Dec 21, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Stealing Fate by @RachelAukes #fairytale #bookreview


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Stealing Fate

by Rachel Aukes 

Publication Date: July 22, 2012

Genre: Fairy Tale Short Story, Mythology

DeeJay's Rating: 

She stole his fate...

Lachesis is a Fate, an ancient goddess in whose hands our destinies are unraveled. When she's not weaving fortune, she does what she wants when she wants. That all changes when she runs into the man she craves but prayed to never see again. And she'll soon discover the god of terror can really hold a grudge.

Now it's his turn...

The most frightening of gods, Phobos is a predator who takes pleasure in terrorizing the world. After millennia of relentless searching, he finds the Fate who caused him to be cast down from Olympus. Now he plans to use every bit of his talents on the goddess to regain his lost heritage.

Even though I liked Stealing Fate (Unspun #2) better than Creating Fate (Unspun #1), there was something about it that still felt forced to me. It’s my main issue with short stories and novellas driven by romance. They’re rushed, and books always lose stars that way. Doesn’t mean I’m going to stop reading books like these. As I mentioned in a previous review, I love Greek myth, I love the Fates. I’ve already purchased Chasing Fate, and that review will be up as soon as I’m done.

I really liked how even though each Unspun book has a different author, the voice is the same. By that I mean, they flow and work well together as a series. Stealing Fate was good because of Phobos (Terror, the love interest) and Deimos (Fear, his brother and the antagonist). I’ve always loved these two gods in Greek myth and found them interesting. I loved how their personality traits and abilities to incite terror and fear in those around them was used to drive the story. Worked very well. I liked Lachesis (Lacey, the Fate) and her fight-back personality. It was cute and complimented Phobos’ tougher-than-nails demeanor well. I really liked them as a couple.

That said, back to the forced romance. Even though “Lacey” and Phobos had history (and a very strained one at that), the rekindling of their relationship just didn’t do it for me. I guess I’m trying to say in so many words, I wanted more! A longer book would have made all the difference and with Deimos coming through and making trouble for them, it probably would have been a four star book, EASY.

But I liked Stealing Fate and I’m looking forward to reading about my favorite Fate, Atropos (Attie) in Chasing Fate.

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