Fate [NOOK Book]

Overview

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.

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Barnes crosses Greek gods with faeries in her addition to the teens-with-special-powers-and-destinies genre. In this companion novel to Tattoo, Bailey, aka the Fate of Life ("single-handedly responsible for weaving the lives of the entire world"), is back and joined once more by best friends Delia, Annabelle and Zo. With the help of mysterious pendants (Bailey's friends have lost the powers they possessed in the first book), they must help Bailey face the Reckoning, when she must choose between her world and the Otherworld. Barnes has her mythical realms covered with the Otherworld, "also known as Faerie, Olympus, Avalon, and the Beyond," where Bailey spends her nights while her less-mythic friends dream. Bailey's upbeat narration adds flair to this story of girl power and friendship, though her Otherworldly trips (which are, unfortunately, italicized) cover large swaths of the book and can feel like a disruption. Readers who hang tight to the friendship arc, though, will find this story pulpy but fun. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
Bailey seems like your average high school senior. She hangs out at the mall, has three really close friends, and is worried about college. Actually, Bailey is anything but average. At night, she enters a mystical realm (which she calls the Nexus) to do work as the Fate of Life. Part of an ancient race of magical and powerful beings called the Sidhe, Bailey lives her life half in the mortal realm and half in the Nexus. Such as been her life for the past two years, and though it has been strange, Bailey has gotten used to it. When she ventures into the Otherworld (the Sidhe world) Bailey immediately feels at home. It is here that she learns of her Reckoning, when she will have to choose allegiance to one of the Sidhe courts. Bailey cannot imagine leaving her friends and the mortal world behind, but the Sidhe do their best to explain compelling reasons to choose immortality. Bailey thought having to choose a college was a difficult choice! That's nothing like carrying the fate of two worlds in your hands. This sequel to Tattoo can be read on its own, as long as readers do not mind feeling a little lost on occasion. Recaps of the events in Tattoo are interspersed throughout the text, but often come long after an explanation is needed. Bailey's three best friends play significant roles in the book, but they are too one-dimensional. The writing can sometimes be heavy-handed, and even Bailey acknowledges that the dialogue comes off as cheesy (especially in the Sidhe world). Those complaints aside, Barnes has created a relatively satisfying mix of fantasy and reality that will have wide appeal. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
Kirkus Reviews
Despite her mother's nagging, high-school senior Bailey has no post-graduation plans: Picking a college isn't her biggest concern, especially when the fate of the world rests on her shoulders. For readers familiar with Bailey's first outing, Tattoo (2007), buying her awesome responsibility, which stems from her role as one of the three mythological Fates, may come easy, as the previous text fully describes the genesis of her mythological position. New readers may not find this premise as clear, especially when Bailey introduces the Nexus, a secondary world in which she spends her nights weaving society's fate in long, italicized passages. Bailey's age-appropriate voice helps to anchor her Otherworldly adventures in reality, imparting humor and bringing to life her well-defined relationship with her three best friends and her anxiety about their inevitable separation at graduation. Sticklers for mythological purity will wonder how the Irish Sidhe got mixed up with the Greek Fates, but those just looking for a quick read probably won't care all that much. A fantastical and well-woven web of mythology, teenage anxiety and friendship. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375891946
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 249,611
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s from Cambridge University. Fate is her sixth novel for young adults. You can visit her online at jenniferlynnbarnes.com.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    Better than Tattoo.

    Synopsis
    Set two years after the events in Tattoo, Bailey and her friends are getting ready to graduate from high school and move on with their lives. Unfortunately, Bailey is not ready to move on, or away from her friends. Plus, everything is complicated by her work as a Fate and the quickly approaching Reckoning. Can she find a balance in her life?

    Review
    This novel was at least as enjoyable as the first novel. I really enjoyed the fact that Bailey's friends would get mad at her for "moping" as many teen novels really focus on the angsty side of life. The new characters were interesting, though I found some of the references to Greek and Roman mythology to be a bit confusing and muddled in this installment.

    My Recommendation
    This book is great for tweens, there are no questionable elements like sex, drugs, or rock'n'roll. 3/5

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Great

    Amazing!

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

    awesome

    very, very good

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

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    Good Book... GO READ IT!

    I was cruising books on my BN Nook and got curious. It's surprisingly good and I recommend this read. (I had already read the first book too. Both very well written.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Fantastic Continuation of Tattoo

    A wonderful, captivating ,and well-written sequel to Tattoo.The characters are believable as well as their connections to each other. I hope the Jennifer Lynn Barnes will continue this story.I can hardly wait.

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    Posted January 30, 2013

    Training

    Training

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Fates story- part one.

    Fate opened her dark eyes for the first time and looked around the makeshift den that her mother, luna had made for her and her kits. Fate mewled for her mother. No answer. Fate wailed and whimpered. Luna rushed in, carrying a half dead mouse in her jaws. It was leafbare, and the pickings were small. Luna killed the mouse and curled around her freezing kits. Fates sister, Echo stirred beside her. She opened her gray eyes for the first time also, blinking away dreams. She looked around, her eyes wide. This is huge! She mewed. Ever and Song woke up too. Ever opened her glistning blue eyes, and Song opened her bright green eyes. Mommy! Fate and Echo opened their eyes! Ever mewed happily. Lets play! Song squeaked. Fate rolled her eyes and went back to sleep. I dont care if Song and Ever opened their eyes before me and Echo. She thought. Can i play too? Another voice asked. Dark! Fate thought. How could i forget about her? Fate opened her eyes to see Dark and Rain sitting up and looking at Song. Rain had violet eyes and Dark had amber eyes. Did you forget us? Another voice asked. Fate turned to see her brothers Streak and Shade. And us? Shadow and Light were sitting behind Fate. Wow! I have nine littermates! Fate thought. ¿•End of part one.•¿

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

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    Review: Fate

    I picked up this book a long time ago, not realizing that it was a sequel to Tattoo. I honestly picked it up because of the pretty cover. I didn't read it right after finishing Tattoo, so I honestly didn't remember what had happened in the previous story.

    I'm not sure if that lapse in between stories contributed to my inability of get into this story. I honestly almost gave up on this book a couple of times. I felt like it had a hard time getting past the Sidhe background. It was long and drawn out. The action was reserved for the last little bit of the book. It really wasn't enough to make the book really worthwhile to seek out.

    I did like how the ending turned out. The Sidhe were trying to make Bailey play by their rules, when they didn't really apply to her. She something entirely different, so she should be an exception to the rules. I also enjoyed how the Sidhe represented different gods/goddesses throughout history. I enjoy when a book can take different views from different cultures and wrap them into one story that makes sense.

    I would probably pass on this book unless you enjoy other books by Barnes, or have all ready read Tattoo.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    You need to read this book

    I had read the first book and loved it! I have now read the second book and lovedd it. I hope she writes a thhird book.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    OMG I CANT EVEN BELIEVE IT, BUT IT WAS BETTER THEN THE FIRST

    i just loved it! there are no words to describe how much i loved this book. once i read the first, i just HAD to get my hands on the second. oh, how i wish jennifer lynn barnes is planning on writing a sequel to ease the longing i feel in my heart towards this world that jennifer lynn barnes has miraculously created (lol i just felt like being melodramatic).
    but seriously, jennifer lynn barnes is a great author, not only in this series but in the sqaud series, too (i have not read golden, but i am assuming it is just as good). Im saying that fate was better then tattoo but i cant decide weather its better or if the two books are two different kinds of great. Fate got more invloved with the other world, or sidhe, which helped more with letting the situation get more understandable and, consequentially, more serious, while in tattoo the girls were oblivious to just what kind of power the other world had but the girls being naive was something that kept the readers turning the page. in Fate, only bailey has powers, hers are enhanced and allow us to really see what sidhe blood can do, while in tattoo all of the girls had powers which made it more fun to read because you could feel the bond between them growing stronger. ..................i can go on and on but to get to the point, this is an awesome series that you wont regret reading.

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Senior year of high school is supposed to be about making memories with your friends and having the time of your life. So why does Bailey feel that her world is about to come crashing down?

    Her three best friends are excited about life after high school, while every time she thinks about the future, her stomach becomes tied with knots.

    Could it be that Bailey doesn't really have a choice when it comes to her future? While she lives the life of the average high school girl, her life is far from normal. She's part of the three fates that weave and control the destiny of the world. The Sidhe world has rules that Bailey doesn't understand. She suspects something's about to happen when she's brought into the Sidhe world for the first time.

    When the truth comes out, will it forever change Bailey's view of the world?

    Jennifer Lynn Barnes starts this sequel of TATTOO two years later. She perfectly blends normal everyday life in high school with a supernatural world. Plus, the powers of friendship shine through in this novel and will resonate with readers - particularly those ending their own high school careers.

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