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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Fighting Destiny by Ameila Hutchins (Blog Tour & Giveaway)



The Fae Chronicles #1

by Amelia Hutchins

Publisher: Self-Published (June 2013)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Adult, Erotica
Format: eBook (437 pages)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)
Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae - beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?

Welcome to my world.

What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.

Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh – did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae...every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.

My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface – not even me.
At A Glance
I fell in love with Fighting Destiny in the beginning, but it went down hill from there. I still enjoyed it but there was a lot that bothered me too.

The Good
The first couple chapters of Fight Destiny left me in mindf*ck mode. Everything happened so fast. It was raw, brutal, and messed up. And that's what made it so interesting. I've never read a book like this and highly doubt I ever will again. Hitchins is no meek flower when it comes to her writing. She obviously let's everything go and digs into the darkest parts of her mind to create a horrifying masterpiece. This book is gritty and dark and you will never be the same again after you turn the last page.

Despite what I mention in The Bad section below, I think some people are going to fall head over heels for this book because it's so unique. You will be pushed to your limits, your boundaries crossed, and that's what makes it addictive. You have to know how all this will turn out.

The Fae in this book are the scariest I have seen in a long time. Their power is unimaginable and their limits are boundless. They are not human, they do not think like humans, they are animals in human skin. They seem civilized but deep down they are not. Not. At. All. And even though their arrogance grated my nerves, I couldn't stop reading, I could look away. I wanted to know more about them.

Syn went through hell when she was a kid because of the Fae. She hates the Fae, and for good reason. But she is now forced to work with them, or more accurately, with the Dark Prince of Fae. And that guy IS SCARY. I get why Syn found it hard to resist him, he's the epitome of alpha male, and more. He takes what he wants and doesn't apologize. And even though Syn is badass and strong in a lot of ways, I hope she gains more determination to fight Ryder and his pull in future books. I think that would be even more fun to watch.

The action was great and terrifying. The Hunt was my particular favorite. The detail was well done, especially with the crime scenes and fae realm. The cliffhanger ending was killer but the chills it left me with were exciting.

The Bad
This book had so much potential. I love raw books but I don't like the constant threat of rape by the leading man. So, the Fae can make you want to have sex with them, even if you don't want to deep down inside. Ryder continuously reminded Syn that he can fae "rape" her anytime he wants because he owned her. And what did Syn do about it? Whine a bit, but pretty much nothing. WHAT!!!?? Does this woman have no self-respect? I would be fighting tooth and nail to get away from this man but she just can't help how attractive he is. Yes, Syn, that totally condones his threats of rape. *eyeroll*

Ryder is not likable. He's POV is only about sex and how he is going to make Syn his slave and how he will kill her if he has too. And every other word out of his mouth is f*ck. Because I didn't like Ryder, I didn't like Ryder and Syn together. Their only connection was sex and even then the sex was often the result of Syn being backed into a corner and having few options.

The sex scenes are repetitive. But the plot is what bothered me the most. It started out great, but then it lost focus. I found myself confused often and didn't know what the main goal of these characters were or what the whole book was suppose to be about.

The Snuggly
Syn needs to gain some self-respect, stamp down her hormones and walk away from Ryder. She knows he's bad news but she constantly puts herself at his mercy and under his control. That is not a relationship.

The sex was very hot but since the sex scenes were a bit repetitive in their wordage, I got a little annoyed. This borders adult to erotica. And expect lots of cussing.

Final Thoughts
The cliffhanger ending should make me want to read the next book but really, I need some time. I would like to read the next book eventually, but I would need to get in the mindset for it. Yes, I did enjoy many parts of this book, but the frustration it caused me ate away some of those happy feelings. Recommend to those who can handle rough, raw, brutal, dark books.
"Which means, if another Fae claimed you—he could make you his bitch," his voice had lowered on the last word. "And if I allow you to claim me—then I’m your bitch?" I wasn't doing this, I hated the Fae. They used humans as food, and while a lot of other creatures did as well, his kind could leave a shell behind of whomever they f*cked. "You work for me Synthia, you are already my—bitch," he replied coldly, deadly, chills ran over my skin and my heart sunk to meet my toes in the dirt that I stood upon.

"I don't make excuses for what I am, or what I do. I play hard. I love hard and I f*ck even harder Syn, I am what I am."

Great, that’s all I needed right now. Smell the Dark Prince who is carrying you up the damn stairs like Cinder-freaking-rella!

"I'll be strong for you Syn, if you need it. You don’t always have to be the strong one, I'll be your glue if you want to crumble, I'll hold you together," he said lifting his eyes and meeting mine. "And what if you're what's making me crumble Ryder, what then?" His lips lifted into his sexy smirk. "Then I'll put you back together. I will never tear you down Syn. I will always protect you from anything and everything that would. I've yet to find anything in this world or any other who can take me on—keep that in mind,"
Author Bio
Amelia lives in the great Pacific Northeast with her family. When not writing she can be found on her page Erotica Book Club. She's an avid reader of everything paranormal romance. Goodreads | Facebook

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  1. Ah so sad, sounds like great premise and with such a good beginning to only go downhill

    1. Yeah, nothing really ever came together enough for me, but I still enjoyed the read on many levels.

  2. The dark fae and the sex'd up Fae Prince really reminded me of the Fever Series and V'Lane. Mac stayed away from him well though, but it makes you think if she didn't have sexy Barrons, would she have been able to? I love fae stories so I'm really sorry and disappointed to hear that this one stayed in such a dark place for so long and the heroine wasn't as strong as you'd like. If I read this one, would I always be comparing it to The Fever Series now that it's in my head? Thank you for a great review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

    1. LOL, I never thought of that but I can see it now. But, really, only the fae sexual pull is the same, other than that, the Fever Series is very different and soooo much better.

  3. Interesting. I've seen some of the Amazon reviews and they were all racing about it like massive fangirls, so I had to exit out. But you're review gives an honest perspective and I love that. Maybe I'll add this letter on when I need a good dose of dark erotica :)

    1. Yes, prepare yourself for this book because it's rough, but I can see a lot of people loving it.


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