Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway:
Fates Divided by Jules Barnard
BookCrushin is excited to be a part of the blog tour for the newly released, new adult paranormal romance, Fates Divided by Jules Barnard. In this post you will find all the book information, an excerpt, my spoiler-free review, and a tour-wide giveaway!
Fates Divided by Jules Barnard
Elena Rosales has busted her ass to get into a good college. She’s the only one in her family ever to attend, and expectations are high. No pressure. But Elena’s got this one in the bag, because she’s as dependable as the molecules she studies, as reliable as the chemical reactions that comfort her in their predictability. Until they don’t.
Elena has always wondered why her mother abandoned her on her first birthday. It’s not until she turns eighteen and her chemistry experiments go berserk that she learns the truth: Her mother wasn’t human, and the Fae are willing to harm those Elena loves if she doesn’t use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease.
Derek, Elena’s brooding neighbor, isn’t the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover. But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire-and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival. Lives collide, and allegiance and love are tested, in Fates Divided.
His heart pounded beneath the hand she had pressed to his chest. “When I’m not near you, I’m thinking about you and wondering how long until I see you again. When I’m with you, I’m thinking of ways to get close and touch you, even if it’s only to hold you. And when you smile… I wonder if there is anything more beautiful in the world. Make that worlds.” He grinned.
Spoiler-free Review:[book rating=4/5]
Suddenly there wasn’t a barrier that seemed too great to cross in order to be closer.
Fates Divided was a perfect example of new adult, paranormal romance. It had everything that I want in a novel that makes for an enjoyable, page-turning read. The romance was sizzling and still new and angsty. The main characters, Elena and Derek, were still in college and just discovering major things about themselves. Then throw in a mind-blowing discovery of the existence of another race of magical beings that need Elena to save them from a deadly disease. All of these things lead to the best mix of conflict and excitement.
The plot is very fast-paced and there are twists I never saw coming and kept me turning those pages. The romance helped drive the plot and is very organic yet turns into something so deep & moving without feeling pushy to me. It was page scorching as well. Now, it doesn’t get too graphic but it was definitely hot! All the characters are well developed and I loved that they were smart and driven by education and family but still really good looking! Love the hot nerd comeback going on (for girls and guys) in books these days. Score 10 points to Jules Barnard for putting a fun scientific element into this book. If you aren’t the science nerd type, like myself, don’t worry everything is told very clear and simple and still entertaining.
Elena and Derek really shined. They were so compatible and desperately trying to stay away from each other that you just know it’s going to turn out exciting. I was invested in their lives and even though at times I felt they made stupid mistakes, I was cheering them on their journey together to you know save the same Fae that pretty much threatened them and dissed them at any and ever chance. But Elena and Derek had plenty of motivation like their friends and families safety as well as getting to know this strange world they have been granted exclusive and rare access to.
The only thing that took a little bit to get used to was that the story is told in third person and since that isn’t as common with most of my reads it did take me a minute. However, once I got used to it, I loved the writing style and devoured the pages. I highly recommend this to paranormal romance lovers as the story is original and hooks you right from the beginning. I can’t wait to read the next release in the Halven Rising series!
Before turning to storytelling, Jules earned a master’s degree in public health and spent many an hour running statistical analysis–until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.
Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.