Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Fates Entwined (Halven Rising #2) by Jules Barnard @jules_barnard @yaboundtourspr

Fates Entwined (Halven Rising #2)
Jules Barnard
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: November 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

They can never be together. The notion is laughable. Humans are inferior, a scourge on the Fae and on the magic passed down to them by angels millennia ago. And if Keen finds himself drawn to the tiny human female, he keeps it to himself. He won’t add to the half-breed problem that threatens his people’s existence. 

Reese can’t stand Keen. He criticizes her clothing, won’t answer a straight question, and is too handsome for her peace of mind. 

Her entire life, people have pegged Reese for a shallow, ditzy blond. She won’t accept the stereotype from the large, arrogant Fae too. But after Keen saves her life, she begins to question what truly lies beneath his stoic demeanor. 

Forced together, Keen and Reese fight to survive among enemies, and Keen makes choices Reese couldn’t have predicted. She glimpses a side of him that is protective and dangerously seductive. 

But Keen refuses to acknowledge their connection. 

Until he's faced with the decision to betray his people, or lose Reese forever.

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My Review of Fates Entwined:

While Elena and Derek were trying to find a cure for the disease that was causing the Fae to drop like flies. Elena’s best friend Reese was kidnapped and Elena made her bodyguard Keen, a Fae promise that he would find Reese and Fae cannot lie so he had to full fill his promise to her even if he didn’t want too but Keen had every intention of finding Reese. Not that he would ever admit it even to himself but I think ole’ Keen had a thing for Reese. Only he couldn’t or wouldn’t be with her because she was a human. And all Fae consider humans and Halven’s (half-humans/half-fae) to be beneath them.

Keen discovers that Reese has been taken to the fairy realm where the kingdom is divided into three different kingdoms, Old Kingdom, New Kingdom and Sunland. Reese was taken by a very evil person whose intentions are to take control of all the kingdoms and all the Fae. In order for Keen to save Reese he has to make a pledge to this evil person to keep her alive.

Can they all get out alive or will this evil person win and take control of all the kingdoms? Will Keen, Elena and Derek have the power and the means to save Reese and themselves? Who will win in the end?

This has been an amazing journey through the land of the Fae. Reese and Elena are two very strong young ladies who both know what they want and will do whatever they have to do even at the cost of their own lives to save the ones they love. But Derek and Keen are two tall, hot dudes who are all male and when fight to the death for the women.

I can’t wait to read more about the Fae realm and the battles that is to come in the next book Fates Fulfilled. If you have not read Fates Entwined then I would like to suggest that you do but let me say that I think you would enjoy it better if you read the first book Fates Divided first. Why? Because you don’t want to miss out on a great story plus you have to know Elena and Derek’s story and about the disease that ran amuck among the Fae. 


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My Review of Fates Divided:
All Elena wanted was to be the first in her family to graduate college and be a chemist. One day she is working in the lab at school on an experiment that goes awry. After arriving home at the end of the day she can’t stop thinking about her experiment and needs to know what went wrong or what happened is more like it. What she needs is access to a lab seeing as she does not have access to the labs at school at the moment. She finds out that her next door neighbor; a nerd like herself; may just have what she needs which is access to a lab.

It just so happens that her neighbor Derek has just what she needs a key to a private lab where he is working on a project with his mentor. Derek is a straight forward kind of person and comes off sounding kind of like a smart butt and kind of bossy which of course Elena is not too thrilled with but she only needs to borrow his lab not make friends with him.

But when Derek and Elena are together sparks start flying and bouncing all over the place. While Derek does not understand it he has this strong urge to protect her so when she is contacted by the Fae and is told that she is a Halven; half-human/half-fae he makes himself her personal bodyguard. Derek knows that he is half-fae but tries to keep it hidden from his family and the world. He also knows that Elena is a Halven and he does not trust the Fae.

The Fae do not like Halven they think they are beneath them. But what the Fae don’t know is that Elena is a minority and is used to being called names and being put down. Elena is an American who is part Mexican so she knows all about being treated differently. Elena’s mother left her and her father when she was a baby. Her mother left to protect her from her people the Fae as they do not like Halven. When Elena lost her father in an accident she was taken in by her uncle. When her uncle pasted away her cousin Mateo thinks that it is now his responsibility to look out for Elena.

A disease is running havoc in the fae world and the Fae is dropping like flies. The Fae believe that Elena can come up with a cure to save them all by using her magical powers that she has had no knowledge of until her they informed her of this. Now she must work fast in order to gain control of her powers and find a cure to protect her family and friends the people she loves the most. The Fae have threatened her family and her best friend Reese if she does not do what they have asked.

I like Elena strong will and independent nature and how she cares a lot for other people and their lives and will put her own ahead of theirs. I like how Derek took to Elena so quick and decided that he was to become her personal bodyguard and how he would not leave her side and would fight anyone who tried to hurt Elena. Derek is that tall, dark and gorgeous stranger that we all would like to meet at some time or other in our lives.

I love the world or worlds that the author created for the humans and the fae with the feel of energy and electricity floating around in the air. Fates Divided has romance and mystery with a touch of magical elements and energy. I loved all the characters and can’t wait to start the next book Fates Entwined to read Keen and Reese’s’ story.

If you haven’t read Fates Divided yet then let me suggest that you do it will take you on the most magical ride of your life from page one until the very last page one that you will not regret well I haven’t anyways. 

About the Author

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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