reality. Her only hope of getting better without being locked away in a mental institution is to go live with her paternal grandmother, a Native American woman Daire has never even met.
You won't be surprised to learn there is more to Daire's visions than anyone realizes. We follow Daire on a journey of self-discovery in a new town and with a lot of new responsibilities. And a romantic interest of course (would it be a YA book without one?)
Perhaps one of my favorite things about this series is that the next 3 installments are scheduled to be released 6 months apart from each other. As an avid reader of series, that is an incredibly short wait. And now I know I like her writing, I really do think I should go back and finally read "The Immortals." Since those are all already published, I really don't have an excuse not to!