Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Review of the Fate & Fortune Series by Robin Daniels

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Welcome to the book tour for the Fate and Fortune series by Robin Daniels! This duo was some of the most fun reading I've had in a while, so I'm already telling you that you need to download your own copies to also enjoy. But you can read more of my thoughts in the individual reviews below. And I have an excerpt for you over at Andi's Book Reviews. Be sure to also follow the tour to get more reviews and some insights into the books, like exclusive excerpts and more. Plus there's a giveaway!

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Fate & Fortune
(Fate & Fortune #1)
By Robin Daniels
YA Contemporary Romance, Duology
ebook, 279 Pages
September 20th 2018

Bryce has liked Paige since they were little but has never had the guts to act on his feelings. Paige is devastated over being dumped by her long-time boyfriend and can’t seem to move on. They’re stuck in a rut, until fate decides to pull them out.

Both Paige and Bryce are talked into seeing a fortune teller at the annual Summer’s End Carnival. Neither of them buys into the mysticism, until the psychic’s predictions start coming true. Now, the most bizarre things are happening and there isn’t a clear explanation. Each of them must figure out if they’re the subject of an elaborate hoax or a bigger plan forged by destiny.

*This book is part one of two. Books should be read sequentially.


**My thoughts**
Oh, the magic and romance that goes on in this book! Have you ever felt just completely destined to be with somebody? And it's like everything works out to make the stars align for it to work out between the two of you? I don't care if these kids are seniors in high school. The stars are aligning for Paige and Bryce to finally succumb to the crushes they've had on each other since they were little kids, and finally become a couple. 

What starts out as a joke to get back at Paige's ex feels so real to them both. And they keep getting these little nudges a la fortunes that surely must mean that they are meant to make it work out for real between the two of them, if they can just let go of their insecurities and go for the sure thing. You want to them to make it work and cheer every step along the way. Paige and Bryce are just clearly meant to be together. 

The story is told from each of their points-of-view, giving you great insight into their innermost thoughts. I really like both of the characters. They just felt real to me, which doesn't always happen. I loved all of their friends, actually, and wish I could go back in time to be their age again and hang out with that crew. They're so close-knit and so good to each other, no matter what happens. I just loved it. And they aren't stuck-up, overly sexed, and all kinds of other more negative traits that you sometimes find in YA books. They reminded me of my "nonbiological kids" (my friends' kids) who are about the same age and are just a lot of fun. I really want there to be a lot more books featuring this crew, to see what else they can get themselves into. Plus there are all kinds of other budding storylines being alluded to in this book that could provide fodder for some time to come.

Kismet & Karma
(Fate & Fortune #2)
By Robin Daniels
YA Contemporary Romance, Duology
ebook, 184 Pages
October 25th 2018

Bryce and Paige belong together, but they’ll never make it happen alone. When inspiration strikes in multiple ways, a friend decides it can’t be a coincidence; it’s a call to action. With a little luck, the help of fate, and the matchmaking plan of the century, Bryce and Paige just might get their happy ending.

You heard Paige and Bryce's version of the story in Fate & Fortune. Now join Eric, Amy, Cody, Kennedy and Genie to see how things really went down.

***This book completes the series. Book one can be read as a standalone, but book two cannot. Fate & Fortune should be read first.***


**My thoughts**
Argh! I had such mixed emotions when I started this book. You definitely need to read the first book before you read this one, otherwise it doesn't make any sense. At first I felt like I was losing some of the magic that I felt in the first book. But then it quickly won me over. I wanted to know more about Paige and Bryce's friends. So I got to know Kennedy, Eric, Amy, Cody, and Genie a bit better. There were some relationships and happenings in the first book that you knew had more to the story, but weren't as relevant from Paige and Bryce's points-of-view. Those questions are answered in this one. Plus there are all kinds of other shenanigans and fun in this one. Again, I just love all of these kids and totally would have loved hanging out with them back in high school. And I still feel like even more could be written about them in some other books.

What I love the most is their complete dedication to each other. Their friendships lifelong and go so much deeper than a lot of other more superficial friendships that you often see in the teen and high school years. There's nothing better than good friends who will be by your side through thick and thin and who will do just about anything to make you happy. Sure, they also reaped some selfish benefits from their scheme, but the end product and the greater good was well worth it. Karma works out the way that it should and there's still plenty of magic in the air.

This series is so much fun to read and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to do so. And I hope we hear more from them in the future.

About the Author

The most important thing to know about me is that I'm basically a sixteen-year-old trapped in an adult's body. It's why I feel such a great connection to all of my characters and why I love to write romantic comedy. The kid in me just wants to be goofy. Besides being a writer; I'm a wife, mother of five, volleyball enthusiast and home decorating guru. My list of favorites includes: reading, Christmas, pedicures, dessert, steak, Arizona winters and most importantly, Diet Coke.

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