Thursday, November 15

Destined: Book Review


Aprilynne Pike

May 1st 2012
Young Adult | Paranormal

Official Blurb - 
Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear.

He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful--and deadly--of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days, in the stunning conclusion to the Wings series.

I think it was the bittersweet end that pulled this down from a four rating, so it's more of a three and a half. The ending fits really well, but it was a bit more realistic than I was ready for. Otherwise, what a ride this story turned out to be. Poor Tamani, he really took one roller coaster of a ride but in many ways it shaped him well.

Aprilynne was not afraid to wield a scythe in this book. Don't get too worried, she does spare all the right characters, but outside of that it is all out bloodshed.

Sadly there wasn't time for much fairy stuff this go-round. At each turn they are responding to threats to their lives and wading through a bloodbath. I missed the fairy culture and all the fun of the blossoms. There is a little bit of fall magic there at the end. It was nice to see Laurel do her magic.

It was a nice conclusion to the series. I am happy with it. While reading it I had a hard time putting it down and there was plenty of action that kept the pages flying by.

Violence: Moderate

Moments Divine:
"No, I . . . Forget Laurel for a minute. Just listen to what I'm saying. I don't know if Davide will ever love you. But it he does, if he really does, it won't matter how pretty or exciting someone else might be. If he really loves you, you can't lose. Because he won't see anyone as even remotely comparable to you."
I love pages 183 through 197. Such heartrending emotions and moments for Tamani.