Friday, July 24, 2015

Series Book Review, Giveaway: The Fate Series by Emersyn Vallis

Series: Fate Series 
Author: Emersyn Vallis
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: Available Now

When I chose to leave home I knew what I was giving up. I knew I was walking away from life as I knew it and the plans that we had made. We…us…him and I… 
It’s funny to think of him in a different light…or life. 
That’s what it feels like, a lifetime ago. 
But I’m a different person now. I have rules and goals. And if it wasn’t for my parents' vow renewal I would have successfully evaded him for the rest of my life. This is not by choice, I can tell you that. 
I just need to focus and remember the key to this weekend is avoidance…and alcohol. But if anyone can pull that off it’s me, 
Sidney Chandler, queen of avoiding anything that will make me feel. 
It’s just one weekend, right? 
One very long weekend with my family…friends…my sisters and me…together, and our nemeses, the McAllister triplets. 
What could possibly go wrong? 
They say you never forget your first love, now just imagine how hard it is to forget your only. 
This is going to suck.

We all have choices in life… paths to take… roads  to follow…. It’s on those journeys that fate finds us and takes us where we need to be… Without a second glance we can be taken away from things we know… "people we love" and given a new life... 

One that can change us… save us… 

What would you do if fate dropped you at a crossroads? Would you go back? Or would you run like hell the other way?

For years my life was in a state of Adjournment… 
Fate had constructed a plan to push me away… to save me…
There was a danger I never knew existed, one I had never sensed. 
My family positioned themselves around me. 
Like Hanging Pawns, they shielded me from it and I lived blissfully unaware… until now.
Now, I know there are rules to this game...
Sacrifices to be made in order to get to End Game.
What would I Sacrifice for one more moment... one last look? Touch? Kiss? 
The answer is simple… 

Once upon time, there were two girls living their lives completely unaware of one another and the dangerous game they had been placed in… 
Until Fate found them… 
Fate saved them, made them stronger & with time, Fate brought them together to become friends rather than enemies… 
Until a cruel Queen made her move, threatened the Knight, 
And an innocent Pawn was sacrificed… 
Now the game is in our hands… 
Fate might have set us up for this… but we control the moves now… 
And we have our own plan. 

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

 Adjournment - Book 1

“You know when you witness something, and you know you should look away, but you can’t because it’s one of those moments, those damn life-changing moments that your brain makes sure to take notes on so that nothing is missed, no detail is overlooked, and nothing is ever forgotten.  It’s one of those moments in life that you know instantly will repeat itself over and over in your head until it eventually causes you to change.”

“I need to find this guy she’s dating and slap some man into him.  He is turning my best friend and fellow dark side dweller into one of those… those… happy women.  My body shudders at the thought.”

“That didn’t sound hot.  That sounded stalkerish.  See me again soon?  He might as well slide a note made from magazine clippings under my door.”

“Grams is one of the few who I have kept in contact with over the years.  One, because she is old, and two, because she would have no problem taking me out at the knees and running over me with her scooter.”

Hanging Pawns - Book 2

“I’ve never heard a man speak that way to a woman.  Well, not to one like her.  I thought men flocked to women like her, falling at their feet in hopes of getting a peek up the whore’s skirt.”

“This isn’t a car, this is scrap metal held together with wire and chewing gum.”

“Everyone has a story to tell, they just need to find the right person to tell it to.”

“Because when I looked at you, I saw my entire world and it was as though someone turned on a light switch.  I just wanted to be the one to turn yours on.”

“I have loved you since I tricked you into letting me ahead of you in line, and I will love you until I can trick you into letting me die first, because I don’t want to live a second without you.” 

“Morgan, my love.  When you marry me it will because you asked me… or because you were medicated,”

Sacrifice - Book 3

“I love the sound of your voice, but your words always ruin it.”

“Don’t you have enough to do?  You know, with sucking the life out of people and feeding on their corpses.” 

“She’s like one of those STDs you can’t get rid of… she won’t kill you, but she seems to pop up at the worst times leaving you to explain her presence.”

“This is my whole theory on aliens.  We are like the Sandals resorts of the planets.  So they come here and go to Vegas to gamble and have sex with our hookers,”

End Game - Book 4

“It’s ironic that when you can see the end of your life coming everything becomes so much clearer.  You find beauty in the small things and realize that time was really always on your side; you just didn’t seize the opportunities it offered because greed kept you always thinking there would be more.”

“Love has a strange way of making you feel massive and insignificant at the same time.”

“I mentally kill her at least twenty times a day.  Sometimes, I pretend I’m a doctor and I kill her, only to bring her back to life so I can do it again.”

“Looks like someone woke up on the smartass side of the bed.”

“I could easily drown myself in you and never care about coming up for air.”

My Review:

Each book in the series was well named for the chess strategies portrayed in the unfolding game, but End Game was most aptly named as it brought an interesting and satisfying conclusion to this ingeniously well-crafted, steamy, and suspenseful epic.  1538 pages of highly addictive, deliciously intriguing, and down-right enthralling entertainment.  

Emersyn Vallis has mad skills and I hope she continues to share them with us.  Her characters are well fleshed out, original, high strung and uniquely quirky, yet still oddly appealing.  Although I initially doubted his quality in book one, I want a Simon of my own.   

I now fully appreciate the effort and complexity of the writing, while the humor and mystery were initially a bit confusing, their use was always extremely intriguing and clever, with chilling, smartly hidden, and casually dropped clues interwoven throughout the four books.  My only complaint is that I now have an intense craving for peanut butter cups.  I sincerely hope Ms. Vallis is hard at work on her next series. 

Empress DJ

"And these two between the sheets, good gracious. It was HOT HOT HOT! The chemistry was undeniable. It sizzled and poured off of the sheets. Simon was a beast." ~ Renee Entress Blog (Adjournment)

“Emerysn Vallis has an incredible writing style, the story comes out smoothly and flawlessly with perfect attention to detail. Her characters are amazing as well, the interactions between all of them are hilarious and the banter is perfect.” ~ The Truth About Fiction Book Blog (Hanging Pawns)

"Emersyn Vallis has done a wonderful job on the Fate Series. Adjournment, Hanging Pawns, and now Sacrifice are definitely in my definite recommend list, and re-read list for 2014/2015" ~ Battery Operated Book Blog (Sacrifice)

"PERFECT ENDING! PERFECT! Of the hundreds of ideas running through my head about how this amazing series was going to end, this was by far the best possible ending and exceeded all of my expectations!" ~ Swoon Worthy Books (End Game)


Hanging Pawns


End Game


Emersyn Vallis is a first time author with Adjournment being the first book in the Fated Series. Currently residing on the east coast with her husband and three children she is typically mistaken for being quiet and reserved her friends often describe her as a spastic spider monkey and always the first to be there with her quick wit to pull you back up when you’re feeling down. After reading as a hobby for most of her life it wasn’t until she had discovered R. L. Mathewson’s ‘Neighbor from Hell Series’ and Tara Sivec’s ‘Playing with Fire Series’ that she came up with the idea to fuse comedy and suspense together and her passion for writing was born.

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