Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1) by Jules Barnard


I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the Goodreads group Lovers of Paranormal

Firstly this book is not categorized as YA, but it definitely reads as YA. Elena is 18 and Derek is 20. a little older than your average YA heroes but the main theme is coming of age and discovering yourself which fits YA.

I’m in two minds whether I liked this or not. It drags out a lot in the beginning, I found it hard to connect to the characters. The main adventure seems rushed like the author spent a lot of time setting up the story then realized she had to wrap it up. The ending I actually liked. Everything was wrapped up nicely with enough loose ends to keep you interested in the series.

I get that Elena is only 18 but come on, she is studying chemistry, this statement is just idiotic.
“People don’t create viruses unless they’re of the computer variety.” Viruses are found in nature but there are also viruses created in a lab. This is done for medical research and biological warfare. Which is the whole premise of this book.

The romance itself was good and I enjoyed Elena’s and Derek’s interactions, but the sex scene was too graphic for barely legal teenagers.
Overall it was an ok read but I won’t be continuing the series.


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