Review: Touching Fate

I have known of Brenda Drake for some time now, and when I heard about her novel, Touching Fate, I was so excited for it to come out. So excited, in fact, that you need to read more about it. Like…now.

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One touch is all it takes…

Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift-with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday-and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help-or that he’s about to die.
But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.

Length: 194 Pages

Publisher: Entangled: Crave

Release Date: October 12, 2015

About the Author:

Brenda Drake

Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).


I would like to add to that author bio, that Brenda Drake is also very influential in the writing world, especially among aspiring authors. She spends A LOT of time helping others through the writing competitions she hosts, and has been responsible for many authors finding their agents, and vice versa.

And now, back to Touching Fate.


The unique concept of this book is what first drew me in. Brenda does a fantastic job weaving this idea of changing other’s fates throughout the book, to the point that you are sitting on the edge of your seat saying, “Oh, crap. Oh, CRAP. This is not good.” And yet you want more.

The main character, Aster, is unique as well. She is a science girl who always goes for the bad boys, which is so atypical. And everything atypical about this book is what makes it so good.


My main concerns with the book are in regards to pacing.

I really struggled with how fast the romance blossomed. Aster seemed very not interested in jumping into a relationship, and then all of the sudden she is in this romance where she’s head over heels in love. At least, they were supposed to be in love. It seemed more like lust to me, as each could only think about their sexual appetites through the whole novel. But them being in love is very important to the story line, so it made it less believable for me.

I also had a hard time with how easily she accepted her powers. She is a scientist, so it seemed like it should have taken much longer for her to accept what was happening. There were more thoughts toward the end of the book of how difficult it was for her to believe it all, that maybe should have surfaced earlier.

One last minor thing that made the story harder to believe, is that two foreign teenagers could decide that they weren’t going to go home after spring break, and just go to school in the United States instead. And then Reece’s mother sent them everything they needed to rent their own condo. My parents, at least, would never agree to such a thing. And I don’t think that an American school would allow two foreign boys to enroll on their own, especially without parents around to sign documentation. It’s a small thing, but the small things matter.


Touching Fate is action packed with a different twist around every corner. It was a book I had a hard time putting down because I had to find out what was going to happen next!  Despite my issues with the pacing of the novel, the concept was unique, and it was a fun read.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Content: (Based on a 5 point scale. 0 being none, 5 being A LOT)

Profanity: 3: Profanity littered throughout the novel, with a few uses of the F-word

Violence: 0: no violence

Sexual: 3: Sexual references littered throughout the book. There is one sex scene, but it is not graphic.

Amazon rates the book appropriate for ages 12 and up, but I think that is a bit young, considering the extreme sexual tension.


Touching Fate is available both digitally and in paperback. To purchase through Amazon, click here.