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Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: Fates by Lanie Bross

Fates by Lanie Bross.

Fates by Lanie Bross

Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 2014
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385742825

Review: Imagine you are exiled from your homeland to a different world for ten years. To return home you must complete people's fates. You have one more to complete, but it is to kill the one you love. Would it be worth it? That is the question Corinthe, from Lanie Bross's book Fates, has to answer.

Corinthe has been banished from her peaceful home of Pyralis Terra and sent to the unknown human world. She lives with her guardian and completes fates of humans given to her by the Unseen Ones. She has been there for ten years and starts to adapt. One night while she is completing a fate, she runs into Lucas, a boy about her age, and begins to feel strange feelings she had never felt before - human feelings. Eventually the time comes for Corinthe to return home. But first she must finish her last fate - to kill Lucas. Is killing the one she loves worth it? Will she complete the fate? You can find out if you read Fates.

Fates has a fascinating story line and is overall a wonderful book, but for some readers, there are a few cautions you might want to be aware of before reading it. As I told you earlier, Corinthe is exiled to Earth and has to complete fates of humans. This can be getting people together, or breaking them up, but most of the fates have to do with making sure people die. She doesn't always kill them directly, but she does make sure they die. So in a way, the book focuses on death. This may not be a good book for sensitive readers or young children for this reason; not only does it talk a lot about death, but it also could be frightening. Older children or teenagers should read this book. It also mentions alcohol once or twice, which may not be appropriate for younger readers. But, older kids, teenagers, and adults will enjoy Fates for the interesting, complex storyline.

Review written by Ashley (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Fates for this review.

Have you read Fates? How would you rate it?

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