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Fade (Book 1 Of The Fade Series)

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Great must read

After reading the hunger games, i got really into dystopian fiction so i read the divergent series, which was very good, and then i found fade. Please read this

posted by Anonymous on July 5, 2012

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Celestra "Celes" Caine is your average teenage girl. She has a loving boyfriend, she has college plans, and a great family...until she starts to fade and bad guys in black start to come after her. Right from the get-go the action/drama starts. Celes comes home from scho...
Celestra "Celes" Caine is your average teenage girl. She has a loving boyfriend, she has college plans, and a great family...until she starts to fade and bad guys in black start to come after her. Right from the get-go the action/drama starts. Celes comes home from school only to find her family missing, her dad's car is in the drive, but there's no one there. So, Celes does what teens do, she searches the house and whips out her handy cell phone, only to find all the numbers are not working- except her boyfriends, which she just stands there not saying anything to him until her phone dies. After which, her home phone is called and a weird man says she is about to fade. It took me the whole story to understand what 'fading' was. I thought maybe the person would actually fade, as in disappear, but they don't- not in the way I thought. Fading means the persons memories get wiped, and they become a whole new person, free from the life they had before or in certain cases to forget things. It's a really interesting idea, and it's really the only thing that kept me reading. The characters only feel half fleshed out and I contemplated stopping, but curiosity won out despite that I wasn't enjoying it. Celes is an annoying character and her boyfriend Grayson starts off good, but he gets lost in the mix when Jack appears and becomes a stereotypical jealous guy that makes you want to roll yours eyes. Jack is Celes's bodyguard/keeper/love interest. And between the two guys, Celes is always mooching on one and turning around and mooching on the other, despite what she says about Grayson being the one for her. There were times when I thought the story didn't make sense or certain parts were just too...fake/didn't feel real. Be warned: This story ends in an awful place- right in the middle of the action. I might pick up the second book, just to see how the idea of fading pans out or maybe just for Jack.

posted by Vivacie on September 22, 2011

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    I fell in love with the cover at first sight, and the blur

    I fell in love with the cover at first sight, and the blurb was captivating. Fortunately, this series is a bit "old" so book 1,2, and 3 have already been published. This is much easier for me, so I don't have to wait for the new books to come out. This was a promising start to the series.
    Celestra Cain, is a happy high school girl, she has a family who loves her, a boyfriend who adores her (Grayson), and she is gorgeous. But all that changes when one day, she comes home and nobody is there. Then suddenly, she receives a phone call from someone who tells her that she is "about to fade".
    Waking up in an abandoned building, with a handsome, mysterious boy, named Jack isn't the most of Celestra's worries. A group of people called "The Underground" think that she has special abilities and want to know more about her, but another group "The Others" want her, too. What's more? Two boys are fighting over her like a piece of meat. Things cannot get worse. Except that they do.
    What (who) is Celestra? What happened to her family? Is she going to fade or not? And who will she choose; the mysterious Jack or the protective, caring Grayson? Find out much more when you read this intriguing, breathtaking story, Fade...
    I liked this book. It's my first Kailin Gow book. I googled her a little bit, and I was shocked to find out how many books she has and I never heard of her, so I had to read something of hers. I will definitely be reading more. Kailin Gow has a simple writing style, which I hated before. But now, I am beginning to appreciate the style, it's very easy to keep up with and to understand.
    The plot is different from anything I have read before, but part of it is very common. For example, many books start with a girl/boy who doesn't know that she/he is special, then suddenly something happens and her/his powers are unleashed. I like the fact that Kailin Gow doesn't explain everything in the first book and she ends it with such a cliffhanger that I am DYING to read book 2.
    I liked most of characters. Celestra is wonderful, she would make a great friend, although I hated the fact that most female protagonists nowadays, are all gorgeous and model-looking girls. I liked Grayson, he is over-protective and helpful, but I didn't like Jack that much, he grew on me eventually.
    I have to try to keep my reviews SHORT these days. So let's rap it up. I will surely be reading the next book in the series, and the third book, and maybe more. So, if you want an enjoyable, paranormal, and mysterious read then Fade is the one for you... Go grab a copy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2012

    How would you feel if one day you come home to an eerie empty ho

    How would you feel if one day you come home to an eerie empty house, your all alone when suddenly the phone rings and says “You are about to Fade” What?!? Crazy right? Well that is exactly what happens to Celestra Cane. With one phone call her world and the life that she thought she knew comes crashing in on here. Not everything as it seems and she is more important than she realizes.

    Through her Faded journey she is put into the capable hands of Jack, who will protect her and help her adjust to her new life. There is Greyson who, in my opinion, is nothing but trouble and two warring sides…The Others and The Underground. What do they want? What are they looking for? Will Celestra ever be able to have a normal life ever again?
    Celestra is a very strong female characer. She takes all that is happening to her in stride and has a fight in her that makes me root for her. I must say though that my favorite character is Jack. (I am really digging all these male leads in books I have been reading lately, LOL) He has this rough and tough exterior, he is one mean killing machine, and can be very insightful and caring all in one. He definitely has his own issues to work out but when it comes to Celestra he will do anything to protect her.
    I loved the story line and the gist of Fade. I read it in one sitting and it was a very enjoyable read but in my opinion went by WAY too fast! It felt like it was only half of a book and when I got done I was SO thankful that I had the second one at the ready so I could jump right back in were it was left off. This in the start to an awesome thriller/supernatural/romance Series. :)

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

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    Celestra Caine's life has been pretty normal. She is a senior,

    Celestra Caine's life has been pretty normal. She is a senior, preparing to go to college, on the track team, has a great boyfriend, and her family leads a pretty typical life. All of that changes when she arrives home to find no one there, is unable to locate her family, and is informed she is about the fade. All the sudden Celes finds herself face to face with the handsome and debonair Jack Simple, and strangely enough though overwhelmed, finds herself feeling like she can trust him. After barely escaping an attack by "The Others," who are the bad guys in the story and want to see Celes captured, even dead, they make their way to a secret location where Celestra finds out that she is not who she thought she was, she is not sure where she came from, and her "powers" and very existence puts not only her, but others in danger. The only way to protect herself and those she loves is to fade, to have never existed, to have the memories of those she loves wiped away, as well as her own and become a totally different person, but Celestra is quite willing to submit on the memory issue, which makes things really interesting.

    Fade is a fast-paced thriller with elements of science fiction, fantasy, and of course, romance all combined. It is not a very long book, but the action starts and the beginning and keeps you on your toes throughout the whole book. The concept is unique and keeps you guessing as the story progresses. To me, it has the feel of the television shows Nikita and Fringe mixed together. Then there is the oh so hot Jack Simple, who is not only beautiful to look at, he has a British accent, is a secret agent, and always knows just what to say and what to do in every situation, even when Celestra really screws up. Grayson, the boyfriend, is also pretty hot himself, but things aren't as they seem with him either. As the story progresses, the mystery unfolds further, culminating in a life and death battle between the two factions that are vying for control of Celestra. If you are looking for a great fast-paced and thrilling read, Fade is something you might want to check out.

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