Bookbub Bargains: What Fate Portends
Alrighty, so when this book came up in my Bookbub I was immediately intrigued, and wanted to read it right away.
To be fair, I did read it immediately... then neglected to write this post until now a couple weeks later. Sue me, I'm busy. :)
However, let's dig in.
First off, let me say I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was clever in how it mashed up fairy, cop mystery, and dystopian plot lines into one realistic story. I enjoyed the lack of 'romance' (even though I love a good romance tale) because it made it a refreshing difference in the aim of the main character and the people he interacted with. I liked how the author sprinkled clues throughout regarding the 'type' of fae the main character was and why he was hiding it. It really amped up the mystery and my curiosity about this whole hierarchy of fae. I don't want to go into a whole load of spoilers here, so I'm trying to be brief.
However, I found a lot of the explanations to be very 'neat', in that the main character 'vaguely' remembered random things from his mysterious forgotten childhood. The bad guys (and sort of bad guys... if you read it you know what I mean) aren't introduced until the climax and the end, in which the main character is like, 'Oh yeah, I forgot about that guy, but I do know who he is' and then continues to explain how he knows him. Because the reader wasn't clued in on this earlier in the book, it feels very convenient and smacks of deus ex machina. Any time the villain of a story doesn't show up until the end, or the reader has no way to guess what could possibly be the motivation of the story, the author is playing with fire. It's a fine line to walk to have the ending just be a 'surprise! *smack in the head*' and this author attempted to work that in with the mysterious forgotten childhood and allusions to half-remembered things. However, it almost feels a little 'too' convenient... any time the author wants to drop something new in, she doesn't have to work it into the story; she can simply toss it in and have the MC 'sort of' remember it... needless to say, it got a little old in the end.
I appreciated how the main story line wrapped up at the end of the book, but there were enough mysteries to keep me curious about the past of the MC... which means I'll probably pick up the second book to see how it goes.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I give it 4 *'s out of 5, for the aforementioned convenience issues. I think they took away from it being a fully satisfying, intriguing story with real depth. Close, though. A fun read for sure, and I would recommend it.