Monday, October 24, 2011

Neurotic Thoughts on Fate Fixed (Book Tour)

Fate Fixed (The Erris Coven Series, #1)
Author: Bonnie Erina Wheeler
Released: July 21, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Published by: Create Space
Source: The Bookish Snob Book Tours
Pages: 294
ISBN: 1463750927
Summary from Goodreads:

 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 a formidable evil.

Fate Fixed was one of those books that grabbed me right from the beginning. The plot and characters are different enough to stand out from the oodles of YA paranormal romance novels that I've read. That's really important to me because honestly, some of them are so similar they start to run together and I forget which one is which.

Lexie's character really made my heart ache. She is such a sweet girl that has had an incredibly rough year, and even though she carries a lot of guilt, she really tries to make her family happy. Let me tell you, making her unique family happy is not an easy task by anyone's standards, especially with her creepy stepbrothers hovering around, and her mother's bizarre behavior.

Speaking of her mother's behavior... the only problem I really had with this story was the way Lexie dealt with her. The problem being she didn't. She recognized that something was wrong, but she never really tried very hard to find out what it was. I got that she was trying not to rock the boat. However, your mom is literally pulling her hair out, and you just gloss over it telling your self she is "just adjusting". Dig a little deeper girl, this is your mother!

Torin's character is definitely likable. He is honorable, strong, and of course dreamy to read about. My favorite thing about Torin is how wonderful he is with Lexie. The connection between these two is so pure and complete. The kind of love worth dreaming about. Torin has one of the best families I have ever read about.  His cousins are his best friends, and the banter between them was light, and fun spirited. You could really feel how much Torin's parents loved each other and their son. As weird and creepy as Lexie's family were, Torin's family was loving and respectful, there was never any doubt with them that they had your back, always.

My only wish for this book would be that I wanted more of Lexie's best friend Liz. She was an awesome character that didn't get a lot of face time in this novel because of the move and Lexie's mother. She is an awesome character and I'm happy that my wish will be granted in book 2.

I enjoyed the way that the author kept you guessing about the secrets that Torin and Lexie's families were keeping. The plot was twisting and turning so much that I stayed up late into the night to find out what would happen. I kept thinking that I knew what was going on only to be thrown for another loop.  I loved how the author revealed the back stories of each family. Needless to say, I'm very excited to read Blood Twist (An Erris Coven Novel, #2) coming in 2012 (which is way to far away for my liking).

Join me tomorrow for a chance to win your very own copy of Fate Fixed!

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