Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jaime's Review of Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Aprilynne Pike
Hardcover: 320 pages
Release Date; May 1, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
ISBN: 0061668125
Source: ARC from the publisher
Rating: Really Liked

From Goodreads.
Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.

Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.

Destined the conclusion to the Wings series was everything I hoped for and more! After Illusions which I liked but nothing really happened till the very end; Destined picks up and it’s non-stop action and danger. What I loved about this is that the humans get a chance to finally shine!  Not that I don’t love Laurel and Tam because I do but, I always thought Chelsea was a bright character that should have been used more and she finally gets her chance to be kick ass! Let me just say this I am and always have been team Tammani but, in Destined I found a new found respect and admiration in David his character I think is put through the wringer worse than any of them and you get to see him grow into a person I think you will all love by the end. There is a letter he writes……I won’t say where or when that literally tore me to shreds I couldn’t believe he had me crying like that.

The story itself was almost completely in Avalon which was awesome because I like the land that Aprilynne created there’s also more Camelot/Arthurian Legend in the story. Let’s face it y’all know I’m a crazy fan of that stuff (Hello Team Merlin) ;) oh and let me just clear this up quickly I didn’t hate Klea I understood her motives and yeah she may have been the bad guy but she had her reasons oh and Yuki might have been obnoxious but I liked her too!

I chose a passage that has David in it because I loved the meaning. It’s a symbol for much bigger things.

“Now David Lawson,” Jamison said, “Avalon needs your help. Not only are you human—with the ability to wield the sword--- but I can sense your bravery, your strength, and especially, your loyalty. I know what you have done for Laurel in your world; standing by her when it meant risking your life. Even entering Avalon today took great courage. I suspect you have much in common with that young man Arthur, and I believe it is your destiny to save us all.”

Chelsea was soaking up the scene with eager eyes.

Tammani looked horrified.

Laurel knew what Jamison was going to ask, and wanted to stop him, to tell David that he should refuse--- that he didn’t have to do this; that being around her had hurt him enough already. He didn’t need to be a soldier for Avalon, too.

“David, with the name of kings,” Jamison said formally, “it is time to discover if you are the hero Laurel has always thought you to be. Will you join us in defending Avalon?”

Ok I’ll leave it there but what do you think? What does David say and what sword is that????

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  1. I haven't had the chance to finish the book yet, I need to get some reading time in to finish this books. I can't wait to read the letter :)

  2. "Not that I don’t love Laurel and Tam because I do but, I always thought Chelsea was a bright character that should have been used more and she finally gets her chance to be kick ass!"

    Okay, THAT and all the rest, INCLUDING THE QUOTE, has me swooning with excitement and blind interest. I just got approved for this one and I want to drop everything and read it already! I hadn't thought I loved this series until I had to wait for this installment. *jumps and down with glee*


  3. seems like you would suggest reading it? I stopped after the 2nd book...and then havnt heard much about it. Yes...then? Your review makes me want to consider reading them again. The first one was lovely, but I was so dissaponted with the 2nd.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Definitely give the rest of them a shot :)

  4. Kudos to Aprilynne Pike for such a great series! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.

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