Thursday, October 17, 2013

ARC Review: Beyond Fate by Heather Lyons

Beyond Fate
(Fate #1.5)
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Publication Date: October 10, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy
Source: ARC from author & Inkslinger PR

There are always two sides to every story . . . 

His whole life, Jonah Whitecomb has strove to meet everyone’s expectations of him: the perfect student, dutiful son, loyal twin, accomplished surfer, and powerful Magical. But behind his carefully composed façade hides the truth of how his family has fallen apart, leaving Jonah more often than not feeling adrift. To complicate matters, he fell in love long ago with a girl in his dreams, one he’s never told anyone about, including his twin brother.

Just when life seems its bleakest, Jonah discovers that Chloe is real. Wanting to finally reach out and grab happiness for himself, he embarks on a journey to track down the girl of his dreams, only to find that happy endings aren’t always guaranteed, the best laid out plans can go horribly awry, and sometimes, you have to simply let yourself go along for the ride.

* Beyond Fate is Jonah’s point-of-view of the events of A Matter of Fate, and is a companion novella.


Dear heavens, this series is going to break me. This will definitely be one I will be heartbroken to see end. I am forever grateful to my blogging buddy, Jessica @ Lovin Los Libros for telling me to read this series. I am so in love with the Fate Series, I can't think straight. Beyond Fate is a novella telling the events from A Matter of Fate, book 1 in the series, from Jonah's POV. I loved getting inside Johah's head and having the opportunity to know what he was thinking. There were so many times during A Matter of Fate when I questioned what the f*@$ he was doing and why he was doing it. Beyond Fate opened up his mind and gave me those answers I craved.

I have been Team Kellan from the beginning but Beyond Fate definitely opened my mind to Jonah and made him a real contender. It was hard to see him hurting because he really does love Chloe and he causes a lot of turmoil and heartbreak to be with her. My heart broke for him when she started dating Kellan. More than that though, my heart broke for both brothers because this tore them both apart. They were so close and seeing everything from Jonah's eyes showed how truly broken their relationship became. For the first time in their lives, they are shutting each other out and irrevocably damaging a connection that is so rare and fragile. It hurts Jonah to sense Chloe's feelings for Kellan when he knows she feels those same things for him but I think it hurts him even more to be angry and bitter towards his own brother and to feel similar feelings reciprocated back to him.

Beyond Fate gives us the opportunity to know Jonah's feelings as he watches Chloe and Kellan from the sidelines, watches the girl he's loved his whole life kiss his twin brother.  Beyond that, this book really digs into the brothers and all of the changes that they both go through because of the connection to Chloe. We get to know Jonah better and have the opportunity for a deeper connection with him as a character. While I understand Jonah better and his reasons for keeping secrets and holding off, I still think he made the wrong decisions and had he opened up to Kellan and been braver with Chloe, all this heartache may have been avoided. But then there wouldn't really be a story and the Fate Series wouldn't be the amazing, emotional heart stopping series that it is.

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Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to. 

*An eARC was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and unbiased.*


  1. Jessica made me start this series too and I love her for it! I still need to catch up but I am dying to read this one because Jonah!!!! I love me some Jonahh! Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  2. Right? I'm so glad I finally read it after she kept telling me about it. I can't believe I waited so long. If you are a Jonah fan, you will love this and be obliterated :-) Honestly, I'm Team Kellan but my heart still broke for Jonah.

  3. Florence RavenwolfApril 12, 2015 at 2:23 AM

    I am on team... whatever the middle is. I can't choose, like Chloe. Let's call it Team Chloe.


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