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Fates Divided, ( Halven Rising #1) by Jules Barnard. Fantasy, Paranormal Romance. + ARC Review


Fates Divided by Jules Barnard Halven Rising #1 
Publication Date: August 31, 2015 

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Elena Rosales has busted her ass to get into a good college. She’s the only one in her family ever to attend, and expectations are high. No pressure. But Elena’s got this one in the bag, because she’s as dependable as the molecules she studies, as reliable as the chemical reactions that comfort her in their predictability. Until they don’t.
Elena has always wondered why her mother abandoned her on her first birthday. It’s not until she turns eighteen and her chemistry experiments go berserk that she learns the truth: Her mother wasn’t human, and the Fae are willing to harm those Elena loves if she doesn’t use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease. Derek, Elena’s brooding neighbor, isn’t the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover. But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire-and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival. Lives collide, and allegiance and love are tested, in Fates Divided.

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The first in a new series of Y.A. fantasy romance. 
Elena is a chemistry student, she has just had her 18th birthday. Something strange is happening,  she seems to be affecting the things around her. To safely investigate she needs access to a lab without her teachers finding out. 
Derek is Elena's neighbour and can use a lab,  but he demands to stay with her. What is happening to Elena is due to the Fae blood she unknowingly carries.  
Her powers have come to the attention of the Fae, who are under attack from a virus.  They believe Elena can find a cure. But in typical Fae manner they threaten, bully and then force her to help. Derek is also one of the so called Halven,  part Fae and part human. His powers are totally different from hers, but it makes him an ideal bodyguard.  
Their adventures in the realms they knew nothing about pull them closer together.  
A clean, fun fantasy suitable for teenagers and upwards. Plenty of magical danger and very amusing ways of travel. 

About Jules Barnard

Before turning to storytelling, Jules earned a master’s degree in public health and spent many an hour running statistical analysis–until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist. Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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