PUBLISHER: Curiosity Quills Press
RELEASE DATE: 7th September 20132
FORMAT: Ebook, 320 pages
GENRE: Paranormal, Young Adult
What do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you’ve believed it to be? When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.
When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don’t understand what’s happening to them or why, and they’re running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them. Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world. (Goodreads)
I was excited to pick up FADE. I enjoy wolves, the beautiful cover drew me in, and I wanted something that I hoped would get me out of my little reading slump, and FADE had that appeal for me.
It’s written from the point of view of the main protagonist Arionna, a teenage girl who is going through a massive upheaval after recently losing her mother. Arionna moves to a new area to live with her father, starting a new school and trying to carry on despite being overcome with grief. Arionna wants to be left alone to be able to deal and cope with her grief in her own way. Until her eyes land on Dace, a teaching assistant at her new school.
Nothing out of the ordinary at all, just another guy in the parade that had already passed by, but something…shifted…as soon as my eyes landed on him.
Arionna then has pages on how seeing Dace makes her feel about him, it was this over the top, dragged out description about her thoughts and feelings about Dace that made Arionna an annoying heroine. FADE was written in this style throughout the whole book and I found it difficult to connect to the characters because of it.
I’m not sure I like it when someone’s free agency seems to have been taken away and they are going against their feelings and it was a regular occurrence.
Despite the fact he hadn’t told me any of this, and despite the fact I barely knew him, I did trust him. I trusted him instinctively, implicitly, without hesitation. I shouldn’t have. Part of me didn’t even want to. But I did anyway.
At one point Arionna has a rant at Dace, and this rant summed up my feeling about FADE, as up to that point I too was confused.
“That’s how the entire situation feels, Dace! I feel like I jumped off a plane without a parachute and landed in some foreign country where I don’t even speak the language. I….” I trailed off, not sure how to explain the disconcerting uncertainty brewing inside. The last twenty-four hours had been a riot of confusing revelations mixed with painful truths and an ever-increasing sense of doom. I hadn’t the time even to begin fitting the pieces together to try and make sense of everything before some new mind warp came along to muddle things up even more.
As the story developed we were introduced to the purpose of Arionna and Dace and why they felt this immediate connection and I was intrigued by these Norse myths as I had never come across them before, I must admit I like stories based upon myths and I enjoyed this part of the plot.
There were a few parts that I did enjoy, the wolves and shape-shifting humans, which are connected to the Norse Myths and I also liked the mysterious nature of Ronan. Ronan is character that both Arionna and Dace distrust. I thought I had Ronan figured out and it was refreshing to be wrong.
For me it’s the plot that has great potential but it’s the writing style that let’s FADE down. I failed to connect with or relate to Arionna and Dace, and if I had done it would have been more enjoyable. I was also distracted by the similarities I thought there were to Twilight.
I wanted to love FADE so I was greatly disappointed that I didn’t connect to it. I found that it lacked a physical description of the environment they were in but we had full disclosure of any feelings that Arionna experienced. Arionna was rightly confused and frustrated with the situation she found herself in but as a reader I was only privy to the same information she had, so I had those feelings too. I found the feelings and dialogue repetitive and Arionna too submissive to Dace, I did like some of the plot, especially the shape-shifting and Norse myths, but thought Arionna was a weak heroine.
Even though I was left deflated, I did like the Norse myths, it was new to me and I think for that reason alone, I may be tempted enough to pick up the next book in the series.
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