Series: The Sary Society
Pages/File Size: 234pages/405KB
Formats Available: E-Book
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“They are everywhere, can be anyone, and are always the last person you’d expect.” When Tom stumbles across his grandfather’s journal, he’s convinced the old man was crazier than he thought. The book contains references to beings called the Sary, immortals who are assigned to save humans on the verge of suicide. They certainly aren’t allowed to fall in love with mortals. Which the journal claims Tom’s grandfather did, resulting in his expulsion from the Sary. As strange as the journal seems, Tom can’t get the stories out of his head; especially when he finds the photo of his grandfather’s wings.
Tom’s only distraction is Ari, the girl he studies with for their chemistry class.
Ari has one goal when she arrives in town: see how much Tom knows about the Sary and neutralize the situation. This isn’t a normal job, but protecting the secrecy of the Sary is vital. If Tom is a threat to exposing the Sary to the public, fate has a way of taking care of the situation, usually ending with the mortal’s death. While Ari spends time with Tom, he becomes more than just an assignment, but how far can a relationship go when she can’t tell him who she really is? When she finds out just how much Tom actually knows about the Sary, Ari is forced to choose between her wings, and her heart.
THE CHEMISTRY OF FATE is a companion to COLORS LIKE MEMORIES and is set before the latter takes place.
I received an e-copy of this book direct from the author Meradeth Houston. As I had read Colors Like Memories, I wanted to read this one then. However, when I realised The Chemistry Of Fate was set prior to Colors Like Memories I was a little unsure if it would work for me or not.
So to the cover I like the magical feel of the cover and the colours of cover too. Upon reading the book you realise the "creature" on the cover is in fact Arianne in her Sary form, complete with those gorgeous translucent wings. I find the font of the title and author and their placements are pleasing enough too. the font is loopy or cursive, the way Tom writes, which also harks back to the book plot. the only thing I am unsure of is the snowflake images on the cover. Although they are nice enough and yes they fit in with the snow happening in the book, I don't believe they are 100% necesary.
So would the cover alone make me pick up the book? I think on cover alone, discounting the fact I've read part of the series, ...yes I would pick it up to read the blurb and learn more about the book.
So Arianne or Ari as she prefers to be called is on assignment. Her assignment is Tom. So why is Ari checking out what Tom knows about the Sary and if he is a danger to exposing them? Well Tom's grandfather wrote a journal and after he died Tom got some of his things and took the journal to read. The journal is written by Tom's grandfather, it talks all about the Sary. So how come Tom's grandfather survived with knowledge of the Sary? Well Tom's Grandfather . . . .. well you'll need to read the book to find out more about the journal in it.
The problem the Sary have with Tom is whether he believes what is written in his grandfathers journal or not. Then there's the whole problem of whether Tom has any other evidence and what he may or may not do about it.
So Ari is tasked to find out exactly whats going on and report back for the Island to decide how to progress, and what action to take.
Ari has to get close to Tom . . . . the only thing is she starts to like Tom, I mean really really like Tom. What is the Sary on The Island find out? Then Tom starts to become suspicious of who/what Ari is, which is even more worrying as if a Sary reveal his true self or her true self, and/or their wings, the price the Sary pays is the loss of those wings. The loss of the wings is the end of life as a Sary. For when a Sary loses their wings they become mortal.
This book is full of great information about the Sary, we meet more sary, and discover that there are "rogue Sary" who think it their job to become the deliverer of fate. So we learn some of the Sary politics in this book, perhaps setting the scene for more Sary politics in futures books too. There's also a little romance in this book too. So it has love, friendship, Sary controversy, action and a little mystery too.
So did I enjoy the book? Yes, I did enjoy it. Would I recommend this book? Yes, I'm hoping its part of a longer series, where perhaps we will learn much more about the Sary and The Island. Would I read more of this Series? Yes I think I would, though I would want to know more about the Sary, how they come about and how they live on the Island. Maybe there could be a Sary "war" about who should lead them after the certain things that happened in this book. Would I read more by Meradeth Houston? Yes, I would, I love her style of writing and the books though they have action and angst do also contain happiness too.
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