A Matter of Fate (Fate #1)
by Heather Lyons
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Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn't a normal teenage girl. She's a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she's a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she's to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.
That's nothing compared to the boy trouble she's gotten herself into. Because a guy she's literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.
Chloe's once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.
A Matter of Fate was captivating, slowly intoxicating and emotionally charged. While everything unfolded at a slower pace, and it was heavily character driven, I found myself glued to the pages. We’re taken through daily struggles, friendships, battles, love, and even learning and watching how Magicals influence the universe. But what was at the heart of this story, in my eyes, was the most emotionally gutting love triangle I have ever read. And I will most definitely be continuing on with this series, because my heart has to know what happens next.
Why does this hurt so much? If this is how it’s supposed to be, then why do I feel like I’m breaking apart?
We’re led through the story with Chloe, who is a Magical. And within the Magical race, she is a Creator. This means she will be asked to create and destroy anything and everything in the world, including civilizations. I felt suffocated right along with her. Fate has mapped out her life, and she few choices for how it’ll all go down. On top of that, her parents are heartless and leave her clueless about what it means to be a Magical, since she lives on the human plane and goes to a human high school. But thankfully she doesn’t feel entirely alone, since she has her Cousins in her life. They’re not all technically related to her, but each of them are Magicals and have different ways that they’ll influence the Universe. I adored Cora, Meg, Lizzie and even Alex.
I look out the window, at the streaking colors, now muted with growing shadows. And then I find myself telling him the truth. “I’d want to go somewhere and be anyone who wasn’t me.”
For a long moment, the only sounds are that of tires on blacktop. Rather than saying something unhelpful like, Why would you want to do that? Kellan merely says, “You and me both.”
But her whole world shifts in class one day, physically and emotionally. A boy walks into the classroom that she knows, but she’s never met him outside of her dreams. Since they were four, they’ve been together in Chloe’s dreams. They slowly became each other’s best friends and even fell in love. But a year ago he disappeared, and she was heart-broken that he was gone from her dreams. So seeing Jonah in real life floors Chloe. And in those first few pages we see Jonah, I was captivated by him. He was sexy, alluring, and oh so beautiful. But he doesn’t approach her, and before she can talk to him, everything gets flipped upside down.
And like a fool, I take a step closer, unable to resist the pull toward him any longer. He is confused, wary . . . and yet also unable to resist the pull, because he tentatively reaches out his hand and touches my face so lightly, I wonder if the fingers are even there or not.
You see, Chloe realizes Jonah has a twin. One she never knew about. And his name is Kellan, and he has no problem approaching Chloe. Their moments together made me gasp and giggle. I adored Kellan and I couldn’t get enough of him. So it was inevitable that I fell head over heels in love with him. He commanded my full attention and he made my heart race. Kellan was funny, caring, loving and intoxicating. I loved his words, his mannerisms, every single tiny thing about him. Now here’s the but. But while Chloe has always loved Jonah, she ends up with Kellan, and I was selfishly okay with that.
Beneath my ear, his heartbeat speeds up. Finally, “If you need me, I will always be here for you.”
These words mean more to me than he’ll ever know. I press my face harder against him, clutch at his shirt tighter. He is my anchor. He is my strength. He is here, for me, and even though I don’t deserve it, I take it.
So I struggled. Because while Jonah takes more of a backseat throughout certain parts of the story, and that was perfectly fine by me, then you learn stuff. And it threw me for a loop. So my heart was on the line constantly while Chloe vacillated between the twins. Chloe broke my heart apart, because while I desperately wanted her to just be with Kellan, I got why she kept getting drawn back to Jonah. And usually I end up screaming and wanting to pull my hair out at love triangles, but this time I got it. And I never once got mad at Chloe.
“Fate sucks,” I say, trying hard not to cry. Which is stupid, because he knows I’m upset, and even worse because he knows it’s over his brother.
“Yeah,” he says quietly. “Sometimes, it really does.”
I became completely invested and totally addicted. The writing, story line and characters pulled me in, and I’m scared yet excited to see where this story goes. So wish me luck, because I’m reading Jonah’s novella next – Beyond Fate. And while I hope he’ll just die to make the story easier, yes I know I’m awful lol, I’m scared to death I’m going to fall for him. Just like Kellan. *Takes a deep breath* Here I go……
*ARC kindly provided by Author via Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review*
My Fate Power:
So in the tour, we were asked – If you had a power like Chloe, tell us what that “power” would be and how you would use it. At first, I was going to say an Emotional. Because I’d love to be able to know what others are feeling around me. Whether it’s people you first meet, or others that you’ve known forever, I’d love to get into their head and know what they’re truly feeling. To see if their words line up with their emotions. But then after thinking about it some more, I realized I would want to be a Healer like Cora who is Chloe’s Cousin. To take the pain away and help heal those I love would be the most beautiful gift I could ever be given. So that’s definitely my final answer. If I was a Magical, I would hope to be a Healer. ♥
About Heather Lyons:
Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.