Book Reviews

Fateful by Cheri Schmidt

My edition: Kindle (owned)
Pages: 307
Series: Fateful #1
Rating: 3 stars

For Danielle Darcey when the sun sets in London the magic begins, but just as that magic begins her fairy tale romance ends…

A huge fan of Jane Austen, Danielle hopes to find her own Mr. Darcy when she leaves Colorado to attend art school in London. Of course she knows it’s silly to wish for that, naive even. But she’s met enough males who lacked respect for women, a growing trend it seemed. And at nineteen…well… However, on only her second night there she gets lost and is threatened by a stalker who proves to be immune to her martial arts training. Before she is completely overpowered, she is then saved by Ethan Deveroux.

While Danielle does find the romance she seeks in Ethan, he’s no Mr. Darcy. Her hero is held by a spell which fractures their chance at a happy ending. During the day Ethan is closer to mortal than immortal and can date her like any other man. Yet, as the sun sets, the powerful magic of an ancient curse returns and the evil of that spell is revealed. When that magic begins, Danielle’s fairytale romance ends because Ethan Deveroux is a vampire.

Fateful is a clean, coming of age vampire romance that blends fantasy and paranormal with a healthy dose of romance and a dash of humor.

Review: Well, this had a different tale to vampirism. While they are immortal, they can walk around during the day. A vampire is just weaker and they lose their power in the day while at night they are what we know vampires to be like.

Written for third person we follow Danielle who is attending an art college in London. She is living with her Uncle Nick, Aunt Charlotte and cousin Brianna. On the second night in the city Danielle comes out of the library seeing a guy leaning up against a car. He looked like a fallen angel. (Or so described by Danielle.) Though she tries to get away from him, he catches up with her. As soon as she is about to start running away, she collides into someone. (Again described as an angel) This is how she meets Lucas and Ethan.

Even though this feels like insta love, the characters don’t really say it. I also liked that Danielle likes the Mr. Darcy type of guy, old fashion and has manners. Ethan, well, Ethan is old fashion. Their first kiss isn’t until around 30% and even then they don’t use tongue. Like I said old fashion. It’s actually kind of cute. They actually only kiss and don’t go any further.

There is some kind of connection between Ethan and Danielle. They don’t know why but they seem familiar with each other even though they have never met.

Now while I’ve seen a lot of one or two star reviews I have to say I kind of liked this. It was sort of cute. A new twist to a subject that is written about a lot. The writing could have been a little bit better in some parts but I’m not too picky. I did like how the author kept true to the British language. I don’t understand much of British slang but luckily the MC is an American girl in London so some of the slang is explained.

One thing I didn’t like was how upset Danielle would get at small things. But then I have to remember she’s nineteen. I remember being nineteen and I can’t say much because I do have anger problems. Another was that there wasn’t much with Lucas. I was hoping for a little more with him.

By the way, that ending. Kind of disappointing. I was kind of hoping for a twist at the end. Don’t get me wrong it’s cute but lack luster.

I don’t know when I will start the second book. I’m just not having a sudden urge to read it even if the blurb says a civil war amongst vampires.