Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Chemistry of Fate by Meradeth Houston

“They are everywhere, can be anyone, and are always the last person you’d expect.” When Tom stumbles across his grandfather’s journal, he’s convinced the old man was crazier than he thought. The book contains references to beings called the Sary, immortals who are assigned to save humans on the verge of suicide. They certainly aren’t allowed to fall in love with mortals. Which the journal claims Tom’s grandfather did, resulting in his expulsion from the Sary. As strange as the journal seems, Tom can’t get the stories out of his head; especially when he finds the photo of his grandfather’s wings.

Tom’s only distraction is Ari, the girl he studies with for their chemistry class.

Ari has one goal when she arrives in town: see how much Tom knows about the Sary and neutralize the situation. This isn’t a normal job, but protecting the secrecy of the Sary is vital. If Tom is a threat to exposing the Sary to the public, fate has a way of taking care of the situation, usually ending with the mortal’s death. While Ari spends time with Tom, he becomes more than just an assignment, but how far can a relationship go when she can’t tell him who she really is? When she finds out just how much Tom actually knows about the Sary, Ari is forced to choose between her wings, and her heart.

THE CHEMISTRY OF FATE is a companion to COLORS LIKE MEMORIES and is set before the latter takes place.

First, let me explain what a Sary is.  It's an angel who is created from a child who dies before taking their first breath.  Now, the Sary are secret - no one is supposed to know about them and no one is supposed to fall in love with them.  But Tom's grandfather did and he journalled about it.  

The Sary send Ari to see how much Tom really knows and from there, it's a love story that will make you cry and warm your heart.  I read the first book in the series, Colors like Memories, but The Chemistry of Fate is supposed to happen before that book.  It makes a great companion, but I believe it could stand well on it's own merit if you haven't read the first book.

However, Meradeth is a spectacular storyteller and a wiz with just the right words to set each scene.  I could see them play out in my mind and I found myself invested in the characters and the outcome.  I can't wait to see what Meradeth writes next - she's just so eloquent!!  Highly recommend!!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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