Saturday 23 February 2013

DNF: The Trouble with Fate by Leigh Evans

Pages - 343
Published by Tor Books in January 2013
What do the tree huggers call it? Karma?
No, wait a minute: that's not right. 'Karma' is just a word for what goes around comes around, isn't it? And on the surface, Robson Trowbridge's only crime was to have been the hot guy in school who was totally oblivious to the bottom dwellers of his world.
Goodreads Summary:
WHAT SHE DOESN'T KNOW MIGHT KILL HER: Hedi looks normal. Yet that's taken effort. Her fellow Starbucks baristas don't see her pointed ears, fae amulet or her dark past, and normal is hard for a half-fae, half-werewolf on the run. Hedi's life changed ten years ago, when her parents were murdered by unknown assassins. She's been in hiding with her loopy aunt Lou since, as whatever they wanted she's determined they won't get it. Things change when wolves capture Lou, forcing Hedi to steal to free her -- for if she can offer up a fae amulet like her own they may trade. But it belongs to a rogue werewolf named Robson Trowbridge, who betrayed Hedi on the night of her greatest need. Over forty-eight hours, Hedi will face the weres of Creemore, discover the extent of her fae powers and possibly break her own heart in the process
It takes a hell of a lot for me to give up on this book, but no matter how I tried I just couldn't get into this one. I was so looking forward to reading it as I love a good fae book. However this book just didn't work for me personally. I gave up 60 pages in.
 The reasons it didn't work for me are as follows:
-The writing was filled with too much back story for the first book in the series. I felt I was being told all about the character's past life rather than being shown it perhaps through glimpses back.
- I struggled with the writing style. The sentences felt overworked to me, which stopped the natural flow of the story.
- I felt uncomfortable with  Merry, the creature from the fae world that lived in Hedi's bra. Quite frankly it gave me the creeps.
- I found the mixture of fae and wolves just too many fantasy worlds in one. One or the other would have worked for me but both together felt like too much magic in one book.
I know others have enjoyed it but I just couldn't get in it and it began to annoy me. There are other really good reviews of this book, so do check them out. Sometimes you just have to give up on the ones that don't work for you.


  1. It's a shame when a book I think sounds interesting turns out to be a disappointment. Hopefully the next one you read will be better :)


    1. I hate giving up on a book. I might try it again at a later date.

  2. Oh no, I hate when that happens. I usually do the 100page rule, if nothing pecks my interest within the first 100pages I give up but I'll try ny hardest to go back to it at a later date. I did that with the host, took me 3 tries and I love it now. Lol.

    1. Three ties! That's good going. I don't know if I would give it that many goes.


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