Fade by A. K. Morgen

Fade by A. K. Morgen
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Length: 320 pages
Genera: Paranormal
Subjects: mythology, wolves, romance

[From Goodreads]
What do you do when you realized nothing in your life is what you’ve believed it to be?

When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.

When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don’t understand what’s happening to them or why, and they’re running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them.

Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.

I read this with the amazingly awesome reviewer named Oceana. Her review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/407319458. Please read hers before mine. :)

This book is not suitable for those younger than 13. YA Fifty Shades of Grey here (minus 50 something sex scenes).

Another note: apparently on this computer I can’t seem to save any pictures but .bmp which is not allowed for upload onto WordPress. So… no picture. :\

Last note, to the family member who I know is reading, I DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS ADULT. D:


I’ve begun to say this a lot: this book is horrible. It’s the worst book I’ve read this year. The sad thing is, I’ve said that at least 4 times this year. The phrase is sort of becoming overused and has no real meaning anymore. But, please allow me to say it one that time, just for the sake of it.

This. Book. Is. The. Worst. Book. I. Have. Ever. Read.

Fade tricked me into thinking that it would be filled with an interesting plot and great characters. I know, it’s very rare for that to happen today in YA literature. I didn’t actually read all the summary. I only read the second paragraph and the first sentence of the third. If I had only read all the plot, maybe my expectations wouldn’t have been so high.

To quote Oceana:

10% into FADE and I knew I wasn’t going to like this. 40% and I felt like burning my shitty Nook to melted plastic. 70% and I was begging for the end to come.

No, no. FADE did not go well for me.

Except, I was dying by 25%. This book was terrible. Two of my friends have read it, all have finished with 1 – 0 stars. (Zulezza! Here’s your mention: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/421612881/ :D)

The review will contain spoilers, but then again, why would anyone want to read this?

 Arionna, or Bella-bot, was the main character of this book. She seemed very similar to what I’ve read about Anastasia Steele. Spineless, horny, stupid, and whiny. She was extremely dependent on Dace, her rapist lover. She was college age, yet seemed at most 15. Bella-bot was incredibly stupid and vapid. Her friend was brutally murdered by a pack of wolves to which Bella-bot’s brilliant reply was, “Oh, well that sure sucks.”

Can’t you feel her immense and soulcrushing pain?

One of the most annoying clichés in books is the might as well be you heroine. The one where the reader is supposed to go, that sounds just like me. Little old boring me who has no life (many authors seem to assume this about us). I don’t read books to for the might as well be you heroine. I like reading about exciting, realistic but not stick in the mud characters. Bella-bot was the personification of this cliché.

Let’s examine some quotes, shall we?

What’s happening to me? [Arionna thought]
Mine, he [Dace] said in my head as if in response to my question. You belong to me.
The words were little more than a growl, but they shot through me like an arrow.
… I belonged to him, perhaps more fully than I belongs to myself.
4% into the ARC

This was her first meeting with him. First meeting with Dace. Nuff said. Next is a collection of quotes all on the same Kindle page (10% in during their second meeting).

…an absolutely predatory gleam…

…desire brushed across my thoughts…

He wanted me, wanted to claim me.

I was a virgin, but I wanted him to claim me.

The animal strained hard to get to me, growling audibly.

I did belong to him.

Second meeting people. Second meeting. FKAJDHKADFKLHDKADHF

Dace. THIS GUY PEOPLE. He’s Jace from City of Bones, Patch from Hush, Hush, Edward from Twilight, and Dexter from Dexter. So basically, a controlling, possessive asshole. He’s said “You belong to me.” (or something with belong referring to Arionna) six flipping in the book (which is nothing compared to the fourteen – yes one four – times Arionna says it referring to her belonging to him).

I don’t think I have ever met a worse love interest. Ever. For once, my words escape me and I cannot find the right words to describe him without having an extremely excessively vulgar review which honestly is funny to read but give you no insight to the book.

The words in [brackets] are mine.

I’d never had a desire to be rid of my virginity [of course you haven’t -_-], but thinking back over our encounter, the way Dace held me prisoner [how is this sexy?]  and the way feeling my pleasure and his combined… well, had the wolf not been so eager, I wasn’t sure I’d still be a virgin.

Please understand how this happened. He pushed her onto a picnic table and then pushed his leg between hers and then started humping her on the table. Another Oceana quote here (I love being the last one to write a review):


Oh, god, EWWWWW

And random Zulezza quote (just ’cause):

Me: …….Uh, right. And then he held you gaze, an absolutely predatory gleam in his eyes. Nothing human reflected in that look, but something complete male did. His desire brushed across your thoughts like a caress. He wanted you, wanted to claim you. You was a virgin, but you wanted him to claim you?

Arionna: *Nods sheepishly*

Tell me, girl. Which part of the word ‘rape’ that you don’t understand?

(The Lack of) Plot:
Plot Outline:

  • 0 – 20%: Make out scenes
  • 20 – 40%: Make out scenes
  • 40 – 60%: Make out scenes
  • 60 – 80%: Lore and make out scenes
  • 80 – 95%: LOOOOOOTS OF PLOT
  • 95 – 100%: Last make out scenes

The part in between, the 80 – 95, was a huge infodump. After brain numbing nothingness, the sudden plot was a rush. I don’t remember 70% of what happened there because there was just too much too fast. It’s like Morgen tried to fit all the plot she missed in the rest of the book into that little time period. It’s impossible to not be half asleep and miss a lot of the plot because all you’re used to is kissing.

The real story in that little space is interesting. The lore was fun, granted it needs a bit of working on. The sad this is all that A. K. Morgen focused on was the unnecessary, abusive relationships which Arionna and Dace shared. It would have made this book a mediocre read instead of a trashy, terrible one.

What I liked and didn’t:

  • lore (sort of)


  • everything
  • romance
  • plot
  • characters
  • pacing
  • prose
  • everything

In conclusion:
I would never recommend this book. It wasn’t even funny accidentally. It was a royal mess.


Favorite Character: Never.
Favorite Quote: 


Rating:  ☆☆☆☆☆

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