Author: Alyson Noel
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Soul Seekers, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Though in some ways it reminded me of Evermore, the first installment in this new series is a good time in its own right.
Fated begins with the reader meeting Daire Santos, a teenage gypsy of sorts, walking through the streets of Marrakesh, Morocco, with her boyfriend, a fictional movie star, on the evening of her sixteenth birthday. The day starts out normally for her, wandering the city. When coming upon a square, however, something grim happens that is all too familiar to Daire: glowing spirits beckon to her. Spooked and trying to block it out, she lashes out in an attempt to run from the terrifying premonition, acting out so violently that to the rest of the world, she looks as though she had a psychotic break. This is Daire's secret--she can see souls of the lost.
Long story short, Daire's mother, after sending her to several doctors who all give her the same diagnosis: that Daire has paranoid delusions, sends her back to the States, desperate, where Daire meets the grandmother she's never known. Angry and frustrated, Daire tries to escape Enchantment, New Mexico, the town so small and constricting she doesn't see the point in staying. After meeting a terrifying boy with empty eyes, she passes out right in the middle of the road, getting hit by a car in the process.
After this happens, Daire learns the secret of her heritage: She is a Soul Seeker, born to protect the town of Enchantment and on a bigger scale, the entire world, from the Richters, a powerful clan of sorcerers that steal souls--literally--in an attempt to conquer death and rule the world with iron fists. In the midst of trying to harness her powers, she is also confronted with her feelings toward one of the sons of this clan, Dace Whitefeather--the one good apple in the bushel, while Cade, his twin brother, tries to win Daire's affections with the promise of power and seduction.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel, though occasionally with Cade I could see a real resemblance to Roman, the adversary of The Immortals series. Daire seemed a bit whiny at first, irking me slightly at times, but as I saw her mature into a woman worthy of her role, I felt a little better. This book is definitely worth checking out, especially for previous fans. Also, a sequel was promised and I'll be reviewing that soon as well!