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?
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Principal Sylvia Patterson pulled her office door shut, checked the lock, then hitched a stack of folders slightly higher in her left arm as she made her way down the empty halls of Mission High.
The school was silent except for the sound of her own breathing and the click of her heels on the polished gray linoleum. She passed darkened classrooms behind closed doors: the desks, tables, and chairs within were just vague, silhouetted forms beyond smudged glass panes. In each window she walked by, her reflection appeared distorted.
Even after nearly two decades in these halls, she always felt scared when the school was empty.
As she rounded a corner, Sylvia stopped. A trill of alarm passed through her: a figure stood just inside the double doors at the exit, partially hidden by shadows.
No one was allowed on school grounds after hours.
Sylvia dipped her right hand into her purse, closing her fingers around the can of Mace she always kept close by. "School's closed now," she chirped, hoping the intruder wouldn't hear the tremor in her voice.
"Sorry." The girl turned, her face now illuminated by the weak light flowing in from the parking lot outside.
Sylvia exhaled. "Oh, Corinthe. You startled me." She withdrew her hand from her purse. Silly to be so jumpy. It was only the new transfer student.
Corinthe stared at her silently. She had a careless, disheveled look, despite the fact that Sylvia had been careful to emphasize the importance of one's appearance when they'd met for the first time yesterday to fill out her transfer paperwork. Corinthe might have been a very pretty girl, with her classic, well-spaced features and her pale gray eyes. Even her clothing was neat and well put-together--at least she cared about that part of her looks. It was the hair--the wild, tangled mess of blond that hung down her back--that told a different story.
Sylvia had been a principal for ten years and had a good eye for possibility. She sensed, after knowing Corinthe barely two days, that the girl could be a real standout if she applied herself. Unfortunately, experience had taught her that the kids in her school rarely lived up to their potential. Corinthe would probably end up just another lost child who fell through the cracks. During Sylvia's "Welcome to Mission High, Keep Your Nose Clean" speech, Corinthe had simply gazed at her, almost without breathing, her gray eyes completely flat, detached.
When children had no choices left, they all looked the same.
Corinthe shifted slightly in the doorway. "My foster mom was supposed to pick me up, but she never showed. Do you think . . . ?" Her voice trailed off and she raised her eyes expectantly.
Sylvia shuffled her stack of folders from her left arm to her right so she could check her watch. It would take exactly twenty-six minutes to get home and change before Steve rang her doorbell. She couldn't be late for dinner, not after she'd practically begged him for another chance.
"Where do you live?"
Corinthe tilted her head slightly, like a curious bird. "It won't be a long drive." Corinthe spoke in a measured tone, almost like an actor reciting lines. It was a slightly strange response, Sylvia thought, but dismissed it--Corinthe was likely desperate.
"Come on, then," Sylvia said. If they didn't hit traffic, she would be okay.
They left through the main doors and Sylvia walked quickly down the sidewalk. She was tired. Too tired to make small talk. Already her mind was on Steve--what she would wear, what she would say, whether she had remembered to get her favorite blouse back from the dry cleaner's.
She turned left at the end of the block and continued toward the staff lot, Corinthe's footsteps echoing lightly behind her.
Should she wear the green blouse? Or the blue one? The green one highlighted her eyes nicely . . . but the blue one was more low-cut. . . .
"Here we are," Sylvia said cheerfully. After ten years as a teacher and ten as an administrator, she knew how to keep up appearances, even when her thoughts were a thousand miles away. She stopped next to a small black sedan parked under a flickering streetlamp. She pulled out her keys and pressed the unlock button. A quick mechanical chirp echoed in the thick spring air. She threw her things into the back and slid into the driver's seat, slightly startled by how quickly Corinthe appeared beside her.
The car growled to life and Sylvia maneuvered it onto the street. "So. Which way?" she asked.
Corinthe pointed. Sylvia eyed the girl, then turned, zigzagging the car right onto Church, left onto Dubcoe, right onto Castro Street, each time in response to a silent gesture from Corinthe. The pendant hanging from her rearview mirror swayed back and forth with each turn. Corinthe, Sylvia noticed, kept looking at it with a slightly troubled expression.
"It's St. Jude," Sylvia explained. "The patron saint of lost causes. Kind of a sad saint, when you think about it." She half laughed. "Still, everyone could use a miracle, don't you think?"
"Sure, I guess," Corinthe said neutrally, the first words she had spoken since she'd gotten into the car. After another minute, Corinthe raised her hand as Castro merged with Divisadero. "Keep straight here, all the way toward the water."
"You live near the Marina?" Sylvia wasn't surprised. "How do you like it?"
"It's okay for now." Her voice cracked just a little as the car smoothly rounded the slight curve.
Some emotion seemed to pass over Corinthe's face: Anxiety? Guilt? The expression was gone too quickly for Sylvia to decipher.
Suddenly, Sylvia wanted to reach out to Corinthe, to reassure her that things could be different if she only believed--if she tried. Sylvia knew that behind every student there was a story. That was why she kept doing this job day after day. There were moments--flashes, briefly held, like the light of a firefly--when she understood that this was the job she was meant for. If she could convince just one girl that her life was worth living, that she wasn't a lost cause . . . that there was someone who hadn't forgotten, who really saw her. . . .
"So, Corinthe," she began. "Where did you--?"
Corinthe braced her hand on the dashboard and closed her eyes. She'd already seen it happen, knew what the outcome would be, but sitting there, waiting for the car to swerve, a tiny shiver of fear had gone up her spine.
There will be no miracles today.
The car dipped into a rut and the steering wheel jerked from Sylvia's hands, spinning them into oncoming traffic. Horns blared, tires screeched, and for a split second everything froze.
Sylvia never even had a chance to finish her question.
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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.
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*
(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.
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.
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.
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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***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.