She embarks on a journey to a secret island to learn how to control her powers, and she’s thrown into a different world, one where she just might be able to fit in. What Elena learns about her heritage forces her to face her past – and the demons it created – head on.
Title: Destiny by Andrea Buginsky
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Inc.
Date of Publication: September 16, 2013
Audience: Young Adult
Obtained: Free copy by Book Review Tours in exchange for honest review
I want to thank Book Review Tours for providing a free copy of this book to read and review honestly. There is one thing that I loooove about stories, and that my friends is story building. Simple as that. If you create a good solid world, the characters will just easily capture my attention. I just felt that there wasn't enough to capture my complete and utter attention to this one.
We meet Elena. She's your typical teenager, but she's not. She actually is extremely powerful and doesn't find out until her 16th birthday. To be honest, I just could not connect to her character. You would think that by finding out that she has these amazing abilities would have somehow shocked her, but instead she makes it seem like it's no big deal! Trust me, if I found out I had her wicked cool powers, I would be completely freaking out and asking questions. She wasn't a terrible character. I did enjoy some of the scenes in the book. She's definitely a character I would enjoy watching her grow as the series continues.
The one thing that kind of left me hanging was: the boys! Where were they? It was like the whole world did not have a single boy in it! Maybe it's not a romance type of book, but I would've enjoyed seeing some kind of interaction with the opposite sex.
It took me about 4 hours to get through and while I think that the book should've been a tad bit longer, I think that there is real potential in this series. Leaving my review with that, I will definitely try and check out book 2 when it comes out!
Comment Question of the Blog:
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Elena was getting upset as she defended her family’s honor. She wasn’t thinking about where that might lead. She wasn’t thinking at all.
“Why, Elena, I didn’t mean to upset you. I just meant that-“
“I know exactly what you meant, Barbara Thomas! You think your family is better than anyone else in this town. You always have. Just because your dad happens to be the former mayor’s son doesn’t mean you own this town and everyone in it! I’m so sick of your mock sentiment when all you really feel is that you’re better than everyone. You’re no better than the rest of us!”
As she yelled, things around her felt funny, and she realized she heard screaming. She looked around, and was startled to see everyone staring at her, horrified. She took a deep breath, and realized what had happened. She let her emotions get away from her, and her powers erupted.
The only words she could think of to describe the scene around her were total chaos. Every locker had burst open, and the entire contents – books, folders, papers, pictures, mirrors, backpacks – had come flying out. The posters on the walls were scattered everywhere. Most of the students and teachers were picking themselves up off the floor. Elena knew her powers had gotten totally out of hand, and she made everything around her fly out of control, literally.
She heard footsteps walking toward her, the only sound in the hall. She looked up and saw her counselor, Mrs. Adams, walking toward her. She gently took Elena by the shoulder and guided her to her office. She looked back and saw Barb and the other Bimbettes staring at her, as well as everyone else in the hall.
About the Author:
Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen,” a middle-grade fantasy novelette was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea is currently working NEW AVALON, a YA fantasy series. Book 1, "Destiny," is available on Amazon