Saturday, December 20, 2014

Riddle of Fate Book Tour

Riddle of Fate by Tania Johansson
She wasn’t meant to survive. He wasn’t meant to save her. Now, they are determined to correct his mistake. 

Title: Riddle of Fate 

Author: Tania Johansson
Publication Date: May 28, 2014
Page Count: 273
Genre: Paranormal
Age Range: 12+

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Khaya’s life, a life the Order say was never meant to be, is thrown into turmoil when she discovers she has a second ability. The Company who employs people like her – with rare and special abilities – insists that having more than one inevitably leads down a dark spiral into madness. So they are watching and waiting, ready to terminate her at the first sign of trouble.

Now, on the run from the Company’s agents while trying to prove her sanity, Khaya realises they are not the only ones she should fear. Angels are working towards her demise as well.

The question that haunts her is this: What did she do that was terrible enough to elicit the wrath of angels? And can she trust the mysterious Derrin, or is he the cause of all her tribulations?

Ready for an excerpt?!?!

The urge to run was like a prickle down Khaya’s back. It soon became an itch and she had to fight to calm herself enough to keep at a reasonable pace. All she wanted to do was break in to a full tilt run. Her stomach lurched when a guard outside turned and looked directly at her. She took a deep breath and kept walking. She watched him from the corner of her eye until he turned away again, apparently unaware of who she was.
Her jaw started aching and she realised she was clenching her teeth. Relief flooded through her when she pushed the door open to exit the hallway.
She gasped.
The lawman who had arrested her in the foyer turned to face her. He was three feet from her and from the look on his face, he recognised her immediately. He paled and launched himself at her. He pressed her against the wall, his forearm squeezing against her throat.
Then he yelped as Derrin wrenched him off her. Grabbing him by the collar and belt, Derrin threw the man to the ground. Eyes wild, the guard looked around for his assailant. Seeing no one else, his gaze settled back on Khaya. He opened his mouth to call for backup. Derrin’s fist connected with his mouth before he could get a sound out.
The guard skidded across the floor and lay still when he stopped. Rubbing her throat, Khaya walked over to him. Blood trickled down from his nose and the corner of his mouth. “Is he dead?” Khaya asked.
“No,” Derrin said.
She looked at his chest. Was he breathing? “How do you know?”
“If he was dead, there would be a Collector here by now. Come.” Derrin led her out by a side door. Woods bordered the building and Khaya sighed with relief once they were under the cover of the trees.
“How were you able to do that anyway?” Khaya asked. “Hit him, I mean.”
Derrin snorted. “I said I was an angel, not a ghost.”  

My Review: 

This book was so interesting. The plot was sort of similar to The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson, if you have read it. I thought that the idea of the "Collectors" was really unique, and especially cool in comparison to a ghost (like Seb). The author, Tonya Kuper, did a great job at making the world so real. I felt like everything that was happening, and all of the strange characters were just normal everyday things that happened in that world. I also loved the characters. I thought Khaya grew exponentially throughout the novel. She adapted to her new found ability and situation really well, and I think that showed her maturity. I also loved Derrin. He really cared about Khaya but he was realistic in his actions.

However, I did think that the book had a lot of events that just happened, and did not really have an explanation or reason. The ending of the book was so typical (I am not going to spoil it) and I was hoping that the opposite of what happened would happen...If that makes any sense? I thought that events in the book were just planted there and the reasoning would come later, but the reader was never really allowed to make the connection.

Overall, I thought that the book was good. I would give it a *** just because of the events that were just sort of plopped there. However, I did love the plot, the world, and the characters.

Now what do you think?

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