Fate

Fate

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Overview

For the past two years, Bailey Morgan has lived a double life: high school student by day, ancient mystical being by night. As the third Fate, Bailey literally controls the fate of the world, but as Plain Old Bailey, her life is falling apart. She’s got a tattoo that was supposed to be temporary (but isn’t), friendships that were supposed to last forever (but might not), and no idea what her future holds after high school graduation.

Then Bailey meets the rest of the Sidhe, an ancient race defined by their power, beauty, and a sinister habit of getting what they want at any cost. Before Bailey knows it, she’s being drawn into an otherworldly web more complicated than anything she weaves as a mortal Fate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385735377
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/10/2009
Series: Tattoo
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s from Cambridge University. Fate is her sixth novel for young adults. You can visit her online at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com.

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Life.

Life.

Life.

Love-hate-like-break-want-need-scared-no-yes.

Miss her—want him—giggle-new-now.

Life.

Life.

Life.

The pressure of souls skating along the insides of my bones increased rapidly, until every human on the planet was as much a part of me as I was, every aspect of every person an open book for my eyes only. Their hopes and dreams, the things they wished for. The things they dreaded.

In a state of divine ecstasy, I threw my head back. This was Earth, the mortal realm. These were humans. This was life.

I was Life.

Giving in to the unbearable pressure within me, I moved my hands in a silent, expressive dance, and soul light burst from my pores. I watched, mesmerized, as the light condensed into webs before my eyes. Some were so densely woven that they appeared as solid fabric; others were thin or sparse, a tangled mess.

It was time.

Like a pianist whose fingers knew a melody better than her mind did, I gave in to the familiarity and undeniable energy of the moment, allowing my hands to carry me through the mind-boggling task. Deftly, instinctively, I crossed this path with that, melded threads together and tore others apart. The fabric was cool to the touch, but white-hot sparks leapt off my body as I wove.

Life.

Life.

Life.

“Good morning, Oakridge! I’m Craaaaazy Mike, and you’re listening to K-K-K-KHITS! It’s seven in the a.m., and I a-m in the mood for some lovin’, some badda bing, if you know what I mean. . . .”

I rolled over in bed and slapped at my radio alarm. I really didn’t want to know what Crazy Mike meant any more than I already did, and I definitely didn’t want to give him the chance to elaborate. I narrowed my eyes at the clock, and the time stared unapologetically back at me.

Seven a.m. Time to get up for school.

“Just five more minutes?” I asked. Since I’d turned the alarm off, there was no beeping reply to my question, and I took that silence as permission to snuggle into my covers and close my eyes. This time, there was no weaving, no mystical plane to claim my spirit.

Peace at last.

“Bailey Marie, don’t tell me you’re still sleeping.” My mom cruised by my bedroom door, not even bothering to stop as she made use of my middle name. It was a drive-by scolding, one of her many maternal specialties.

Mumbling under my breath about stupid Crazy Mike and my stupid alarm and my stupid middle name, I managed to get my body halfway vertical. A minute or so later, I actually made it out of bed and stumbled to the bathroom like some kind of deranged zombie in search of sweet, sweet brains. Once I’d managed to shut the door behind me and was positive that even my mom’s superhearing wouldn’t allow her to decipher my mumbles, I extended them to include two more subjects.

“Stupid Mom. Stupid ancient birthright.”

I really wasn’t a morning person.

I sought refuge from the horrors of things-that-happen-before-noon in the shower. After the water beat against my skin for a few minutes, I started to feel more human, which—given my nightly activities—was a wee bit ironic. I finished showering, and as my mood improved, little by little, I begrudgingly took back most of my “stupids.” If I was being honest, I didn’t really have anything against my alarm, my middle name, or what I’d just done in the Nexus between this world and the next.

Not ready to part ways with the shower but knowing I had to, I reached to turn it off. As I did, the overhead light hit my hand, casting a large, strangely fluid shadow near my feet. For a moment I stood there looking at the image, which wavered as I clenched the knob, shades of silvery purple fading to gray as I turned my hand. The stream of water pelting my face subsided, and I dropped my hand to my side and stepped out of the shower, leaving it—and the très creepy shadow—behind.

It was times like these that I regretted not dreaming anymore. Without a nighttime outlet, my subconscious and imagination had a tendency to go overboard during my waking hours; hence the funny shadows and the nagging feeling that something in the world (not to mention the shower) wasn’t quite right.

I shook my head, and water flew off my sopping hair to join the steam beaded up on the mirror’s surface. The condensation distorted my reflection, but I could still make out my not-brown, not-blond hair and my undeniably average body. For someone who held the fate of the world in her hands—literally—I sure wasn’t much to look at. I probably should have been used to it by now, but even after two years of waking up to find that no matter what I did in other realms, I was just plain old me in this one, I still hadn’t quite wrapped my mind around it.

Bailey Morgan, Third Fate. Not to sound too seventies, but that was just objectively trippy. Mythology wasn’t supposed to be fact, and I wasn’t supposed to be a part of it, but it was, and I was, and no matter how many days I woke up thinking the whole thing was crazy, it didn’t change that it was all real.

I was the Third Fate, the Fate of Life.

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Fate 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
MeiDiver More than 1 year ago
Synopsis Set two years after the events in Tattoo, Bailey and her friends are getting ready to graduate from high school and move on with their lives. Unfortunately, Bailey is not ready to move on, or away from her friends. Plus, everything is complicated by her work as a Fate and the quickly approaching Reckoning. Can she find a balance in her life? Review This novel was at least as enjoyable as the first novel. I really enjoyed the fact that Bailey's friends would get mad at her for "moping" as many teen novels really focus on the angsty side of life. The new characters were interesting, though I found some of the references to Greek and Roman mythology to be a bit confusing and muddled in this installment. My Recommendation This book is great for tweens, there are no questionable elements like sex, drugs, or rock'n'roll. 3/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!
cmmast86 More than 1 year ago
I was cruising books on my BN Nook and got curious. It's surprisingly good and I recommend this read. (I had already read the first book too. Both very well written.)
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Lynn Barnes continues Bailey Morgan, Sidhe and one of the three fates, story with a bang in Fate. Bailey has grown accustomed to her new life as the one of the three fates. Bailey Morgan by day and weaver by night she has learned to accept her responsibilities, and understands her role in the the grand design. With Bailey and her three friends in their senior year, she is finding herself struggling with the changes that lie in her future. Unknown to her, things are about to get a lot more complicated when the fates introduce her to the otherworld, and with it is coming a decision that is not only life changing but could take her away from the mortal world completely. Will Bailey, Zo, Annabelle, and Delia find an answer that will allow her to continue living life as she knows it, and will Bailey be able to find a place in her future for her friends.Jennifer is young and talented. I expect a lot in the future of this author. I look forward to seeing if this series continues and what becomes of the enthralling characters. Barnes writes captivating story, that carry the reader effortlessly through the last page.
monsterofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I recommend for anyone who wishes to read this to read the first book, Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This book was fairly good. Their was only one real fault to it in my opinion. But I'll talk about that later. First I would like to say that Jennifer did an amazing job in this sequel it just as good as Tattoo in the fact that the characters are well described and the dialog is well written. Tattoo was a interesting book that was a real page turner and I was happy to read a sequel and have the four best friends continue their journey of otherwordly events. Even though they've grown up I can still picture them as I did two years ago when I read Tattoo. Even though it's been Tattoo I still have their first book adventure in my mind (this shows you how one book can really stick with you if it's well described or well written). Now the fault with this book is that I found the love realtionship between Bailey and Alec not really developed good enough. It wasn't that it was two rushed it was more like it didn't have enough time to develop. So by the end of the book it not developed enough *in my opinion* which left a really not-so-great-ending. I found reading this book was very hard to read at times and I couldn't finish it in one sitting. It took me a week to read this book. I found I read a bit slower so I could understand what was going on. Why I recommend for people to read the first book first is because even though I read the original I still have forgotten things which are mention in here and aren't completely explain and can seem confusing. They were to me. Anyways on my scale this book deserves a 3 star rating. Don't get me wrong this was a absolutely good sequel for such a well done book like Tattoo.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Fate by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, the second book of the Tattoo series, begins with Bailey back as the Third Fate, the Fate of Life. She is told by the other two Fates that her Reckoning would begin that night. Morgan visits Bailey and her friends at the mall, once again, and this time her gifts are mirrored pendants for each of them. Bailey doesn't know what her Reckoning entails but eventually she learns that it involves making a choice that can affect her for eternity. Bailey and her friends meet immortals, some nice and some not so nice. The sense of humor and loyalty are brought into the sequel to Tattoo and make Fate a charming read , 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, captivating ,and well-written sequel to Tattoo.The characters are believable as well as their connections to each other. I hope the Jennifer Lynn Barnes will continue this story.I can hardly wait.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book a long time ago, not realizing that it was a sequel to Tattoo. I honestly picked it up because of the pretty cover. I didn't read it right after finishing Tattoo, so I honestly didn't remember what had happened in the previous story. I'm not sure if that lapse in between stories contributed to my inability of get into this story. I honestly almost gave up on this book a couple of times. I felt like it had a hard time getting past the Sidhe background. It was long and drawn out. The action was reserved for the last little bit of the book. It really wasn't enough to make the book really worthwhile to seek out. I did like how the ending turned out. The Sidhe were trying to make Bailey play by their rules, when they didn't really apply to her. She something entirely different, so she should be an exception to the rules. I also enjoyed how the Sidhe represented different gods/goddesses throughout history. I enjoy when a book can take different views from different cultures and wrap them into one story that makes sense. I would probably pass on this book unless you enjoy other books by Barnes, or have all ready read Tattoo.
happy-2 More than 1 year ago
very, very good
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