I would like to thank the amazing author, Jessi Elliot for allowing me to review an E-Advanced Reader’s Copy of her debut novel, Twisted Fate. It is the first ARC I’m reviewing so it holds an extra special place in my heart.
Being kidnapped by the leader of the fae really puts a dent in your senior year.
Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly—until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook.
Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous fae leader, and an admired businessman in the human world, is all kinds of dangerous. While he finds Aurora intriguing, her refusal to bend to his will keeps them locked in a constant power struggle.
Entering into a deal is the only way to escape Tristan’s clutches, which only plunges Aurora deeper into the fae world. With her future at stake, she is forced to handle his arrogance and extraordinary fae abilities as she fights to stay grounded in her mundane life.
Not to mention her struggle to ignore the growing attraction she knows she shouldn’t feel for the man who kidnapped her.
When people said college would be the most exciting time of her life, Aurora never thought this is what they meant.
Twisted Fate, much like its namesake was filled with enough twists and turns that kept me at the edge of my seat for a majority of the book. From the very beginning I was wary of certain characters, intrigued by some and wanted to punch others.
There was instant chemistry between Tristan and Aurora’s from their first meeting or rather kidnapping. I especially liked Aurora. She’s brave, feisty, relatable yet vulnerable. While Tristan is poised, strong yet in a way assailable. The pair had some of the funniest verbal battles throughout the story. And I enjoyed the steady pace of their development together.
I also adored Max and Skylar. Through their tough exteriors I could tell that they both care deeply about Tristan and by default also begin to care for Aurora.
I also loved Aurora’s relationship her brother Adam and her parents. Her family plays a central role in the story from the very beginning and highlights issues that I believe, unfortunately most millennial (not a fan of using that word) face. Elliott addresses the pressures of finding employment immediately after college among other important topics. (Because it’s a spoiler free review, I’m not stating what they are)
One of my favorite things, is that I experienced something new and different regarding the Fae world. It was fresh and fun, and removed a lot of the existing assumptions about the story that I had prior to reading it.
I will say that some scenes were predictable. And at some moments the pace was a bit faster than I would have liked.
But overall, I enjoyed reading Twisted Fate and I cannot wait to read Twisted Gift.
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Available in paperback & e-book.
[Rounded up to 4 on Goodreads]