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Posted June 11, 2012
Let me start this with a few disclaimers. I was sent an ARC of Stealing Fate by the author, Berinn Rae. I don’t give 5 star reviews. As a reader I don’t always trust them. They could have been written by a friend or family member. They could have been written by the author under another name. Reviews are for readers not writers. To me, 5 stars means something is perfect and in ‘my’ opinion nothing is perfect. Also it would seem terribly biased if I were to give this novella 5 stars. Some of you may know Ms. Rae and I are acquaintances. I’d like to say friends, but we’ll wait till after the review for that call.
I’m not a huge fan of short fiction, it usually leaves me feeling unsatisfied. A lot of the time it feels rushed, with an ending all wrapped up in a nice, bright bow of unanswered plot holes. Or, as I’ve found lately, they read like chapters of a much larger work. Somehow, Berinn managed to pull it off, she made me love her story from enticing beginning to neatly wrapped ending. She kept me reading, even when I was supposed to be doing other things. I even read it twice to make sure it wasn’t friendship blinding me. Nope, it was just that good.
The action moved along at a decent pace—love a well written fight scene—yet not so fast I couldn’t catch my breath. There was a young, fresh feel to the tried and true Greek mythology by taking enigmas, like the Fates and lesser known gods, such as Terror and molding a deeper history. No sweet, sappy romance here—many thanks for that, not a fan—it’s gritty and real, forged in the fires of lust. Warning to parents, while this is fantasy, it’s adult fantasy. No, I don’t mean a walk down pervert lane. This is a tastefully done story about adults, for adults. If you don’t like it spicy this probably isn’t the story for you.
For me this was a story about regret, redemption and doing the right thing at the right time. As stated before I’m not big on the sappy stuff, but Berinn didn’t over do the true love conquers all. She left two little openings that could change everything. I won’t spoil it for you, you’ll need to read Stealing Fate to find out what. I hope Fate leads her to grab those plot threads and weave them into another installment.
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Posted March 11, 2014
A Myrt's Review
Stealing Fate by Rachel Aukes aka Berinn Rae
A Spicy Turn of Fate
Lachesis is the middle sister of the three Fates of mythology. She is the one who determines the lifespan of each being. Carrying such lofty responsibility, a girl can use a break once in awhile which is how we find Lachesis or Lacey as she prefers to go by, hanging out at a Goth bar in the Mortal Realm looking for a good time. What she finds instead is the god of war's son, Phobos, also known as Terror, a good-looking badass with a personal grudge against this particular Fate.
This is a steamy adventure with the two immortals using epic fighting as foreplay before diving into a passionate and intense romance. This short novella is one of three novellas focusing on each of the three Fates. It's a sexy and fun look at a major figure in Greek mythology.
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Posted July 17, 2012
Now that that is out of the way, Stealing Fate is the second novella in the "Unspun Trilogy" and I enjoyed it as much as I liked Creating Fate. Lacey and Phobos seem like the epitome of Murphy's Law in relationships - everything that can go wrong will do so! Lacey was a character I could appreciate from her kick-ass attitude to her love of her sisters. Phobos was a sexy, bad ass - what's not to love?
Stealing Fate was a fast-paced, enticing read. My only criticism is that there were a few threads in the story that didn't seem fully wrapped up by the end. If you like a good paranormal with a twist on Greek mythology, I'd highly recommend this trilogy.
NOTE: I also posted this review on Goodreads.
Posted June 11, 2012
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