Review: Touching Fate by Brenda Drake

Title: Touching Fate

Author: Brenda Drake

Series: The Fated, book 1

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 238 pages, Ebook

Published: October 12th, 2015 by Entangled: Crave

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 3 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

One touch is all it takes…

Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help or that he’s about to die.
But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.

My Thoughts

Thiiiiis…. was an okay read though I expected more, much more from it. Some things were fun and some meh but it was still a somewhat fun ride.

Aster Layne is a fate changer but she is unaware of her powers. Reese’s eighteenth birthday is coming up fast and like all the other firstborn in his family, he is probably going to die on that day due to an ill-fated curse that follows his bloodline. He has almost lost all hope when he finds Aster. Will Aster embrace her powers and help Reese or are things doomed from the very beginning?

The plot was refreshing and fun to read about. But I felt things were moving way too fast for my taste. Aster finds out she is a fate changer in a tarot reading session when her best friend requests her to go in with her. When she decides to see what this new found power brings, she starts practicing with the tarot card reader, Miri but things start going horribly wrong for her when it starts affecting her own family. I definitely liked this part of the story, about how Aster discovers this new side of herself.

What I felt weird was the romance between Reese and Aster. It happened too fast and felt insta-lovey! Especially the I love you happened midway and I was bewildered! I did like the characters though, Aster was a stubborn character but she cared about the people she loved. Reeses’s motive was to change his fate and then take off but when he begins to fall for her, things start to change. Despite the flaws, I enjoyed how things were executed during the last episode.

Overall, Touching Fate was an okay read. The plot and the characters were fun but I didn’t get invested in the romance. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast paced. This book was a short and a quick read and I did enjoy the overall ride.

Recommend it?


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8 thoughts on “Review: Touching Fate by Brenda Drake

  1. I read and reviewed this last week. I liked it but I totally get what you mean about insta-lovey. The second book was good. I wasn’t as engaged as the first one. I just wrote my review for Cursing Fate a few days ago and have it scheduled for Brenda’s pub date. She’s a great author to follow, especially for aspiring writers and authors. Nice review! 🙂

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