The Soul Seekers: Fated
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Daire Santos is used to keeping her head down and staying out of trouble, following her globe-trotting single mother, a successful make-up artist, from city to city where she is working on film sets. But when Daire has a series of strange visions, culminating in a dramatic meltdown on the streets of Morocco, her life changes dramatically. Fearing for her daughter's sanity, her mother sends her to live with the one person who claims she can help - Paloma, the grandmother she has never met.
In her traditional adobe house in Enchantment, a dusty one-horse town in New Mexico, Paloma reveals Daire's true heritage as a Soul Seeker - one who can navigate the worlds between the living and the dead - and the last in an ancient line of shamans. As Daire begins to understand her powers, she unexpectedly finds herself making a home and friends in Enchantment, but things turn dangerous when she meets charismatic but sinister Cade and his estranged twin brother, Dace - the boy from her visions.
Fans of the popular The Immortals series will not be disappointed by this, the first in a new series by Alyson Noel, which offers readers plenty of romance, excitement and mystery. The atmospheric New Mexico setting is particularly well drawn, and with references to shamanism and Native American folklore, Fated makes a welcome change to the now well-established vampire-and-werewolf tradition of young adult paranormal romance.