Joint Early Review: The Trouble With Fate by Leigh Evans ★★★★



The Trouble with Fate by Leigh Evans
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Mystwalker #1 
Publication Date: December 24th 2012
ISBN: 9781466819610
Page Count: 368
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey and Janice
Synopsis: My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…

LYNSEY'S REVIEW


What a fun read!

This was great, fun, sexy Urban Fantasy. Hedi's voice was immediately engaging as a protagonist and you got the sense that she was talking directly to you, which I thought was great. It had some standard UF fare with the werewolves and Fae taking centre stage, but it definitely managed to put its own spin on even those regular staples of the genre. And also some great new ideas as well. There were plenty of interesting plot developments and action to keep the reader glued throughout, and there was even quite a substantial amount of romance in there, too! This was actually my only slight problem area; not that I didn't like the romance, I did. I just felt at times it was moving too fast for me to keep up with. But then, I'm one of those strange people that doesn't mind being made to wait several books for a romance to form, especially in my Urban Fantasy series. I'm sure other people will be more than happy having things moving as quickly as they do. 

I'm definitely going to be reading the next one as I liked the world building, the characters and the plot twists despite my minor issues with the romance. Can't wait to see how things pan out in book two: The Thing About Weres, when it releases in July 2013.

My rating is: ★★★★

JANICE'S REVIEW

An impressive debut! 

I love books about the Fae, and I can bask in the light of a well-written werewolf story for days. So when I read the synopsis for The Trouble With Fate and learned that the heroine is half-Fae, half-werewolf, I was instantly intrigued.

I enjoyed this book almost from word one. It offers magic, romance, and just enough mayhem to keep things interesting. The world is easy to slide into and the characters are fully developed. I can only think of one, maybe two times the narrative lagged for me, but those were brief blips on the radar and didn't detract from my overall reading experience. Leading lady Hedi is an appealing heroine with a wryly humorous voice, and I was in her court and on her side the entire story. Trowbridge, for his part, is my favorite kind of hero - gruff and reluctant and deliciously layered.

My favorite part of this book, though - and there are many to choose from - is the romance. It seemed to be leading down the usual PNR road, but just as it got there, it veered off, narrowly avoiding a collision with dreaded instalove. It's an unexpected twist that brings its own set of complications to an already complex relationship. Hedi and Trowbridge have a tough road ahead of them, and as a reader, I can't wait to see what happens next.

My rating is: ★★★★

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


2 comments:

  1. This sounds really good! Thanks for the excellent joint reviews, I can't wait any longer to read this book!

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  2. It's fantastic, Ann - hope you like it as much as we did! :)

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