Book Review: A Broken Fate (A Beautiful Fate #2) by Cat Mann

Coping with the traumatic experiences Ava endured with the Kakos is more challenging than she ever imagined it to be. She finds herself struggling to remember the details of her time kept away with Damien Kakos and when the memories assault her mind, she is plagued with crippling fear. There is something in the back of Ava’s thoughts screaming at her, telling her that the fight with the devil’s brood has not yet ended.

Newly married, Ava and Ari deal with issues involving trust, honesty and faith in one another and as they plot their course for a new life together, they discover that their individual wants and needs don’t exactly match. Ari’s promises to Ava begin to break. Some of the Alexander’s family secrets are revealed and Ava realizes that she needs to keep her friends close, and her enemies even closer.
A Broken Fate, the second novel in The Beautiful Fate Series, dives further into Ava and Ari’s nail-bitter of a story and adds even more suspense, mystery, romance and thrills. This series is impossible for any reader to resist.

Release Date: August 26, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from author

I'm really loving this series!  It's got a unique, intriguing premise, well-developed characters, and lots of chemistry between Ava and Ari.  I thought A Beautiful Fate was a great read, but A Broken Fate was even better.  

It took me a little bit of time to adjust to Mann's writing style in book one, A Beautiful Fate.  She tends to mix past and present tense and I found that a little awkward.  Happily, this was not an issue with A Broken Fate.  I anticipated the style of the prose, and I think the writing flowed better.  

I loved that I got to read these two books pretty much back-to-back.  I love it when I'm able to do that with series novels, because I don't forget anything from book to book.  There's no catching up or reorientation needed when I remember exactly what happened in the previous installment.

The plot in A Broken Fate was just as exciting and fast-paced as the plot in book one.  I love that Mann is not afraid to take risks with the direction of her story and that her books always contain well-timed surprises.  

While I love both main characters: Ava and Ari, the supporting characters are so well-developed that I found myself just as invested in their happiness.  There is a big emphasis on family relationships (healthy ones, at that) in this series and that is so refreshing to read about in YA literature.  

I'm so happy I found this series, and would recommend it to fans of YA, paranormal fiction (although the paranormal element is mild and unique) and also fans of contemporary fiction.  I'm really looking forward to book three!

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