Monday, August 26, 2013

Book Review and Character Interview: A Matter of Fate (Fate #1) by: Heather Lyons

Release Date: August 30, 2012
from Cerulean Books
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Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"Chloe 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 Thoughts:

I complained a lot as I was reading this book. I wanted to strangle the characters and knock them upside the head. I mean seriously, I wanted to shake them and just tell them exactly what they needed to do. I also absolutely loved and adored this book. It was just so good and everything I want from a fantasy read. 

Let me start with Chloe. I really really wanted to smack Chloe. I can say at least 70% of the book, she made me want to smack her and the other 30% I wanted to shake her. But I also loved her. You could completely understand why she acted the way she did and even though I wanted her to act differently I know why she didn’t. 

Then there is Jonah and Kellan. Before I move on, let me address the love triangle. While frustrating, this is a good love triangle because it works and because it makes sense. Also both are likable characters and genuinely good guys. I’ll start with Jonah since he is my favorite of the two. I really loved him. He is sweet and good and just plain old lovely. I don’t excuse all his actions, but again I understand his actions. Then Kellan, I like him too, but Jonah for some reason beats him out a bit. He is willing to do anything for Chloe, no matter what she does, and he always has her best interests at heart. Chloe really is stuck between a rock and a hard place with these two. 

The whole world created in this book is just plain old awesome. It’s definitely original and something I haven’t really encountered before. It has everything I want in a fantasy world and everything has an explanation. I’m not left simply having to accept thing or fill in the gaps.

I also love that there is more to the story other than the romance. Sure the romance is a heavy part, but there is much more at play. Things are not looking good for Chloe. There are things out to get her, things that will stop at nothing. There is also the typical drama that comes along with being 17. 

One thing I need to address though is Chloe’s friends. I don’t think they were always the best of friends. Sometimes I really wanted to smack them (I’m sensing a theme here…). Unlike with Chloe, I didn’t see why they did what they did a lot of the time. They weren’t the most considerate and always seemed to think they were right, Cora especially. To the point where they stuck their noses where it didn’t really belong. But I digress; Chloe put them in their place when necessary. 

A Matter of Fate is a great read, simply put. No matter how much I complained or how frustrated I got, I simply could not put the book down. No matter how many times I wanted to scream at the characters and call them hypocrites, I was also very much invested in their story. All in all this is a book that will hook you and you will be invested in the story.

Character Interview:

Hey Chloe, thanks so much for stopping by today. I know things get a bit busy for you, being the Creator and all, so I appreciate you taking the time.
Thanks for having me, Teresa! It’s nice to take a bit of a break from work, you know? Although, I’m sure it will come as no surprise that I’m supposed to be in a Council meeting in about forty minutes. Hopefully it’ll be a short one today!

So for those who don’t know, can you give us the quick and dirty on your story, A Matter of Fate?
This is basically the story of how I learn what my Fate is and whether or not I accept what I’m told to be. It’s also . . . (coughs) a look at the relationships I have with the two most important people in my life. I guess, overall, you could say it’s a story about the journey I decide to take.

If you have to describe yourself in two words, what would they be and why?
Hmm . . . that’s hard. Maybe emotional and tenacious? I’m pretty sure everybody I know would agree that I’m a bit emotional. (laughs)

Now can you describe Jonah in two words? Kellan as well?
Oh, wow. If I thought the last one was hard, this one takes the cake. Huh. Jonah is . . . loyal. Loving. Kellan is exciting and passionate. 
(is silent for a long moment)
Actually, two words for each of them is way too few, because they both mean so very much to me.

What are the best and worst things about being the Creator?
The best thing would be the chance I have at bettering the civilizations I work for; the worst is the threat of destruction. While I know it’s necessary at times, it’s also hard to come to grips that I’m the reason certain things no longer exist.

You find yourself between a rock and a hard place throughout the story, while it may seem awesome to have two great guys interested in you, can you tell us what it is really like?
Honestly? (laughs quietly, bitterly) I wouldn’t want to wish this situation on my worst enemy.

While your free time is limited, what are some of your favorite things to do when you do have free time?
I really love to read, so when I do have some downtime, I definitely reach for my e-reader. Jonah got me one a couple weeks ago that’s considered to be the top of the line on the Dwarven plane, so I’ve really been excited about downloading new books on it. I also love going to the movies, so there’s that, too. Annar has some of the best movie theatres! And I’m trying to learn how to surf—I totally suck at it, but I refuse to quit trying until I get it right!

If you could have one day to yourself, to do anything you wanted to do, what would it be?
I think I’d want to pretend I was completely normal, like the weight of the worlds wasn’t resting on my shoulders. I’d want to maybe go somewhere I’ve never been before and just take in the experience. Just . . . be there in the moment, and not have to worry about work or whether or not I’m hurting somebody. That’d be heavenly, actually.

You are stuck on a deserted island and can have one person with you, who do you want it to be?
It would be—wait. Haha, I see what you’re trying to do here. (wags finger) Since I can’t say THAT name, maybe I should say my mom? Because then we’d have a chance to really talk together?

And last question, favorite snack?
Churros. Oh my gods, I love me some sugary churros.

Thanks Chloe for taking the time to drop by today. It was great having you here.
It was great being here! (looks behind her; sees Karl waiting and tapping on his watch). I’m off to my meeting now. Thanks, Teresa! Take care!

About The Author:
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to. Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook


  1. I've not heard of this book before, and not sure if it is one I will pick up anytime soon. But, it is on my radar now!

    YA Sisterhood

  2. I don't think I've seen this one around... And that first line scared me, but then after that, I felt like I should check it out!! ha ha Chloe sounds like... a character that can bring emotions out of the reader... ha ha And oh, dear... the love triangle.. (not a fan of those) but I am glad this one wasn't that bad!

    This book sounds like one I need to check out! Loved this post!

    1. Dont worry about the love triangle, its a good one and it makes so much sense!

  3. Your threats of violence make me laugh! I sometimes enjoy characters who frustrate me as they win me over. So glad you enjoyed this, Teresa!

  4. As frustrating as this sounds, with all your smacking going on (lol ;p), I also really want to read it! lol ;p I really want to meet the characters especially Jonah and Kellan. You know how much I hate love triangles, but surprisingly I am really looking forward to this one, as both of them sound awesome. I am seriously going to have a hard time picking who I like...and I am super curious to know who Chloe picks! I'm glad you enjoyed this, Teresa! I can't wait to check this out! Plus, great interview! :)

    ~ Maida xo

    1. It is so difficult to choose between these two! Both are so awesome.

  5. I really enjoyed this one and I agree with the love triangle. It works and it isn't there just to cause strife. I also agree with you on that girl drove me to hair pulling for awhile. Great review!

  6. Strangling, head-knocking, but yet absolute loving?? Oh, yeah, this one sounds like my kind of read! I LOVE a love triangle when it's done right and it works! Awesome character interview, too! You really have me intrigued, wifey!

    1. Yes, wifey you must read this one. So frustratingly good!

  7. :D This is me grinning. I'm glad you liked this! I was nervous but I always am when I'm recommending books. I agree completely with you though. Chloe really frustrated me but I couldn't help but love her. And the love triangle is so complicated- it's not fair! But I love that you're with me on Jonah. I can't put my finger on what it is, because I love Kellan too, but Jonah... I don't know. I guess my heart just bleeds a bit more for him. I want him to be happy. GAH. It's so HARD! Awesome review girl and I loved reading the interview with Chloe!

    1. Yeah, not sure what it is exactly about Jonah that makes me like him a bit more, I just do... but Kellan is awesome too. It really is very difficult.

  8. I was so glad to see you reviewed A Matter of Fate, Teresa. It's a book I want to read and now I know I won't be disappointed. I'm so happy to hear you loved it and couldn't put it down despite wanting to strangle, shake and smack the characters! LOL Fantastic review!!

    Oh, and thanks for the interview with Chloe too. I loved your sneaky question about the desert island...nice try!

    1. hehe cant blame me for trying! I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!


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