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.