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Touched by Grace

Divine Fate Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Series: Divine Fate Series , Book 2
Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

Ryn Tyler finally found her home - and demons are out to destroy it. 

After a lifetime of searching for where she belongs, Ryn knows it's in Eagle Valley... but war threatens to take that all away. Attending an angels-only high school should help her master her magical abilities, but stopping the upcoming battle is more important. 

Ryn trains in secret with the help of her mentor, Marek, a bad boy who can't decide between duty and love - and who's already stolen Ryn's heart. But the arrival of another Davina complicates things, and Ryn finds herself torn between the two boys. 

Above all, she needs to find Grace. The ancient Davina warrior is Eagle Valley's last hope. 

The demons will do anything to stop Ryn from reaching Grace. Lives are on the line, and the future of the Davina - and the entire world - is at stake.

©2018 Alicia Rades (P)2018 Alicia Rades

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Great book 2

Hmmm Trenton or Marek.... Marek of course ! He will need to pay better attention to all the foes that Ryn is facing though !
Whilst Ryn is getting to grips with her powers, her fellow students have the time old popularity struggles, which keeps book 2 well grounded.

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Sequel to Chosen By Grace

Ryn has decided to embrace her destiny as Grace’s conduit and enrols at Galen High, a school which trains Davinas to utilise their powers. Learning to access her abilities is proving to be a challenge, however, and with time running out it’s more important than ever that they find Grace.

Ryn is flattered when a fellow Davina by the name of Trenton, shows interest in her. In contrast she manages to fall foul of the Queen of Mean, Casey, who is irked by Ryn’s friendship with Marek. When several attempts are made on her life, Ryn realises that the stakes are higher than she could have possibly imagined. Will she find Grace’s whereabouts in time?

Touched by Grace is the second instalment of the Divine Fate series. While the strength of the first book lay in the exceptional world building, I felt that the characterisation suffered as a result. I hoped that the second instalment would elaborate on character development. Unfortunately I found myself struggling somewhat with the female protagonist and the usual formulaic and predictable cliches that all YA heroines seem to fall into. Mainly where girl finds out she’s imbued with some special power, who instantly falls for the handsome boy for no other reason than the fact that he’s hot and wears a leather jacket and just happens to save her life. In fact, three quarters of the book is devoted to Ryn being distracted by her infatuation with Marek rather than any real leeway being made with the plot. It’s not until the last three chapters that Ryn finally develops a backbone and we see some action, albeit fleeting.

I also felt that the plot was more predictable than the previous book as I saw the villain a mile away. The first clue was in the colour of their wings as well as their endless questions - not to mention the blatant stalking.

I’m lined up to read the third instalment of the Divine trilogy and hope that the final instalment will be the saving grace (no pun intended 😉) of the series.

I received an advanced free audible copy of Touched By Grace which was narrated by Natalie Naudus and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Having listened to Natalie’s narration in the first book, I felt that she did an equally smooth and concise delivery in this sequel.

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  • Adriana B
  • 14-05-18

Fun YA/Teen Fantasy

This is book 2 in the Divine Fate Trilogy. The story continues with Ryn attending an angels only high school. A bit of a love triangle develops. Ryn is training in secret to hide her unique purple “fireball” ability. (ok, I know it’s not a fireball!)

Narration was good and brought the story to life.

Ryn is trying to find Grace. The demons are doing anything they can to stop her. The future of the Davina are at stake. The future of the world depends on reaching Grace. This book does not have a major cliffhanger, but I was not ready for it be over! I’m looking forward to book 3!

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Raul
  • 04-06-18

Solid Sequel!

It was a good continuation to the series. I didn't get the same level of danger as in the first book, though there is foreshadowing of the enemy. The possible third wheel in the romance had me worried for a moment. It felt like a buildup for the third and final book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 27-05-18

Great story! Love it!

This book was as good as the first one, if not better. The story continues! The storyline is fast-paced and filled with action, intrigue and suspense. I can't wait for the third and last book in the Series, Awakened by Grace. The narration was great and easy to listen, as always with Natalie Naudus. I love her voice!! I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review. I have read and listened this book.

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  • ilianag
  • 20-05-18

Wow

What an amazing continuation!!!!!
This is book two in the series and it starts where the first book left us.
I loved the mystery and the agony and the action this book had.
I love how the narrator can pull us into the story and how she brings to life each character.
I can't wait to read the next one!!!!
I was given a copy of this audiobook and I chose to review it

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  • Margaret
  • 15-05-18

Now she knows what she’s in for...

Having come to terms with who and what she is, Ren continues to go to school to learn to use her powers and to fight to defend herself. Along with her friends, they attempt to locate Grace. They are still unsure what everything means and if a real threat truly looms. They will soon find out the answers.
My only negative with the story is hearing of Ren’s constant distraction by her infatuation of Marek. I don’t mind a little romance or infatuation, but for her to be constantly distracted by wanting to kiss him became little redundant and a bit much to read about (even if likely realistic for a teenager ).

This is the second book I’ve read/listened to by this author. I previously listened to Book 1: Chosen by Grace. I would definitely listen to another.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator since she also did Chosen by Grace. Once again, she did an excellent job voicing all the characters in producing a comfortable listen and engaging story.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review

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  • Mandy Buffington
  • 15-05-18

Better than the first

Touched by Grace starts where chosen ended. Ryn has now gotten more familiar of the place she now considers home even having thoughts of a possible relationship. However, there is a lot of pressure to find how to awaken grace more than before not the mention to tell her mom the truth. Action from the very beginning and lots of good complex characters in the story. Can’t wait to listen to the last one.

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  • Claire
  • 14-05-18

Highschool drama is the same everywhere

This fantasy series contains doses of reality, it seems that teenagers are the same everywhere. Ryn has a lot on her shoulders and it's clear that she's not having an easy time of it, her friends seem to alternate between helping and being part of the problem. Then again so do the adults around her when they decide they know what she needs better than she does.

This second book in the series follows quickly on the heels of the first and while many second books aren't as good as the first I think this one stacks up well.

More character development, more world building and lots of action there's plenty going on.

The narration is well done, good character voices and a smooth clear delivery.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • S. Green
  • 12-05-18

Another great installment

This book began largely where the last book left off. While the last book seemed to get far too fast into the action and didn't have much setup, this one did spend a fair amount of time setting up a love triangle in the main character's new high school, which also happens to be a school for good, supernatural creatures.

Like the earlier book, I was surprised this one was so short. I suppose though I'd rather have smaller installments and get them faster then have to wait a long time, having forgotten much of the earlier book(s). Maybe there will be an omnibus version at some point.

I don't want to give away any spoilers (what's the fun in that?), but the ending of this book was a pretty good cliffhanger for a third book in the series. Hopefully the next book won't be too long a wait as this has been a good ride so far!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • PAW
  • 11-05-18

Just as good as the first book!

This series is great. I love the characters and their fireballs (they’re NOT fireballs!)

This story was a little predictable and I wasn’t sold on the whole love triangle, but it was fine.

I wished it didn’t end where it did. It was not really on a cliffhanger but they teased you with something cool and left it for the next installment.

Out of all the angel YA books I’ve read lately, this series the best.

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  • Marc Garvin
  • 06-05-18

Didn't disappoint!

I got a copy of this book for free, in audiobook form, in exchange for an honest review.

I remember being pleasantly surprised with the first book in this series. I was excited to get the second one. When it was offered to me I went for it.
Book 2 was great. It picks up pretty close to the end of book 1 and holds it's​ own.
There were some good plot twists and sad moments that we're well done. I was even getting soggy-eyed when a "bad guy" died.. not gonna say who... you gotta listen for yourself. ;)
Again, well written and well narrated.

If I had one criticism about this trilogy, it would be that I don't think it needs to be a trilogy. It would be fine as a 2-part book or a mega-book.

Other than that, I look forward to seeing where this goes. I really do... I honestly wasn't sure I would like the first one... it's not my story type of choice... but, this has really surprised me.

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