This is my stop during the blog tour for Destiny (Destiny Trilogy #1) by Cindy Ray Hale. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours . The blog tour runs from November 5 till November 25, you can view the complete tour schedule on the Destiny blog tour page on the website of Lola's Blog Tours.
Destiny (Destiny Trilogy #1)
By Cindy Ray Hale
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les MisÈrables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage.
As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend.
But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world?
Weaving around Destiny and Isaac's alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les MisÈrables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love. You can find Destiny on Goodreads
I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
It has been a long time where I found a YA that left me speechless. As I finished Destiny, I was in complete awe. The story and the characters are not like anything I’ve ever read. I didn’t just read this story. I lived it. Every emotion, every word, I felt it.
Destiny Clark is a young Mormon girl that really likes the headmaster’s son, Isaac Robinson at her Baptist high school. Not only is the religion a problem, but Isaac is also happily taken, by Aspen Adams. Soon, Destiny finds herself casted in a school play where she will be forced, ironically to sing about unrequited love. It is through music that Destiny and Isaac connect. But as two young adults who deeply believe in their own beliefs, how are they to act on this connection they feel towards each other?
There is so much YA out there that deals with teenage angst and love. What I loved the most about this story was the realness factor. Religion is such a big part of our lives and it is rarely discussed in fiction. This book shows a side to young adults, that we don’t see often. I truly connected to these characters on a personal level as I have friends who are of different religions and have been judged by their parents, much like Destiny and Isaac. Teenage love is hard, and these two strong minded individuals had every obstacle in their way. However, they loved fiercely and without shame.
Destiny and Isaac receive a lot of backlash from others and within themselves. I admired their characters as their beliefs played such a heavy role in getting to know each other. As a Mormon and a Baptist, Destiny and Isaac had similar and different beliefs. Isaac grew up hearing a lot of negativity about the Mormons. However, he became more open to understanding Destiny’s religion and her beliefs.
As with any love story, there is heartbreak and self-discovery. As two young people fall in love, they question everything, but their beliefs. They question if this could actually work. How can they be together when the world is against them? The book did not end on a cliffhanger, but Destiny and Isaac’s story is far from over, and I am highly anticipating the sequel!
The writing was flawless. I truly enjoyed reading this story. It was a bit slower paced than what I usually read, however that is what made the story. You connected with every single character. I understood the pain, the hurt, the confusion among everyone. Overall, if you are looking for a YA that is outside of the norm in the most beautiful way possible, you must read this book. I commend the author for exploring and bringing to light a topic that should be discussed out in the open, more often. To the young adults that have strong beliefs, this is truly your story. Love knows no boundaries.
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About the Author:
Wife. Mother. Writer. Cindy Ray Hale lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with her husband and four children. In addition to being a writer, sheís an avid reader and a social media junkie. She starts her morning by writing with a freshly-blended berry spinach smoothie next to her. Sheís obsessed with Les MisÈrables, playing the piano, and stalking up-and-coming musicians on YouTube. Destiny is her first book and will be available for purchase November 2013.
You can find and contact Cindy here:
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