Fate Fixes (Erris Coven 1) by Bonnie Erina Wheeler
When Lexie Anderson’s mother suddenly announces she is marrying a Romanian immigrant, Lexie willingly leaves behind her busy life in Connecticut for her penance in “The Moose Capital of the World.” Small town living is strange enough, now Lexie must cope with her overbearing stepfamily monitoring her every move. They disappear into the woods at night and keep a strange secret locked in their shed. Her once calm mother is now having violent outbursts and Lexie’s little sister is hearing sinister sounds coming from the forest behind their new home. Lexie’s biggest surprise comes when she discovers the boy she has been dreaming about since her accident is living in Maine. Despite Torin’s questionable reputation, Lexie cannot resist the physical and emotional attraction pulsating between them. Animals and people in town are turning up dead and Lexie learns the strange new world she lives in has real life monsters. Just when she decides she wants to be with Torin forever, she must fight to protect her mother and sister from being harmed by a formidable evil.
I really loved Lexie! She’s definitely one of the best characters I’ve ever come across. Despite the guilt she’s carrying, or maybe because of it, she’s willing to do everything she can for her mother’s happiness and also her sister’s. However, she’s not letting the guilt override her life as she’s still out there making friends and trying to be happy.
What I really loved about this novel also is the premise of having dreamt your life partner before you meet him / her. I get really excited anticipating the meeting of the two. I really hated love triangle so I think this idea of having one definite life partner appeals to me. I find the whole mysticism of dreaming and linking and the supernatural history are very charming.
The other bit I really liked about this book is the little snippets into the mind of the villain. The book is told primarily from the perspectives of Lexie and Torin interspersed with the villain’s perspective. We are not told who the villain is (in fact, I just couldn’t guess who it was!) but it was just labelled as such so we know it’s the bad guy talking.
Blood Twist (Erris Coven 2) by Bonnie Erina Wheeler
From Bonnie Erina Wheeler, the author who brought you Fate Fixed, comes the second installment in the Erris Coven Series, Blood Twist.
Find out what happens to the Erris Coven when Lexie’s BFF Liz comes to town.
Braden Murphy knew he was going to die. There was a twist to his family secret – one that was forced upon him from the time he was a child. For years he envisioned his final days and tried to be strong enough to leave his family. Now that it was time, he was ready to make good on a deadly promise. Except for one unexpected glitch, a raven haired beauty insisted on joining him.
Liz Sanders thought her best friend’s stepfamily was weird, but she never would have guessed they were werewolves. Now Liz must travel with a secretive half-vampire in search of a lycanthropy cure. Landing in a nest full of blood thirsty vampires wasn’t on the agenda, but neither was falling in love.
Braden is tempting, but Liz’s feelings for him are complicated. She wishes he would open up about his past and give her a reason to trust him.
Just when Liz thinks she can let her guard down, she’s forced to confront the evil that has been stalking Braden’s past for years. Death is here and ready to destroy everything they’ve fought to save.
I’m always a bit concerned when reading a sequel written in someone else’s perspectives especially if I loved the MC from the first book. Because… sometimes, I’d end up hating the MC from the first book. I’m happy to say this didn’t happen here! Liz didn’t feature much in Fate Fixed but she is Lexie’s BFF and you can really tell from both books that they have a very close relationship and it’s really the forever kind. Liz is of very different nature to Lexie but I just love her spunkiness. She always look like she’s got it altogether but inside, she’s vulnerable.
I liked what I read of Braden in Fate Fixed so was keen, of course, for his turn in the spot light. The secret that he carried all these years is calling to him and he must leave before anyone gets hurt. Liz’s presence, though, is holding him back. I loved that Braden is like a responsible bad boy (hhhmmm… what?! You say –I won’t say anymore cuz you’d just have to read it yourself)
The format of this book is like that of Fate Fixed, being told primarily from the perspectives of Liz and Braden interspersed with the villain’s perspective. Reckon this type of format is a gem – I really loved it! I loved being given the privilege of a peek into the villain’s mind and yet, still unable to guess who it really is!
Bonnie Erina Wheeler is a lifelong resident of New England and a University of Connecticut student.
Having grown up in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Bonnie discovered her love of writing early on, but did not begin writing novels until May 2011. As the daughter of author, Glen William Ruane, storytelling and world building is a family affair. Bonnie’s daughter, Miranda E. L. Wheeler and son, Robert D. Wheeler, share in the family’s passion and have both published in the last twelve months.
When not in class or working on her next novel, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her husband, Jerry. Together the two have been writing their own special love story since marrying in April of 1995. Their children Miranda, Justin, and Bobby give them great joy. Their family is made complete with the addition of Petey, a Spanish water dog, they adopted from their local pound.
Bonnie’s plans for the future include writing more novels in the Erris Coven Series, as well as, writing several contemporary young adult novels that have been in development for some time.