Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: "Fates Divided"


Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1)
Jules Barnard
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: August 31st 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

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About the Author

A RITA-nominated author, Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched Fates Divided, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls “…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe, or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters who have heart and humor.

When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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As a college student with a pre-med major, Elena is used to working in labs and understands chemical reactions. Which is why it is especially surprising the day she discovers she can boil water and change harmless chemical solutions into potentially harmful ones with the wave of her hand. She has no idea where this magical power came from, but the people who do know want her to find a cure for the disease ravaging their people. Can she trust them or are they using her for their own purposes?

Fates Divided, by Jules Barnard, was an interesting read. I enjoyed the fantasy aspect that melded elements of modern day science and technology with alternate worlds and magic. The somewhat complex plot was filled with betrayals, misunderstandings, age-old feuds, and forbidden romance, which, put together, generally make a pretty fascinating book. I also liked watching the main characters grow and learn, filled with determination to achieve their goals and devotion to each other.

There were a couple things that I did not like about the novel, though. First and foremost were the explicit sexual scenes. I just don’t like reading about that, and the fact that the characters were not married and did not even know each other well makes me dislike it more. Writing the scenes into the book did not add to the story, really, and could have been replaced with a “fade to black” scene that I would have been more comfortable reading. Also, this book did not hold my attention very well. I already disliked it for the reason above, and the rest of it didn’t keep me enthralled enough to make up for the lack, unfortunately.

Fates Divided has its good parts, including some cool plot twists and epic magic skills, but it also has parts that I’m not so thrilled about. I would recommend it to people who enjoy NA fantasy and don’t mind reading about romance.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 


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