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Perfect for fans of Jennifer Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, Rachel Vincent, and Sarah J. Maas, and for girls who love all things pretty, romantic and inspirational.

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people's fates ...

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Overview

Perfect for fans of Jennifer Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, Rachel Vincent, and Sarah J. Maas, and for girls who love all things pretty, romantic and inspirational.

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people's fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again—this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

"Different and imaginative."—Kirkus Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-13
This debut fantasy series opener flies over half the universe, but it delivers some depth amid all the chaos. Corinthe longs to return to her home planet of Pyralis. She's the first Fallen Fate in history, banished to Humana (Earth) for losing one of the marbles of fate. There, she follows orders to engineer the fates of humans. Meanwhile, Luc, a star soccer player hoping to escape his impoverished, fractured family, strives to keep his little sister, Jasmine, out of trouble. When the two meet, they are immediately attracted to each other, but Corinthe has little idea what that means. She has been ordered to fulfill one last assignment: to kill Luc. At this point, the story takes off into serious fantasy, as Luc and Corinthe fall into a Crossroad between planets and begin a journey to rescue Jasmine, who has been abducted and imprisoned in a flower, there to be turned into a vicious Blood Nymph. Bross takes readers to several different and imaginative worlds and introduces a solid cast of secondary characters. The sudden twists and turns into new worlds become dizzying as the story progresses. Readers who persevere will see Corinthe progressing toward an understanding of love as she slowly becomes more human and realizes that order and obedience might not be the paramount ideals of the universe. An interesting read for patient romantic-fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
This fanciful tale takes coincidence to a higher world, where reality clashes with fantasy. Throughout the story, the reader must decide whether there is a heroine or hero, or maybe both. Corinthe and Lucas come together in what appears pure coincidence; but after multiple twist and turns, nothing seems as it should be. One comes from Earth, while the other exists on a higher plain. Neither can resolve their conflict without the other, a fact that becomes quite apparent to the reader before the characters. The action-driven plot moves the story, with most of the characters adding dimension. Miranda not as believable as the other characters, maybe because her agenda does not ever seem clear. Description is lacking as they leave Earth and enter into a variety of worlds outside our universe. Although writers want to allow readers opportunities to utilize their own imaginations, some of the settings come across vague, hurting the credibility of the story. Reviewer: Julia Beiker; Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 7 Up—Supernatural being Corinthe has been exiled to Humana (Earth) from the realm of Pyralis Terra. In Pyralis, she was a Fate, but now she must act as an Executor, who makes sure that nothing interferes with the working of destiny, thus ensuring the balance of the universe. Sometimes this means engineering an unsuspecting human's death in an accident. For 10 years, Corinthe has carried out her orders, hoping to return to home, and at last she receives her final assignment: she must kill teen Lucas Kaller. When the girl attempts to assassinate him, he escapes through a gateway to other worlds, and she pursues him. However, Corinthe and Luc are being manipulated by other beings attempting to alter the balance of the universe, and to complicate the situation further, they are falling in love with each other. The detailed descriptions of the colorful alternate worlds in which the protagonists find themselves is a strong point, but these worlds don't seem to have any connection with each other. The invented mythology is often confusing, and the budding romance between Corinthe and Luc doesn't seem plausible. Paranormal fans may initially be attracted this title but may not stick around for the projected second and third books in the series.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385742825
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 699,720
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: HL720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

LANIE BROSS was born in a small town in Maine, where she spent the next 18 years dreaming of bigger places. After exploring city life, she and her husband and two young sons ended up coming right back to the wilds of Maine, where they live just one house down from where she grew up. Fate, perhaps? She loves chasing around her rambunctious kids, playing tug-of-war with her 95-pound Lab, and writing for young adults. Fates is her first novel.

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

    I love the unknown¿the paranormal¿ the fairies, gnomes, etc.  Wh

    I love the unknown…the paranormal… the fairies, gnomes, etc.  When asked to read this I had to say yes.  Then it arrived at my doorstep and I saw the beautiful cover and fell in love with it before I even read a word.   With a cover this beautiful the story had to be beautiful also, right?   It was. It was truly a beautiful story.  
     
    The two main characters, Lucas and Corinthe, were fun to follow throughout their travels to different worlds.   I felt for Corinthe, banished from her home and everything she has never know to Earth with all its craziness.   Then she had Miranda to guide her, the reader knew early on that Miranda was not what she appeared but yet Corinthe was in the dark.   I enjoyed watching Corinthe come to term with her doubts and learn how to feel.  The relationship between Lucas and her was interesting.  It seemed it was almost a love at first sight, which I found interesting due to the fact that Corinthe did not know what love was.  Their relationship was full of turmoil from before they even met.




    Lucas was devoted.  He was responsible for his sister and took no qualms in doing everything  in his power to protect her.  Lucas is truly a good guy.  He comes with a ton of baggage and believes things are not going to get better, but yet he comes out on top over and over again. 




    Fates is a young adult book.  I enjoyed it and may read book two when it is released.   This is the perfect book for you if you are a reader who pictures the scenes as you read them.  The descriptions and the imagination of the different worlds were amazing.  I really enjoyed reading Fates.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    While Fates got off to a bit of a slow start while it introduced

    While Fates got off to a bit of a slow start while it introduced all the characters, it was amazing once it picked up. Using the theory of multiple universes all influencing each other, Lanie Bross was able to create several diverse worlds and outcomes for our characters to explore - even if they didn't actually want to. I really enjoyed how different each world was and watching our characters' reaction to each one of them. 




    Corinthe is an exiled Fate - she now works on earth to ensure that humans meet the fates the "Unseen Ones" mete out. She has assisted life, love, and even death in hundreds of lives, but her last task leaves her feeling unsure about if it is the right thing to do. All the worlds in existence will be effected by her decision. 




    Luc was a bit dry as a character for me. He was very focused on getting his sister back, and until the very end he didn't seem to care about much else. While that is a noble goal, I had hoped to see more about his life goals and desires - especially during his internal dialog sections. 




    This was a very exciting story overall, and I want to read book two to find out what Luc is going to be up to next - and just how he plans to solve his new problem. While the ending is not a cliffhanger, the author made it very obvious that the story will continue. 




    *This book was received in exchange for an honest review* 

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Random House Children's and Netgalley.)
    Corinthe was once a fate, but now she’s an executor. Exiled to the human world for doing something unforgiveable, she had to leave her sister fates behind, and longs to finally go back home to Pyralis.

    In the human world it is Corinthe’s job to collect cloudy marbles from a lake, and ensure that the event/fate inside them is completed, whether it means she needs to push a couple together, cause an accident of some kind, or even in extreme cases kill. Corinthe knows that the fates in the marbles must come to pass no matter what, and works hard to make sure that they happens, all in the hope that one day she will get to go home.

    When her mentor Miranda gives her a task and tells her that all she has to do is kill one boy to be able to return home, Corinthe knows what she must do, if only things were that simple.
    Can Corinthe kill Luc? And is Luc or Pyralis her greatest love?


    This was a bit of a weird story, but I did enjoy the journey.

    Corinthe was a bit of an odd character. Totally homesick, and needing to go home, having some kind of attachment to nature and feeding from it, and 100% believing in fate, she kind of reminded me of a faerie or something! I did find her unerring faith in her mentor maybe a little misplaced, but she really did believe that everything she was doing was really important, and did desperately want to go home.

    The storyline in this was a little confusing. The world building took a while to get used to, but even then things were never really crystal clear. I mostly understood what was going on, but this story was pretty weird. Think Alice in wonderland crazy/weird, and you’re somewhere near what this book was like.
    There was some romance in this one, and I think some people might call it insta-love, but come on, this book is called ‘fates’, it’s not surprising if she meets her fated partner is it?! The romance in this wasn’t all-consuming though, and even kind-of crept up out of nowhere at points, so this wasn’t your typical romance either.

    I did find the story a little odd and confusing at times, but I still managed to enjoy this one, even when there was some seriously weird stuff going on.
    The ending wasn’t quite what I expected, and while we didn’t exactly get a happily ever after, some things were resolved. It is obvious that this isn’t the end of this story though, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book!
    Overall; a strange but enjoyable story.
    7.25 out of 10.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Corinthe made a mistake and lost her life in Pyralis Terra. She

    Corinthe made a mistake and lost her life in Pyralis Terra. She must live in the human world  and make sure people get the fate they are planned for. She has lived for years doing what she is told to do until she meets Lucas. He makes her feel different thoughts and if that wasn't bad enough her next assignment is to kill him. If she does it she gets her old life back. What she doesn't know is someone else has a plan and plans to use her to fulfill it. She has to decide if love or her old life is more important. One of them has to die and one must live or it could change the universe.




    I saw the cover of this book and fell in love. I read the blurb and thought ok this could be as good as the cover. When you read a lot of books your always looking for something different to stand out to you. This one just didn't quite make it to the great point for me. It is just ok book for me. The main reason is the main character Corinthe. Where she could be such a great one for me she just fell flat. For one she made a mistake and is punished to the human world to make up for it. It was the first mistake she had ever made. All she wants it to get back to her own place and while she has in a way helped many people die because it is their fate she has a problem when it comes to Lucas. She has to kill him her self and that she doesn't want to do that. She just seems so Blah for most of the book. Lucas one minute you feel sorry for him, the next you see he can be a huge jerk. I just didn't like him much either but for the fact he will do anything for his sister. He is loyal to her. There is some danger as they face a few things trying to get to Pyralis Terra. I just had a hard time connecting to this book and the characters. While some may like it for me it was just ok.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

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    3.5 Stars 'Fates' is the first book in a young adult fantasy se

    3.5 Stars

    'Fates' is the first book in a young adult fantasy series that questions the very concept of fate, destiny, and free will. It follows Corinthe, a Fate who is exiled to Humana (Earth) after making a mistake. Now she's an Executer - she makes sure that certain fates are done according to the plan. She's assured by her Guardian, Miranda, that after these past ten years on Earth, Corinthe can return home to Pyralis Terra after completing two final assignments. Enter Lucas Kaller - an average guy with family issues - who just happens to be Corinthe's final assignment. To kill him. Strange things are beginning to happen to Corinthe since she meets Luc - she experiences human emotions, physical issues like needing to sleep and becoming injured, and the most frightening of all - love. Corinthe realizes that she's becoming something between a Fate and a human. She's fallen in love with a mortal boy who fate says she must kill in order for her to go home. Can fate ever be wrong? Is it possible that some things are more powerful than destiny?

    I found this to be a fascinating book that not only deals with mythology but with deep life questions. The characters are both well written - Corinthe is an interesting leading lady for the book. She's unique in so many aspects, yet easy to identify with at the same time. I enjoyed watching her relationship with Lucas develop and grow. The chapters are told from varying views - they alternate between focusing on Corinthe and Lucas, but are written in the third person. I think that this writing style gave the book a bit of a original feel that gives insight into both the plot and the characters. The author uses vivid descriptions and details throughout the story, so it was easy to envision the worlds that were created in the book. I loved learning all about Corinthe's world, along with all the other worlds that are discussed. Their intricate details and histories made the book all the more exciting and fun to explore. Aside from dealing with the mythology concerning the Fates, the book talks a lot about fate, destiny, and free will. These are really deep topics and made me take a long and honest look at the various opinions about these beliefs as well as where I stand with them. It's kind of mind boggling when you think about it, so I'm glad that the author wove the deeper topics into a lighter story about love and alternate worlds. It's a good debut novel for a promising series! Recommended for fans of mythology and YA fantasy fiction.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Fates by Lan

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    Fates by Lanie Bross
    Book One of the Fates series
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Publication Date: February 11, 2014
    Rating: 2 stars
    Source: eARC from NetGalley




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.




    She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people's fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.




    But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again--this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?




    What I Liked:




    I really, really wanted to like this book. It was a highly anticipated read for me, and when I received a review copy, I was ECSTATIC. There is nothing like getting one of your most anticipated reads really early, right? Or at all, to be honest. Nevertheless, I was heavily disappointed by this book.








    Basically, Corinthe needs to kill Lucas, in order to restore the balance of the world. She is an Executor, sort of like a Grim Reaper who doesn't necessary kill, but this was her first kill mission (it's rare for her to be asked to kill directly). Everything does not go according to plan when she not only fails to kill him, but sends him through a gateway, and then falls in love with him.




    I liked the writing style of this novel. It's very lyrical and descriptive, which was both good and bad. In the beginning, I thought it was gorgeous. Eventually, I got tired of reading the descriptions, and started skimming. That's bad. 




    Oh and no love triangle. That's ALWAYS a plus.




    I can't think of any more positive comments. 




    What I Did Not Like:




    Where to begin. I had so many problems with this book, but I really wanted to like this book, so I feel like while I was reading, I was trying to make excuses, so I would hopefully enjoy the book. That never really happened, which was unfortunate. The book was confusing and a bit dry, the romance was cliche and rushed, the plot was weird... I don't even know about characters or the character development. 




    My biggest problem was confusion. I was confusion pretty much from start to finish, which is never a good sign. I didn't understand what was happening in the beginning of the book, yet I held on to the hope that all would be revealed and explained by the end of the book. I don't know if things actually WERE revealed and explained by the end - if they were, then I completely missed those explanations (which is doubtful, because I'm a careful reader, even when I skim). So, things just didn't make sense.




    Like, I still don't get exactly what Corinthe is and was. An Executor, a Fate, okay, but what are those things? What do they do? Where are they from? Describe that place - Pyralis? What is the Crossroad? The gateways? Where did Lucas end up when he went through the gateway initially? Where are all of those worlds? I don't understand and I hate being confused!




    The setting was the WORST. After Lucas and Corinthe go through the gateway, they go from world to world (or what I'm assuming are different worlds). But that's just it! I don't know where they ended up! It wasn't Pyralis, Corinthe's old home, and it wasn't modern day human world. It was other places, but at one point the setting kept changing paragraph after paragraph, and I couldn't figure it out. Are they in a vortex or something? Is the Crossroad some sort of portal? Ugh.




    I mentioned that I liked the writing style... which I did, but eventually, it just started to seem dry. The story didn't seem to have any life to it, and it was because of the writing style sometimes. I started skimming when I saw long paragraphs of descriptiveness coming, because they weren't helpful, they didn't help procure images in my head, and I was getting bored fast. Not that I was ever SUPER bored in this book, but seriously, the tone AND mood of this book is dry. Lifeless.




    The romance is cliche, in my opinion. I have to kill you... but wait, I fell in love with you. Oops! And then when the reason for their instant connection is explained, I was like *roll eyes*. And yes, there is that connection, but from the beginning, their relationship seemed insta-love-based. I so wanted to like Lucas and Corinthe together, but it was based on nothing. There were hardly any interactions between them up until a certain point, in which Corinthe is still bent on killing Lucas. The romance seems forced and rushed. Boo.




    I don't even know how to comment on the characters of Corinthe and Lucas. They seemed so flat to me. I didn't relate to either of them, although I could feel myself wanting to do so. Like, I wanted to feel Corinthe's plight over having to kill Lucas, but it didn't seem real on her, so that feeling didn't translate over to me. Does that make sense? And the characters didn't change much, from beginning to end. I can't even say much about character development because I really didn't see any in motion.




    Overall, this was a poor start to a series. Confusion is not the way to go, my friends. Don't leave readers completely in the dark like though... or think that you're explaining things when you're not. It does not work in your favor. I struggled with this book (even though it actually was a really quick read).




    Would I Recommend It:




    Err, not really. I was so excited to read this book, and it was a total letdown for me. I wish I could say, yeah, totally READ IT! But this book was not what I expected or wanted. I ended up being more confused than anything else, and disinterested. It's unfortunate, but it happens!




    Rating:




    2 stars. I really, really wish this book could have turned out differently for me. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I might still read the sequel though.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

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    A lovely YA set in a world of fantastical mythology, Fates was a

    A lovely YA set in a world of fantastical mythology, Fates was a great read. It had its issues, but I still really enjoyed it. It was thrilling romantic, and had one hell of a cliffhanger. I thought it was a wonderful book.

    Corinthe was a good heroine. She was very loyal to what she believed in, but not blindly so. She questioned her previous beliefs and knew when it was time to change her loyalties. And, when this girl believes in something, she believes in it fiercely, leading her to sacrifice quite a bit for it. I liked her. She wan't a brilliant heroine, but she was good.

    Luc was wonderful. He was very protective of his loved ones and would go great lengths to keep them safe. So, when his sister was in danger, he was willing to brave a world he knew nothing about for her sake. I thought that was admirable. He was really sweet and proved that he was strong enough to handle a supernatural world. I thought he was great.

    The romance was sweet. I didn't really feel in developing. It was more like the author was telling us that they were falling in love rather than showing that process through their actions. But, I still thought they were sweet together.

    The plot was good. I wasn't completely hooked, but I was kept interested in the story. There were thrills and surprises and an ending that left me shocked. I'm curious to know what happens next.

    The thing about this book was that it didn't draw me in. I liked the characters but they didn't engage me. I was interested in the story but it didn't get me hooked. I thought the romance was sweet, but it didn't sweep me away. And the mythology didn't quite sit right. It was confusing, to be honest. There wasn't much explanation, so I was left struggling to figure out what was going on. By the end, I was still just beginning to understand the full extent of the world the author created. All this made this book good, but not great. But, I still really enjoyed reading it.

    Fates was a lovely YA paranormal romance. It wasn't perfect, but I did enjoy reading it. Despite my issues, I still really liked this book. YA romance lovers, I don't know if I'd recommend this book outright, but it's definitely worth checking out.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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