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Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1)
by Jules Barnard
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: August 31st 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

Elena Rosales has busted her ass to get into a good college. She’s the only one in her family ever to attend, and expectations are high. No pressure. But Elena’s got this one in the bag, because she’s as dependable as the molecules she studies, as reliable as the chemical reactions that comfort her in their predictability. Until they don’t.

Elena has always wondered why her mother abandoned her on her first birthday. It’s not until she turns eighteen and her chemistry experiments go berserk that she learns the truth: Her mother wasn’t human, and the Fae are willing to harm those Elena loves if she doesn’t use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease.

Derek, Elena’s brooding neighbor, 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 free from the author in exchange for my honest review)
My Rating: 

I loved this book, right form the start I was drew in and captured by the world that Jules Barnard has created. 

I don't normally read books solely about Fae, so this was a surprise treat for me. It's not that I have anything agents Fae, I just find that when they are in a story they are, well, too perfect jerks that simply enrage me.  Fates Divided did a wonderful job of capturing that easiness of the Fae. In saying that, I was intreated with the way they perceive humans, as Derek said “Sounds like some serious denial you’ve got going on there, buddy.

Speaking of Derek. He was by far my favourite character. For me I didn't find him to have that brewing jearkish tourp that seems to plague males in YA.  He was straight forward, determined and didn't take crap from anyone.  He was a perfect match for our girl to the point where I actually enjoyed them falling for one another. 

Elena, I like her as well. She's has her own goals in life, and I like how this book started with her, how we're tossed into her freaking out over discovering that she has powers. It was a change form the normal, boy meets girl and boys knows more about girls, and bamn.. boy tell girl she has powers. This was refreshing and an outstanding way to open. 

As for the story, it was rich with mystery, backstabbing and down to the wire live or death action that simply had me in a head lock. The writing was smooth, fun and had a sense or urgency to it. It was like the tone was designed to make us, the reader, feel rushed. To keep reminding us that there is a time limited; it puts us in Elena's shoes, to feel what she is, and to know that there's no screwing round with this one.  

In all, I highly recommend this book, it's an invigorating read that will have you obsessed with knowing who are trying to kill the Fae and why Elena could make or break the Fae world forever. 

Happy Reading. 

E.A. Walsh

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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 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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