Author: Sarah J. Pepper
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy, Romance
Series: the Fate Trilogy #1
Publisher: Neximus Publishing
Publication Date: October 5th 2012 (first published October 4th 2012)
Source: Ebook copy provided by author via Goodreads.com group We <3 YA Books
His perseverance unnerved me, scrutinizing my every move like a twisted guardian angel. Jace waited patiently for me to join him. Like he knew my defiance would crumble under his intense gaze, which was exactly why I avoided him…until twilight. He hijacked my dreams and proved to be a different kind of nightmare – unhinged, rebellious, and dangerously mouth-watering.
“Escape from reality, Gwyneth. Sometimes life can be too painful to live in, even for immortals,” Jace whispered in my dream. His heat, fervor, and unrelenting confidence resonated around me when he closed the gap between us. His lips hovered above mine, waiting for me to give into him.
Gwyneth’s chronicle began long before she witnessed her family being brutally murdered and lost her sight. Living as an orphan, her world is anything but black and white. She sees her vivid future that promises suffering and death. Cursed with these visions, Gwyneth pretends to be like everyone else, until a dangerously charismatic, young man walks into her life. From the moment Jace lays eyes on her, he refuses to believe Gwyneth is normal. He knows information about her past that only a psychopathic stalker could dig up. He reveals her dirty secrets. Unbeknownst details of Gwyneth’s former life unfurl.
Unsure of what to believe, Gwyneth searches for answers that lead to her inconceivable fate. However, the ancient truth she uncovers is more dangerous than any high school romance she’d bargained for. Gwyneth is drug into an inevitable battle brewing between immortal Gods and ageless Hunters – both of which have sworn to swear to kill her if deemed necessary.
From the moment I began this book, I was mind-blown. Not only with the blurb, but the trailer which finished winning me over and making me forget any other doubt of reading this. In this story, we are met with Gwyneth, this unusual blind person, making her only see blurry shadows of those around her. But she knows what’s fiery red, sky-blue, and brilliant yellow because of visions she has of her “future”. Her life consisted of surviving each day with these visions of a not-so-happy future, the memory of a family she never got to know, and her blindness. She had accepted all this. Until Jace gets in the picture, claiming to know who she is, from where she comes, and a way to make her see the splendor of the world again.
In this story we have a lot of twist, among the characters and the myth in it. We encounter these deities and the most important characters here, the fates. I loved how the author described them. The common Greek myth describes them as being ugly and that stuff, while here we don’t. I love the fates because they are somewhat victims of their own “gift”. And here I see something of that, which I loved. There aren’t any mentions of the usual Greek gods, other than the fates, and these deities completely made up by the author, as far as I know.
I loved how Gwyneth was, how she didn’t want to fall for oh-so-swoonworthy Jace. (I did in the first chapter.) She’s strong even with her discapacity and life situation. We see her character grow as she discovers why she’s the ways he is and starts to accept her destiny, even when she has so many other problems to deal with. She was a believable character, not only a cardboard one. While Jace…
If charisma, raw hunger, and undying lust could be wrapped up into one hot package, it’d be called ‘Jace’.
You see? He’s so positive, supporting, and understanding towards Gwyneth even when she pushes him away. There are times when he just explodes and leave, but anyone would react that way, which makes me like him more. And the guy that makes as him on the back cover of the book and the trailer… *swoons*. And the other character are so full of personalities, detailed in a way that makes you think of real people, that you know them and know what they’re capable of doing, or in some cases, deceive you.
In this story makes you think that even with the bad things, something good must happen. That there are second chances for everyone to make things up and right. It made me think a lot on how we have to learn to trust even when we don’t. Trust is earned, but we also have to give it to receive it. And how with sad things, we can learn to appreciate the bliss of the happy things.
This story is so full of romance, hope, vengeance, hate, action, it has it all wrapped up in (unfortunately) 396 pages. It’ll make your heart ache from the first chapter. An utterly mesmerizing and compelling read.
Some of my favorite quotes:
Lies weren’t always easy to live, but they were tempting to hide in.
Sorrow amplifies bliss… You can’t truly experience one to its fullest potential without surviving the other. You can’t experience love without understanding hate.
Here’s the trailer if you want to see it! 😀
Rating: 5 stars <3
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