About the Book
Title: Twisted Fate
Series: Twisted, 1
Author: Jessi Elliott
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Being kidnapped by the Leader of the Fae really puts a dent in your senior year.
Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly—until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook.
Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous fae leader, and an admired businessman in the human world, is all kinds of dangerous. While he finds Aurora intriguing, her refusal to bend to his will keeps them locked in a constant power struggle.
Entering into a deal is the only way to escape Tristan’s clutches, which only plunges Aurora deeper into the fae world. With her future at stake, she is forced to handle his arrogance and extraordinary fae abilities as she fights to stay grounded in her mundane life.
Not to mention her struggle to ignore the growing attraction she knows she shouldn’t feel for the man who kidnapped her.
When people said college would be the most exciting time of her life, Aurora never thought this is what they meant.
I remember reading this book way back in June of 2017 when I was a beta reader. Even further backs read the first chapter in December 2016, so I've been waiting for this book to come out for a long time so I could gush over how much I love this book. And the time has come for me to do that.
I'm going to start off and say that I really enjoyed this book. I was immediately pulled into the world and couldn't put it down once I started (I had to a few times because I was sneaking in reading it while I was at work, but I just couldn't wait until the end of the day to finish reading). I will admit, that despite loving the plot I did skim a bit in the woods over Sage's training.
I'm going to jump into the characters. All of whom were well written and compelling.
I can't believe it's taken me so long to read this story. It came out on October 4, and I literally had NO chance to read it because I was bogged down in papers, exams, and then final papers and final exams, not to mention needing to pack up my dorm room to get it stored for my transfer in January. Anyway, I love this book just as much as I did when I first beta'd it a while back (sometime around 2014, when I was Melissa's PA & she was actively drafting Book 2—which meant I read each chapter as it came out with bated breath).
Holy cow, I think I may have a heart attack. Not for ONE MOMENT did this book let up from the first page, and not even until the last because it was a killer cliff-hanger and I want the next book in the Wind Dancer series immediately. The only down side of reading so quickly in my opinion.
I really can't say much more about the plot than what's already included in the book description (above) without giving stuff away, but let me say this: not only did I read this fast, but I also am now paranoid about everyone but one character in this book. And that's the main and POV character.
**Warning: In honor of Jenna Moreci's M.O., there will be cursing in this post**
I've been thinking that phrase over and over again ever since I discovered Jenna Moreci on Youtube way back in April (or March, who the hell even knows?). I always loved her writing-advice videos, her personality, and her book didn't disappoint (I mean, with all the tips she vlogs about, that would have SUCKED). But it didn't, so we're all good.
Now, I don't want to spoil this kick-ass novel because it has one HELL of a plot that you'd kill me for telling you the end. But what I can say is that Evelyn "Eve" Kingston is one of the best heroines I've read in a novel in a long time! I finished the first 12 chapters within 1.5 hours way back in April when I BEGGED Jenna to send me the first 12 chapters before she staged an intervention and told me to wait like the rest of her street team to get the book (which happened yesterday).
Reasons why I (really, my mom did, but whatever) bought this book:
I love the adventure/romance/fantasy genre. Always have, probably always will, but in recent years, there have been a lot of similar books in the YA category (and NA, if I'm to be honest). Thankfully, Kiss of Deception was fresh and original. The plot was a real page-turner from start to finish. The characters were all three-dimensional with complexities that I could relate to.
In this gripping young adult novel, author Kiersten White creates another engaging world in which readers can immerse themselves. I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of being supernatural? Being better than normal people? I know that I’d love the extra advantage, but this book and Kinetic by S.K. Anthony prove that being extraordinary has its price—and usually a very steep one.
Sisters Sofia “Fia” and Annie are both supernaturally gifted. Kept at a special school, they are trained to hone their powers and run “missions” for the head of school and his son. When Fia almost dies, both sisters realize they must escape and protect each other against all odds.
Tired of reading stories with weak female main characters who lack purpose and are constantly fawning over her love interest? Look no further!
Cait is the quintessential fictional representation of a strong, yet realistic strong-willed and independent woman. She stands her own against the powerful, supernatural men in the room—no matter how many outnumber her.
The author has not only created a worthy female role model, the guys in Fire of Stars and Dragons are equally admirable for their morals (and good looks)!
The Fault in Our Stars (TFIOS) by John Green has developed a cult following of “nerdfighters.” thanks to the wildly popular YouTube channel “VlogBrothers,” hosted by John and Hank Green. I was late coming onto the bandwagon. I couldn’t understand why people were crying and posting a bunch of pictures with two clouds, one black and one white, with the words “Okay.” After reading the book, I completely understand.
Inspired by John Green’s friend Esther Earl (who wrote her real-life story in This Star Won’t Go Out), TFIOS is a story about love, life, and hope. John Green skillfully captures (and breaks) the hearts of his readers within the span of a short 318 pages. He successfully adopts a female teenage voice to narrate this amazing story. Hazel’s no-nonsense, witty and sarcastic attitude made this book a joy to read (even when I was crying). Having recently experienced my grandmother’s fight with cancer, the scenes were as authentic as they were poignant. I read TFIOS relatively soon after I lost my grandmother. Some of the scenes with Hazel struck very close to home and intensified my reading experience. This is not to say you need to have/know someone who has cancer. It just adds another layer of appreciation.
I can't really express how much I love this story. Such a fresh take on angels and demons kept me turning the pages from start to beginning. Especially, Wendy Higgins take on Nephilim, who are half-human and half-demon. Gifted with amplified senses and the ability to see auras, Nephilim (Nephs) are the best people to carry out their demon fathers' work: polluting souls with the 7 Deadly Sins.
And, being able to identify with the main and POV character Anna Whitt definitely landed this book on my favorite list. She is the perfect "good" girl: good grades, good relationship with her adoptive mom, and she's never rebelled, lied, or done drugs. All things that I have in common with her. And then, because she's a fictional character, her life gets a bit more interesting when she meets the mysterious bad boy drummer, Kaidan Rowe. That's the part where I could enjoy living vicariously through her.
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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