Hope’s Deceit (The Fated #2) by Angela McPherson was a great addition to this unique original series.
The second book in The Fates series, we’re tossed back into this intriguing world and it’s growing danger. Just so you know, this is a continuation series, so I highly suggest reading the first book, as this one pretty much picks up were the last leaves off. So you will be confused, and you will miss important plots points and character development.
First things first. I had some mixed feels about the first book, and though I very much enjoyed this book and did like it better than the first, I still got some issues. Those issues all seems to be around our fated MC, Trinity. I hate to say it, cause I wanted her to become better, but in all, sadly, she didn’t. I felt like she actually took a few steps back, when at this point in the story she should be buckling down and growing in her skills and her powers. Okay, yes, things kind of blew up and her beau is turning evil, so I do get some of her attitude, but, she wasn’t growing as a character. There was no major character arc for her, plus her maturity level, for someone that’s about to be 18 wasn’t there. If it wasn’t for the amazing plot and well crafted writing… I don’t know.
Now, the plot, detail, side characters and the overall story, is pretty great. The pandora’s box premises that this story is based around is quite interesting, and it really pulls you in. The writing is engaging, and has a nice easy flow. The pacing issues that I saw in the first were not present in this one, as the story seems to have a more clear pathway. I like the drama around Blain, actually I was intrigued by his whole situation. It was a added twist that added a much needed layer to makeup for the weak MC. The detail is something else, and really pulls you into this world.
Overall, though I am again a little split about this book, I like it, I liked the plot, I like where it’s going, and I will be reading the next books to come in this series. I believe with some more work on the MC, this series has the potential to be something epic. So please take my high recommendation and my stamp of approval, that you will find an otherworldly, fresh original tale of what happens when you open that pandora’s box.
Review by @eawalsh