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The Trouble with Fate (Mystwalker Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    A friend of mine recommended this novel to me and I have to say,

    A friend of mine recommended this novel to me and I have to say, once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the next book in this series!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2012

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    A Humorous and Witty Debut! Highly Recommended

    Leigh Evans' humorous and witty debut, The Trouble with Fate brings passion and action to unbelievable new heights. The first Mystwalker novel places readers in a unique, modern world that holds a hidden, strained relationship between Fae and Werewolves. Hedi Peacock, half-Fae, half-Were, teeters on the edge of the coming war between magical races. Armored with an amulet named Merry and the tricky power of the Fae running strongest through her veins, Hedi forces her way through an adventure she never saw coming. One in which the Weres entice her to steal another amulet from childhood crush, Robson Trowbridge, so that the pack's brutal Alpha can reopen the locked portals into the Fae realm, Merenwyn.

    Hedi guides readers swiftly, and as emotionally as a traumatized twenty-two year old can, through the story of her life. She watched as her parents were killed and her twin brother was taken by the Fae. She believes Robson is the cause for all her troubles but her heart won't let her forget her feelings for him. Though most of Hedi's story is depressingly tragic, she shows that she's stronger than first believed when fate throws Robbie back in her life and brings ruthless Weres into her carefully concealed life. Hedi's smart mouth and sometimes pessimistic attitude lightens up the story and creates a contrast with the more serious and dangerous aspects of the plot.

    Evans' writing style is also unique. The voice she gives Hedi is forceful, almost as if she's the kind of character that just likes to rant and blow off steam, but Evans' backs up this big voice with action. The plot moves in a steady pace and every step is taut with anticipation of what will happen next. The romance is definitely in a class of its own. Robson and Hedi have a lot of baggage between the two of them, yet Evan's gives their relationship time and so much fervor. Hedi's decision to partner up with Robson and stand by his side throughout the novel becomes a heartbreaking, yet admirable, addition to the plot. The Mystwalker series will undoubtedly continue to bring on emotional, steady paced novels of fabulous urban fantasy and mystique.
    *eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

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    Graphically Detailed: THE TROUBLE WITH FATE is the first storyli

    Graphically Detailed: THE TROUBLE WITH FATE is the first storyline in Leigh Evans' paranormal/UF Mystwalker series focusing on Hedi Peacock-half Fae/half Were twenty something young woman whose life is about to become a lot more complicated.
    I won't go into too much detail about the series/story premise as the blurb just about covers the basics but I will say that the novel is richly detailed in world building and character development; told from the heroine's POV, the story is awash is flash backs, memories, dream walking, flash forwards and real time. Most of the story is told through the internal dialogue of Hedi and her struggles to prevent the Weres who destroyed her family from taking the only thing she has left that connects her to the Fae side of her blood.
    The writing style is descriptive in nature; the details are numerous especially the backstory and history of the Fae and the Weres. There was rarely a point where one could jump forward lest you missed something of importance to the plotline and premise.
    The characters were flawed. Everyone had an agenda or was focused on the ultimate prize. Fae vs Fae; Were vs Were; Fae vs Were. And in the end, there was death, destruction, torture, heartbreaking pain and sorrow; and the knowledge that just because you love someone, doesn't mean you are loved back in return.
    Considering the amount of detail, the storyline was evenly paced, although at times the plot detoured between present day, memories and dreams which made it difficult to follow and in that lost some of the momentum.
    The relationship between Hedi and Robson was one built on misunderstanding, lies and the truth about what happened so many years before. Hedi has always been attracted to and in love with Robson Trowbridge since she was a little girl-her internal Were knew that this man may one day be her mate-but Robson is a man on the run; a rogue wolf with no pack and the only person who could probably keep Hedi safe. But in the end, life and a brutal pack, had other plans for this couple and one or both may not survive.
    THE TROUBLE WITH FATE is a graphically detailed storyline about complicated relationships of interspecies and, the trouble when your heart does not follow your head. There is some torture and violence of a descriptive nature and, there is also betrayal and sorrow; sacrifice and love. But when one sacrifices for love, you would hope that they know who and what they are sacrificing for.
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  • Posted February 16, 2013

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    Twenty-some-odd years ago, Leigh Evans wanted to try her hand at

    Twenty-some-odd years ago, Leigh Evans wanted to try her hand at writing. Unfortunately, the husband, kids, dogs, garden and home pushed that dream away, at least temporarily. Recently, she pulled an old manuscript out, and from there, The Trouble With Fate was written. This is her first book and the first book in her Mystwalker series. I've got to admit, I'm VERY glad that she decided to finish that old book. 

    The story centers around Hedi Peacock, formerly Helen Stronghold, who is part fairy and part werewolf. When I read that little detail of Hedi's character I rolled my eyes. Here comes a cutesy story about fairies and wolves and romance. What I got instead was a whole lot of OH YEAH!! Evans writes the story in a manner reminiscent of chick lit which is usually a gritty, disheartening, and often humiliating journey for the heroine. Typically, chick lit is more about the heroine dealing with familial relationships rather than primarily focusing on romance. Hedi's story hits the mark on each of these points. Saddled with a crazy and dying Aunt Lou and Lou's immortal enemy, an amulet that used to be a fairy, Hedi must steal, cheat, and lie to care for herself and the others. 

    Her life is in no way easy. Watching her parents being murdered, her twin kidnapped, forced to drop out of school and hide, and raised by a cold, cruel woman, Hedi manages to keep it together until Robson Trowbridge, her childhood crush comes back to town dragging with him a lot of trouble and misery. Both Hedi and Robson are portrayed as characters who have been dealt a rough hand and are bending under the weight. Evans also creates minor characters who are so well developed that it's painful to watch as they are sucked into the drama unfolding. Paranormal romances and urban fantasies often attempt to portray the seedy side of life but generally they miss the mark. The characters usually come across as fairly competent. Hedi and Robson get beat up, chased, stolen from, and eventually separated. Evans actually DOES hit the seedy parts in a very comfortable and real manner.

    The urban landscape is well-defined and well-realized. A coffee house, an old bookstore, an apartment over the store, all ring true. The other realm of Threall, a sacred place where only Mystwalkers can tread, and fae folk live their dreams in, is a fascinating landscape. Evans' idea of what fae dreams look like and the Mystwalkers' responsibilities and talents are a truly mystical look into her mind. Parchment thin balloons tethered to trees, a flat barren landscape that ends in gray clouds. My mind was highly entertained attempting to put picture to description. The process wasn't difficult. Evans' prose flows smoothly and easily when describing the madly insane but beautiful resident Mystwalker and her prison of a home. 

    Overall, the book kept me captivated, wondering, and entertained. The plot moved quickly. Storyline was solid and believable. Characters were fully developed and sympathetic. The ending was riveting, a real cliff hanger. I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment. 

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