Foretold by Rinda Elliot

Thank you to the publisher, Harlequin Teen, who provided me a free copy through Netgalley for an honest review. Foretold is available now!

Here’s the description:

It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world’s destiny.

But only if they survive…

The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can’t believe it’s really happening. She’s the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? When it starts snowing in summer in Florida, the sisters fear the worst has come to pass. Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world, has begun.

Raven finds herself the secret protector of Vanir, a boy with two wolves, a knowledge of Norse magic and a sense of destiny he can’t quite explain. He’s intense, sexy and equally determined to save her when it becomes clear someone is endangering them. Raven doesn’t know if getting closer to him will make a difference in the coming battle, but her heart isn’t giving her a choice.

Ahead of the sisters is the possibility of death at the hand of a warrior, death by snow, death by water or death by fire.

Or even from something else…

Sisters of Fate

The prophecy doesn’t lie: one is doomed to die.”

My review:

What I’d Pay:$12

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this book was. I’ll admit I had fairly low expectations after just finishing another book by this same publisher that I did not like at all, but more on that another day.

The beginning of the book was a bit difficult to follow, because it starts almost immediately with a long flashback that introduces lots of new characters, sets up the action, and gets you familiar with the prophesies and mythology rapidly. It was not easy to sort it all out and I felt myself getting confused about which of the triplet sisters was which, and why exactly their mother was crazy… it was just information overload. However, soon you are back in present day, focused on the story of just one of the three sisters, and things make more sense as the story progresses.

I loved the use of Norse mythology in this book, even though the author took a rather creative take on it, because it is an often forgotten bit of mythology that is just so cool. I also appreciated that while there was an instant connection between the two main characters because they both house ancient Norse gods, it is not really insta-love and they are hesitant to trust each other completely despite their attraction. It’s more believable that way. A major pet peeve of mine is when disaster strikes because the main character tries to take care of everything themselves and doesn’t share the truth with her friends or love interest. This doesn’t happen here, because although the main character is reluctant to open up to her new friends, once she realizes she can trust them she spills the beans and gets the help she needs. Finally, and possibly the best part of this book, is that you get a complete story even though it’s the opener of a series. It’s told from the perspective of one sister with glimpses at what is going on for the other two, but you get some conclusion to her story arc which is satisfying as a reader.

My one gripe about this book, other than the rushed beginning, was that I wish there was more interaction between the sisters before they split up on their rescue missions. They are supposed to be extremely close, but since I’d only ever seen them together in one short flashback, it’s not realistic. We get some short phone conversations in which the main character tells us that her sisters are acting oddly, but I’d rather have that be apparent because I know those characters, not because the narrator told me so. Since I didn’t have that connection to the other sisters as a reader, I didn’t share the main character’s concern for their safety because I essentially didn’t know them. Ultimately, it’s a small complaint that didn’t affect my enjoyment of this first book, but since the main prophecy of this series is that one of the sisters dies, it did seem like a missed opportunity to connect me as a reader to the other sisters whose stories are told in later books.

Bottomline: This book has lots of action which moves the plot along rapidly. There is some Norse mythology, magic, and romance that is not quite insta-love so it’s not bad (I’d rate it PG-13 for some scenes). It’s just a very fun read and I enjoyed it, so I will definitely be on the lookout for the stories of the other sisters. Pick this up if you are looking for a fun YA fantasy series that features mythology and romance pretty heavily, but overall is a light read.

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