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Peek Inside Touching Fate

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. Instead, Aster discovers that she has a very unscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person's fate. When she meets hot Dutch royal Reese Van Buren, Aster doesn't know he's cursed and about to die. And she doesn't know her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.

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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.

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Review

"Touching Fate swept me away in a world of magic, adventure, and sexy romance, where not everything is as it seems, and fate, while written in the stars, isn't always fixed. A spellbinding tale of love and choices...and did I mention the hot European accents??" Rachel Harris

"She created a world with likable characters that you grow to feel for and love. And the twist of fate? The touching of the cards? Absolutely well done. I liked that most of this spanned a large chunk of the school year, and that Aster and Reese actually clicked for me. Keep in mind that I'm not usually a romance reader, but Brenda Drake threw in just the right amount of magic to make me a fan. The chemistry works as does the tension that rises due to the circumstances they face.

I'm not fond of spoilers, but suffice it to say: I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted story with a fresh twist on a cursed man's fate, and lots of heart.K.T. Hanna

"Brenda Drake knows how to do tension and suspense so dang well, and the added element of time winding down to Reese's eighteenth birthday added that ticking time bomb feel to the book that kept me rapidly turning pages long after my bedtime. I mean, really, the idea that Reese is cursed to die on his eighteenth birthday floored me, and I was hooked into finding out exactly how he would escape such a terrible fate." Riki

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754041
Series: The Fated, Book 1
Release Date: Oct 12, 2015
Page Count: 238
Imprint: teen crave
Genre: paranormal, young adult, young adult paranormal
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Brenda October 27, 2015

Hello everyone, I'm the author, so naturally I'm biased. But I love this story and had such a fun time writing it. It's filled with romance, betrayal, curses, fates, friendships, family bonds, and a touch of magic. What would you do if you could change someone's fate with a touch of a tarot card,... ...more

By Diana November 12, 2016

This book gripped me and I couldn't put it down. Aster is one of many siblings and all of them have forbidden to come near Tarot cards. But Aster does and by accident changes the fate of one of her friends and gets a mark in return. Soon she discovers she is a Fate Changer, with the ability to ch... ...more

By Andrea September 13, 2015

I really wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. The description grabbed me right away. It was so unlike anything I previously. The book sounded so good, I started reading it immediately.
WOW!! I'm soooo glad I picked up this story. It was better than I even hoped! This book rocked!
Th... ...more

By Carrie November 06, 2016

When out with her friends Aster Layne visits a tarot card reader thinking it's all just fun and games, that is until something happens during the reading. When Aster touches one of the tarot cards it seems to change her friend's bad reading but as with all magic Aster will soon learn that magic c... ...more

By Kim November 06, 2016

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen Crave for providing this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Touching Fate is a quick and enjoyable teen paranormal romance that takes a an inventive spin around tarot card reading. My only complaint is that because of its short length, I feel as though t... ...more

By Rachel July 08, 2015

Touching Fate swept me away in a world of magic, adventure, and sexy romance, where not everything is as it seems, and fate, while written in the stars, isn't always fixed. A spellbinding tale of love and choices...and did I mention the hot European accents?? ...more

By Roxanne November 06, 2016

Thank you to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for a copy of the eArc in exchange for a fair review!


I receive these lovely emails from Entangled and from there I can request to review books from them. They had Cursing Fate on the list, and I wanted too, but I hadn't read the first book, but then I sa... ...more

By Nicole Lynn October 14, 2015

I really liked this book. Aster and Reese were good characters, and I even enjoyed some of the secondary characters like Leah and Jan. I ended up giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Thank you Netgalley for giving me a copy in exchange for a honest review.

I think Brenda did a great job with the characters... ...more

By Cristina October 14, 2015

The moment I saw this book, I was intrigued. Putting together a girl who can change fates and a guy who is cursed sounded like a perfect recipe to me, and it certainly met my expectations. I liked that the book had a very realistic feel to it, I almost kept forgetting the fact that there was magi... ...more

By Michelle October 19, 2015

I'm not much of a reader of young adult, but I found the theme of Touching Fate to be so unique. I don't think I've ever seen an idea like a fate changer, using Tarot cards. That alone had me wanting to read.

The ending couldn't happen fast enough. And by that I mean that I was dying to see what... ...more

By Pintip July 08, 2016

Brenda Drake never fails to amaze me with her originality and creativity, and this book is no exception. Touching Fate presents us with an intriguing world of tarot cards and fate changers. I love the characters so much and especially love the difficult moral choices with which they are faced. Re... ...more

By Jillian November 06, 2016

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for not only a very quick review, but also for my honest opinion. I'm thrilled to say that I absolutely loved this book. When I first read the synopsis, I was afraid this book would be like The Raven Boys, a book I still haven't finish... ...more

By Suze December 20, 2016

Aster has been told to stay away from Tarot cards, but she has no idea why. She doesn't believe in psychic powers, which is the reason she tries a reading anyway. When she touches the cards something that's supposed to be funny changes into something life altering instead. Aster is a fate changer... ...more

By Molly October 22, 2015

TOUCHING FATE by Brenda Drake is a fast-paced, intense young adult novel with a unique concept.

Aster can change people’s fate. Reese has a centuries old curse. When they come together? The dynamic is explosive!

I loved this book and the characters within it. Aster is a no-holds-bar seventeen year... ...more

By K.T. October 11, 2015

Brenda creates a world with likable characters that you grow to feel for and love. The twist of fate? The touching of the cards? Absolutely well done. I liked that most of this spanned a large chunk of the school year, and that Aster and Reese actually clicked for me.

While they were immediately a... ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) September 16, 2015

Brenda Drake definitely knows how to build tension and suspense. The more I read, the more intense it got, in part because of the 18th birthday deadline, but not only.

It brought to mind all of my own tarot card experiments as a teen, including the fact that one of my friends almost always got th... ...more

By Laura Jayne August 03, 2016

Review coming soon! ...more

By Lynndell November 07, 2016

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the chance to read and review Touching Fate by Brenda Drake! This fun and interesting story kept me entertained. Alternating points of view with Reese, a young man with a family curse which will make him die on his eighteenth birthday, and Aster, a... ...more

By S.E. December 21, 2016

Touching Fate is a quick but fun read. I usually don't read romance, but this book was hard to put down. Can't wait to read the next book from Brenda Drake's Fated series. ...more

By Olivia November 06, 2016

"Touching Fate" is a YA fantasy romance about Reese and Aster. Reese has been on a quest to find a Fate Changer, a rare person who can alter another person's fate through their connection to tarot cards. Reese happens to be in town when he locks eyes with Aster, and they feel an immediate connect... ...more

By books are love October 23, 2015

At first I wanted to smack Reese upside the head. I mean yes he was desperate but still he was playing with someone’s emotions and that is nothing to sneeze at. Over time though as I saw him grow and see Aster as more than just a way to stay alive but a girl that is strong, funny, smart and sexy... ...more

By Samantha October 06, 2015

**Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled for the eARC in return for an honest review **

Omigosh! This book! I was so flipping excited to read it when I saw the synopsis, and I wasn't disappointed!

It's hard to share too much of this story without spoilers, but it comes down to Aster (and her discover... ...more

By cola_bear May 20, 2016

*ARC provided through Netgalley*

LIGHT SPOILERS!!!!!



During a tarot card reading, Aster touches a card and receives a shock from it. That shock creates an infinity mark on her wrist. And through that shock she "sees" her friend Leah's fate concerning two boys. She, her sister Daisy, and her friend... ...more

By Aditi October 22, 2015

A Fate Changer who doesn't know what she can do, a foreign boy with a deadline and ancient magic. Should be absolutely mind- blowing, right?

Well, it could have been.

Let me get started with what I really like about Touching Fate- the magic- the very concept of how changing someone's fate was not j... ...more

By Riki September 22, 2015

This book was a ton of fun! I was hooked right away by the description, with an intriguing hook and a mystery to be solved. Plus, a romance with a foreign hottie to sweeten the deal? Yes, please!

Brenda Drake knows how to do tension and suspense so dang well, and the added element of time winding... ...more

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Brenda Drake

About the author

NY Times Best Selling 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. With kids of all ages populating Brenda's world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there's always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she's not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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