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Destiny Awaits: Juniper Grove Chronicles (Volume 1) Paperback – May 17, 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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About the Author

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.

Visit Jaidis on her blog at junipergrove.net
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Product Details

  • Series: Juniper Grove Chronicles
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475296894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475296891
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,257,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 a fast read, and a book I enjoyed from the beginning to the end. The pacing was good, and a lot happens in the story, including Alayna's introduction to the paranormal elements in the town. This includes vampires, and shifters (the fact they aren't werewolves is a refreshing change), in the town of Juniper Grove.

What drew me in to the story were the characters. I thought that even as short a read as Destiny Awaits was, Jayden and Alayna were decently developed as far as their background, and I liked both of them. I also thought that Alayna was a strong character in her own right, despite what happens to her in the story. When they met, I thought the chemistry between the two of them was obvious, and they soon developed a deeper connection with the other. I enjoy paranormal romance in general, and I thought they were a good match, and enjoyed reading the interaction between the two.

Out of all the secondary characters, Sofia was my favorite. She seemed to be very level-headed, willing to listen, and I developed an instant liking for her, along with Kyle and Darren.

Since this book is just the first in a series, I'm interested in reading more about Alayna and Jayden. A good paranormal romance, my rating is 4/5 platypires.
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