Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1)
by Jules Barnard
Release Date: August 31st 2015
Genre: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy
Rate: 4 out of 5 stars
(This review may contain spoilers).
Although I have had some bad luck with books aimed at young adults, I actually found this book to be really entertaining and easy to read. Eden was a character who I found to be immediately likable and she was easy to empathise with. While I did think that the training was glossed over more than it should have been, I thought it was good that Elena wasn’t absolutely perfect and that it took her a while to be able to use some of her abilities, even though she did pick up some of them very quickly.
I did like the relationship between Elena and Derek. It was interesting to see the different abilities that they had and I thought the romance between them was real and believable.
I also really liked Reese’s character. While I’m not sure I’d ship her and Keen together (I have very mixed feelings about Keen), it was interesting to see the two of them interacting with each other.
I thought the author did a good job of showing the prejudice the full blood Fay held towards the Halven. I didn’t really like the three main Fay. Even Leo came across as quite a bit of a jerk. I did like Deirdre, though, and it was nice to learn a bit more about what her abilities were.
I did think it would have been good to see a bit more of Portia and Beatrice. I didn’t really get that surprised by any of the twists, considering that the people revealed to be villains were not only obvious, but also… not very nice people.
I liked being able to see the different types of abilities the different Fae had and it was interesting to see the contrast in Tirnan when Elena and Derek went there. I also thought the Blending thing was a pretty intriguing idea… even if I did think there was too much of an excuse for making out.
I would like to read the next book in this trilogy, especially since not everything was solved. And I really liked the fact that Elena didn’t just forget about her friends and family as soon as Derek came along.
His heart pounded beneath the hand she had pressed to his chest. “When I’m not near you, I’m thinking about you and wondering how long until I see you again. When I’m with you, I’m thinking of ways to get close and touch you, even if it’s only to hold you. And when you smile… I wonder if there is anything more beautiful in the world. Make that worlds.” He grinned.