A Matter of Fate blog tour

A matter of fate banner (2)Today I am reviewing A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons, as part of the blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  (Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule.)

coverChloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn’t a normal teenage girl. She’s a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she’s a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she’s to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.
That’s nothing compared to the boy trouble she’s gotten herself into. Because a guy she’s literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.
Chloe’s once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.

My review:

Reading this book was a bit of a journey for me – at first I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I began to enjoy it much more as the story progressed. Right near the beginning is an explanation of what Magicals are which comes all in one chunk before you really get into the story, and I found it a bit hard to stomach all that information in one go. But once the set-up was out of the way a pretty fast-paced story began to unfold.

At the centre of the story is Chloe – about as conflicted a character as they come! She feels torn between her mapped-out fate (being a Creator and taking up a prestigious role on the Council where she will make decisions about the fate of the universe) and wanting to make her own choices, and perhaps live a ‘normal’ human life. She’s also stuck in a love triangle between Jonah, who she’s ‘loved and dreamed about her whole life’, and his twin brother Kellan, who she feels an instant connection with. Tiny bit of a twin fantasy going on there, methinks! And be warned – lots of heart-fluttering, swoon-worthy, steamy moments.

Chloe’s parents have kept her in the dark about many of the secret ways of the Magicals, so she’s on a journey of discovery. The fact that she feels so unsupported by her parents, who seem cold and unfeeling, made me feel for her as a character, especially as she had so many difficult decisions to make. And as for her parents telling her what to do with her life, enforcing seemingly unfair curfews and enlisting a bodyguard to watch over her – well, many a teen can relate to that (OK, maybe not the last one).

Aside from the ‘magical’ elements, the romance and the teenage/parent conflict, there is also a mystery – there have been a series of murders of Magicals, and Chloe is a prime target. This thread added a frisson of danger that kept things interesting.

It’s a whirlwind read and an age old premise given a modern twist –  the idea that there is a group of otherwordly beings that can walk among us and yet hold our fate in their hands goes back as far as the Ancient Greeks. Heather Lyons has put that power in the hands of a bunch of teenagers who live in California, and mixed in elements from popular paranormal YA fiction. It’s perhaps not something I would normally have picked up but I enjoyed it, so thank you to YA Bound for including me on the tour.

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heather lyonsAbout the Author
Heather Lyons has been putting stories to paper since she was a little girl. Her first ‘published’ book was a humorous retelling of  The Princess and the Pauper. After detours in archaeology and teaching, she is now writing and living in Southern California with her husband and three sons. She likes cupcakes, baseball, hockey, reading, and collecting far too many handbags.
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