The Chemistry of Fate (Sary Society Series, #2)

The Chemistry of Fate (Sary Society Series, #2)

by Meradeth Houston

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The Chemistry of Fate (Sary Society Series, #2) by Meradeth Houston

“They are everywhere, can be anyone, and are always the last person you’d expect.” When Tom stumbles across his grandfather’s journal, he’s convinced the old man was crazier than he thought. The book contains references to beings called the Sary, immortals who are assigned to save humans on the verge of suicide. They certainly aren’t allowed to fall in love with mortals. Which the journal claims Tom’s grandfather did, resulting in his expulsion from the Sary. As strange as the journal seems, Tom can’t get the stories out of his head; especially when he finds the photo of his grandfather’s wings.

Tom’s only distraction is Ari, the girl he studies with for their chemistry class.

Ari has one goal when she arrives in town: see how much Tom knows about the Sary and neutralize the situation. This isn’t a normal job, but protecting the secrecy of the Sary is vital. If Tom is a threat to exposing the Sary to the public, fate has a way of taking care of the situation, usually ending with the mortal’s death. While Ari spends time with Tom, he becomes more than just an assignment, but how far can a relationship go when she can’t tell him who she really is? When she finds out just how much Tom actually knows about the Sary, Ari is forced to choose between her wings, and her heart.

THE CHEMISTRY OF FATE is a companion to COLORS LIKE MEMORIES and is set before the latter takes place.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016492834
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication date: 04/26/2013
Series: Sary Society Series , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 964 KB

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The Chemistry of Fate (Sary Society Series, #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Skaiste More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a story! It had sweet parts what melted my heart and intense parts what made me sit on the edge of my seat. A whole different story about the Sary than in Colors Like Memories. At the beginning I wondered what this story will be about, who are these characters introduced in here. Soon I found it was very easy to read and I enjoyed what I‘ve read. It kept me interested and wondering what‘s going on here, who is the Sary and who is the assignment. When I finally got it who is the main character and how he is connected to the Sary, I was eager to know more. The story got more and more intense. The more I read, the more I questioned whether it would end happily or not. And I wasn‘t sure till the very end. Very exciting. It‘s different story than in the first book. First, it tells a story from a different point of view about the Sary and gives some information unknown before. Well, there is whole lot more about them. I couldn‘t have guessed what. Second, it‘s different how the story is told. It‘s still story of now and then, but it had other way of narrating it. I loved it too. And third, this book tells about other topics and creates different emotions than the first one. On the other hand, it‘s still story about relationships, choices and feelings with sweet and sad parts. And I was enjoying it a lot. Now there‘s a lot more of characters I care about and wonder what‘s ahead for them. And also I wonder what‘s about the Sary left still unknown. I really hope there will be more stories to read. I was given this book in exchange for honest review (Lovers of Paranormal).
Mary_Waibel More than 1 year ago
Meradeth Houston did it again!!! In this sequel to COLORS LIKE MEMORIES, we learn more about the Sary, their duties, and their interactions with humans as Ms. Houston weaves a tale of love and sacrifice that will break your heart. My only complaint is the end came to soon, leaving me waiting for the release of book three!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Meradeth Houston.) 673-year-old Ari is a Sary – a type of angel that guides people when they consider committing suicide. Ari latest mission is different though, a boy called Tom has found a journal that once belonged to his grandfather, which documents his life as a Sary, and how he gave up his wings because he was in love with a human girl. Ari needs to determine how much of the journal Tom believes, and whether he is going to tell anyone about it, but as she investigates, they start to fall in love. Does Tom believe what he’s read? What will happen if Ari can’t convince him that it’s untrue? And is there any hope for Ari now that she’s fallen in love with Tom? This was an okay paranormal romance, and I liked the idea of the Sary. Ari was a sweet girl, and Tom was very dedicated to his studies, so much so that it took a while for him to really pay attention to Ari. It was sweet how she persisted in her duties to investigate Tom though, all the while falling in love with him. Ari’s housemates on the other hand weren’t very nice to her, and weren’t very supportive of her either which was a shame. The storyline was okay, although I would have maybe liked a little more information of the Sarys and what they did. I thought that the romance between Ari and Tom was quite sweet, even if they both tried to fight it at first, and it was nice how their relationship almost mirrored that of Tom’s grandfather and grandmother. I liked the way this book ended, and although it wasn’t maybe 100% what Tom and Ari would have wanted, at least they were happy. Overall; an okay YA paranormal/angel romance story. 6.5 out of 10.
FaithSullivan More than 1 year ago
There's nothing like seeing an author get even better at what she's doing. That sums up my experience reading Meradeth Houston's latest THE CHEMISTRY OF FATE. I'm beyond thrilled that she's moving into the college-age dynamics of the uber popular New Adult category. I loved the short chapters and how they contributed to the novel's fast-paced action. I'm totally a fan of the alternating male/female point-of-view technique she employed. I love books that use this kind of format. The flashback sequences that lead off each chapter are brilliantly poignant. What a great way to introduce a secondary plot line and keep it flowing throughout the novel. Every aspect of this book is expertly crafted, well thought out and superbly written. But it wasn't just the way she drafted her story that caught my attention. I was bowled over by the emotion that leapt off the page. I especially felt invested in the developing romance between Tom and Ari. Houston just got so many things right depicting their attraction to each other. Yeah, it's sweet and tender, but it's special for how relatable it is. Tom is the 'hot nerd' who doesn't know he's hot, and that makes Ari want him all the more. He has no idea how to flirt - and while it's frustrating to Ari - we get to peek inside his head and know what he's really thinking. This insight into Tom is what makes the book soar. He's a 'neat freak - lab rat - animal shelter champion - workaholic loner' desperately trying to hold onto his scholarship. I particularly liked the passage where he's studying in the library with Ari, and he has no clue what he is doing. She's blatantly checking him out, but he's scared to take his eyes off his book because he can't believe she'd be into him. It's truly adorkable. Things get complicated when Tom isn't sure if Ari is manipulating him for her own supernatural ends. He questions what's going on between them. Is it real or is she just playing with him? But little does he realize that she's faced with a no win situation and that she has to give up everything if she wants to be with him. And Houston ups the ante placing Tom in the crosshairs of a paranormal showdown. With Tom's life in danger, the choices that Ari makes may lead to his death. The pulse-pounding conclusion has me on pins and needles for the next installment of the series. I can't wait for Houston to wow me once again.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Chemistry of Fate by Meradeth Houston Book Two (companion novel) of the Sary Society series  Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing Publication Date: April 25, 2013 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC provided by the author Summary (from Goodreads): “They are everywhere, can be anyone, and are always the last person you’d expect.” When Tom stumbles across his grandfather’s journal, he’s convinced the old man was crazier than he thought. The book contains references to beings called the Sary, immortals who are assigned to save humans on the verge of suicide. They certainly aren’t allowed to fall in love with mortals. Which the journal claims Tom’s grandfather did, resulting in his expulsion from the Sary. As strange as the journal seems, Tom can’t get the stories out of his head; especially when he finds the photo of his grandfather’s wings. Tom’s only distraction is Ari, the girl he studies with for their chemistry class. Ari has one goal when she arrives in town: see how much Tom knows about the Sary and neutralize the situation. This isn’t a normal job, but protecting the secrecy of the Sary is vital. If Tom is a threat to exposing the Sary to the public, fate has a way of taking care of the situation, usually ending with the mortal’s death. While Ari spends time with Tom, he becomes more than just an assignment, but how far can a relationship go when she can’t tell him who she really is? When she finds out just how much Tom actually knows about the Sary, Ari is forced to choose between her wings, and her heart. What I Liked: This book was a quick read, which was refreshing for me, as I have recently been reading a ton of long historical fiction novels. And then an AMAZING YA fantasy novel. I liked how fast I read this book, because it gave me time to digest the book, and reflect on what I had read. I loved that this book was in dual point-of-views. I enjoyed reading from Tom's point-of-view much more than reading from Ari's point-of-view. Tom is so sweet and honest and courageous - and half the time he doesn't realize it. I didn't really get the whole hot-male-vibe from him, which could be a good thing or a not-so-good thing, because I feel like the author was trying to give him that quality. The story itself was okay. The ending is good. Predictable, but good. No love triangle! People looking for a nice, simple romance will definitely fall for Tom and Ari!  Also, I LOVE the cover. Like, a lot. I think the pink and the shimmers are beautiful! What I Did Not Like: I had a couple of big problems with this book. For one, the plot. It was predictable, and really, it amounted to a few events. I didn't like how the entire book was focused on solely the romance. At least try and and have some other dynamic to the book! It would have cut down on the more boring parts, and added more dimension to the plot. Also, I did not like Ari. She's not a heroine I enjoyed following. She has no spine. I didn't understand the supernatural beings - the Sary. I feel like they weren't explained very well. And I wish we could have had a scene with the Sary in action, you know, fulfilling their purpose. Doing what they are supposed to do, not babysitting a mortal. Instead, we get Ari, the girl with no backbone, who does not know what she wants. I did not like Ari. Wings, no wings. Boy, no boy. PICK ONE. Life is hard. Decisions are hard. I feel like she did not deserve her ending with Tom. For a Sary, she is not very tough. I feel bad for Tom. He deserves better. The Sary beings sound like the Revenants from Amy Plum's books. But with wings. Just saying.  Despite all of that, I enjoyed the book. I may not read it again, but it was worth the read. Would I Recommend It: If you read the first book, Colors Like Memories, then I think this is a great companion novel. I did not read Colors Like Memories before reading The Chemistry of Fate. Otherwise, it is not a must-read. Rating: 3 stars. I enjoyed this book when I was reading it, but it probably is not the right book for me.
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
In this book we meet Tom who has found his grandfather's journal and is trying to make sense of what his Grandfather wrote about. Of course Tom has trouble making sense of the ramblings. Tom also meets Ari a girl in his class who offers to become a study buddy of his. Ari is on a mission where she needs to find out how much Tom knows about the Sary and whether he is a threat to their existence. What she doesn't count on is falling for him. The more she is around him the more she feels things in her heart she shouldn't. She has had other missions with humans and never had to worry about her heart getting in the way. Something about Tom is different then other guys she has come across. This book was great story about the mystery of the Sary and the relationship between Tom and Ari. I really enjoyed learning about his grandfather and what he knew, and the fact that his grandfather had wings too. Definitely a great paranormal others will enjoy especially if you've read Colors Like Memories unlike that one this one predates that story, but again it's involving the Sary and falling in love, and ultimately having to choose between having wings or following your heart.
Michelle-K-Pickett-Author More than 1 year ago
If you’ve read my blog you already know I have mad love for Meradeth Houston. Not only is she a sweet person (and funny), but she is a wicked talented author. When I read her debut young adult paranormal Colors Like Memories I was blown away. I love her writing style and the subject matter was so relevant to today’s teens. It’s an awesome book all the way around. I highly recommend it. If you haven’t picked up a copy, get one. You’ll be glad you did. Based on my experience with Colors Like Memories I had extremely high hopes for The Chemistry Of Fate. I knew it was going to be good, but wow! I had no idea it was going to surpass Colors Like Memories.  I’m always one to look at the first sentence of a book. A lot of my decision to continue to read a book or not hinges on that first sentence. My like or dislike of that sentence decides if I keep reading the paragraph, which, in turn, decides if I read the next paragraph and ultimately the book. Meradeth has a way with first sentences. I still believe the first sentence in Colors Like Memories is the best first sentence I’ve ever read in a book. Period. But, the first sentence in The Chemistry Of Fate rates up there on my list of favorites, too. “They are everywhere, can be anyone, and are always the last person you’d expect.” Okay, that got me. Who are they? And why does the person speaking feel the need to mention them? So that sentence made me want to read more and the second sentence… "I should have said the seat was taken before she sat down." made me want to keep reading. Why? Why not let her sit there? Who is she?  Meradeth did exactly what great authors do. She presented questions to her readers in the first few sentences. Questions keep readers engaged in the story. They keep them reading to find the answers—and you’ll want to keep reading to find the answers to the questions in The Chemistry of Fate.  I was immediately drawn into the lives of Tom and Ari. I cared about them. I needed to know what happened to them at each stage of the story. I felt their conflicting emotions, their fear, confusion.  Meradeth’s writing style draws me into her stories. I love how she strings words together. It’s almost like a melody. There were so many areas of the book that when I read them I was struck by how beautifully written they were… “I knew for certain I loved her when I flew in the night sky, and the stars only reminded me of her eyes. I could never utter such a line aloud, but it happened.” And my ultimate favorite quote from The Chemistry Of Fate: “Walking from the funeral, leaving her body behind for the last time, I was so full of rage. I longed to hurt something. But then it started to snow. She always loved the snow. And I stood in the white world and wept.” That touched me and my throat got that ridiculous tight lump in it. You know the one. It comes just before your eyes start to leak. And then my husband teases me for crying over a book, but how can that not touch a part of your heart? The pain in the passage is evident and the writing is beautiful.   I could go on about how much I loved this book. I could tell you what happened in each chapter, but that would spoil the fun for you when you read it. Instead I’m just going to finish my review with my rating, which I’m sure by now you can guess. Bottom line: Meradeth Houston is an excellent author and I highly recommend The Chemistry Of Fate. Five Stars—I loved it!
ktlc1113 More than 1 year ago
The Chemistry of Fate is Meradeth Houston's second book, although its events occur before those of her first book, Colors Like Memories. Both take place in a world very much like ours, except for the existence of Sary, angel-like beings who are the souls of children who die before taking their first breaths. In their new forms, they are tasked to help those considering suicide. I loved Colors Like Memories, and The Chemistry of Fate did not disappoint.  Ari loves being a Sary; Tom, a human, doesn't know Sary exist. That is until he finds a journal written by his grandfather, who drops hints about his life as a Sary who fell in love with a mortal. Ari has been sent to see how much Tom knows, as humans must not find out about her kind. Not being suicidal, Tom is not a typical assignment for Ari. The more she gets to know him, the more concerned she becomes for his safety. Tom's grandfather left far too much information behind in his journal. And more than that, Ari finds herself falling for Tom. But falling in love with a mortal could cost Ari her wings, just as it cost Tom's grandfather his wings. And it could cost Tom his life. The pull and push of Tom and Ari's relationship is so well done in this story. There are so many reasons for them not to be together in a romantic way, but the chemistry is undeniable. Beyond the forbidden love story, Houston's ability to suck a reader into her writing with her sensory details is wonderful. The Chemistry of Fate takes place in winter; Houston made me feel the cold, the quiet, the loneliness of the season, so fitting to the mood of the story. And I loved the flying scenes (in both Colors and Chemistry). I really felt like I was soaring along with the Sary, wings spread wide, wind rushing through my hair. The Chemistry of Fate is a beautiful must-read!