BLOG TOUR: Touching Fate by Brenda Drake- Review + Giveaway

Title: Touching Fate
Author: Brenda Drake
Release Date: 10/13/15
Publisher: Entangled Teen: Crave

Summary from Goodreads: Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn't. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person's fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese's is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death...only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn't know that the hot Dutch guy she's just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die.

But worst of all…she doesn't know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.

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About the Author
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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A Fate Changer who doesn't know what she can do, a foreign boy with a deadline and ancient magic. Should  be absolutely mind- blowing, right?

Well, it could have been.

Let me get started with what I really like about Touching Fate- the magic- the very concept of how changing someone's fate was not just changing it, but that there were consequences to it all; an eye for an eye, to put words to it. The fact that in the end, we saw that even if people do change our fate, that things seem to right themselves out, anyway! Basically, entire magic part of the book.

What I didn't like, however, was that love story. Don't get me wrong, I was all for it in the beginning, especially when you find out what the "dark consequences" mentioned in the blurb were- it's kind of unforgivable with no solutions, and I was waiting to see how Brenda Drake made it all right- and instead, here I was in the middle of a book where I was very VERY impressed with the magic, but just starting to feel the relationship, when the I-Love-You's started and I was sitting there like WHAAT? When did that happen? And then for the grand finale, everyone's in Amsterdam, in some extravagant party, and there was a scene about crystals, and cancer, and a lightning rod- and I was left completely off key.

I'm trying to piece together how everything happened- I mean, I can- but I also just can't, if you can understand what I mean. The ending was just a little too out there, and it completely ruined almost everything it had going for it- I only wish that the ending was taken a little slower, that there was more chemistry, more family, more everything- and a little less vagueness.

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