|Escaping Destiny by Amelia Hutchins|
Published: Feb 2014
Age Group: Adult - 18A Warning
Series: The Fae Chronicles
I'll start out by saying this is still a really good book. Amelia Hutchins has a way of writing or at least a style that I enjoy and appreciate. The same old characters return, each bringing their own attitudes, charisma and appeal. Boy did I miss them.
I guess I'm sort of conflicted about this. I feel like I have a responsibility, an obligation to praise this book to the moon and back but I really don't feel like this book deserves it.
We end book 2 on a really high note. The story was picking up pace and it was at the height of the crescendo, like all cliff hangers, that we're left hanging and wanting more. And so I waited (and I'm sure many others waited as well) finding ways to twiddle our thumbs and keep busy until this one was released. As soon as I could get a copy I started to devour it. It was good, picked up right where the crescendo peak was - and then I was so abruptly brought down. What was revealed in the first couple chapters of Escaping Destiny seemed to make the later half of Taunting Destiny to be completely moot. Yes, we were introduced to the overall family background of Syn and Adam but the main climax, the heart of the problem, was crushed and essentially kicked aside. How does something still exist if it's heart's been destroyed? Well unless you have two hearts it's not possible. And that's my feelings towards this story. It just felt like we took 3 steps forward and 2 steps back and we end up back to the start but with different players in this game.
Now for the rest of the story. Syn's pregnant. And she knows - now. And so start the dramatic hormone invasions and constant arguments, tears, paranoia, and jealously that ensues. I'll let you in on a secret though: I kind of like hormonal Syn. Syn seems at times to be indifferent to Ryder's actions and keeps everything inside of her, which isn't good. That's why there's yoga and stress relieving balls and therapists. Keeping things inside of you can make you go crazy! And I would prefer if Syn didn't go crazy thank you very much. So now Syn is turning into an emotional woman which is also great because it makes Ryder really confused. Like I said, Syn doesn't usually share emotions and now she's constantly showing them which makes sense as to why Ryder is lost and doesn't know what to do. It's funny in a way that my favourite series all of a sudden turned into a soap opera or comedic drama. I laughed quite a few times with their arguments and disputes.
Something else offsetting about this installment is that it felt like there was some sequence of actions that the story followed. The Fae chronicles consists of big books. These are 400-500 page books and I've always enjoyed the constant action and continuity that encompasses the first and second book. The third book lacked that. I found it to be quite monotonous at times and I found myself disengaged from the story because I felt like I had already read a scene a couple of chapters before or that the plot line didn't seem to be advancing as fast as the other two creating a lack of continuity.
On an ending note, I do like where the story is headed. A great battle is coming and I can't wait to see how some characters play their part. I'm going to say that perhaps this is the middle book and so suffers in comparison to the rest of the series...that seems like a plausible reason.
If you haven't read Fighting Destiny yet and you're a fan of paranormal romance and a strong butt-kicking heroine, PLEASE GO AND READ IT!
Click the title for my reviews of Taunting Destiny.
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I thought things couldn't get worse. I was wrong.
I found out what I really wanted and was forced to give him up. Just as I found out who I really am, I was presented to the elusive Horde King as a gift.
This was the mystical being I was hidden from for more than twenty years.
Although Ryder promised to save me, I couldn't let him get near this creature, so I willingly (sort of) signed myself over to be his new plaything.
Now in the Horde Realm, nothing is going remotely like I thought it would.
My powers and emotions are on the fritz, and each day seems to bring surprises that I am not sure how to deal with.
The Horde King thinks he has me exactly where he wants me.
He thinks he has taken all of my options away.
I still have choices.
Embracing what destiny has planned for me, or escaping it.
About the Author
Amelia lives in the great Pacific Northeast with her family. When not writing she can be found on her page Erotica Book Club, where she help's other indie authors meet fans. She's an avid reader of everything paranormal.
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