Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Strange Fates: By Marlene Perez



Brooding, leather jacket-wearing Nyx Fortuna looks like a 20-something, and has for centuries now. As the son of the forgotten fourth Fate, Lady Fortuna, he has been hunted his entire life by the three Sisters of Fate that murdered his mother.

Fed up and out for revenge, Nyx comes to Minneapolis following a tip that his aunts have set up a business there. His goal ­ to bring down his mother's killers and retrieve the thread of fate that has trapped him in the body of a twenty year old unable to age or die.

But when a chance meeting with the mysterious, dangerous and very mortal Elizabeth Abernathy throws off his plans, he must reconcile his humanity and his immortality.


When I picked up Strange Fates I really liked the premise. The son of the lost Fate, Luck, who had been killed by her sisters, is out for revenge. Plus, the Fates are not the only magical houses in town, there’s Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus. It seemed like there would be magic, action, and a cool plot. And a lot of that did happen.

I thought Nyx’s story was cool, that he was an immortal who wanted to die but couldn’t (side note: if you’re looking for a really good book that has done that story line REALLY well, then check out Jennifer Fallon’s Tide Lord series). And that was neat, it adds a nice flavor to the book. I also really liked some of the side characters Nyx meets such as Talbot, Ambrose, and Sawyer. Specifically, I really liked Ambrose’s back story (or what you learn of it in this book) and how it gave brief glimpses into the Nyx’s own history.

Of course, one very big drawback for me was the way that Nyx fell for Elizabeth. From page one anyone could tell it was all a trick, and the author kept hinting (actually hinting is to small of the word, it’s much closes to shouted from the rooftops) that this was going to blow up in Nyx’s face. Not only that but for him to STILL claim to be in love with her, after the truth really does come out that she’s been playing him was just a bit much for me to swallow.

All in all I wanted to like Strange Fates. It had some fun characters and  an interesting plot. But it was riddled with holes in the story (which I’m sure will be solved in books two and three, but still bothered me that things would be brought up and then never addressed) and had an unbelievable love story angle that weakened the book overall because it kept bringing me out of the story to groan about how ridiculous it was. Overall it left me more than a bit disappointed. 


Publisher: Orbit

Published: March 5, 2013

Price: $4.74

Link to Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Strange-Fates-Nyx-Fortuna-ebook/dp/B0095ZS0MG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1362516104&sr=1-1&keywords=strange+fates

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