Alright, today we are part of the Fate Fixed Blog Tour and Author Bonnie Erina Wheeler has cooked up a great guest post. But, of course, I’ve taken the time to read Fate Fixed and am happy to share my review with y’all. Oh, but wait! There’s a giveaway attached to this awesome post too!
So, let’s check out the cover and blurb for Fate Fixed by Bonnie Erina Wheeler!
When Lexie Anderson’s mother suddenly announces she is marrying a Romanian immigrant, Lexie willingly leaves behind her busy life in Connecticut for her penance in the "Moose Capital of the World.” Small town living is strange enough, now Lexie must cope with her overbearing stepfamily monitoring her every move. They disappear into the woods at night and keep a strange secret locked in their shed. Her once calm mother is now having violent outbursts and Lexie’s little sister is hearing sinister sounds coming from the forest behind their new home. Lexie’s biggest surprise comes when she discovers the boy she has been dreaming about since her accident is living in Maine. Despite Torin’s questionable reputation, Lexie cannot resist the physical and emotional attraction pulsating between them. Animals and people in town are turning up dead and Lexie learns the strange new world she lives in has real life monsters. Just when she decides she wants to be with Torin forever, she must fight to protect her mother and sister from being harmed by a formidable evil.—Supplied by the Author
I was given a copy of Fate Fixed in exchange for an honest review.
Right away I’m going to be honest and say that the cover didn’t do anything for me. I hate saying that. And I hate that I said much the same thing in the last review I did. Perhaps it’s just me, but I find that this cover is a little on the generic side—as so many are these days. There isn’t anything wow or attention grabbing about it L Sorry, Bonnie. I just think for the novel and its contents something much better could have been cooked up.
Now, I must say that the blurb did catch my attention. There’s a lot of interesting events that are mentioned that gave enough intrigue to want to read the novel. What I was lost on was the seemingly random mention of an accident involving Lexie. Nothing before that gave any hint that that would play an important role. It caught me off guard, however, in part it was good, I felt I really needed to know what that was all about.
I was not to keen about the opening of this novel. There was a lot of information thrown at us, all at once. Sort of a “hey, this is what’s been going on,” and it was a little too much too fast. It very much slowed down the pacing of the novel, especially when I thought it’d be laced with so much more. However, I pressed on, and didn’t let that take up too much of my opinion. And it was a good thing.
Though there were things in this novel that I didn’t like, sort of a “not my cup of tea situation” there were many aspects that drew me in.
Each and every character was well thought out, I loved something about everyone. Lexie is kind and considerate when it comes to her mother and sisters well being. Torin isn’t a one sided male lead, either. I think he had just as much to deal with giving him multiple sides to his personality.
The romance between Lexie and Torin, though at times seemed lightening in pace, was written excellently. Their story isn’t so unique, a take on destiny, yet it was written in such a way that it gave it a new twist.
And the mystery. There was lots of it when it came to Lexie’s new town, her new family and even Torin’s got a mysterious side.
Fate Fixed had many great things about it, and this review comes down to me, as a reader, not loving everything, but in no way is it a bad read. I think it will appeal to any paranormal romance lover out there. It’s got just enough action, romance, mystery all rolled into it that most will find it a pager-turning read.
I will be giving the sequel, Blood Twist, a chance, for sure.
Here’s the guest post that was graciously written for the blog, and I must say, it’s an excellent topic, one that I might steal the next time I need to write one! Thanks Bonnie!
“What do you think sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?”
I have always been a huge fan of paranormal romance. Throw in my fascination with vampires and werewolves and one can easily see why the idea for the Erris Coven Series came to mind. My love for these amazing creatures isn’t unique. Take a lovely stroll through the young adult section at your favorite bookstore and you will most likely see dozens of novels with this same mix. However, despite their similarity, I like to think Fate Fixed and its sequel Blood Twist have something a little different to offer the genre.
I am Irish. Not one hundred percent by all means, but a huge part of me is. I wanted to bring my love for Eire into the story by making some of my characters Ireland born and bred. But I had to ask myself, how were they made? I didn’t want to just follow the same Transylvanian vampire lore and legends so I created my own.
I knew that Ireland once had Viking invasions and when I researched Norse legends and discovered their belief in the draugar, I was hooked. I knew that I wanted to incorporate some of that into my own imaginary world. I loved the idea of my half-vampires being completely different than anything I have ever read. Creating the history of their world was a fascinating journey. Once I discovered what they stood for, it was easy for me to envision how their choices would affect their lives.
After knowing who my protagonists were in the story, it was time to create the villains. I knew I wanted real bad guys. Bad guys that could make my heroines squirm in their shoes. In many books, the antagonist is a misunderstood soul who had been dealt a hard hand. Not for me! I wanted my heroes to have real challenges that would up the stakes and scare their pants off. As I write book 3 in the series now, Soul Kissed, I continue to challenge myself in this department.
Like many YA paranormal romances, my series may have true love, swoony heroes, and vampires and werewolves – but I like to think it will take my readers on a unique journey full of surprises, dark villains and an interesting spin on vampire and werewolf lore.
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