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    A must-read faerie series!

    I loved Reese Fisher and Keen Albercht. At the end of Fates Divided, Elena Rosales’s best friend, Reese, had been taken to the faerie realm, particularly Tirnan. Elena would do whatever it took to protect her best friend, but with the precarious situation that Old and New Kingdom were left in at the end of book one, her bodyguard, Keen, was put on the job. Thus began an interesting journey of fate, free will, and learning who the true enemy was. I liked the relationship that Keen and Reese had playing in the background of book one. They had chemistry, even if they had convinced themselves that they hated each other, which was not the case. They were so attracted to each other, in fact, that the only way they knew how to fight it was with jabs and insults. Needless to say, I had to know how their story ended, or began. I wanted them to end up together, but they were both such strong personalities, I didn’t know if it would be possible. This book did not disappoint in answering all of the questions that I had about Keen and Reese. Their romance was a slow burn, unlike Elena and Derek’s. Their relationship was almost too fast for my liking in Fates Divided, and Reese wasn’t going to let that happen. She and Elena were complete opposites. While Elena was also strong, Reese was strong for a different reason. Elena was strong because she had lived a love-filled life but one that she had to face without parents. Reese, however, had both parents but not enough love. She had put up a façade of how she really was and only a few saw past it. I liked the feisty roommate and thought she added a lot to this series. Keen was a bigot and slight misogynist; however, almost all of his was centered around the culture that he had grown up in. The fae looked at men and women in a centuries old fashion, as in women needed protecting, and it was men’s job to do it. It’s just how it had always been, and he couldn’t understand Reese. While I rolled my eyes or snorted at his way of thinking, it strengthened his character. I loved him, in fact, because of how much that old way of thinking translated into a need to protect Reese. The war and way of the fae confused me a bit. I wasn’t sure how some of the treaties and promises worked. It tied all together in the end, but at the beginning it didn’t make much sense about why it was the way it had to be. Nevertheless, Barnard has created a new version of the fae, taking the old and blending it with her version of things. If you’re a fan of faeries, fantasy, and magic, this is the perfect series to check out. It incorporates modern science, ways of thinking, and strong female leads with magic, chivalry, and male leads that will make you swoon. **reviewed as part of the blog tour** **This review also appears on A Leisure Moment**
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    Awesome Book

    Loved it, great read!! I highly recommend this series!
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    Absolutely brillant

    If you look at my blog, you’d think that I mainly read romance novels. And while it’s true that the majority of the books I review are of that genre. I got my love of reading from fantasy. I remember taking the journey with Meg in A Wrinkle in Time and going through the wardrobe to Narnia. So I’m always excited to find a new fantasy author even if it’s wrapped up with a romance bow. So I jumped in with both feet to read Fates Entwined. I had no clue this was book two and I didn’t go back and read book one before I started to read. It wasn’t necessary, I didn’t find myself getting lost and I was able to grasp what was going on pretty quickly and easily. I fell in love with the world that Barnard built. It was colorful and intriguing. The blend of folklore with unique world building kept me enthralled. I loved the concept. Reese was feisty, independent and vulnerable. Keen was quite frankly a jerk. He’s the ultimate alpha male. The push-pull between the two of them created a sexual tension that leapt off the pages. The secondary characters were also captivating. I found myself question their motives. I’m going to have to go back and read the first book and the prequel. There was some great character development here and I can’t wait to see how much more they’ve grown from the beginning. This story was absolutely brilliant and I’ve already started recommending it to my friends. I can’t wait for the next one to come out.
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