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Friday, September 30, 2016

Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1) by Jules Barnard

Title: Fates Divided
Series: Halven Rising #1
Author: Jules Barnard
Publisher: Fresh Fiction
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Pages: 432
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: ARC
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Elena's goals are simple: 1) be the first in her family to graduate college 2) become a kick-butt chemist.

Until she comes into her half-Fae powers from a mother she never knew.

The Fae are willing to harm the last of Elena's loved ones if she doesn't use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease.

Her brooding neighbor, Derek, isn't the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover.

But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire--and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival.

Lives collide, and allegiance and love are tested, in Fates Divided.

In the Halven Rising Series, love and ancient allegiances are threatened when the worlds of Fae and Halven collide. Each Halven Rising novel features a different couple and may be read as a standalone, but an overreaching story arc connects the books, so it’s fun to read them in order.
I received this book for free from the author via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

I admit that I don't read very much New Adult, but if they are anything like this book, then sign me up! I have to admit, this story read like a Young Adult book to me.

This is such a fantastic urban fantasy world. I was totally immersed in all of the details. 

The plot was so intriguing! I loved the meshing of paranormal with a tad of science fiction mixed in. It made for a wonderful combination. The plot was captivating, and the pacing was fast and appropriate to the story. 

I loved the scientific aspect to the story. It was a very unique twist to the traditional "fae" trope in paranormal books. Plus, the nerd inside me was salivating over it!

The characters were well written and very likable. 

I loved the romance, though it came together rather quickly. There are some explicit sexual scenes in the book, so keep that in mind if that is something that bothers you. All in all, I thought that the main characters were very compatible, and I enjoyed reading about them coming together. 

Overall, this was just a fantastic book! This is a quick, very fun read. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! If you love paranormal romance, urban fantasy, or books about the fae, then you will want to read this! I very much recommend it!
She jumped up and jerked on her backpack, accidentally knocking into Derek’s arm. With her chest.

Not the first time her boobs had collided with an unsuspecting object, just the most embarrassing.

She froze then carefully eased back an inch, only to find that the air between them had changed the way it did before a lightning storm—positive and negative molecules separating, creating the urgency to rush back together. She glared at the empty space between them, as if it, like the liquid anomalies, had betrayed her.
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 lists on 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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