Earlier this year, another blogger mentioned that a new author that they really liked was giving away copies of their debut novel. Never one to turn down a highly recommended free book, I headed over and signed up. BEST DECISION EVER! The author was Isabelle Richards and the book When Fates Collide. True awesomeness! When Fates Collide is actually the first book in a trilogy. Today we are talking about the third book, When Fates Align, published May 6, 2015.
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When I first started reading When Fates Collide (book 1), I had no idea the roller coaster I would be taking over three books. I have to admit that I don’t think I’ve ever come across a set of characters with whom I have been so emotionally involved. I have to apologize now – even though this is a review for When Fates Align, it is impossible to do the book justice without considering the other books in the series.
While Fates Align is the third book in the When Fates Collide series and picks up exactly where the second book (When Fate Isn’t Enough) left off. Each book in the series has a unique “emotional” feel for me and that continues to be true in this book. The emotional relationship between Gavin and Lily is smoother and for the first time in the series, I like Lily as much as I do Gavin.
The drama and challenges in this book lean more to the external forces and it was rewarding to see Lily’s character grow and mature as she and Gavin worked together. Secondary characters play a large role in the series and we continue to get to know them, but they add flavor without over shadowing our heroes. Part of me would love to know more about some of the supporting cast, there is wonderful potential for future books with many of them.
Ms. Richards has a writing style that is a little different than I have encountered in the past and she has created a world that pulls you in and makes you want to stay awhile. For a reader that is new to her work, please don’t start with When Fates Align. It is a wonderful work all by itself and could work as a stand-alone novel, but really should be read in order of the series to get the full impact.
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