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Jaidis Shaw currently resides in a small town located in South Carolina with her husband and beautiful daughter. With a passion for reading, Jaidis can always be found surrounded by books and dreaming of new stories. She enjoys challenging herself by writing in different genres and currently has several projects in the works.
When not reading or writing, Jaidis owns and operates Juniper Grove Book Solutions! Experienced in author and book promotion campaigns, book tours, and more! She also maintains the book blog, Juniper Grove.
Jaidis Shaw currently resides in South Carolina with her husband and two beautiful daughters. With a passion for reading, Jaidis can always be found surrounded by books and dreaming of new stories. She enjoys challenging herself by writing in different genres and currently has several projects in the works.
Jaidis also owns and operates Juniper Grove Book Solutions, voted Top Three for Best Promotional Firm, Site, or Resource in the 2013 Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll. In her spare time, Jaidis maintains her two blogs, Juniper Grove and Blooming with Jaidis. One of her main goals in life is to encourage her daughters to let their imaginations run wild.
Visit Jaidis on her blog at http://junipergrove.net
Alayna, a young woman marked by tragedy, moves to the small town of Juniper Grove for a fresh start. She's instantly drawn in by her mysterious neighbor Jayden, and the two quickly bond as he helps her get settled into her new home. When things take a deadly turn, Jayden is there to save her, but at what price? Now she has to deal with the reality of the supernatural, and what exactly she has become.
The author does an amazing job at making us love the characters. Alayna Scott, with her painful past and lasting scars, breaks the mold of the typical female heroine. She's no damsel in distress, but still maintains her femininity despite knowing exactly when to kick some butt.
Jayden McKnight, with his jet-black hair and smoldering green eyes is definitely crush-worthy. He reminds me a little of Jacob from the Twilight series, with his tender treatment of Alayna and protective nature, but thankfully he's enough of a man that we won't feel like a cradle-robber if we daydream about him!
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Juniper Grove, and eagerly await my next trip to this charming, supernatural small town.
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There was something missing from the plot line. If I were able I would actually give this book 3.5 stars because there were plenty of rights. It's just the wrongs were really wrong for me.
THE RIGHTS: The writing was refreshing. I received this book while it was still free and was pleasantly surprised to find there were just small spelling/grammatical errors. After getting 5% into a free kindle book before deciding to read this one, I was jumping for joy and literally clapping. Most characters were 3 dimensional but, not all. Alayna wasn't a dumb damsel in distress. Interesting twist on bloodlines and how they work.
THE WRONGS: Let me first begin this category by saying, I am very picking about things I like and do not like while spending time and/or money on a novel. With that being said, if I had paid for this book I would be grossly disappointed. I know what you're thinking. "Umm, arent you blatantly contradicting yourself with the above?" It's really hard to try and explain but I will give it a go.
1. Some characters were 3D while others were 1D. The main characters, Alayna and Jayden, were interesting. They had background stories and quirks that made them real. Alayna with her insecurities and sarcasm. Jayden with his guilt and semi-cockiness. However, I still wasn't head over heels for either of them. What made that hard to do was partially due to the over-telling of minuscule details. I believe another reviewer mentioned the same thing and I must agree. Every single time she took a shower the reader is bombarded with in and outs of such. Sofia and Jullian were okay characters but, still I had little invested in the pair. Kyle and Darren were LOL funny but even their role could cease to exist and not change much of the story.
This is Jaidis Shaw's first novel, as well as the first in what promises to be an entertaining series. We have part love story and part coming of age, with mystery, suspense, and, of course, the parnormal aspects. All of this is woven together into an intriguing plot.
The writing flows well. I enjoyed the overall writing style, and found the book an easy and fun read.
I did have a few minor problems. For me, Alayna needs more development. She was a little too perfect, and accepted things too easily. She is suddenly immersed in a world of shapeshifters and vampires, yet questions very little about any of it. Also, I wanted more details. For instance, throughout the story I was curious how all these people managed to support themselves when none of them worked.
Despite the problem areas, I was compelled to continue reading. I like the world of Juniper Grove and all the characters living there. I'm looking forward to getting to know them better in the next book.
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Destiny Awaits is about Alayna Scott, a twenty-year old who receives visions when she is near water but no vision showed her that her parents would die in an accident. She realizes she needs to start anew so she moves to Juniper Grove, hopeful that the people from that town will like her and accept her. Arriving at her new place, she finds herself already liking where she is going to live. Jayden McKnight drops at her house unexpected with a charming smile and alluring emerald green eyes. The connection between them is instant. Unfortunately, a vampire sets his eyes on Alayna, wanting to kill her, Jayden rushes to her side to save her, but has to welcome her to a new life humans don't know exist, a world of vampires and shifters.
The author gives very detailed description of the events and surroundings of the story. The reader can submerge themselves into the story and imagine themselves being there, watching everything vividly. Each detail comes to life while reading, which is something not many authors are successful at, but Jaidis is very successful at it.
The visions that Alayna receives were inherited from her mother. Alayna always feels calm when surrounded by water. Some images that she receives are memories from her past, while others show her the future. Alayna has received visions of a boy with emerald green eyes and who knew that boy was Jayden McKnight.
Jayden McKnight is a very charming yet sweet guy. He has a tan, muscular body with a very strong jaw line and high cheekbones with long black hair. Alayna was immediately drawn to this hot specimen. Who wouldn't?!
I found the first few chapters very fast-paced.Read more ›
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