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Fateful by Cheri Schmidt

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
A huge fan of Jane Austen, Danielle hopes to find her own Mr. Darcy when she leaves Colorado to attend art school in London. Of course she knows it's silly to wish for that, naive even. But she's met enough males who lacked respect for women, a growing trend it seemed. And at nineteen...well.... However, on only her second night there she gets lost and is threatened by a stalker who proves to be immune to her martial arts training. Before she is completely overpowered, she is then saved by Ethan Deveroux.

While Danielle does find the romance she seeks in Ethan, he's no Mr. Darcy. Her hero is held by a spell which fractures their chance at a happy ending. During the day Ethan is closer to mortal than immortal and can date her like any other man. Yet, as the sun sets, the powerful magic of an ancient curse returns and the evil of that spell is revealed. When that magic begins, Danielle's fairytale romance ends because Ethan Deveroux is a vampire.


Goodreads Summary

This book is a phenomenal paranormal young adult read.  The plot concerns star crossed lovers, Danielle and Ethan.  The problem with their relationship?  Danielle is mortal while Ethan is a vampire. 

Danielle moves to London early in the book to stay with her aunt, uncle, and cousin.  She plans to go to school there.  The story leads right to action, Danielle is accosted...only to be saved by Ethan.  They experience an immediate connection.  However, Danielle could not have chosen a worse potential boyfriend-Ethan is cursed and now they must try to break it. 

The reader will love Ethan and Danielle's developing relationship, it's actually believable-a rarity in teen novels.  Danielle is sweet and caring, though she can be a tad impulsive.  Ethan is protective, strong, and charismatic.  The two balance each other out perfectly and the reader will be rooting for them throughout the novel.  There is a part, towards the beginning, that will remind the reader of Twilight; however, that notion is quickly dispelled. 

The events are fast-paced and range from detailed to fast-paced, the plot was certainly fun to read, and the characters are very likable.  This book is great for teens/young adults who enjoy Stephanie Meyer and/or Amanda Hocking and/or Claudia Gray. 

4 Stars

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