Book Review: A Beautiful Fate by: Cat Mann

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Smashwords

Publication Date: June 11, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher/Author for Review

Format:  E-book

Order Links:  Barnes & Noble / Smashwords

Synopsis: Obsessive and driven by nightmares, Ava Baio is uprooted from her Chicago home after the untimely and tragic death of her loving mother. Taken across country by her antagonistic grandmother and placed as a boarding student at a school in Dana Point, California, Ava struggles with isolation and the loss of her mother and her grandfather. Faced with having left her beloved brownstone behind and attending a new school, surrounded by new faces and unfamiliar scenery, she finds herself sorting through unfamiliar and uncharted feelings with a strange and beautiful boy, Ari – a modern day Adonis. After an unconventional start to their relationship, Ava becomes intensely absorbed by her love for Ari, and with his help and the help of his family, she discovers who she really is – a Fate descended from Atropos. She learns that the Greek mythology she grew up reading is not comprised of myth after all.

Ava faces constant challenges both in her relationship with Ari and with the fact that she is being hunted by six threatening and ruthless men who want nothing more than for her to die so that they can live forever. She has no choice but to stand up for those she has come to love. In doing so, she becomes something she hates, a killer. 

Review: Ava Baio just lost her mother and now she’s moving from the town and the people she loves to live with her overbearing grandmother. Her grandmother then ships her off to a boarding school, where she knows no one and has to hide the vivid nightmares from which she wakes up screaming from her dorm mates. When Ava meets Ari, who lives in the room across the way, she feels an instant spark. They are quickly drawn together. Ari and his family help Ava adjust to the fact she is a Moirai – a direct descendant of The Fates. Now Ava is THE Fate and she must continue Fate’s work and defeat the evil which has plagued her line.

‘A Beautiful Fate’ drew me in from the first page. Ava is brokenhearted at the beginning and her moods really do set the tone for the novel. As she learns of her heritage and her power, she is wary, but quickly develops a stronger sense of self. In regard to Ari, his and Ava’s relationship has a rocky start, but then explodes into almost obsession. The way their relationship was portrayed as so obsessive and co-dependent was a little unsettling. I loved Ari’s family; they are warm and generous people with huge hearts. Now for the ending, it is definitely and surely a huge cliffhanger. You’re left anxious to find out what happens next and the outcome of the final events. ‘A Beautiful Fate’ blends mythology and real life together seamlessly and the author’s characters are very well-developed. We just have to wait to see what is in store for Ava and Ari next – hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long!

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