Destiny (Review)

Destiny (Review)
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Title: Destiny (New Avalon #1) 
Author: Andrea Buginsky
Publisher: Self-published
Published Date: 9th September 2013
Rating: 2 Stars
*Thank you to the author for the review copy*
 
Synopsis: Constantly
teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit
in. On her sweet sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and
the surprising truth about her heritage. With high hopes that things will be
different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only
this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot
understand.

When her powers explode, chaos ensues and she learns that her new ability is
greater than she ever desired. As she learns to control her powers, Elena
discovers there’s so much more to her heritage than she ever imagined.

Review: I
picked up this book a while ago for review and didn’t get around to reading it
until now. It was a very quick read at 88 pages. It didn’t get a two star
writing because it was a bad book, because it generally wasn’t. It just didn’t
seem to wow me quite enough.
This one is about witches, with powers because they are
descendants of the Lady of the Lake, which has something to do with Merlin. I
thought that was a pretty cool idea and witches always intrigue me. Elena, the
main character doesn’t find out what she is until she is 16. I found that Elena
seemed to accept this brand new discovery of her true self too well and easily.
It would take me a while before I believed I was a witch.
This book was short, and it was definitely an
introduction to the series. I don’t usually mind that, but it did mean a lot of
the characters simply spent time talking in this one, and at times it came off
as a bit info-dumpy. I think the second book will be better though, because
then we can get on with the story right away.
How I felt about this book…
The world building was a bit weak, and especially weak if
we are dealing with a paranormal or fantasy kind of book. There was some
description but not nearly enough to satisfy my imagination. I think the
writing style had a bit of a young feel to it as well, and maybe this is more
so an older age MG read or a very young YA one. But I didn’t really like the
writing style too much.
What I did like was how all these teenage witches were
still dealing with the same problems as any other teenager would have to. These
characters were still struggling to keep up with homework and trying to deal
with bullies in their school. They are sixteen and realising that with their
powers comes responsibility, and I know that other teenagers feel more
responsible for their own actions and choices they have to make when they are
sixteen as well. So I liked how much other teenagers (myself included!) could
probably relate to this.
I still would like to read book two because I want to
know how the action and adventure are going to come into play! There’s a
promise of some of that in here.

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