Friday, February 8, 2013

Review: Touch of Fate

Touch of Fate
Touch of Fate by Christine Amsden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy/Mystery/Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of thrillers/suspense w/ a paranormal twist, and a touch of romance.
Trigger Warnings: Murder, violence

My Thoughts: I was initially hesitant about accepting this book, as it is rated as paranormal romance and I’m just not a huge fan, but the author assured me the romance is secondary to the plot of the story, so I decided to take a chance. I’m glad I did, as I enjoyed the story immensely, and I particularly liked the ideas it gave about fate and taking control of our own future.

I saw one reviewer who complained that the book was mostly the main character “moping.” I had to say... How would you react if you could predict often horrible upcoming events, but not do a bit to change things? If you knew people were going to die, or accidents were going to happen, but you couldn’t stop them? You wouldn’t exactly be a shiny, happy bluebird on someone’s shoulder, would you?

Amsden does a really good job with characters. She creates characters that are unique and memorable without being cliché. I’d love to discuss some of the things I read, but that would be spoiler-y, so I’ll just say—if you like thrillers with a paranormal twist and just a dash of romance, then you will love this book. I recommend it.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: Marianne can predict the future but is powerless to alter its course. After a lifetime spent coming to terms with an ability that has cost her much, including her marriage, Marianne moves halfway across the country to make a fresh start and salvage her relationship with her daughter, who has inherited her terrible ability. Once there, Marianne is drawn to a group of women who share her ability. She starts to find meaning and purpose—until she finds one of them murdered. In the wake of the murder, Marianne is once again caught up in predictions she is powerless to change. Complicating matters, she finds herself falling in love with the handsome Detective Derek Richards—a man who, her daughter predicts, will become an intimate part of her future. Time is running out for Marianne. She must learn the truth—about herself, about her power, and about the murderer—before she becomes the next victim.

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