REVIEW: Fated (Fated #1) by Sarah Alderson

Fated by Sarah Alderson
Series: Fated #1
Published by Simon & Schuster UK on 5th January 2012
Pages: 320

What happens when you discover you aren't who you thought you were? And that the person you love is the person who will betray you? If your fate is already determined, can you fight it?

When Evie Tremain discovers that she’s the last in a long line of Demon slayers and that she’s being hunted by an elite band of assassins –Shapeshifters, Vampires and Mixen demons amongst them – she knows she can’t run. They’ll find her wherever she goes. Instead she must learn to stand and fight.

But when the half-human, half-Shadow Warrior Lucas Gray is sent to spy on Evie and then ordered to kill her before she can fulfil a dangerous prophecy, their fates become inextricably linked. The war that has raged for one thousand years between humans and demons is about to reach a devastating and inevitable conclusion. Either one or both of them will die before this war ends.

If your life becomes bound to another’s, what will it take to sever it?
A thriller that is easy and quick to read, pulling you into a small town where not everyone is who they seem. I really like the cover of Fated, it is mysterious however I am confused as to how it links in with the storyline as my initial thought for the genre was espionage.

Lucas Gray is an Assassin and has been sent to kill Evie Tremain. Evie Tremain has only just learnt of her family's past and is only starting to be trained to fight. But what neither of them expect, is falling in love will be the most dangerous thing they can do.

Evie is a protagonist who is easy to read about, she is strong and will always try to protect herself and her mother, alongside the fact that she will not give in easily. However, she does seem to be driven more by other peoples decisions for her, and she was a little laid back; I would be furious if SOMEONE CUT PART OF MY EAR OFF ON PURPOSE! But she just seemed to be like "okay, whatever"...I just! I don't know!

The relationship of both Lucas and Evie felt very 'insta-love' on both sides, as we where able to see the events happening from both POV's. There relationship as many have said is very cute and adorable however,  it felt extremely false.

The plot of this novel was okay, it does engage you alongside learning about the history and the variety of 'Unhumans' though I felt it just needed something more as the pace of the novel felt rather slow. What I must applaud is the danger and action in this novel as it was mostly continuous, someone was always fighting or practicing and Alderson's description really allows the reader to visualise the scenes.

This novel was interesting and full of action however, the pace of the novel was rather slow and sadly I do not see how the novel can be taken further.

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