Blog Tour: Fates Divided by Jules Barnard

Blog Tour:  Fates Divided by Jules BarnardFates Divided by Jules Barnard
Series: Halven Rising #1
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal/Fantasy, Romance
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Elena Rosales has busted her ass to get into a good college. She’s the only one in her family ever to attend, and expectations are high. No pressure. But Elena’s got this one in the bag, because she’s as dependable as the molecules she studies, as reliable as the chemical reactions that comfort her in their predictability. Until they don’t.

Elena has always wondered why her mother abandoned her on her first birthday. It’s not until she turns eighteen and her chemistry experiments go berserk that she learns the truth: Her mother wasn’t human, and the Fae are willing to harm those Elena loves if she doesn’t use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease.

Derek, Elena’s brooding neighbor, isn’t the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover. But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire—and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival. Lives collide, and allegiance and love are tested, in Fates Divided.


In the Halven Rising Series, love and ancient allegiances are threatened when the worlds of Fae and Halven collide. Each Halven Rising novel features a different couple and may be read as a standalone, but an overreaching story arc connects the books, so it’s fun to read them in order.

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

“God created us, and with our powers, we are the closest relation to angels.”

Fates Divided was my first read by Jules Barnard. It was an action-packed and intriguing paranormal romance book that touched on the themes of life-changes and forbidden love.

“One way or the other, this girl might be the death of him.”

Elena had a little different life, but nothing compared to what we read at her eighteenth birthday.
We are offered an inside look into the Nephilim, Halven, and Fae, learning about the black, white, and grey areas that have formed each. We are also introduced to various impactful characters, including Derek. He is the unassuming next-door neighbor, who is just a little too quiet.  Throughout the story we encounter moments that pull us in and leave us wanting more.

“And when you smile…I wonder if there is anything more beautiful in the world.  Make that worlds.”

Told In third person point of view, Fates Divided was a great start to the Halven series.  Although third person does not tend to be my favorite writing style, Author Jules Barnard wrote in such a manner that I became intimately involved with the characters, easily following their dialogue and actions.  The combination of paranormal and romance was exactly the right blend to hold my interest in both aspects. The plight of all the characters, though varying in nature, was moving.  I was especially intrigued by the skills and specialties that were demonstrated by each individual in the story. I look forward to the next book in this series.

“Suddenly there wasn’t a barrier that seemed too great to cross in order to be closer.”


She squirmed and bobbed giddily on top of him like a landlocked fish. “I have a boyfriend,” she said in a singsong voice.

Derek grunted as a stray elbow landed on his ribs. He flipped her so she lay beneath him again. “How should we celebrate your first official relationship,” he said in a deep, sexy voice, his hand snaking down her collarbone to the top of her breast.

She smiled slyly. “By holding hands?”

His palm stilled and he frowned, shaking his head.

“Hmm… With a kiss?”

He put his mouth on her neck and kissed and licked his way down. “Getting warmer,” he murmured.

She tapped a finger to her mouth, trying not to move while his lips and hands made her face heat and her breath catch. “No hand-holding, but kissing is okay, yet not enough. What to do, what to do… I’ve got it. How about a heavy make-out session?”

“Warmer still,” came his response from the general area of her bellybutton where he’d lifted her top a few inches and exposed her skin. His hands continued their wonderfully tormenting path down her torso to her hips.

She closed her eyes, breaths shaky and uneven as her stomach and thigh muscles clenched beneath his fingers. “Fine—you win.” She reached down and yanked his T-shirt over his head.

He sat up as though affronted, his eyes sparkling. “Hey, I’m not that kind of guy.”

She smiled. “You’re a terrible liar. Is that drool on the side of your mouth?”

He raised his hand to his lip and grinned.



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4 Stars

About Jules Barnard

Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a Master’s degree and spent many an hour running statistical analysis, until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.

Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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