Review: Games of Fate (Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon #1) by Kris Austen Radcliffe

25638598Title: Games of Fate (Fate, Fire, Shifter, Dragon #1)
Author: Kris Austen Radcliffe
Published: Dec. 23, 2013
Publisher: Six Talon Sign Fantasy & Futuristic Romance
Pages: 339 (print)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, 

Rysa Torres stumbles through life an overwhelmed young woman fighting against her attention deficit disorder. She can’t get a handle on the world, no matter how she tries.
But when monsters activate a part of her she didn’t know she had, Rysa becomes the Fate at the center of an epic battle against a terrifying future—and a world consumed by fire.
When Ladon and his companion beast, Dragon, find Rysa, they see only the potential hell a young Fate might unleash into their lives. But Ladon quickly realizes Rysa is much more than the daughter of an old enemy—she is his key to forgiveness.
With the threat of a burning future distorting Rysa’s Fate abilities, she sees only two options: End her own life, or watch Ladon, the only man to see beyond her attention issues and love her for who she is, die. Will they accept the only future they see, or will they find the strength to break the bonds of fate?

I received this book to give an honest review.
I wanted to give this book a try as it sounded like it was going to be really good. Though it took me a lot longer to read than it really should have. Rysa has ADHD and I have never read a story before that has a character with anything like that. I wanted to see what was going to happen. 
We go a few pages into the story and then bam all of a sudden Rysa is thrown into a world of being captured and having some kind of powers but she has no clue what is going on. As time goes on she learns she is a Fate and the visions she is getting will end the world. This terrifies her as she doesn't want to hurt anyone. 
Then in comes Ladon and his dragon who end up vowing to protect Rysa no matter the cost. As the story progresses we see exactly how good of a guy Ladon is truly and that he has feelings for Rysa. 
It is a battle to help Rysa through her visions and to find a way to change the course of destruction she is seeing. 
When everything comes together towards the end we learn that Rysa is more than just a Fate and she can change the course of how things work out, along with finding love.
I did like how there were different paranormal's within the story. You have burners, shifters, ghouls (which I think they are the same as burners but I could be wrong), dragons, Fates and of course the immortal like Ladon. It was really nice to have a variety within the story so it wasn't just about one paranormal creature.  I did like how everything started to come together towards the end and it started to all make sense. Why Rysa became active, why the War Babies played a big part, and why now Rysa is being hunted.
Now I gave this book 3 stars because it was hard to keep my attention with the book. When Rysa would get visions I think the author could have used a different font to let us know. Since at times it was hard to tell she was in the middle of a vision unless Ladon told us. 
Her friend that was with her in the beginning. She doesn't even call him to let him know hey I am alive don't worry about me. It was like he literally fell off the face of the earth. 
Overall for me it was an okay read. I like Ladon as a character and how he was really into saving Rysa and having faith within herself. Rysa as a character was good just a lot of thoughts running through her head lol. Which is to be expected. 
If you like the paranormal, some action, a bit of romance give this book a try.

Kris Austen Radcliffe
 As a child, Kris took down a pack of hungry wolves with only a hardcover copy of "The Dragonriders of Pern" and a sharpened toothbrush. That fateful day set her on a path traversing many storytelling worlds—dabbles in film and comic books, time as a talent agent and a textbook photo coordinator, and a foray into nonfiction. After co-authoring "Mind Shapes: Understanding the Differences in Thinking and Communication," Kris returned to academia. But she craved narrative and a richly-textured world of Fates, Shifters, and Dragons—and unexpected, true love. Kris lives in Minnesota with her husband, two daughters, Handsome Cat, and an entire menagerie of suburban wildlife bent on destroying her house. That battered-but-true copy of “Dragonriders”? She found it yesterday. It’s time to pay a visit to the woodpeckers.


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