Fated is a book in the shoes of a girl named Daire who lives with her divorced mother Jennika who's a makeup artist in Hollywood, and as a result of this job Daire does school online and just moves around like the Walls family did in The Glass Castle, only Daire is more privileged. Then one day scarecrows come into Hollywood, biting people's heads off and showing off severed hands and they're coming after Daire, and they're also not. Because they apparently don't exist. Apparently Daire's going crazy. Oh, and did I mention she's been having dreams about this one specific boy who she really loves but only exists in her mind? And that Daire Santos is in a family that's been through generations of Soul Seekers? And that now Daire has to temporarily come visit her Grandma Paloma in the town or village of Enchantment, New Mexico, to find out what's happening to her head since everyone's wrong about her condition? Guess I didn't.
Right away there was a small SMALL problem I found. Daire says she studied medicine in the States when she is asked how her English is so well, being in Marrakesh and all. And she also says she grew up here. Wait a minute. Just a few pages ago, she said she wasn't sure about the laws in Morocco concerning drinking and what the punishment was, and she says it as if she's on a trip and Marrakesh wasn't her birthplace. So which is it? I know, I know, that's a very small flaw in the very beginning that doesn't have to do with the plot - much. I guess it's kind of easy for me to hate romance books like this that always have the protagonist faint and have a desire to share saliva no matter how mean or uninterested that person might be.
The book is also kind of slow. My schoolwork is to blame as well (as well as my depression right now) but finishing this book took a while. And yet it wasn't painful to get through, like, say, Tiger's Curse. It was really not that bad. And I think Alyson Noel's writing style has to do with it. And okay, I pointed out a flaw in her writing pretty instantly, and the romance aspect, but listen to this when Daire is being asked to be put on a diet:
"My face scrunches in a way meant to convey that not only do I object, but I also doubt the validity of what she just said. It reminds me of the carb-free cult all the celebrities embrace before a big shoot, regarding the bread basket as their number-one enemy."
This is the sort of writing I like. Big yet coherent words and clever metaphors.
These characters are also, while not as lovable and memorable as some YA books out there, decent enough to remember for a while. Despite Paloma being the one wanting to put Daire on a diet, I liked her and found her a neat figure of a lonely farmer.
There's also a blind character who is more powerful with her extra senses she makes Toph from Avatar look like a novice, to the point where sometimes I couldn't believe she was official. I don't know much about being blind, but I doubt someone can sense if someone's around and who that person is exactly, especially at a party full of people.
And I had a mixed to positive reaction with the ending. It was a little underwhelming at best, but at the same time it acknowledged a grave problem that Daire was told to ignore but can't because she listens to her heart. And the end has a significance to the title of the next book that I'm kind of interested in. And it's clear, especially with the beginning prologue explaining the families of Raven, Coyote, Horse, Wolf, and Eagle, that Alyson Noel cares about this world.