Review: Twisted Fate by Jessi Elliott

Reviewed by Elle

Twisted Fate is a new adult, urban fantasy from debut author, Jessi Elliot.

Aurora is in her last year of college, but her life is turned upside down when she’s mistaken for someone else, and is kidnapped by the leader of the Fae. The Fae leader, Tristan, has the ability to erase memories, but it turns out Aurora has Fae lineage, and therefore his magic doesn’t work on her. While many of the Fae want her dead just for knowing they exist, Tristan decides to keep an eye on her by having him work for him. Sparks are soon flying between the two, and that’s when Aurora realizes she’s stumbled into the middle of a Fae war, with a target on her back. Bugger, right?

This was a pretty solid first book and a mostly enjoyable read. Aurora is a great character. I really enjoyed her snarky comebacks at all the most inappropriate moments. She’s strong, fierce, and everything you’d want in this genre.

Tristan has a bit of an Edward Cullen vibe. A bit more quiet and serious, and very formal in his speech. Quite the opposite of Aurora.

My problem with these two was that I didn’t feel their chemistry. I think the author friend-zoned them for too long. They kissed from time to time, but it was all very tame until suddenly at the end of the book things took a swing into sexy land. And I couldn’t get on board with it. In my head, they were great as friends but I couldn’t buy the romance.

The beginning of Twisted Fate is super strong and sucked me in from the get go. The middle lagged a little but nothing I couldn’t overlook, and a few great twists and turns helped pick up the pace. There was more than one twist that I didn’t see coming. In fact, I think there were about four, so bravo to the author for surprising me. That doesn’t happen often! She also had me in tears at one point, so for a debut author, Jessi Elliot definitely has some great writing skills. Her writing has a Jennifer L Armentrout type of vibe that I think many readers will find appealing.

I did however feel like the ending was a little rushed in parts, which made me sad because the actual events that take place are epic! I wanted to feel that epic-ness more. There’s also a cast of well fleshed our, kick-ass side characters whose personalities jump off the page. I’d love to see some of them get a spin off story, or more airtime in future books.

Overall, I think this is a good start for a promising young writer and I look forward to reading more and watching how she progresses the series.

Rating: B-

*ARC provided for review

Click to purchase: Amazon

Twisted Fate
by Jessi Elliott
Release Date: February 13, 2018

 

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