Let me just start by saying I hadn't read anything by this author when this book caught my attention. I was so curious about the whole Native American theme that I ignored my lack of knowledge of the author's previous work and some of the not so positive reviews of Fated I'd read. I decided to see for myself whether I like the book or not. And I'm so glad I did, because this is, in my humble opinion, a paranormal YA par excellence!
Daire is on the road all her life, from one movie set to another, as her mother happens to be a successful make-up artist. There is no permanent home for the two of them, so there is no room for any friendships or relationships. That's why Daire is a rather cynical young girl who can't let herself care for anyone. She is not happy, but somewhat content. But lately these weird hallucinations started to bother her, and when she experiences a total break down while in Morocco, the future seems pretty bad for her. The only option, besides being drugged all the time in a madhouse, is to go live with her grandmother who claims to know how to help her. And sure she does. With moving into a small town in New Mexico a completely new life begins. Daire learns she is a Seeker, a person who is supposed to keep balance in the world(s) by stopping certain people from using their magic for their evil plans.
I seriously enjoyed the parts of Daire's initiation, all her spiritual and mystical experience while she was guided by Paloma, her grandmother. It was fascinating to follow the change, to see how her character developed. But the best part was the beautiful and strong relationship between Daire and her grandmother that arose out of it. I think Daire was likeable from the very beginning, even though slightly bratty at times and quite cynical, but still likable. At least for me. But since she met Paloma, she turned into a character I really liked. Paloma was a great character as well. Wise, strong, and kind, providing Daire with a home she so desperately needed. When it comes to romance, I'm so happy that there was no single "I love you" in this book, and that the relationship is based on much more than just the good looks of the guy. Also, Daire's love interest isn't the only thing that matters to her. She knows her purpose. The story itself was pretty good as well, though there is still a lot to learn for both the reader and Daire. All the aspects of this book were intertwined nicely and together created a captivating story full of Native American lore. I can't wait to read the sequel.
BTW, the Mick Jagger joke made me laugh out loud. :)...more
Did not finish. I'm sorry, I really tried. But the beginning was unbearable for me. But I'm sure this will work for many people, I'm just not one of tDid not finish. I'm sorry, I really tried. But the beginning was unbearable for me. But I'm sure this will work for many people, I'm just not one of them....more
This was an easy and fun read, but very sophisticated and wrapped up in an alluring perfume. It's a long time since I enjoyed a contemporary fiction so much.
The main character is Jac L'Etoile, but the book follows many other people from different parts of the world and also from different times of our history. It might sound scary at first, but don't worry. The author managed to connect all the story lines into one big picture. It is very well structured and all the pieces fit together nicely in the end.
This is supposed to be more of a fun read, but it touches big themes. There are parts about Tibet and the Chinese occupation. It makes you realize (again) how sad it is to see someone who is systematically destroying other people and their culture just because of their beliefs. Nothing new for the human race though. It also touches spirituality and the possibility of reincarnation. Reincarnation is actually the main theme of this book, which I personally like, as I believe in it. And basically everything mentioned in this book is in one way or another close to my interests and/or beliefs. Beside reincarnation there's a lot of mythology (Greek and Egyptian), some history, C. G. Jung, philosophy, and of course the artisan perfumery. But the beauty of this book is that you don't have to believe in anything, or be really into the things it talks about in order to enjoy it. You can read it just as a very entertaining mystery and you'll be happy.
The romance aspect of this book was amazing. I have very often problems to enjoy the romance part in many books for various reasons. But here the intimacy is portrayed so well. It is the intimacy between two people who belong together, the intimacy that is so strong and pure that it goes through all the layers of your being. Well, that blew my mind. This is how I imagine love, nothing superficial, but raw and painful emotions that capture you completely, body and soul. Yeah, I love that!
Different perfumes, incenses, and smells are intertwined throughout the whole book, and I feel like the writing is soaked with the smells as well. It kind of takes you into a different reality full of scents that wake up different emotions. And even though you are in a dreamy state, it makes you see things more clearly.
All in all this was very enjoyable mystery romance flavoured with spirituality and history. Both thumbs up! :)...more
Let me start with saying that I'm not the biggest fan of chick-lit or even romance (with some exceptions). This book is definitely both, yet I still enjoyed it very much. Why? Because of the Greek mythology! The author obviously researched a lot, and then nicely wove together a story of a modern woman with the myth of Persephone. The way every little aspect of this myth was shown in this story and actually worked, that is something worth praising. Mythology is very popular nowadays, but not always it's treated well and right. But Cast just knows her mythology!
The main character was definitely likeable. I mean with her love for good wine and food, and special connection with animals, how could she not be likeable? :) I even enjoyed the romance. Even though the parts with Hades being shirtless and all sweaty while working in his forge made me chuckle. But still, the romance was kind of nice, though at times bittersweet, which probably made it enjoyable for me.
I loved the Underworld, what a place! It was portrayed nicely, with loads of details, but it was never boring!
What I also like is the fact that Cast is not fond of damsels in distress. Her heroines might be hurt and lost, but they are also strong and in the end they are able to find their way.
All in all a nice romance based on Greek mythology.
And now if you'll excuse me, I have a cup of Ambrosia to drink....more