From my review of the first installment, Fates Divided, you know I was hooked by the bi-racial Mexican science nerd new adult protagonist. I needed to continue find out what happens next with the plot, see more of the setting, and see how their friends make out.
And boy, did they make out…
Fates Entwined by Jules Barnard
Series: Halven Rising #2
Genre: Paranormal, Romance,
Format: Ebook, 270 pgs.
Source: Free for Review purposes
Rating: 3 Stars
CW: Kidnapping, Drugs, Violence
They can never be together. The notion is laughable. Humans are inferior, a scourge on the Fae and on the magic passed down to them by angels millennia ago. And if Keen finds himself drawn to the tiny human female, he keeps it to himself. He won’t add to the half-breed problem that threatens his people’s existence.
Reese can’t stand Keen. He criticizes her clothing, won’t answer a straight question, and is too handsome for her peace of mind.
Her entire life, people have pegged Reese for a shallow, ditzy blond. She won’t accept the stereotype from the large, arrogant Fae too. But after Keen saves her life, she begins to question what truly lies beneath his stoic demeanor.
Forced together, Keen and Reese fight to survive among enemies, and Keen makes choices Reese couldn’t have predicted. She glimpses a side of him that is protective and dangerously seductive.
But Keen refuses to acknowledge their connection.
Until he's faced with the decision to betray his people, or lose Reese forever.
*This mature YA series is intended for readers 17 years and older.
**Each Halven Rising novel features a different couple and may be read as a standalone, but an overreaching story arc connects the series, so it's fun to read them in order.**
Books in the Halven Rising Series:
* Fates Altered (Halven Rising, Prequel) -- Theda & Alex
* Fates Divided (Halven Rising, Book 1) -- Elena & Derek
* Fates Entwined (Halven Rising, Book 2) -- Reese & Keen
* Fates Fulfilled (Halven Rising, Book 3) -- TBD (less)
Fates Altered (Halven Rising #0.5) on Goodreads
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Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1) on Goodreads
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See my review of Fates Divided by clicking here!
|The Good||The Bad & The Other|
|+Unique twist on Fae||-Ugh angels=blonde & white again|
|+Invested in the characters||-Don’t like angels, hate their mythology in general|
|+Not as many problems as Fates Divided||-Heteronormative gender norms, stereotypes & slut shaming|
|+Enjoyed the journey||-Virgin woman with Player Guy|
|+Will Read the Prequel|
Most of those in the list are the same as Halven Uprising #1, Fates Divided. If you read and loved that, it's an easy choice to continue. If the rape and heteronormative bullshit worries you, there's no rape and the rest far toned down in Fates Entwined though you're stuck with the He-Man Protector and Pure Virgin. If you're all about dat fantasy plot, know that it thickens, moves forward, and thickens again like a chef going from white wash to a roux. (too bad it's still white...)
Even though it follows a different couple and acts like you haven’t read the previous work, I must stress that you read it in order. I can’t imagine trying to wrap my head around all the people, politics, ties, lies, betrayals without that foundation.
Fates Divided: Romeo & Juliet style romance; special ultra-powerful snowflake girl; hunky, tall protector; perfect first time sex; New Fae characters; Blond(e), pale Nord Fae; politics and war; blah blah blah ANGELS!!; Fantasy Racism; Rape; Heavy on the heteronormative gender norms;
Fates Entwined: Opposites Attract romance; not-so-useful shorty blonde girl; hunky, tall protector; perfect first time sex; New Fae characters; Blond(e), pale Nord Fae; politics and war; blah blah blah ANGELS!!; Fantasy Racism; Leery, Creepy Men; Not so heavy on the heteronormative gender norms;
Fates Entwined follows Reese and Keen, as Keen tries to track down and rescue Reese from her Fae kidnappers. We do see the first ultra-power royal couple Elena and Derek again, but they’re supporting this round. Which felt weird given how their special snowflakes and the plot revolves around getting them back on their thrones to fix things.
While there are successful novels following characters in the periphery of The Chosen Ones or whatever, Fates Entwined didn’t sit right for most of the book. I kept wondering where all the important people where and what the point was in following these two. Until the climax, that’s like “OHHHH”.
Given who I suspect the next couple is, things are getting more complicated (while nothing from the first two books is completely resolved anyways), more in-depth in Faeland and shouldn’t have the same issue.
To be honest, I was happy to find out what happened to Reese and Keen and thought I’d be done with the series afterwards. Even with the “Uh-oh” ending.
Then I read the blurb for the prequel novella and I’d love to know how Elena’s parents worked out together. (Though I’m sure that’d creep Elena out given the sexual content in the series, lol)
I really hope SOMETHING gets handled in the third book because too much is in the air now, adding more without closure is bound to run me off.
While less problematic, it still rates half a star lower for the un-protagonist-like feel and no longer NEEDING to continuing the series as soon as possible. But I'm still grabbing that freebie, Fates Altered and finding about how it all started. Maybe that'll help.
About the Author
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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 listson 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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