Monday, November 14, 2016

Blog Tour: Fates Entwined by Jules Barnard...Review and Giveaway!

Today I am stop on the Fates Entwined Blog Tour!
Fates Entwined in the second full book in the Halven Rising Series!
Keep reading to find out more about this wonderful fantasy series and to enter the giveaway!

About the Book

Fates Entwined (Halven Rising #2)
by Jules Barnard
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: November 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

They can never be together. The notion is laughable. Humans are inferior, a scourge on the Fae and on the magic passed down to them by angels millennia ago. And if Keen finds himself drawn to the tiny human female, he keeps it to himself. He won’t add to the half-breed problem that threatens his people’s existence. 

Reese can’t stand Keen. He criticizes her clothing, won’t answer a straight question, and is too handsome for her peace of mind. 

Her entire life, people have pegged Reese for a shallow, ditzy blond. She won’t accept the stereotype from the large, arrogant Fae too. But after Keen saves her life, she begins to question what truly lies beneath his stoic demeanor. 

Forced together, Keen and Reese fight to survive among enemies, and Keen makes choices Reese couldn’t have predicted. She glimpses a side of him that is protective and dangerously seductive. 

But Keen refuses to acknowledge their connection. 

Until he's faced with the decision to betray his people, or lose Reese forever.

Other Books in the Series

Fates Altered (Halven Rising #0.5)

Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1)

About the Author

A RITA-nominated author, Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched Fates Divided, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls “…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe, or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters who have heart and humor.

When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

My Review

Title: Fates Entwined (Halven Rising Book 2)
Author : Jules Barnard
Format: Digital ARC
Source: Blog Tour

Fates Entwined is the second full book in the wonderfully entertaining Halven Rising series and while it can be read as a standalone, I'd recommend reading at least Book One, Fates Divided, first to fully enjoy and understand the history of the two there is a story arc and characters that appear throughout all of the books.

With this series, Jules Barnard has created a fascinating and intricate world of magic filled with intriguing characters and engaging plots.  With each book, we learn a little more about the Fae world and its relation to the human world as well learning more about and meeting interesting characters. Fates Entwined had me hooked from page one and I could not put it down.

In Fates Entwined, our main characters are Reese and Keen, two characters who are so different from each other, yet somehow you know they'll end up together despite the many obstacles in their way...and there are quite a few, including themselves. We first met Reese and Keen in Fates Divided where Reese is the roommate of Elena who is a Halven, or rather she's half Fae and half human, and Keen is a Fae bodyguard working to protect Elena as she works on a project for the Fae.  Sparks fly between Reese and Keen almost from the moment they meet, but both are too stubborn to admit their feelings.  Plus there were a whole lot of complications keeping these two apart.  But the relationship and attraction between the two grows stronger in Fates Entwined when Reese is trapped in the Fae realm and Keen must work to save her.

Reese and Keen are almost complete opposites, but it was nice to see them find some balance in each other even if neither wanted to admit it at first. I adore Reese and loved her in the first book so I was thrilled to see she was getting her own and it involved Keen.  She is a fun, strong character and her banter and interactions with Keen are great.  There are also quite a few revelations and surprises involving Reese that I wasn't expecting. Jules Barnard definitely knows how to keep a reader guessing.  Reese has a lot of adjustments to make and what she's gone through and learned would break anyone, yet she still stands strong.

Meanwhile, Keen comes from a world where humans are thought to be inferior so his feelings for Reese are quite a shock and something he tries hard to deny.  But the discoveries and events in this book shock him even more. He remains conflicted because of all he has been taught and his duty as a Guardian despite his attraction to Reese.  But when Reese is in danger, he vows to protect her any way possible and he means it.

It was nice to get inside their heads and see things from each of their perspectives in this book.  It helped me understand their actions and motivations better. 

While dealing with their conflicting emotions and changing relationship, Reese and Keen also have to deal with a war between the Fae, which has an interesting impact on our couple.

Like the previous books in the series, Fates Entwined was filled surprises, romance, and action.  I could not wait to see what would happen next and loved the interactions between our main characters and getting to see some familiar faces.  I cannot wait for the next book to see what else Jules Barnard has in store for us.

 My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

*I received a free digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*


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