“With curses, kisses, and a tangled web of ancestry and betrayal, Seeking Fate delivers an action-packed adventure set against a stunning European backdrop. Like a buttery croissant, readers are destined to gobble up every word!” Darcy Woods, award-winning author of Summer of Supernovas
Fate changer Daisy Layne is nervous about searching Europe for a firstborn son doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday. But she’s the only one who can save him. No pressure or anything. She needs the help of guide Andrei Vasile, who she’s been talking to online for two years. Still, meeting him in person…that’s a whole different story.
Andrei is determined to keep Daisy safe, even if touching her could kill him. At least, that’s what his family has told him about fate changers like Daisy. She’s strong and beautiful, and it’s his job to keep her alive. Unfortunately, what she doesn’t know could kill her.
Save a life. End a curse. And never, ever get too close...
The Fated series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 - Touching Fate
Book #2 - Cursing Fate
Book #3 - Seeking Fate
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Daisy Layne focused on saving a life. It wasn't easy since her own might be in danger. The plane dropped quickly, along with her stomach, and then leveled out again. She waited several minutes, making sure the turbulence was over, then returned to skimming the pages and pages of notes she'd written in the notebook opened on the tray table in front of her.
The rest of the passengers were either asleep or on electronic devices. The tiny lamp above Daisy's head was the only one on, which was like being in a spotlight. Daisy adjusted on the cushion and glanced across the aisle at the row of seats across from her. Three older women, maybe in their sixties, watched movies playing on the screens embedded in the back of the chairs in front of them.
No one was watching her, but that didn't stop her from feeling self-conscious. She slid down a little bit more in her chair, hoping the seatbacks would shield her from any unwanted attention.
Her sister Iris was seated beside Daisy and hadn't stirred in hours. Eyes hidden behind a sleep mask with half a fox's face on it, mouth wide open, her breathing heavy.
The plane jumped again, jostling Iris awake. She lifted a corner of her mask and fixed one blue eye on Daisy. "You should try to sleep," she whispered, which was really more of a hiss. "The jet lag will knock you on your ass."
"I can't," Daisy said. Another bounce shimmied her notebook across the table, and she slapped her hand down stopping it from falling off. "What if I'm missing something?"
"Oh please." Iris let go of the mask, concealing her eye again. "You've researched for two years. Gone over it a hundred times."
"I could be wrong." Daisy bit the end of her pen. "And it could be too late."
It was hard to believe it had been two years since a spirit named Crina had possessed Iris. Daisy was the one who'd gotten rid of Crina. She and her older sister Aster both had the power to change anyone's fate with a touch of a tarot card.
But with that power came consequences. Dangerous ones for anyone the fate changer touched after performing the magic. And apparently, it also gave Daisy the ability to use the cards to send menacing little poltergeists, like Crina, on their way to the hereafter.
Before Crina had departed for the spirit world, or wherever ghosts went after an exorcism, she'd begged Daisy to save the last Van Buren heir cursed to die on his eighteenth birthday. Whoever the boy was, he was doomed just as Reese, a.k.a. Aster's fiancé, had been before her sister saved him by changing his fate. Daisy had promised Crina that she would find whoever it was and remove the spell.
Daisy never told anyone, but she had a recurring dream of a boy in a garden with a castle looming in the background. A rosebush between them, face obscured by thorny stems, his intense blue eyes pleaded for her help, and she desperately wanted to get to him. He felt real. She was certain he was the boy she had to find, and that their lives were connected.
Having the gift to change fates was a burden. Sure, she could save people, but it was at a price and mistakes were inevitable. Her sisters weren't aware of what the doctor had told Daisy and her mom eighteen months ago, or they wouldn't have helped her. Daisy's heart was weak. Changing fates was taking its toll on her body. She had wanted to take the trip to find the heir for over a year, but her mom had said she was too frail and young to go alone.
If her mom discovered what Daisy was up to, she'd ground her for life. But Daisy was determined to find the boy with the intense blue eyes. Determined to save him before his time was up. Before her time was up, since they were connected. Her mother would freak if she found out what Daisy had learned when she released Crina from the land of the living. The curse went from Crina to Daisy, tethering Daisy to the last heir. His fate was her fate. They'd die together.
She could feel the curse, crushing her lungs at times, squeezing her heart until it hurt. Teasing her with the touches of death. She wondered if the boy felt the same things as she had. Felt the grains of sand slipping through the hourglass of life.
Or did he just brush it off as being tired or sick, not knowing his fate?
Sweat beaded on her forehead and she tried to push the thought to the back of her mind. It wouldn't do her or the boy any good to let her fear break her.
Stay strong. You can do this. It'll be okay.
But she was afraid, and the questions in her head just made that fear sink in deeper. What would happen if she didn't find the Van Buren heir? Would death come fast? Or slow? Would it be painful?
"Did you zone out again?" Iris slipped the mask up to her forehead and straightened in her seat. "That boy. Miri's nephew. Andrew ... ?"
She'd grown close to Miri, the local fortune-teller on the Ocean City Boardwalk. The older woman had mentored and helped Daisy master her gift of changing fates with her tarot cards.
"It's Andrei," Daisy corrected her. "Andrei Vasile."
Miri had convinced Andrei to help Daisy search for the cursed heir since he lived in Amsterdam and the Van Buren family were some sort of royals there. They would Skype each other without the video on because Andrei hated being on cameras. He hadn't even kept his social media accounts up to date. The photos he'd posted were old. In them, he was skinny with wild hair and a pimply face.
Iris tugged her water bottle out from the back pocket of the seat in front of her. "You're positive he's meeting us at the airport, right?"
She frowned. "We've been planning it ever since Miri connected us on Snapchat. Every step. Do we need to go over it again?"
"No, but if Miri's nephew is anything like her, he'll be late." She unscrewed the bottle and just as she was about to take a sip, another jolt of turbulence hit. Water sloshed out of the lip and drenched her chin and T-shirt. "Damn it."
Daisy pressed her lips together, suppressing a laugh.
"Not funny." She smirked and dabbed her face and neck with the corner of the too-thin-to-give-any-warmth airplane blanket.
"I hope he isn't late," Daisy said, removing the printout of the schedule Andrei had sent her from her notebook and looking it over. "We don't have a lot of leeway between train connections. Twelve days isn't that much time to cross Europe and back."
Iris shook her shirt, trying to dry it. "Well, it better be enough time, since that's all we have before Aster's wedding. If we're not at the Van Burens' when the others arrive, Mom will kill us."
"I can't believe she's getting married," Daisy said. "She's twenty-two. It's too young. I don't see what the rush is."
"She's in love." Iris swooned, shifting in her seat.
Daisy rolled her eyes. All of her sisters were in relationships, and it was annoying. Though Daisy liked Reese, Wade, and Dena, she wasn't too pleased that her sisters were so wrapped up in them. Having Iris all to herself for once was nice. Even though, whenever wifi was available, she had to FaceTime Wade.
Iris put her mask back on. "Well, I'm going to sleep. If you're smart, you will, too."
Daisy put the schedule away and stretched up to turn off the light. Leaning back, she pulled the flimsy blanket up to her chin, her hand lightly brushing Iris's skin.
Iris quickly pulled her arm away.
Really? She's still scared of me. After three years? Daisy was young when it had happened, didn't even know how to control her gift. She was playing with her tarot cards and she accidentally changed a friend's fate. It was a reversed Chariot card, indicating her friend would be in an accident. After she'd flipped it, Daisy touched Dena, her sister Violet's girlfriend, passing the bad fate to her. The crash was horrific. Dena barely made it out alive. Ever since, her family feared her.
"Relax," Daisy said, annoyed and hurt enough to lie. "You're safe. I haven't changed anyone's fate."
Iris didn't need to know that Daisy had changed fates. It started as practice. A way to figure out how to control her gift. If she didn't know what she was doing, how could she prevent hurting others and help the boy who needed her? But then, she saw the good she was doing with her tarot cards. The lives she was changing. Even saving. She kept it up until she got sick and the nosebleeds and extreme headaches became too much for her.
There was a risk helping this boy, Daisy knew that, but she couldn't let the curse continue. She didn't want to die or let generations of firstborn heirs keep dying. The deaths had to stop. And Daisy knew deep in her heart that it was up to her to end it.
She had saved for two years to make this trip. All three of her sisters had pitched in as well. On her seventeenth birthday, her family and friends had given her cash gifts. Thankfully, since it was Aster's wedding, her dad bought the entire family airline tickets to Amsterdam, extending her and Iris's trip at her mom's request. Her mom told her dad that Iris, now twenty, was going with her to sightsee as a graduation trip before Daisy went off to college.
Daisy closed her eyes. The creaking and rumbling of the airplane, the throat clearing, and the snoring a few rows up from them faded.
Stepping through customs, Daisy dragged her carry-on behind her, the wheels clattering over the tile floor. Keeping up with Iris was like trying to catch a racehorse. She wove effortlessly through the foot traffic.
Daisy cut through the smell of brewed coffee. Overhead, a woman recited a PSA announcement about unattended bags in several different languages. Iris stopped to read the directional signs, and Daisy caught up.
Iris glanced at her. "You're a mess. Your ponytail is all ratted in the back, and you have mascara smudged under your eyes."
Daisy ran her hand over her hair. It was bumpy, and there were several loose strands. She pulled a frown at Iris. "How do you look so put together?"
"I touched myself up in the airplane's restroom while you were sleeping. This way," she said, nodding to a sign that pointed in the direction of the trains. They were to meet Andrei at a place he'd called the Meeting Point — a large red-and-white checkered structure that sort of looked like a Rubik's Cube. Daisy and Iris had only packed one carry-on bag and a stuffed backpack each. Traveling across Europe, they needed to go light.
They made their way to the agreed spot. It wasn't hard to miss the big structure — it stood out next to the train ticket booth like someone just dropped a huge checkered box in the middle of the plaza.
"What does he look like?" Iris asked, her eyes moving over the many drivers holding signs with names printed on them and passengers sitting on cubes sticking out of the structure for seats.
"Tall, lanky ... total nerd-type." And no one resembled that description in the area.
The infinity scar on her wrist throbbed. It only did that when someone around her had the fate of death. Fate changers received the brand when bonding with their tarot cards. She pushed her beaded bracelets aside and rubbed at it. Looking around, a sadness settled over her like a thick fog darkening the beach back home.
She scanned the area, wondering who was on the cusp of dying. Was it the seventysomething couple huddled in front of the train-schedule display or the man in his thirties eating an overstuffed sandwich or a member of the five middle-aged women by the enormous Rubik's Cube completely looking and acting like tourists? It was hard to tell. And since she couldn't do anything about it, couldn't ask to check everyone's fate, she pushed her bracelets back down and tried to ignore the feeling.
"I'm not sure what he looks like now," Daisy continued. The feeling wasn't going away. People fated to die crossed her path often. When there was no one else around, she'd do something. But here? In a busy terminal? Not a chance.
"What?" Iris shot her a puzzled look. "You've never seen a selfie or something? He's on Snapchat, right?"
"He never posts on it. I've only seen older photos of him —" If she had brakes on her shoes, they would've screeched when she spotted her name on one of the many signs and suddenly stopped.
"Is that him?" Obviously, Iris had seen it, too. The completely hot guy, who made up every girl's fantasy of the perfect European male, holding a white cardboard sign with her last name misspelled on it. Tall and muscled with dark, wavy hair, he stood there with all the confidence that Daisy lacked.
"Um ... yes?" Daisy said.
Iris looked over at her. "Yeah, you should be speechless. We get to hang out with that for twelve days. Come on. It's creepy to stare too long." She carted her suitcase over to him.
Daisy snapped out of her daze and rushed after Iris.
"Hi," Iris said. "That's us. I mean her." She nodded at Daisy. "You must be Andrei. I'm Iris."
"Good to meet you," he said and glanced over at Daisy. "And we finally get to meet in real life." He had a slight Romanian accent just like Miri, but his was almost a whisper of one.
"You look ... I mean, hello," Daisy said and stuck out her hand. He hesitated before taking it in his. His face scrunched a little like when you're afraid of touching metal and getting shocked. She practically tore his arm from its socket eagerly shaking his hand, and she wanted to kick herself for being so ridiculous.
"Let me help you with your bags," he said to Iris, taking the handle from her.
Right. Help the prettier sister.
"The bus pickup's this way. It's going to rain, so we should hurry." He turned and walked off, the suitcase jumping over the deep seams in the tile floor behind him.
Iris leaned closer to Daisy. "That wasn't awkward. At all. I thought you were going to rip his arm off."
"Shut up." Daisy gripped her handle tight. "What's up with him taking your bag instead of mine?"
Iris kept pace with her. "Obviously, it's because mine is bigger and looks more stuffed than yours. Don't read more into it than there is. You're always doing that."
"I am not." Daisy stopped. "Wait. What do you mean by that?"
"You always assume everyone's scared of you."
"Because they are," Daisy mumbled and let Iris get a few steps ahead of her.
They walked out the sliding doors. The sky was a slate gray, and the hint of impending rain scented the air. Tall green stalks stuck out of the dark soil in the several rows of large planters adorning the entrance of the airport. The planters had wide rims made to use as bench seats.
Andrei must have noticed Daisy's eyes traveling over the potted garden. "Sunflowers. The next time you're here, when you're on your way home, they'll be in bloom."
"Nice," she said, not bothering to tell him she knew a sunflower stalk when she saw one. She had hung out in her mom's floral shop since she was a baby. Her mom was obsessed with flowers. Even named her and her sisters after them. And unlike Aster, the eldest, Daisy loved anything that bloomed. Her dream was to have her own store one day. But not just a small-town one like her mom's. She wanted to create unique arrangements and have a swanky place in New York City. Daisy's creations were like art, and she wanted to cater to celebrities.
The look on his face as he watched her was puzzling. Was he angry? What did she say to upset him?
"This way," he said, his voice a little gruff as he marched down the sidewalk dragging Iris's bag with him.
Daisy looked at Iris. "What did I do?"
Iris frowned. "Nice? Really? You said it short and rude like."
"I did not."
"You did, too," she said, buttoning up her sweater. "Come on, or we'll lose him. I don't understand why you two are acting like strangers. Haven't you been talking for ... What? Two years?"
Daisy's eyes traveled over Andrei's body in front of them. She leaned closer to her sister. "It's different. That was when I was talking to awkward, skinny Andrei, not tall, broad shouldered Andrei."
"Cheer up." Iris's gaze went to Andrei. "Our tour guide's a hottie."
Maybe he's afraid of me. It wouldn't be anything new.
Daisy wondered if things between Andrei and her would continue to be awkward. They'd been online friends. Finding time to talk was difficult with the six-hour difference between her home and his in Amsterdam, but they worked it out. Had some deep conversations about world issues. Shared a love for all things Avengers. Finally meeting should've been easy.
She slid a look at him, her stomach feeling like it hadn't landed, even though she'd touched down on the tarmac almost forty minutes ago.
Come on, Daisy. It's Andrei.
He glanced over his shoulder at her, a smile tilting his lips, dimples hinting in his cheeks, and her stomach crash-landed.
Yeah, more like Andrei 2.0.
She needed to get over her shyness around him. They had work to do. Crina had told Daisy that there was only one firstborn alive in the Van Buren family. Only one with the curse. Only one they must find.(Continues…)
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This was a very quick read being less than 200 pages. This was truly an interesting book because it is about three sisters that have a gift or curse where they can change peoples fate. All they have to do is a tarot card reading. This was a fast paced book I was sad when I finished it so quickly. I think it was because of the chemistry between Daisy and Andrei I wanted to know what was going to happen between them. Their first meeting was a little awkward because it was there first time meeting since talking online. I loved that their journey took them around Europe because iv always wanted to go, so being able to read about it was just as good. After reading this book I found out that it was the third in the series. So now I’m going to have to go an read the other 2. With that being said I feel like this book can be read as a stand alone.
I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 3.5 stars — So, first things first: I totes didn’t realize this was the last in a series. I knew it was part of a series (it says “The Fated Series” on the cover), but I assumed it was the start of one. I really wish it’d been more clear, b/c while it wasn’t a continuation of the previous stories, as I was reading I could tell I would have gotten more enjoyment if I’d read the other stories first. So it’s essentially a standalone, but I find in paranormal series it’s harder to do a series of standalones, b/c there just feels like something missing. Like if you’re at a party and some friends have an inside joke, and while you can understand based on context, it’s not quite as fun as if you were in on the inside joke (shout out to the hubby for the analogy). That being said, I really did enjoy myself! It was a fun and unique world, I’ve never read anything about tarot card readers and magic that surrounds that. I was surprised by some of the innuendo, particularly from Andrei, so I can’t decide if this is mature young adult or new adult…it’s sort of on that line I guess. I thought the world building was pretty good, I was never really lost…other than, like I said, feeling like my view would be more fleshed out if I’d started with book one. I will admit that oftentimes the paranormal/magical elements really fell by the wayside and it was more of a thriller/mystery book, you know? That’s a bit of a bummer. Probably another thing that would have been helped by reading the rest of the series…and I am tempted. Daisy could be a bit of a conundrum in that she was purported to be this sweet, caring, empathetic girl, and I definitely felt that…but probably not to the degree to which I was told. She was also really insecure, and gave super mixed signals to Andrei sometimes. There were definitely moments where I got frustrated by her, but on the whole I liked her. Andrei was his own conundrum…part playboy, part sweet beta boy, I never really figured him out I don’t think. And because we didn’t really get to see them interacting in those 2 years they talked with each other online, only heard about it, I felt like I didn’t understand how his feelings developed so quickly. Even their chemistry was a conundrum. I definitely felt it, but like I said, I would have liked to see them making the connection instead of jumping in when it was supposedly already there. Writing this review, I can’t decide whether to round up or down. I really did enjoy myself with the story. While I totally predicted the twist about the cursed heir from essentially the start of the story, I was still curious how it was all going to play out. But it also really felt like something was lacking. *sigh* I hate it when they’re solidly in that half star and I can’t decide. But my advice is definitely to read the series and not just this book…I just have a strong suspicion it would have altered my opinion slightly.
Seeking fate is an interesting spin on online relationships. Daisy has never met Andrei, she knows his fate. Daisy has until his eighteenth birthday to change his bad luck. He is the firstborn son and cursed. They have been talking for two years and have become good friends. Daisy has only seen pictures of Andrei in his younger days when they meet he isn't quite what she expects. The fated series is about a family who finds their perfect match. The family are magically gifted (Gypsy) and Daisy's talent is fate changing. The family are traditional and even though it isn't the usual thing for a lady to travel across Europe to meet a young boy Daisy has no choice. She wants to save her friend and end the curse. When they meet they are both nervous and it takes them a while to see what's already there. Unfortunately, not everyone likes fate changes and Daisy has more than one problem to deal with. I enjoyed this book it had some interesting themes and the romance was sweet. I've read 2 of the 3 books in this series. They are unique and creative. 4 stars out of 5. *I received an advanced readers copy to review with my honest opinion. This book is part of a series and it would be beneficial to read the other books but not essential.
This is, from what I can see, the third in The Fated Series by Brenda Drake. The Layne sisters each taking up a book. Fated as in powers buried in history and discrimination from secret societies plotting to eliminate them. Daisy must find the first born residing in Europe before he reaches his eighteenth birthday. With her powers she must save him and herself before death fulfills its curse. Helping Daisy chase down this unknown sole is Andrei who is fighting his growing attraction to her. Close calls and dead ends plague the quest they seek to accomplish. Likable couple and plot. "A copy of this book was provided by Entangled Publishing LLC via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
the third book in the fated series, seeking fate, finds the fate changer, daisy layne, looking for the last of the van burens. his fate is tied to hers. his death will lead to hers. so she makes a trek across europe evading the thorns, a crazed religious sect out to kill fate changers, with her internet friend/european guide/love interest, andrei. andrei knows what daisy is. and even though it can be dangerous to be close to her, he is already half in love with her when they first meet. too bad they both feel awkward without the safety of a computer monitor between them. it takes a while for them to figure out how to be with one another in person. that they are on this crazy journey only adds to that. this book was enjoyable, but the big twist is given away too early. i'm pretty sure most readers figure out at the same moment i did who the last van buren heir really is. and then there was the unrealistic way these two kids traveled across europe. not just within cities, they moved across several countries. partly the issue is that andrei and daisy would identify where they'd have to go next and would talk about transportation but then the next chapter would start and they'd arrived in whatever city it was that they needed to be. this just didn't feel real. and i felt like we missed opportunities for the characters to deepen their relationship because we don't get to see them in these confined moments. nonetheless, this is a fun adventure, and a nice conclusion to the series. **seeking fate will publish on september 3, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (crave) in exchange for my honest review.
"Seeking Fate" finishes out the Fated series, which follows the sisters who have the gift/curse of being Fate Changers. This means they can change someone's fate through tarot card reading. Daisy is on a quest to find the last van Buren heir- the firstborns of the family are cursed to die when they turn 18. There is only one left, and if Daisy can find him and change his fate, the curse will be broken forever. She is aided in her search by Miri's nephew with whom she has been communicating through social media for 2 years (but only seen old photos). When she arrives in Europe, she is surprised to find Andrei- a very attractive 17-year-old who looks nothing like the awkward old photos she had seen. Thrown off her game, she and Andrei reconnect slowly in person, building on their previous online relationship/friendship. Meanwhile, they are traveling in search of the last van Buren firstborn- they have a few leads who might be it but she'll have to read their cards to be sure. To add to it all, Daisy's life is entangled with the firstborn, and if he dies, so will she. Their way is complicated by The Thorns, a fanatical religious group with a sect that seeks to kill Fate Changers- and they are aware of Daisy and her path through Europe, showing up at every turn. On top of complicated travel plans and finding potential cursed heirs, Daisy and Andrei are fighting to stay safe. Daisy isn't making it easy, because she can't help changing the fate of people who come across her path, even if it eats her up inside (literally). Daisy and Andrei are racing the clock to solve the problem and save her and the firstborn's life. Overall, it was a fast-paced and fun (although really predictable) story- I liked Andrei and Daisy quite a bit as people, and it was nice that they had a friendship backstory to build the romance upon (not a instalove scenario here). We read from both Andrei and Daisy's points-of-view which was also nice and built their relationship more quickly. The intrigue and thriller aspects of their travel also added an extra element to the book that gave it something extra. It's a solid addition to the series and finishes out the story nicely. However, I definitely wouldn't mind reading more about fate changers- it's an interesting idea- and the romance is a nice touch in this series! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.