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Fated by Sarah Alderson
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Aug 15, 12

Read from August 11 to 15, 2012

This is one of those books that your just not sure what to make of despite the very fact that you have finished it and read it from cover to cover. The novel though and the concept of it was an interesting write and it was imaginative in the very fact that you could make it come to life. However there was a huge sense of it being somewhat, if not very, cliche. There are the demons, the hunter who doesnt know shes a hunter or just how special she is. And then there is the half demon half human who somehow falls in love with the one person that he is not allowed to. This automatically reminds of series like Fallen, hush hush, vampire academy, vampire diaries. There is always this baddy that your just not allowed to love but there is also the demon thats not allowed to fall in love with the good girl. So It wasnt really a fresh new exciting read, and therefore I had to try and focus on the writing style of the novel isntead. Sarah Alderson does seem to be one of the new generations of writers, one of those authors that others talk about and have mixed feelings about and after finally getting hold of one of her novels I was able to see what it was that she was going on about. The writing context of it is complex and yet simple at the same time. you can see the element and the power of description that has gone into making the novel as real and alive as possible, and yet at the same time you can see that there is not as strong as a complex intention as there perhaps is in other novels that I have read.

Evie is a strong minded and witty girl, the sort of girl who knows what she wants and how she wants it. She carries her pride on her shoulders and seems to hate to admit that she is wrong. I think therefore she automatically becomes a character that you can automatically identify with and relate with because a lot of us are like this ourselves out in the real world. We all want to assume that we can tackle all the obstacles and that we are this independant that we can actually go out and get more than one job. However, there is this little whisper within evies character that almost seems to pull us back to reality, that makes us see that we are not like this at all and that neither is she, that her life is a fantasy based lifestyle that we all dream for and yet is most probably unlikely to be achieved. But this doesnt stop me from wanting to read on to see what occurs with Evie, which is why when Lucas turns up you instantly find yourself more attracted to the novel because of course who isnt attracted to the yummy baddy that somehow manages to safe the persons life that he is indeed meant to be killing. However, this in itself is an annoying element of the novels that I read. as bad hearted as it might be, you almost, or well I almost, kind of want the baddy to actually be the baddy and not the good looking superman that saves the day. I just want to read something that will make the boook so much different that it stands out from the rest.

The plot of the story is as cliche as anything and you basically predict what is going to happen and that the ending is not going to be the ending. I didnt even need to look up the book to realize that it was the first in the series and the sad fact is that I can almost predict what will happen in the second novel and the third novel and so fourth. This for me almost makes me reluctant to carry on reading the series because why bother reading something that I have already read over and over again? surely there has to be a difference that makes it stand out from the rest that will make it so much different. This is why I will therefore continue to carry on reading it because that hope will be there, that it will be different from the rest and have its own sense of depth and detail that makes it stand out so vibrantly that you cant help to talk about the novel. there arte good factors to the novel, dont get me wrong, its just that I am tired of reading what appears to be the same thing over and over again because this is not the only thing thaat us young adults want to read. We like to change and we like to see this change and at the moment we dont seem to be seeing it in any of the novels produced for our age range.

In conclusion I am therefore going to give the book a three star rating. It was an ok novel but it was not a perrfect novel. It was something that had so much room for improvement and just needed something that so much more defining to it.
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