Review: Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles #1) by Amelia Hutchins

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Review: Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles #1) by Amelia Hutchins two-stars
Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins
Series: The Fae Chronicles #1
Published by Amelia Hutchins on June 2, 2013
Genres: Erotic, Fantasy Romance, PNR, Romance
Pages: 453
Format: eBook
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Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae—beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?

Welcome to my world.

What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.

Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh—did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae... every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.

My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface—not even me.

WOW. Fighting Destiny is WTFery in its finest!

I don’t know where to start. Honestly, I’m trying my best to forget everything I read because WTF, Batman! Fighting Destiny was amazingly fascinating, horribly edited and chock full of crazysauce. I have to admit that initially wanted to DNF Fighting Destiny within the first 20% – but the crazysauce was so strong that I ended up skimming to the end.

The big issues:
Editing
Rape/Rape Threats/Dub-con
Secrets
Deception
Torture

There’s so much going on that I’m going to work from my list above.

Editing: OH JEEZE. The editing is atrocious. As in it felt like no editing was done. Let me be honest. This book is like Plot Stew: there is a LOT the author wanted to work with but she stuffed too much into too small of a place. That’s great for stews and horrible for books. A good editor could take this and make it a lot more comprehensible. I honestly think a really good, solid edit by a good editor would make this book rock. There’s a lot going on that’s nice but it’s just covered in the rest of the stew.

Rape/Rape Threats/Dub-Con: So. The heroine, Syn (god I hate that name), is a witch raised after her parents were murdered by the Fae. She works in a group of 4 that use to be 5 until her BF/teammate was killed.

Syn is forced to work with the hero, Ryder, who is the Fae prince or king or some shit. She hates him and he hates her. She doesn’t learn that she’s going to have to work with him until after her leaders send her team into some kind of Fae location with orders to get information. During the infiltration Syn’s team is captured and she is forced to kill a teammate. This is after one of the Fae was going to do some kind of barely explained mind-rape/sex-mind-meld-fuck thing that turns humans into oversexed mind controlled zombie-like things.

Which, by the way, was the way Syn’s mother was killed. After Syn is forced to kill said teammate, Syn learns that she will be forced to work with Fae King Ryder and the infiltration was a set up to see Syn’s skillset. Ryder, in some strange way or the other, has it set up so Syn is forced to be signed over to him. She becomes a pet, basically, Ryder legally “owns” her. He can do anything to her that he wishes. Welcome to the beginning! Dub-con (dubious consent) is all over this plot. Syn does consent to a lot of the things Ryder does to her as the reader gets closer to the end…but it’s clear that Syn’s consent(s) is based around having no other options available.

Fighting Destiny is like this from beginning to end. Something horrible, horrible, horrible happens (either in general or to Syn) and suddenly sex is a viable option. Syn is constantly under the threat that Ryder will mindfuck her and then fuck her without her permission. He does attempt to do so on several occasions. In addition to the mindfuck/mind control thing, Ryder somehow tricks her into joining a Fae version of the Wild Hunt. He brings her to a party where she learns that she’ll be turned out to be hunted. If he catches her, he fucks her (if she lets him). If someone else catches her before Ryder OR she tells Ryder “no” the other person has the right to fuck her and its unlikely that they will care if she says no. O_O

Secrets: Syn is not who she thinks she is. Syn is not who everyone thinks she is. Ryder is not who everyone thinks he is. Adam is not who he thinks he is. NO ONE is who we think they are. WTF. There are so many stupid ass secrets floating around this plot stew that I started to choke on them. The secrets – especially Ryder’s secrets – equate to some pretty huge deception happening. Deception is NOT my favorite plot point.

Torture:
When we get to the end of this train wreck, I got some torture cherry on top of my rapey ice cream cone: One of the main characters in the story was bound and horribly tortured to death. The female MC was bound and forced to watch it happen. THIS WAS THE END, people! That’s my ending?? Fuck you, book! No more of THIS series will be read. I was so upset with myself for forcing myself to finish this book – because I got to the end and received no HEA. No I Love You. No. I got a character I’d followed through the entire book tied down and slowly tortured to death. While Syn is forced to watch while being tied down and unable to help.

OMG. AUTHORS. Seriously. Unless you’re writing horror or some crappy GRRM grim-dark fantasy novel…STOP putting gruesome shit at the end of your books! Seriously. Because that is what the reader remembers of the whole book: Oh, that’s the book where the chick gets tortured and killed in the end, right? *facepalm*

My Conclusion

I…just don’t know. I feel like I was taken on a ride so…I guess I was entertained? I know I did not finish my read feeling good or satisfied. I felt…shocked, to be honest. I was still focused on the torture/kill scene and could not get that out of my head. I did appreciate that some of the mystery surrounding Syn was cleared up but Fighting Destiny ends on a cliff hanger with a lot of secrets still floating so I didn’t get the benefit of some kind of real ending, either.

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