Tuesday, March 4, 2014

REVIEW: A Matter of Fate (Fate #1) by Heather Lyons

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.



It has been so long. SO. LONG. Since a book has transported me away and into a magical world like this. Intense, gripping, heart-racing, magical, and total escapism are all ways that I would  describe this incredible story. For me, it's off the 5 star scale and is one of the best books I have EVER read.

Jealousy is a nasty emotion. Completely irrational. Venomous.  It was like a snake weaving it's way through my body the whole time I was reading this. And I thrived off of it. My emotions were at an all time high. I'm not exaggerating. I'm talking heart in my throat, hands shaking, panic-inducing jealousy. The best angst EVER!  This is a book you won't be able to put down or stop thinking about. The characters won't let you. The writing is so engaging that this series owned my whole weekend. Ahh! I. LOVED. IT.

"I'm finally where I'm supposed to be. I don't have to ask to know he's feeling this, too."

In A Matter of Fate ,Chloe, Jonah, and Kellan are all magicals. They all have their futures mapped out for them. Fate determines their overall path in life -- their jobs -- their relationships. Chloe has a hard time dealing with what her future holds. She feels like she can't choose and that eats her up inside. Everyone's expectations of her are too much for her to handle. Plus, the guy she's loved all her life disappeared a year ago. The catch is that she met this guy in her dreams, and she doesn't think he's real. Dream or not, that doesn't stop her from missing him. She's agonized over it ever since he vanished so imagine her surprise when he shows up at her high school. With his twin brother.

Jonah and Kellan's arrival into Chloe's life sets off a chain of events that wrecked my heart. This was a love triangle that was so masterfully woven that even I found myself in the throes of confusion at times. I'd go from insane I-want-to-claw-your-eyes-out jealousy to stars-in-eyes can-I-love-you-forever passion. It was a insane rollercoaster that I wish I didn't have to get off of. Totally consuming. Brilliant. I cannot say enough good things about it.

As caught up as I was in the relationships, the magical world was just as addicting. For me, paranormal books can be hit or miss. I love 'em or hate 'em, but this one hit the bull's-eye. Dead on. ALL TIME FAVORITE. ALL TIME. This is a book that ups my expectations of other books because everything else pales in comparison. I can't pull myself out of this world, and I don't wanna!!

More than 5 Stars!!


  1. This makes me flail so hard! Erica! I wish I'd known you would love this so much! I would've rec'd it you forever ago!!!!! It's crazy how much this series makes me FEEL. You definitely hit the mark in your opening paragraph! I was so torn and I didn't know what to do, what was right, what was wrong... it was AWFUL. My stomach was in knots the entire book and I just needed a Xanax. LOL.

  2. AHH!! I'm so glad I found it! I can't stop thinking about it. Send any other recs my way!

    PS I feel you on the Xanax. Thought I was going to pass out a few times or come out of my skin-- one or the other!