on Sep. 25, 2013 :
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
I usually prefer to read adult novels but Fated Dreams turned out to be a really great read.Sara and Lucas are two high school students who have been dreaming of each other but have never spoke in their daily lives. When they bump into each other by accident it seems to ignite their physical connection. The dreams are a bit crazy and end in quite a violent manner but it soon becomes a reality for Liz when someone starts following and threatening her, but she is determined to not let in happen again.
I really enjoyed Fated Dreams, I thought it was a great read and look forward to the next one.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Sep. 12, 2013 :
Okay I just finished this book and I am feeling such an emotional high. I really, really like this book. If I could give it 6 stars I would. Fated Dreams is filled with romance, suspense, action and a few twists and turns. Everything a great book needs. I love the whole soul mate aspect to this stiry and the fact that Christina kept me guessing all through the book at who the "evil" person could be. Brilliant and one of my favorite YA books of all time.
Sarah is a great character. She's a talanted Pianist, strong willed and all around lovely. After bumping into Lucas in the hall at school, she realizes he's the one she has been dreaming about. She feels an immediate pull to him and quickly realizes she has feelings for him. He is everything a girl could want. He's handsome, charming, funny, strong and did I mention handsome? LOL There is only one problem, someone is after Sarah and the nightmares that haunt her sleep are only the beginning.
Fated Dreams is so well written and hooks you from the very beginning. You won't want to put it down. I cannot wait to read the next book, Delusions. Christina Smith is one author to watch.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Sep. 12, 2013 :
********** ARC provided in exchange for honest review **********
This book I thought had a very unique story line. I was actually surprised by the outcome which for me is unusual. Usually you know in the beginning pretty much how the end will go but read it because you want to say 'aww' . We all want MR. Wonderful who is always smoking hot sometimes has tattoos, piercing maybe a bad boy edge possessive fights and drinks... I think that sums up our perfect man! But here in this book ha ha no you won't find any of that. Oh before you get down on this book and say what in the hell is the point, let me tell you. This book is different and a fresh breath of air. The characters are high school aged, so lets put that out there and the hero is actually a book nerd gone muscle, SO, there is our guy. This book however isn't for the i wanna get my sex in a book kind of book. This book is appropriate for school aged girls, lots of kissing.
Sarah, a high school girl who enjoys hanging out with her besties discovers this undeniable attraction and pull to the weirdest guy in school. Together they have to not only figure out who and what these dreams are but how to stop them for happening. Can they to save each other and their passion or will they fail?!
This is a good read. This is different from some of the stuff i have read which was nice. I would have like to see more between Sarah and Lucas. Yeah we know they are hot for each other, but i don't know i wanted more, i didn't feel satisfied at the end. I also would have liked to see more with her family not just his. I think this is a good read and i would recommend it for sure.
Happy Reading :)
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Sep. 6, 2013 :
Having dreams can be wonderful but when you dream of different things that happened in the past that feels like your own. Sarah deals with so much at a young age.
This story has you one edge, has mystery, twists and has you guessing what will happen next. Will have you guessing and on the edge as you turn the page to see what is next to follow in their story. Book 2 will hopefully be more exciting as this one. You will love this book and will have your self re-reading this story again and again. If you love Mystery, thriller, drama, YA with romance and suspense this is a must read. You will read till you read to the end of the book and beg for more.
I received this ebook in exchanged for an honest review.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Sep. 6, 2013 :
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
At first glance I thought the book showed promise as it isn't the type of book I normally read as it didn't really have any themes of fantasy or paranormal which I loved to read as it takes you out of reality and into a different world authors have created but I truly loved it and thought it was an enjoyable read about soul mates. I think the book was well written and was an easy read as I giggled, sighed and laughed all through the book, it kept me full of suspense as I wanted to find out what's happens with soul mates Sarah and Lucas and who it was that was haunting their dreams and breaking their chance at happiness.
Sarah is your typical next door type of girl. She starts having dreams about herself, a boy and a murder that takes place. Her two best friends are very likeable characters and care for Sarah deeply and always wants to know the gossip that goes on when she starts dating mystery, anti-social boy Lucas Tate the guy she runs into in the hallway after running late for school one morning and accidentally picks up one of his books and returns it to him. At first she thought she was dreaming about Logan Tate (Lucas identical twin brother), the guy that every girl dreams about but realises that she was actually dreaming about Lucas. As their relationship grows over the course of time he eventually tells her that he's been having dreams which are the same dreams as her but she reluctant in telling him she was having the same ones at the time but eventually comes clean to him about everything resulting in him coming quiet protective of her. As the book progress answers are revealed about their dreams, incidents happens and the suspense of whom the person is, is revealed (it kept me guessing who it was down to the end).
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Sep. 3, 2013 :
*I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
I have read over 70 books so far this year and Fated Dreams is one of the best of them!
Christina Smith has an amazing talent for story telling. This book had it all! There was romance, mystery, tragedy, joy, heartbreak, intrigue. I loved every minute of this book. The characters were not just easy to relate to and likeable. They were loveable. Minus the evil Stephanie, of course. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down and especially towards the end it really got good! There were so many twists and turns to keep you guessing and wanting more. I'm am so thankful that I read this book but I am even more thankful that I already have the second one in the series (Delusions) so that I don't have to wait to find out what happens next! I would recommend this book to anyone with a passion for reading because there is something in here for everyone.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Sep. 2, 2013 :
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side which I'm really excited to share with ya all!
Firstly I would love to thank Christina Smith, author of Fated Dreams, for giving me this wonderful opportunity of reading and reviewing this precious book.
OH.MY.GOD! What can i say? The author really left me speechless with this beautiful, peerless and totally soul touching book. I loved it, in real sense and I'm not exaggerating!
The pure, serene and lovely concept of soul mates and their never ending love for each other is the blood and soul of this story and I loved the way they reincarnated to find their soul mates. Lucas and Sarah is the ideal couple and their deep and true love is really heart touching.
I cried, laughed, sighed, giggled all the way through the book and let me tell you that the author has an expert writing skill and expect a few missing words I didn't find any other mistakes in this book.
Lucas is really adorable and Sarah is the girl next door type rather than a whiny and arrogant chick which I would have really hated if the case has been so. I felt an instant connection with the characters and the humorous punches that the author provided now and then truly balanced the chilling suspense that is definitely going to send chills down your spine and will leave you wondering about the culprit till the end and let me tell you that you're going to be really surprised at the end.
I truly enjoyed this book and will recommend it to everyone out there and I bet that you won't be disappointed folks! This story made me believe in soul mates and true love and you guys are definitely going to lead a quest in searching your true soul mate after you finish this story! Yes, it's really that awesome! So fetch your copy today and let love and unpredictable thrills and suspense fill your mind and heart.
Well done Christina, you rock and thanks for writing this beautiful story!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Aug. 28, 2013 :
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
More like 4.5 stars!
This book was amazing! It was such a quick and easy read and it had me enthralled since page 1. This book had a great mystery, one that I actually didn't solve right away which is always a plus in my book, plus the idea behind the story is so original and interesting and I loved it.
The characters were awesome! This is the first book in a long time where none of them were annoying. I even found myself really caring about Sarah and Lucas' relationship, which I find to be a struggle for me in most cases. They seemed like real teenagers that really cared about each other and you couldn't help but not want them to be with each other.
I knew that this book was going to be pretty heavy on the romance going in, but it is so unlike any other paranormal romance that I've read before because it was interesting. I was even enjoying the small details like when Sarah hung out with Lucas' family and stuff. The author just has a way with words where it's not too descriptive, but it's descriptive enough so it's like watching a movie in your brain.
Also something else I really liked was there weren't any loose strings. You weren't left wondering about anything, the story was truly over.
I did deduct half a star because in some places the writing didn't flow super well, and also, as much as I did care about the romance that was going on, it did get to be a bit boring during the middle of the book when not too much was happening, but that didn't really last that long because I would just get bored and then something else would happen.
I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and fun and I can't wait to read the sequel! (:
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Jan. 21, 2013 :
One thing that I absolutely love about Smith’s writing is how personal it is. Everything that is written is so realistic that you cannot help but be drawn into it. Nothing has to be set up to make you believe in the story, you believe in the story because of everything that is put into it.
Smith has a way with words that allow you to picture exactly what she is seeing while writing. Some of the scenery is breathtaking, and you can just imagine line dancing with the characters in a small town diner. There is such realism in everything. Even though this story is paranormal in essence, the characters and scenes are very real. Some of the scene breaks are a little jumpy, but then you feel like you’re in a high school cafeteria where 12 things are going on all at once and you’re trying to be in on all of them.
It was very nice to see a teenage character that was able to balance school and a part time job. It helped make you realise that these characters were real. They weren’t from the top strata of society, yet still managed their lives and were able to find happiness within the insanity of life. I also loved that he parents in the novel cared. They ensured the safety of their children and held them accountable for their own actions. It was a novelty that I so rarely find in current novels.
The introduction of sex into relationships was masterfully done as well. The two main characters walk a fine line while waiting for both parties to be ready to take the leap. Their relationship is built on trust. Intimacy comes second. Even though they are both very committed to one another, no one assumes that sex is a requirement of the early relationship.
One thing that I would have enjoyed was a bit more character development. Each of the main characters fits their role quite well; however, I feel that I do not know very much about them. Some of the minor characters have a much stronger back-story than the two main characters do. The main character, for example, always sticks to her guns, sometimes to the point of pigheadedness, which you can relate to. However, we never find out why she is this way. It is in no way detrimental to the storyline, but it is always easier to connect to a character that you know.
As a whole, this novel was able to grab me and didn’t let go throughout the entire story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It even evoked a few girlie giggles from me while I was reading, to the enjoyment of my coworkers in the lunchroom.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Aug. 27, 2012 :
I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(review of free book)
on Aug. 13, 2012 :
I signed up to review this book through the group We Love YA Books at Goodreads.
I really loved this story of Sarah and Lucas. At first they're adversaries with Lucas being anti-social and a jerk for no apparent reason to Sarah. Sarah on the other hand has two close friends and is a friendly person. Lucas soon thaws out, and they begin dating immediately.
I did think their relationship happened too quickly--there wasn't a slow build up but rather they instantly fell in love. It must have been due to the dreams they had about each other. I was surprised how much time they began spending together, which was just about every single day. I wondered why their parents weren't worried about them becoming so serious so quickly.
I really loved Sarah's parents. Her dad was nervous when she began seeing Lucas as most dads are when their daughters begin to date, and he reminded me a lot of how my dad reacted when I first began dating in high school. There were so many parts that had me laughing--not all of the book was serious. I liked how generally relaxed her parents were and how much interest they have in their kids' lives, although Sarah's brother wasn't usually around much. I was just really endeared to Sarah's mom and dad.
The fact that Sarah and Lucas were having the same dreams was so eerie and mysterious. I hated having to ever put this book down! I looked forward to when I'd have time to start reading it again--the mystery growing around Sarah and Lucas kept me turning the pages. Immersing myself into the story was so easy and so interesting. I read every time I had a chance.
Whenever I thought I knew what was going to happen next, the story would take off in a new direction, leaving me guessing right up until the very end. This book is more than just a simple mystery--the story will appeal to readers of many different genres. I definitely enjoyed this book and will recommend it to others!
(reviewed 63 days after purchase)
on July 22, 2012 :
Sarah is a high school girl who has been having a dream about herself, a boy...and a double murder. After a horrible six months at Hadley Academy where only one person acknowledges her existence, Sarah transfers to the local high school. She is happy to be reunited with her best friends, Emma and Derrick. Sarah then realizes that the boy in her dreams is no other than Logan Tate, the school’s gorgeous skirt-chaser. Why in the world would she be dreaming about that jerk? Though once Sarah (literally) runs into Logan’s seriously quiet twin at school, it dawns on her that it is Lucas, not Logan, who occupies her dreams.
As the days pass, Sarah and Lucas grow to love one another. Once Sarah is threatened by an unknown person, they begin to understand the dreams they share, the meaning behind those dreams and the harrowing future that awaits. Can they find an alternate ending or are they stuck with their fate?
The premise is interesting and unusual; the characters’ stories are engaging. However, I felt like I waited a long time for the main conflict to be fully known. A lot of time passed during a very gradual build-up, and the ending was fine, but it seemed to be a long time coming. Not that I was completely bored during the initial intrigue; the secondary stories about Logan Tate and Sarah’s friends Derrick and Emma were well thought out and did not feel tacked on just to fill out the book. There were also a few red herrings thrown in for good measure that were not too obvious. I just needed a little something more.
The heroine also has that bad habit that some book characters have of keeping important information to themselves. Something that in real life, people most likely would not do. I understand that is done in order for the plot to make sense later, but the reader becomes super aware of what’s to come. It’s like planting a flag that says: “YOO-HOO! REMEMBER THIS! IT’S GOING TO COME BACK AND HAUNT HER!” Stubbornness can’t always be the reason for the action.
There are a few grammatical/spelling errors (“loosing” instead of “losing;” “doddle” in the place of the correct “dawdle”) and a few run-on sentences. These are easy fixes, but their appearance might annoy readers. Lastly, the title. I had to look up the word “fated” because it didn’t sound like a real word. I was wrong. I do find it a little clunky, though - what about just “Foreordained” or “Destined” instead? A moot point, I guess - the author didn’t ask me to review the title.
3 of 5 Stars
Fated Dreams by Christina Smith was published March 1, 2012 by Smashwords. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
on July 21, 2012 :
I enjoyed this book, and agree with several others that the character of Sarah was well written and recognizable. However, I felt that for as close a family unit as the author wrote for the Samson family,the fact that Sarah never shared some of her experiences, and feelings of being followed was unlikely, but I understand how it helped the story line. The same applies to Lucas and Sarah withholding certain information about their own dreams from each other.
I liked the characters in this book as well as the flow of the story and felt that Ms.Smith did a nice job of combining the romance and the suspense/mystery aspects. Nothing was too far-fetched, and I especially appreciated the "redemption" of Logan.
Thank you to Christina Smith and the Goodreads group "We ♥ YA Books" for allowing the opportunity to read and review this book. It was appreciated.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
on July 13, 2012 :
Fated Dreams is a book that I can easily relate to. I love Sarah, the main character. She’s very strong, very determined and brave. She’s always guarded and had a way to deal with her own problems. At first I thought that it was Sarah-Logan love story but it didn’t disappoint me after reading this book. I’m really glad that Sarah and Lucas have the connection. I didn’t expect the twist of the story. I love how it’s mysteriously written. I really loved this book and I will definitely wait for the second book Delusions.
**Thanks again for the ARR program. Thanks for the Author who gave me a copy and for letting me review her book. I really appreciate it.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
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on July 10, 2012 :
I was actually surprised I liked this book. I'm not a huge fan of romance but this was pretty well done and I found I liked the characters enough to cheer on their relationship as well as sympathised and felt the pain of the main character when things went wrong.
The plot wasn't the most original but it was still good and nicely told and I actually found myself missing the characters when I finished the book.
The only slight drawback was the believability of the mystery side of things. I found a few of the things the main characters did a little far fetched and thought them braver than they would have been facing things like that but it didn't detract too much.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on July 7, 2012 :
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars
I received this book from a ARR program on goodreads. I absolutely adored this book! The characters were very likeable and easy to relate to. Plus I found the plot to be pretty unique... not one mention of vampires, werewolves, or anything as such. This was one of those books that I truly had a hard time putting down because it constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. The end was completely unexpected for me and I loved Logan's character. The only reason I gave it four point five stars instead of five was because of a few grammatical errors throughout... none of which made the story hard to understand. I also loved the fact that Sarah and Lucas's story ends at the end of this book. I hate when authors drag a story across several books and the story becomes tired because of that. In this book the author ties up the story nicely and the sequel appears to be mainly about Lucas's brother. Overall a very intriguing story and I'm definitely planning to read the sequel.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on July 5, 2012 :
Sarah Samson is a happy high school student. She has a good group of friends and a happy family life. Her entire world changes when she is literally knocked into in the hall way at school. It happens so fast she doesn’t realize the culprit until she finds Lucas’s book collected with hers when she picks them off the floor. The strangest thing is…she’s been having dreams about Lucas identical twin brother Logan for weeks now, but Logan is a complete jerk.
Once Sarah starts interacting with Lucas, she seems to feel there is a connection/familiarity that she’s never found with anyone else. Lucas emotions run hot and cold toward Sarah and she doesn’t understand why. Sarah soon realizes it wasn’t Logan but Lucas she’s been dreaming about.
There is also something wrong, a strange feeling of being stalked and Sarah doesn’t know where it’s coming from. After two attempts on her life, the police become involved. But ultimately it’s up to Sarah to decipher her mysterious dreams before someone kills her or Lucas.
FATED DREAMS is a great young adult read. The plot twists, turns and misleads you right till the end. Sarah is a strong young woman, that makes decisions for herself and stands up for what she wants without excepting less. I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next book DELUSIONS coming soon from the Affinity Series.
This copy of Fated Dreams was given to me by We ♥ YA Books! (Group) and Christina Smith in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on July 3, 2012 :
This was a love story/ mystery book I received as part of the ARR program on Goodreads. It is not a book I would typically read but I chose to sign up for it because I was intrigued by the storyline and thought it sounded interesting. I liked a lot of things about this book. Sarah, the main character ( the book is written from her perspective), is strong and she doesn't play the victim. I liked that she seemed believable and she was easy to relate to, however, I thought sometimes she was a little predictable and didn't always make the smartest choices. Lucas, the love interest, was likeable and I found myself liking him more and more as the story went on. The supporting characters were well written and made the story interesting. I liked that the mystery kept me guessing until the end and that everyone seemed suspicious in some way so that you never knew who was good or who was bad. The things I didn't particularly like were that the story seemed a little slow paced at times. It took a while to build up the story and then the ending seemed a little rushed to me. The editing could use some work. There were a lot of grammatical and punctuation errors. I would sometimes have to re-read a line to figure out the punctuation. Overall it was a good read and kept me interested throughout. I look forward to the next one in this series. Thank you to the author for allowing me to have a copy to read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on June 30, 2012 :
i loved this book.
I loved Sarah right from the start, she was easy to relate to. Sarah moves to a new school after an awful incident at her previous boarding school and let me say this incident had me in tears. She makes two new best friends who are characters i loved as well. And then she meets the mysterious Lucas who is very anti social, he only has two friends and hardly talks to anyone, unlike his jerk of a identical twin brother Logan who is his total opposite.
Sarah thinks everynight she has been dreaming about Logan ( like every other girl in her school LOL)But after she meets Lucas she realises its him she has been dreaming of and when they start spending time together he tells her about one of his dreams and she relises they are having the same dreams. Im not going to say anymore because i want everyone to go and read it for themselves. I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on June 27, 2012 :
This is a great book. I couldn't put it down. It took me til the end to figure it out which is good. I hate books when you know the end while you are still in the middle! It kept my interst through out. I can't wait for the next book.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on June 22, 2012 :
Fated Dreams is a story about a boy and girl who dream about each other in love, but the dreams always ends with their deaths. Although they try to avoid each other, ultimately they can not resist. As their relationship develops, Sarah becomes the target of a stalker intent on harming her. I thought that this was an original story with good pacing to keep you interested in the mystery of the plot. Some of Sarah's choices I did not agree with, but the character/author always explained her decisions so I have to accept them. I also felt that her parents response to Sarah's life being threatened was sometimes soft. At times her parents seemed very overprotective and at others, too laid back. Small issue, so otherwise an overall good novel to spend time with.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on June 19, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. Christina Smith wrote in a way that keeps the mystery and intrigue going until the end. This book takes you through a few emotions of sadness, joy, love, anger, frustration, and surprise. I fell in love with Lucas as he fell in love with Sarah. There are many other characters and surprises to love or hate. Great read for all teens and adults. And now I want to get a punching bag or heavy bag!!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on June 16, 2012 :
One of the things I love about finding a brand-new author is seeing that special spark. I love getting that feeling, the kind of feeling you get when you can see and feel the passion, creation and devotion new writers often show when they have poured hearts and souls onto the pages, leaving us, the readers, to uncover the magic as we dive into the new world before us. Christina Smith has that spark!
Fated Dreams is an awesome tale of soulmates. Not too often do I find a book that pulls on my every emotion and this one did. I had the odd tears; I giggled like a school girl; I wanted to shout and scream at the characters. This story had me flipping pages and on the edge of my seat from start to end.
Other than the grammatical and punctuation issues, this was one of the best books I have read this year, and I am sure I will be reading it again. I cannot wait for the next one.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on April 11, 2012 :
A feel good, easy read that was hard to put down. I really loved this book!
It certainly is a five star!
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)