Series: Fate #1
Published by Cerulean Books on 25th August 2012
Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn't a normal teenage girl. She's a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she's a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she's to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.
That's nothing compared to the boy trouble she's gotten herself into. Because a guy she's literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.
Chloe's once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.
It was with a little trepidation that I finally decided to read A MATTER OF FATE. Not only was it a book much loved by some of my best blogger friends, but it is a monster-sized tome which as a girl with a TBR threatening to topple over and smother her isn’t always the first book of choice from the pile. However I said to hell with the schedule (let’s be real, the schedule is more a figment of my imagination at this stage) and dived in. Boy, was it a ride and a half! I completely lost myself in this beautiful tale by Heather Lyons, incapable of putting it down as it delivered everything I want in a book, absolutely stellar world-building, well realised characters that evoke a myriad of emotions from love to utter frustration and so much more.
Chloe is one of a secret race of people called Magicals. Each Magical is born with a specific purpose, guided by Fate to fulfil their destiny. As a Creator, one of the most powerful types of Magical, Chloe has her entire life mapped out and has been taught from childhood that there is no straying from her path. Her only escape from duty has been in her dreams, as there she meets a boy with whom she has an inexplicable connection that has grown from friendship to deep love. When her mystery boy turns up at school one day, Chloe’s world is literally rocked as she realises her dream boy is real and not only that, he comes with a twin who Chloe can’t help but feel drawn to.
Love triangles…they are a conundrum for sure. Usually I groan at the mere whiff of one, and while I was uneasy at first with the triangle between Chloe and the twins, Jonah and Kellen, I couldn’t help but fall for both just like Chloe and felt just as torn and emotionally distraught because each boy had such a wonderful relationship with Chloe , it seems impossible to choose! While at the end of book one, I tentatively declare my allegiance for Team Jonah, I honestly don’t know if it would be a bad thing no matter who she chose, both are such amazing characters.
Chloe was a character I grew to have deep sympathy for because of the agonising situations she was forced into – not just in her love life but in her life in general. Fate is a cruel mistress and I really felt for Chloe and the immense pressure that was placed on her shoulders – quite literally the weight of the world. I cried with her, laughed and screamed with frustrations both at her plight and her actions as she struggled to make decisions that weren’t always the right ones.
Jonah and Kellen – I am lumping together in this review because I just adored both of them. Their love for each other was so beautiful and the struggle both of them had, to maintain the love and bond they possess two halves of the one soul while struggling with their feelings for Chloe was heartbreaking at times.
As I read this book, I was blown away by the world that Heather has created; the world-building was simply stunning. At times overwhelming, as I struggled to get my head around the mythology, the caste system, the different dimensions, the politics and culture of the Magical world, I absolutely adored the intricate amount of detail she poured into her world.
A MATTER OF FATE is a rollercoaster of emotion, a beautiful tale of following your heart against the odds. I can’t wait to continue this adventure and learn what Fate has in store.