Friday, September 13, 2013

A Beautiful Fate by Cat Mann is why readers flock to Young Adult.


Title: A Beautiful Fate
Author: Cat Mann
Received by: Author
Published: Self-published

Another fun read from a self-published author. Cat Mann is a pretty awesome writer. She’s channeled right into what I feel the YA and NA audiences love about a good romance. Ava and Ari are two characters that readers will enjoy reading about. They both do some growing in the book and evolve together in less than 300 pages. Did I mention A Beautiful Fate has Greek mythology and that I LOVE Greek mythology? Cat Mann incorporates the mythology aspect of the book well and differently than other books I’ve read. It’s not pushed in your face and set as some secret universe somewhere in the clouds. It’s like a secret society within families and friends and each have duties to uphold that have been passed down the bloodlines. Some of these duties, like Ava’s, are heavier to do than others.

I read this book in a couple of days, so it does have decent pace. It may have slowed down around where the book takes place in London but that could be because a certain character wasn’t there anymore. Another fun character steps in named August, who I’m sure readers will adore. It was almost like reading two books at this point, which is good because I wanted to find out what would happen with Ava. I never needed to take a break from this book. I was always thinking in the back of my mind when I could read about Ava and Ari again. I need to also add that this book had great music references that set up memorable scenes such as the ‘Pink Moon’ one did for me. Love when music can be weaved in a book. 

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Summary:

Obsessive and driven by nightmares, Ava Baio is uprooted from her Chicago home after the untimely and tragic death of her loving mother. Taken across country by her antagonistic grandmother and placed as a boarding student at a school in Dana Point, California, Ava struggles with isolation and the loss of her mother and her grandfather. Faced with having left her beloved brownstone behind and attending a new school, surrounded by new faces and unfamiliar scenery, she finds herself sorting through unfamiliar and uncharted feelings with a strange and beautiful boy, Ari – a modern day Adonis. After an unconventional start to their relationship, Ava becomes intensely absorbed by her love for Ari, and with his help and the help of his family, she discovers who she really is – a Fate descended from Atropos. She learns that the Greek mythology she grew up reading is not comprised of myth after all.

Ava faces constant challenges both in her relationship with Ari and with the fact that she is being hunted by six threatening and ruthless men who want nothing more than for her to die so that they can live forever. She has no choice but to stand up for those she has come to love. In doing so, she becomes something she hates, a killer.

A true page-turner, A Beautiful Fate is Part One of The Beautiful Fate Series. The novel is full of suspense, romance and the allure of ancient Greece. Ava and Ari will leave the reader hoping the story will never end.


Ava, the heroine of A Beautiful Fate is a character that is shadowed by obligation from her heirs. I wont discuss that obligation but it’s impossible to not feel sorry for Ava and her fate. She’s burdened with nightmares that have no explanation that are so terrifying they have her screaming at night. I felt bad for her because she’s lost her parents, and her only living relative sends her off to boarding school. She’s alone with her nightmares and has no one to confide in. Until Ari knocks on her door one night just as scared after hearing Ava scream in the middle of the night. Author Cat Mann starts Ava off as a victim with solid curiosity of her families past because her dreams are laid out like clues. What I liked about Ava is that she makes a decision when she realizes how damaging her fate can be to her loved ones. She becomes more independent midway through the book and instead of having someone else fight her battles she takes on the responsibility.

Ari may not be liked in the beginning because of the games he seems to be playing with Ava. But I like that Cat Mann put him in this light for young readers to show what you shouldn’t stand for in a relationship. But his concern for Ava and her nightmares is sweet. When she doesn’t tell him what they are about he instead asks her a series of random innocent questions that calm her back to sleep. His reasoning for his games does turn out to be noble and I did feel bad for who he was protecting. I suppose what Ari gives to Ava is security, not financial, but love and family. He shows Ava that she can have people close in her life again and that she is part of something. Ari’s connection to her family was brilliantly done by Mann and sad at the same time. There is a lot of tragedy that winds up coming full circle and in a good way.

I can’t talk about A Beautiful Fate without mentioning Ari’s family. They are a picture perfect family, slightly “twilighty”, but they are far more modern. Ari’s parents talk about everything with their kids and hide nothing. It made for fun dialogue when it came to teen and parent discussions in the book. I would say because of them they make the book seem more like a fantasy. Not everyone lives extravagantly like they do and it isn’t entirely realistic but very whirlwind. The way they love extravagantly is realistic and is why I enjoyed them in the book.

This book is written for a large audience that reads romance, fantasy, contemporary, and supernatural. Cat Mann has created a group of characters that offer fun, drama, and thrills that may have you torn on which is your favorite. I know that when I read A Beautiful Fate and came to the last page I did say, “NOOOOO, why Cat Mann, why?” The ending I guarantee will have you wanting the sequel at hand.

Bio from Goodreads:
Cat Mann has lived her entire life in central Illinois, but her interests and passions span the planet. She loves skiing, French music and working with the written language.
A self-proclaimed hermit, she is happiest at home reading, writing and scouring the far corners of the internet for new musical artists -- artists she skillfully weaves into her tales of the offspring of ancient Greece. She is happily married to her amazing and awe-inspiring best friend, Derek Mann, and together they have created two beautiful daughters.
A Broken Fate is Cat’s second novel in The Beautiful Fate Series. The third installment of The Beautiful Fate Series, A Forsaken Fate, will be available summer 2014.

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