Monday, 13 April 2009

Fate / Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Summary - For the past two years, Bailey Morgan has lived a double life: high school student by day, ancient mystical being by night. As the third Fate, Bailey literally controls the fate of the world, but as Plain Old Bailey, her life is falling apart. She's got a tattoo that was supposed to be temporary (but isn't), friendships that were supposed to last forever (but might not), and no idea what her future holds after high school graduation.

Then Bailey meets the rest of the Sidhe, an ancient race defined by their power, beauty, and a sinister habit of getting what they want at any cost. Before Bailey knows it, she's being drawn into an otherworldly web more complicated than anything she weaves as a mortal Fate.

Review - I found myself enjoying Fate a lot more than it's proceeding novel, Tattoo, as the girls were older and the setting was more firmly planted in that of high school. The issues were the same as you might find in a multitude of YA novels - fears of losing friendships in the college transition and crushing on guys. This novel, however, throws in the fact that Bailey is the third Fate, a whole heap of Greek God-inspired faeries and you have this novel.

The characters are again very well crafted. Each with their own distinct personality that side swerve from being cliched or stereotypes. Barnes have a deft touch and writes these girls like she knows them personally. The humour that is evident throughout is one of my favourite aspects of Barnes' writing as the zingers always come from out of the blue and they always scratch my funny bone.

Even better is the presence of a mysterious dark shadow that Bailey can feel approaching. I was blind sighted by the reveal of the "baddie" and I am normally someone who guesses the big reveal far in advance. I loved that Barnes' mythological research weaved effortlessly through the friendships, the romance and the mystery to create this fresh and supernatural take on the teen world.

I really enjoyed this tale and eagerly await Barnes' next release.

Published: 2009
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Aust.
Origin: USA


Luisa at Chicklish said...

This sounds fantastic. Thanks for the review! I loved Tattoo and I definitely need the sequel...

Anonymous said...

Ooooh I've been eyeing this for a while... didn't even know it was part of a series! I'll be on the lookout for Tattoo first then! Thanks for the review! =)