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Saturday, December 22, 2012

{Review, Interview & Giveaway} Fated Dreams by Christina Smith

Fated Dreams 
by Christina Smith
Series: The Affinity (#1)
Pages: 339
Source: e-copy provided by author
Available as of March 1, 2012
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Do you believe in true love? Sarah Samson didn’t until she met hers. But for Sarah, meeting the guy of her dreams came with a price. On the outside Sarah looks like she has it all, friends, a loving family, and a hobby she's really good at. But if you look closer, Sarah's keeping secrets, from everyone in her life, even... Lucas. A boy she hardly knows, but still feels a connection with.

Life would be perfect, if it wasn't for the constant feeling that someone is following her. She feels a presence everywhere she goes, work, home, even...in her dreams.

She suddenly finds herself wrapped up in a dangerous mystery that started eighty years ago involving two tragic deaths. After several attempts on her life, she and Lucas realize they must solve it before history repeats itself.

Fated Dreams was an enticing read. Christina Smith wrote a book I never wanted to put down. It was unique and I loved every minute of it.

Sarah has been dreaming of her death for a while now. There is a boy and a girl, a girl who looks exactly like her, and out of nowhere comes a guy with a knife. The boy is killed and the guy goes after her. Why did the boy call her Katie before his death? Better yet, who's the boy?

I really liked Sarah. She was constantly fighting for what she wanted and never wanted to give up. On occasion she kept things to herself that she should have told her parents about, but she was too afraid and not ready to admit she needed help.

So what did I like? I love that Sarah's parents were active in her life. In a lot of YA books these days we don't really see the parents. They tend to be absent and having them frequently conversing with and looking out for Sarah was refreshing. They cared about her well-being. I also enjoyed the mystery as to the boy behind the stalker. I never would have guessed who it was. I liked questioning character motives. It was fun.

What would I have liked to see? Maybe alternating points of view. I would love to see this story from Lucas' point of view. I feel like he would have had a lot to say at a few different points in the story.

Overall, Fated Dreams was an excellent read that made me think and second guess myself. I can't wait to continue the story with Delusions. If you want to read an awesome suspense, this is the book for you.

Hi Christina! Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to be here at Doodle’s Book Blog! I thought we could start out with some fun questions then segue into some questions about The Affinity Series.

Pet Peeves? Everyone has them. Could you tell us about a few of yours?
I have a lot, but I can only think of a few. It drives me nuts when I'm driving, and people cut me off even though there's no one behind me. And at home, I hate when people leave cupboard doors or drawers open, and leave lights on when the room is empty.

I completely agree with you about each of those things. Being cut off is aggravating beyond belief and having the lights on in an empty room is pointless. If you could choose to have any superpower, what would you want and why?
Telekinesis, so I can make the broom and cloths move on their own. I hate cleaning.

I never thought of that! If we were to take a look at your nightstand, what book would we find?
Bitten, by Kelley Armstrong. I've read it at least five times. I'm writing the new Moon's Glow book right now, and I like to immerse myself in the genre I'm writing about.

When you aren’t writing what do you enjoy doing?
Reading and watching movies. Spending time with my family.

Name 3 things you always have with you when you are writing.
The phone, TV remote (I have the TV on mute while writing), and Diet Coke.

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, can you name a few songs that were playing or inspired you while writing Fated Dreams.
I can't listen to music while I'm writing, I find it too distracting. But when I take breaks, I do. I find it clears my mind when I'm feeling blocked. Here are a few songs that I was listening to and also originally had in the book. Creep by Radiohead. Anything from Pink. Loser by Beck. Uprising by Muse. The CD, The Show Must Go by Hedly

Can you describe The Affinity Series in 10 words or less?
A fun entertaining read, with romance, mystery and humor.

Where did you get the idea for this story?
From a series of books about Soul Mates written by LJ Smith. It was the first time I had read anything about Soul Mates.

Are any of the characters based off of people you know?
No, but when I wrote this, I was obsessed with Vampire Diaries, and for the main characters I had Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley in my mind in appearance only. I did write Olivia, the sister from Delusions based on my niece Summer. Oh, and the girl on the cover of Fated Dreams is my Niece Courtney.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
Just that I really enjoyed writing this series, and I hope you enjoy reading it.

Thanks for stopping by Christina!

I grew up in Kingston Ontario, Canada, and after getting married, moved to a small rural town in the country. I live here with my husband Brad, two kids Josh and Megan, and our dog Bailey. Even though our house is peaceful, surrounded by nature and the occasional deer, I'm still a city girl at heart. I miss civilization, and visits with my mother and two sisters.

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1 comment:

Michelle Chew said...

I agree with you that in most YA books, the parents are often absent! Fated Dreams does sound like an interesting read and I can't wait to read about Sarah and Lucas and their dangerous journey to solve the mystery. Great review you have!

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