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I picked up Destiny Binds on the strength of a 5 star review from Wadingthrougheink.com. And boy was it worth the 99 cents- a bargain, really. I went into the book expecting a regular, old, YA paranormal romance with all the common tropes: girl likes mysterious new boy in town, girl realizes supernatural beings exist. Love triangle occurs.
And basically that's what happens in the small town of Timber, Kentucky to Scout (Her real name is Harper Lee). She and her stepbrother, Jase, (who acts like a twin) are enjoying their senior year of high school. Jase is popular and athletic. Scout is a fringe dweller. But a new boy comes to their school who can't stop staring at Scout. Jase gets all weird and aggressive, basically forbidding Scout any contact with the boy. But when a teacher assigns them to write articles together; Scout begins to enjoy the new boy's company against her will.
I dithered over my rating for this book. I can't, in good conscience, give this book only 4 stars. The writing is tight, there was no place in the action where I was waiting for something to happen or tempted to skip over scenes. Scout is deliciously snarky and vulnerable at the same time. Her conversations with Jase and best friend Talley are a hoot and half. Pop references (Kim Possible! Buffy! Laurell K Hamilton!) and modern slang pepper their banter in a realistic, not-trying-too-hard way. (Author turns out to be a YA Librarian, and her command of high school culture clearly shows) .
I stayed up all night reading to find out how Scout would reconcile her relationship with Alex (new boy) and her stepbrother's aggression with her own deep-seated crush on Jase's cousin. I was tempted to 5 star this book just on the basis of Scout's slow, self-realized, non-dithering relationship growth with Alex. She doesn't leave two boys dangling like so many other YA heroines. She makes a choice.
But there was one, little issue that keeps this from being a full-hearted 5. One, I give 5's usually to books that immerse me so fully in the story that I am in love with the world and characters. This one comes close, but there are a few places where the story resorts to summarizing, instead of showing, Scout's actions or the growth of Scout/Alex's feelings, and those few times I remember looking up, blinking, feel cheated out of delicious YA romance.
The ending cliffhanger was okay with me. I have no problem with the courageous and irrevocable (I hope irrevocable) choice the author makes with Alex's character. I can't wait to see how all the ramifications play out over the next book (which I have already bought.)
Really, this is a great book (safe to be accidentally read by my fourth grader) and a total steal at 99 cents.
This Book's Snack Rating: Like a whole bag of Sour cream and onion kettle chips for the terrific, edgy flavor of the banter and the addictive crunch of Scout's POV
I was pulled into this book in a way I haven't been pulled into a book in a while. I was extremely thrilled by it, and I read the entire thing in one sitting. It was unreal. I laughed and I laughed, I fell in love with the characters, I got angry and emotional and then I cried and cried because it didn't go the way I'd been hoping it was going to go. I can honestly say that I felt everything that the main character (Scout) was feeling and I couldn't get enough. I'm so ready for the second book in the series, because I want some answers.
Scout Donovan is anything but average. She stands out in a way that makes her uncomfortable. People are constantly staring at her and she doesn't like it. She's witty and sarcastic and all around great! Her brother, Jase, is the all around American boy. He's an athlete and popular and he loves her, but he's hiding something from her and she knows it, but he's not talking. His cousin, Charlie, has been the love of Scout's life for most of her life, but she's never told him that and doesn't plan to. But, he's hiding something from her as well, and every time she asks, she gets the typical 'It's complicated.' response. Then, Alex Cole shows up and his arrival turns Scout's world upside down. She finds herself questioning every thing about every one she knows.
All in all, this is a fabulous piece of work. As I previously stated, I haven't been pulled into a book like I was pulled into this one in a while. If you're doubting that you'd want to read it, please don't. You won't be disappointed and I can assure you that you'll be just as anxious as I am to get to the next part of the story.
Good work, Tammy Blackwell! I'm looking forward to more from this series!