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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Book Reviews - Touching Fate & Cursing Fate by Brenda Drake

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Review by Suze
Aster has been told to stay away from Tarot cards, but she has no idea why. She doesn't believe in psychic powers, which is the reason she tries a reading anyway. When she touches the cards something that's supposed to be funny changes into something life altering instead. Aster is a fate changer and Tarot cards are an essential part of her rare gift.
Reese will die at his eighteenth birthday unless he can find a fate changer to help him. Reese comes from an old Dutch nobility line that has been cursed many years ago. He wants someone to save him from the terrible fate that affects all firstborn sons in his family. During a holiday he meets Aster and she is the one he needs. Reese is supposed to manipulate her so that she can help him, but he finds it difficult, especially when he discovers every fate Aster changes can harm the people she loves. Will Reese die or is there another way to save him?
Touching Fate is a sweet story about magic. Aster is a kindhearted girl. She's smart, she's great at science, she has a bright future ahead of her and she also has a unique gift. Fortunately she's strong enough to handle it all. Reese is a gentleman. He's chivalrous, he's really nice and he is a good friend. I loved these two wonderful main characters and couldn't wait to find out what their fates would be.
Brenda Drake has written a creative story about Tarot cards and I loved that theme. Her main characters care about other people. While they're trying to do something good they discover that magic has a price, which is an interesting concept. I always enjoy stories about magic and had a lot of fun reading this book.

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Review by Suze
Iris hurt someone she loves very much and she couldn't help it. She tries to make things right, but the situation is complicated. Her sister made a mistake and Iris is the one who's paying for it by losing Wade, her best friend and soul mate. The worst part of the situation is that she can't even tell him the truth. How can she win him back?
Wade lost the girl he wanted to be with for the rest of his life. Iris has broken his trust and when she attempts to restore it he's reluctant to agree. When Iris is about to get her second chance she makes a mistake herself. She touches her sister's Tarot cards, the ones that are linked to an evil curse. This isn't without consequences and Iris can't reverse what she's unleashed. She needs the help of her sisters and she needs Wade. Will he believe what she has to say?
Cursing Fate is an enchanting story about a unique set of Tarot cards. Iris is a sweetheart. She's loving and caring and she's kind to everyone. The Tarot cards have made things difficult for her and they're about to make her life even worse. Wade is the person Iris needs the most and I kept hoping he would discover the truth about their breakup. Because of their gentle personalities Iris and Wade are perfect for each other. However, there are many obstacles to overcome. It was interesting to see what they would do and if their true love had a chance to survive after all the ordeals it had been put through.
Brenda Drake writes about an interesting magical situation. The Tarot cards in her story have a lot of power and it was fascinating to see what it could be used for. I liked Brenda Drake's approach of the traditional good versus evil battle. Fortunately there is an abundance of hope and forgiveness and I loved the message that love will always be victorious. I really enjoyed reading about the bonds between the main characters and think Cursing Fate is a great story about deep connections and surprising skills.
I would start with book one of The Fated series and read the stories in their correct order. The books can be read as standalones, but I think you'd miss an essential part of the story if you'd skip book one.
About Brenda Drake

Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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  1. Sounds like an intriguing series!


  2. Sounds like a great series. I will definitely have to check this one out. Thanks for the review.

  3. This series sounds interesting. And I'm huge on character driven stories. Sounds like some good ones in these books. Curious about those tarot cards too.

  4. Sounds really interesting. My friend Stephanie really liked the first book, but I don't think she read the sequel.
    I have Thief of Lies by this author, but I still haven't read it. That one also sounds really good, not sure if your read that one?

  5. How interesting that Aster can change fate by touching the cards.

  6. A couple of great reviews, Suze. My niece is big into magical romance so I'll have to share this with her.

  7. Thanks for the tip about reading the books in order. I hate jumping in right in the middle!

  8. Thank you for the recommendation. I will definitely start with the girst book.

  9. oh i did read a book with taro card and loved it so this series could be very good, your review sure made me curious!
    thank you for the discovery