Book Review: Destiny
By: Gillian Shields
Published By: Katherine Tegen, an imprint of HarperCollins
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Audience: YA Paranormal
As much as I love Harper ARC time, this is one time where my selection hit a low note. To fully give Destiny a chance, I read/listened to the first three books on audio and I must say, it took me a while to get through them, as it took me steeling myself for the next onslaught. The first two books centered around Evie, who is plenty self-involved enough, but the third book was Sarah, who was the only tolerable one of the lot. I was cautiously optimistic about Helen's story....
So to recap, this series takes place in a boarding school on the moors of idyllic England. Evie, Sarah and Helen, with the long dead Lady Agnes, are sisters in the Mystic Way. They're witches, for all intents and purposes, and they even get to do battle with the evil coven, which happens to be made up of their teachers. Trite and predictable as it sounds, you ask? Absolutely.
As for Destiny, I had high hopes for Helen's story, because she was certainly the more interesting of the 3 girls, and had a lot more to work with. Alas, I found her to be petulant, moody, and surpassed Evie's whining to a degree I could never have imagined. This book is also from several POV's, which I found distracting and confusing. I would set the book down and by the time I came back to it, be it a few hours or the next day, and have to reread the chapter before it. The POV switch may not have had much to do with that as the fact that the story limped along and didn't hold my attention.
The premise was interesting and unique, but the "voices" of the characters were just off for me. I think some younger teens would still enjoy all four of them very much, and that is the audience it's geared for, and I feel could do quite well. It just wasn't for me personally.