Title: The Fated
Author: C.L. Abrams
An ancient love won’t be abated
For they two are the Fated
A long held secret. A mysterious stranger. A revelation that changes everything.
Quiet bookworm Bethany Hall is just a normal teenager, living in the sleepy town of Stonebridge with her sports obsessed twin brother Ryan and their unassuming parents, Jonas and Saria. On the surface, Beth’s life seems a mundane routine of school and homework but the twins know their mother is hiding a secret that they are determined to uncover.
Then the handsome Lukas Castle arrives in town, captivating Beth’s attention. With him comes a whirlwind that rocks her safe world to the core as all of her family’s long held secrets come tumbling out…
Suddenly caught in the cross fire of a centuries-old family feud, it falls to Beth to discover the truth before it’s too late to save the people she loves the most.
There were many aspects about this book that I found enjoyable. The first was how normal the book seemed. Bethany Hall is just another girl at the high school, but when she catches the eye of the new guy Lukas Castle, she can’t believe her luck. There’s something wrong with him though, something she can’t quite put her finger on.
The book was broken into four parts to show the harrowing tale of Lukas Castle. We see the way that he’s been in and out of the lives of the women in Bethany’s history, searching for the perfect witch. Convinced that she is the one gifted with all the powers, he has her in his sights.
The idea of the long lost love was definitely interesting because it made me think of The Crucible as well as Romeo and Juliet. Surely a love like theirs is only meant to end in disaster.
All in all, an interesting little urban paranormal YA read.