Book Review: Fates by Lanie Bross

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.
She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people's fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.
But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again--this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

Release Date: February 11, 2014
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed by: Madi B

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this one. It’s a paranormal that’s a bit typical. The main character Corinthe (Yeah I know. Corinthe) is an Executer. Does jobs-Executer not kill people-Executer. (Confusing, I know) So she has the job of leading humans to their fates. Cool right? She got exiled to Earth for an amazingly stupid reason and now has to earn her way back to her home planet. Then she has to kill this dude Luc who happens to be her age. (GASP) And hot. (GASP) And whom she has this immediate magnetic attraction to. (GASP!!!!!) Killing him would be her ticket to home but she just can’t seem to do it. This my friends is yet another case of insta-love. Their relationship didn’t really go deeper than appearances and I didn’t really believe their love. Neither of their characters had much personality. Luc was loyal and steadfast in trying to find his sister which was notable but he didn’t have that much of a personality. Corinthe wasn’t full of personality either. She was a “fallen fate” so it makes sense that she’s a bit of a blank slate. I just wish both of them had a bit more...something.

The plot was interesting too.  The first couple chapters it was cool because Corinthe was all “Do I kill him? But he’s cute. But he’s human. But he’s cute. I should kill him” and so forth. But after chapter 9 it just got weird. Luc jumps through a portal and lands in this freakin weird planet with two suns then everything goes south. This scared me off the first time I read it and I didn’t’ pick it up again until recently. Once you got used to the weirdness then it was interesting. (Land of Two Suns? Blood Nymphs? Weird.)

I really liked Luc. He was so devoted to his sister and even though he had so much bad crap happen to him, he was still marching on.

Overall I kinda liked Fates. It had a really cool concept, but there was a lot I didn’t like.


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