Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blog Tour - Fates Divided by Jules Barnard (Review + Giveaway)

Hey everyone! I am one of the stops for the Fates Divided blog tour today. This tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Fates Divided is by Jules Barnard and has to do with the Fae which is awesome. Scroll down to read my review as well as enter a giveaway! Thanks for stopping by. :) 

Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1)
by Jules Barnard
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: August 31st 2015

3.5 stars  - Intriguing Start to Series! 

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


In the Halven Rising Series, love and ancient allegiances are threatened when the worlds of Fae and Halven collide. Each Halven Rising novel features a different couple and may be read as a standalone, but an overreaching story arc connects the books, so it’s fun to read them in order.

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Tell me a book is about the Fae and I will immediately read it. I absolutely love anything having to do with the world of Fae and so I was definitely excited to read this one. I was also interested in Fates Divided because Elena is Latina. I'm also Latina so that was a win for me. 

Fates Divided was definitely an interesting and informational start to this trilogy. We learned all about Elena, her neighbor Derek, and this new world that she has found herself in. Something that I found unique was that there were scientific aspects to this story and the world. Elena and Derek were both interested in science and chemistry and worked that into figuring out the Fae powers that they had. I'm used to reading Fae books that really only deal with fantasy so it was a definite change. Sometimes I was a little overwhelmed with all the information provided but it was interesting nonetheless. 

I enjoyed the Fae information but I really enjoyed the characters. Elena was strong, stubborn, and such a great friend. She kept going even when things got hard and she helped in any way that she could. Derek was a mystery at first but just gets even more interesting with everything that we learn about him. Aside from main characters, there were some great and entertaining friends that Elena and Derek had or met along the way. 

All in all, this was a great start to this new trilogy. There were awesome characters and tons of information about the Fae world. The ending was also full of action and suspense! There were a lot of loose ends and "what happens now" questions for me at the end of this book so I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next. I also saw that the next book focuses more on two other characters that I also enjoyed in this book which I'm excited about! 

Definitely give this one a try if you are obsessed with the Fae or interested in Fae and science! 


About the Author

A RITA-nominated author, Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched Fates Divided, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls “…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe, or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters who have heart and humor.

When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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