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The Trouble With Fate (Mystwalker #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,108 Ratings  ·  235 Reviews
Meet Hedi Peacock. She's half Fae. Half Were. And all trouble…

I Have Two Words For Werewolves:

My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiv
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars
With hundreds (yes, hundreds) of urban fantasy books behind me, I really thought I’d seen it all, but a sentient amulet for a sidekick is news even to me. Merry the fae amulet is an endless source of entertainment. She doesn’t speak, obviously, but she has ways to express her opinions rather loudly regardless. Most of those ways end up being very painful for poor Hedi. But Merry also has the ability to heal and she uses it to help Hedi whenever it’s needed, and in turn, Hedi feeds her a
Dec 05, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it


Hedi Peacock is half-Fae, half-Were. She's been living under the radar for years ever since her parents were killed and her twin brother was taken through the portal back to Merenwyn, the world of the Fae. Scraping a living as a barista at Starbucks and looking after her eccentric aunt, Hedi's world is pretty settled until Robson Trowbridge, a rogue Creemore Were walks in one day.

"Of all the Starbucks in this town, why would he walk into ours?"

Robson Trowbridge had been the love of the adol
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Dec 06, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy/New Adult UF fans
3.5 stars...Love the heroine! Go, Hedi!

Hedi Peacock, equal parts Were and Fae, works as a barista. She supports the only family member – her sickly and unstable Fae aunt - remaining in this world. Life had once been wonderful, with a loving mother mated to an honorable werewolf, a twin brother who was also a best friend, a charming home by a pond, and a dreamy boy to stalk. It was all lost one horrible night ending with a werewolf killing her father; the Fae executing her mother; and the kidnapp
September 2013 re-read: New rating 4.5 stars. I loved this book even more the 2nd time around. Looooooove Trowbridge. He tops the list of my favorite alpha werewolf heroes <3. Can't wait for book 3 next year!!!

December 2012 review:
**This was a joint review/buddy read with Lynsey. To see the full review, visit The Demon Librarian blog**

I love books about the Fae, and I can bask in the light of a well-written werewolf story for days. So when I read the synopsis for The Tr
Suzanne McLeod
Aug 05, 2012 Suzanne McLeod rated it it was amazing

I was lucky enough to get an early read of this fab book! Hedi, the heroine is a likeable, light-fingered heroine with smarts; Bridge is a tough, sexy hero with troubles; and there's a glimpse into a fascinating fae world that will have you howling for the next book. I loved it and can't wait for the next one!
Darynda Jones
Jun 09, 2012 Darynda Jones rated it it was amazing
What a delicious read!!!
4.5 stars
It all started with a day dream, a blue eyed hunk and boob grabbing stone.
Heidi, was just trying to make it through the day and not get fired when the dreams came. If that wasn't bad enough, he walked in the door to her coffee shop. All her control slipped, her memories warred between hate and love. This was only the beginning of her storm to come. She will be dragged into a fight they never wanted any part of. She is betrayed, heartbroken, beaten, and yet there is so much hope and *din
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Joint read/review with Janice. Find more reviews like this at The Demon Librarian book blog.

What a fun read!

This was great, fun, sexy Urban Fantasy. Hedi's voice was immediately engaging as a protagonist, and you got the sense that she was talking directly to you, which I thought was great. It had some standard UF fare with the werewolves and Fae taking centre stage, but it definitely managed to put its own spin on even those regular staples of the genre.

And also some great new ideas as well.
Sep 26, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
The Trouble with Fate: A Mystwalker Novel While I was reading this all I kept thinking was this is not your usual UF novel. It's gritty and messy and full of feelings and the consequences of realizing your destiny. It shows the 'ugly' side of Faerie more than the pretty, the bloody brutality of a Were pack's hierarchy and the painful cost of magic. And it also gives us an unconventional romance which developed in such a fulfilling way, because even though Hedi fancied herself in love with Trowbr ...more
Kerry Schafer
Dec 18, 2012 Kerry Schafer rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the main character, Hedi, the minute she appeared on the page. Not that she goes out of the way to make herself lovable, mind you. Here's the thing about Hedi: she's half Fae and half Were. Now, werewolf books in general are not my usual fare, but I've read enough to know that the Fae and the Weres don't exactly love each other. Hedi would be a woman at war with herself under the best of circumstances.
And hers are not the best of circumstances. When she was young, her family
All Things Urban Fantasy
Dec 18, 2012 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

THE TROUBLE WITH FATE sort of snuck up on me with how good it was. The cover didn’t wow me, and the first couple chapters are a little slow. But, after the underwhelming start, this story–and more importantly the characters–completely won me over and made the first book in the Mystwalker series one of my favorite urban fantasy titles of the year.

The combustible and intense exchanges between Hedi and Trowbridge were fraught with sexual tension. Heidi had
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
As seen on my blog:

This book was a breathe of paranormal FRESH AIR. I have read an ENDLESS amount of the genre in the last few months, and to be honest, it all started swirling into a collective, repetitive, blur. This book broke the mold for me. It was action packed in JUST the right places, and with just the right amount of words.

I fell into INSTA-LOVE with the main character, Hedi Peacock. I loved her snaky attitude, I LOVED her wit, I absolutely fell for everything she held true and dear. S
Mandy Sickle
I picked up The Trouble With Fate for two reasons it works for a challenge I’m doing on Goodreads & what can I say other then I love the idea of a werewolf/fae. Hedi is not human she’s half werewolf and fae she had the perfect fairy tale childhood until the night her father is murdered, her mother executed and her twin brother taken to the fae realm. Her only choice after being left in the fire by the werewolves is into hiding with her aunt Lou. After ten long years she’s working as a coffee ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
This review was first posted at Reading Between The Wines!

I have a new awesome series to follow! *Doing the book happy cabbage patch* The Trouble With Fate has an excellent jaded and snarky heroine named Heidi. She's half Fae and half Werewolf. Her father was murdered by a fellow werewolf, her mother murdered and twin brother kidnapped by the Fae. So it's needless to say that she doesn't have an overwhelming desire to be in touch with her familial roots. The only people she has left in her life
Silver James
Jan 18, 2013 Silver James rated it it was amazing
The Trouble With Fate broke my heart. And left me wishing on a star. This is a book where the fae aren't sparkly and the weres are dark and dangerous. This is a book where a child finally has to face growing up, when a woman finally rediscovers her heart and her honor. I wish I didn't have to wait until July to find out what happens next. Kudos to Leigh Evans on an outstanding debut. The writing is starkly lyrical, the emotions gut-wrenchingly pure. This book is faerie gold. Warning, though. Don ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Brilliant debut novel. Leigh Evans has a strong, distinctive and compelling voice.

Rush out and read this emotionally charged book. You'll feel every challenge felt by the protagonist.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Paranormal Haven
Dec 19, 2012 Paranormal Haven rated it really liked it
Hedi is working at a Starbucks when Robson Trowbridge walks in. He is a Were, as in werewolf. The last time she saw him was right after her parents were murdered. Her father was a part of the same pack, but her mother was Fae. Since their deaths Hedi has changed her name, and moved around with her full Fae aunt Lou. She is sucked back into Pack drama when they go looking for an amulet, and amulet that looks a lot like Hedi’s. Trowbridge has the amulet they are looking for. After that Trowbridge ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Mara rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
2 1\2

My trouble with fate started when I decided to read this book without first checking my friends' reviews. (Isn't it right Naysa?)

No, unfortunately, this isn't true. This book had many troubles of its own, starting from an uneven characterization and plot, and ending with holes and other nuisance on the way.

Let's start with the positive: it has a fresh take on a familiar world. It has broken characters as leading man and woman (yeah!). It has a darker edge to its story.

The negative. Now,
The Trouble with Fate is like what the title said. I have trouble with this one. If I can sum my feeling about this book, that's will be "This Book is Sucks!". I'm not meanie here. I just being honest. This book indeed sucks. First part is more like Hedi's diary. She told us what happen with her past, her crush to the hero Robson Towbridge, her crazy aunt's dream that always haunt her and her life now. What supposed to be interesting plot turn as boring story. More like talk, talk and talk. Wher ...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Original Romancing the Dark Side Review:

Filled with magic, mayhem and a snarky anti-heroine you'll gravitate to!

While I found that book starts off a little slow, you really get a good look into the life of the main character, Hedi Peacock which sets the tone of the story. Hedi is a half-fae, half-were, working as a Starbucks barrista, who has left her old name and life behind the night her family was murdered in front of her and she loses her twin brother, taken by the fae into another realm.
Jan 17, 2013 Francesca rated it did not like it
I went out on a limb and decided to read this book because I saw that Eloisa James recommended it in an article she wrote for B&N. Now, this book is outside of what I usually read - I typically steer clear of paranormal adult reads. I mean how many books can you read about vampires, werewolves and faeries without it getting old? Seriously. However, I like Ms. James, like her books and figured, why not? She wrote a nice review and it sounded interesting enough.

After reading this (or really on
Jan 01, 2013 Chelsey rated it really liked it
Hedi Peacock is half-Fae and half-Were, but a whole lot of trouble. She now lives and works as a barista in a coffee shop while she tries to remain undetected by the supernatural world surrounding her. Hedi is pretty content with her “normal” life, taking care of her rather stranger aunt and talking with her amulet, Merry, until Robson Trowbridge walks into her little coffee shop one day and sends her world in a crazy whirlwind. This is a man whom Hedi has loved since her adolescent years and wi ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Ninkopi rated it it was amazing
The Trouble With Fate is amazing!

First of the lead protagonist, Hedi Peacock (former Helen Stronghold) is a pudgy, glasses wearing, braid sporting, short girl. Not exactly hot stuff. So naturally she accepts that she is a plain Jane. In this regard she is very humble.

But despite that you still manage to see the beauty in her as other people do (well the hero does anyway...) - physically I mean, and without her awareness of it. This is not an easy thing to achieve in writing.
Usually you realiz
Apr 25, 2013 Surin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet Hedi Peacock. She's half Fae. Half Were. And all trouble…
Hedi Peacock is as controversial on the love/hate spectrum as Marmite or Margaret Thatcher - you're either going to end up hating her or loving her. Given that I enjoyed this book tremendously you can guess that I'm on the camp of like.

What do the tree huggers call it? Karma?

No wait a minute; that's not right. "Karma" is just a word for what goes around, isn't it? And on the surface, Robson Trowbridge's only crime was to have been th
I want to give this one more stars, and I sort of waffled between 3 and 4, but for some reason, I couldn't bring myself to add an extra one. It wasn't bad, by any stretch of the imagination and I enjoyed it enough that I'm putting the second book in the series on my TBR list. However, my dissatisfaction seems to come from a few factors.

For one thing, the book seems pretty certain that the heroine is actually an antiheroine, but she just doesn't really come off this way. I'm not sure why - after
Jul 23, 2013 Candace rated it really liked it
The Trouble With Fate is a unique urban fantasy with plenty of things to make it stand out from other UF's out there. It's hard to find something truly different, but luckily this book had those elements that made it stand out from others. Some of these are the fae ways,world and rules; Hedi is half fae and half werewolf and that Hedi has an amulet around her neck called Merry and it's a living being inside that communications by changing colors and wiggling around (like pointing and stuff).

Shera (Book Whispers)
What putrid bull shit was this? Maybe I was more sensitive to annoying and stupid leads because of the last book I finished. Either way I gave this book my all. Even after it was clear that I disliked the female lead. A lot. I pushed on. Got up to 50 percent, realized I actually hated the female lead. I pushed on because of all the amazing reviews and recommendations.

But there is a freaking breaking point. And I promised myself that I would use my Did Not Finish rights!

So why didn't things wor
Dec 13, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it

Hedi Peacock is a fae-werewolf hybrid. Her parents were killed when she was young, and her twin brother was taken away into the fae realm. Trouble begins when some werewolves hunting for an amulet that can open the portal to the fae realm catches Hedi on their radar. And Hedi knows exactly where that amulet is. The problem is, it's with her childhood werewolf crush and she needs the amulet to get her aunt back from the evil clutches of the werewolves. Furthermore, any werewolf that crosses over
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: First book from Ms. Evans and it shows promise.

Opening Sentence: We lived in a long flat bungalow in Creemore.

The Review:

Firstly, I am astounded at the word pictures that Ms. Evans is able to capture in my mind. She has a knack for expressing color and even light that is truly unique. But there are times in which I was lost in a myriad of words and the story was left behind almost casually which is a shame because I wanted to get swept away
Beth Dawkins
Dec 20, 2012 Beth Dawkins rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Hedi is working at a Starbucks when Robson Trowbridge walks in. He is a Were, as in werewolf. The last time she saw him was right after her parents were murdered. Her father was a part of the same pack, but her mother was Fae. Since their deaths Hedi has changed her name, and moved around with her full Fae aunt Lou. She is sucked back into Pack drama when they go looking for an amulet, and amulet that looks a lot like Hedi’s. Trowbridge has the amulet they are looking for. After that Trowbridge ...more
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I was born in Montreal, Quebec but now live in Southern Ontario with my husband. I’ve raised two kids, mothered three dogs, and herded a few cats. Other than that, my life was fairly routine until I hit the age of 50. Some women get tattoos. I decided to write a book. A little tardy, but then again, Mum always said I was a late bloomer.

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