Foretold - Violet Lumani

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Cassandra sees death and devastation all around her. In vivid detail.

It’s the price of living with her OCD and extreme anxiety. In every situation, Cass imagines the worst possible fate for everyone in her life. Her dad in a pool of blood after a break-in. Her beloved older neighbor, homeless. A splinter in her finger turned to gangrene.

But this time, it’s not her imagination. The boy next door, Colin, is destined to die. Cass has foretold a real death before; she knows this is a true vision.

Desperate to save Colin’s life, Cass immerses herself in a secret organization of soothsayers that promises to teach her how to change the future she foresees. But as she descends into their hidden world of divinatory magic and predictive technology, she discovers there’s always a price to pay for unraveling fate’s strands. And cheating death will cost her everything.

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My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Uproar Books for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

enjoyable/easy to read:
3/5
3.5 stars

I was skeptical before picking up Foretold, I remained skeptical for most of the book, and I might still be a little skeptical. (Fun fact: skeptical is one of only a handful of times – that I know of – that Canadians choose the American spelling over the British version… I know I live in Australia, but I can’t do it – my Canadian instincts run deep. Sceptical looks clinical, like a mood experienced while suffering sepsis. Excuse the tangent, but I remain skeptical.) Divination is a hard sell, made more complicated by the instalove component of the narrative. If this was a standalone, I don’t know if it would be possible to make it work, but by the end, I was totally on board and ready for the next book.

One, two, three. The compulsion is not me.
Four, five, six. I control it. It doesn't control me.
My heart aches. I twist the knob. Five times.

Cassie is a refreshing protagonist. Her day-to-day life with OCD and anxiety is written honestly; it’s not just a convenient plot gimmick. Clues about her coping mechanisms and struggles are peppered throughout like easter eggs – they can fade into the background unless you’re looking for them. It took a while for the story to get started, but this allowed for a solid introduction to Cassie, her family, and her life. The cast of characters is interesting. Cassie’s dad, while a little oblivious, is loving and delivers some highly emotional speeches. Regan was full-on at first, but I grew to appreciate her personality and her strong sense of loyalty. My absolute favourite (and probably everyone else’s) is Bacchy; he’s the most vibrant, and all of his interactions were quirky and interesting.

By far the most intriguing, and the most confusing, part of Foretold was the Celidon Coil. Uniquely terrifying, the last few chapters totally sold me on this book and this series. While it was painfully obvious what would happen in the overarching theme, there were some pretty good surprises. The actual events or actions may not have been surprising, but the extremity certainly blindsided me. I can’t wait to see what happens with this love triangle …
(C’mon Cassie; Sebastian – despite the stupid name – is so much more interesting than Colin. Ditch the instalove, pick the slutty famous dude!) …
… and how Cassie will live with the decisions she’s made.

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