June 29, 2012

Review of Fated (Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noël with Audiobook Excerpt

You can check out an audio clip of the first chapter provided by
Macmillan Audio, 
which can be found at the end of the post!


The first book in a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël.

Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before…but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with…or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

Fated (Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noël

Publish Date:  May 22, 2012

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

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I’ve been a big fan of Alyson Noël since I got into reading in the YA scene.  Her Immortals series enchanted me and if you haven’t read the novels yet, I highly recommend them.  With the fact that I read the Immortals series and the Radiance novels, I assumed that (despite being set in another world entirely) Fated would have characters similar to the ones that were introduced in Noël’s other works.  So, you can imagine my surprise when I found out that almost all of the characters in Fated were brand new!

I really want to mention the index at the beginning of the novel, before we even get into our plot.   Fated has a little chart (others call it a glossary, I call it a chart.  Deal with it) that shows the definitions of every single spirit animal that Daire Santos encounters in the story.

Now we have our main character Daire Santos whose lived with her mother all her life since her Dad died before Daire’s birth.  Some of you might think that that’s nothing—but Daire’s also travelled the world since her mother is a Hollywood make-up artist.  Because of this, we are thrown into the story when Daire is making out with a teen heartthrob (#jealous….) and ends up encountering the “glowing ones” who are beings that only Daire can see.  Then they force Daire to see really disturbing things, which causes her to act out and force doctors to believe that she has gone, to put it bluntly, insane.  But, instead of being sent to a psychiatric hospital, Daire is sent to her Grandmother in Enchanted, New Mexico where she learns that she is a Soul Seeker.  Her Grandmother, Paloma, then forces Daire to learn how to be the best Soul Seeker she can possibly be.

As if you can’t top that plot, there’s also the fact that Daire has been having dreams about two boys with gorgeous blue eyes and how one of them wants to kill her while she falls in love with the other.  No big deal right? Wrong.  These guys are real…Cade and Dace are their names and throughout the story we are unsure what their motives truly are.  All we know is that Cade is the bad guy and Dace’s intentions are unknown despite his sweet pacifist façade.

Personally, I loved the very spiritual portion of the story.  It made it seem very genuine and of course, gave more food for thought.  Earlier in the review, I mentioned Daire seeing disturbing things, and the one thing that I found different compared to Immortals/Radiance is that Alyson Noël gave a lot more gory details in the story.  I liked it . I felt that it made the story creepier and more realistic in an “oh my god what happens next?” sense.

Another series that I will have to keep updated with, I would recommend Fated to fans of Alyson Noël, the paranormal, and readers who want to try to read something that will rock their socks off. Yeah. I just said that…

Listen to the first chapter of Fated right here!

Audio Clip provided by Macmillan Audio:

[mp3]First Chapter of Fated by Alyson Noel[/mp3]


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  1. Giselle

    I wasn’t a fan of her Immortals series actually but I read it so long ago (well book 1) but I’m still curious about this one. And dude it’s totally a chart!! haha.

  2. Chapter by Chapter

    Haha yes! Totally a chart!

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