Friday, September 7, 2012

Fade (The Ragnarök Prophesies #1) by A.K. Morgen

Fade (The Ragnarök Prophesies, #1)
What do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you’ve believed it to be?

When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.

When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don't understand what's happening to them or why, and they're running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them.

Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world

Wow, that blew my mind! It was't what I expected and I couldn't be more pleased with this loveliness. Fade was unique and utterly fantastic.

Fade is based on Norse mythology, so it already has an element that hasn't been used in too many YA books. It took the myths and reshaped them into something that will be sure to hook quite a few fans.

Arionna was a fun lead. She was very real, she felt like an actual person. She'd just lost her mom, so she spends much of the book dealing with that loss in addition to all the crazy stuff happening around her. She deals well with Dace and his wolf. Let me explain that before I confuse anyone. Dace is a shapeshifter-he turns into a wolf. But, he hasn't been able to communicate with the wolf side of him and so he has to constantly struggle to keep the beast locked inside. But sometimes the wolf still gets a bit of a hold and he acts...primal, for lack of better term. But Arionna always knew how to deal with all that. She would be understanding when that was needed and she would put him in his place when that was needed. It was fun to see, especially the times when she made Dace grovel for forgiveness. Arionna was strong, clever, and a great heroine.

Dace is complicated, as you could probably tell from my brief explanation of his wolf issue. The wolf in him isn't bad, it's just primal. The wolf loves Arionna just as much as Dace's human side loves her. But, once again, he's more primal. That leads him to make Dace's human side do some stupid things. I think some people might be annoyed, because when the wolf does gain some hold, it makes Dace do something that might be qualified as sexist. I understood it as the wolf hierarchy that Dace's wolf is tapped into. But others might not be as understanding. Just a warning to those who are sensitive. 

But, moving on. Dace was very sweet. He was protective of Arionna and would literally lay down his life for her. Was there insta-love? Yes, but this was very justified once you find out how deep the connection goes. I don't think anyone will be bothered by it. I loved their relationship. It was deep and profound and it find made me smile wistfully. I thought Dace was simply adorable.

The story is  never what you expect. You think you've figured out what's going on when, suddenly, a plot twist comes out of nowhere and shakes everything up. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The use of mythology was brilliant. I adored it; it was original and thrilling. The plot moved quickly, and the ending was sweet with a nice lead into the next book. Which I'm very excited for. I can't wait to find out how this plays out for the characters. Does anyone know when the second book will be released, or how long the series will be? 

Anyhow, Fade was magnificent. Anyone who likes myth based books, or just paranormal romance will love it.


Thanks to Netgalley and Curiosity Quills Press for a copy!

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