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Destiny (New Avalon) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 9, 2013
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About the Author
Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write fantasy books for teens. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight. Andrea has written five more books since: * Nature's Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2 * Striker's Apprentice: The Chosen, Book 3 * Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy * Fate: New Avalon, book 2, a YA fantasy * My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease. She is currently writing the fourth book in The Chosen series. Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies. You can visit Andrea on her website or Google+
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Yes, you heard me correctly. She is a witch with powers and is a descendant of the Lady of the Lake from her favorite story, "King Arthur". Suddenly she finds that she is someone special and learns of her heritage. The stories she had heard since childhood are not just stories but true and she is part of them! But with all these special qualities come some responsibilities and Elena is introduced to new facts, new people and a completely new world where there is magic and nothing is impossible! Elena is sent to Avalon, the mysterious and known-only-to-some island where she is to learn to control her abilities and prepare herself for her future responsibilities. But can she adapt to her new self?
Will she be able to control and nurture her abilities?
Andrea Buginsky's book, Destiny, made me remember the Harry Potter series. New Avalon, which is the school for witches is similar to Hogwarts in Harry Potter. The lessons and scenarios also remind of Harry Potter while Elena is also somewhat like Harry. She is nervous, confused and just like Harry overwhelmed by her new experiences and new surroundings.
The story, though, written expertly would have been more effective had it been a bit longer and more pages were devoted to develop the world of Avalon with some adventures thrown in to capture my attention. I felt the book is too short and everything just felt a tad superfluous. Although, a prophecy of evil rising when the successor to the Lady of the Lake is chosen is mentioned but we don't get a glimpse of it in this book. Also I just didn't completely connect with the characters. Had I been told that I was a witch with special telekinesis powers, I would have been completely shocked, disbelieving and would have had a much major reaction to this than Elena, who I thought accepted this revelation too quickly and too easily like it was an everyday occurrence and no big deal!
The cover , though very catchy, doesn't do justice to the story and I could not guess what the story is about by just looking at it.
The description of Avalon is admirably done which creates an image of the island and successfully creates an aura of mystery around it.
"Near the coast of England, just off the NE side, is a very small island. So small, it's not on any map, and few people know about its existence. Because of air bouncing off of water, it is always covered in foggy mist. The people who know of this place call this island Avalon, as did those before them."
"It was one of those only-those-who-know-what-it-really-is-go-there places. Everyone else just thought it was a small, uninhabited island."
A quick and satisfactory read. Destiny mainly prepares a foundation for the successive books which I believe will develop more on Elena's life and future adventures. The series has potential and the author's writing crisp which will definitely make the reader anticipate the next book in the series. If you a Harry Potter fan or love the fantasy world of wizards and witches then this book is for you. I give it a 3.8 out of 5 and will definitely checkout the next book when it comes out.
This review is also available on blog Njkinny's World of Books..
Elena, nearing her sweet 16, lives her life with her family and loves school - even though she is constantly harassed by the mean girls. Then, she finds out her life is about to change because the fairy tales she read as a child are real. She not only has a destiny that has been passed on for generations, but she has powers she must learn to control. When she visits her mentor, Isabel, at New Avalon, Elena finally finds the acceptance she has yearned for. I loved the message that you have to accept yourself as well and not just rely on validation from others.
Everyone should have a mentor like Isabel! I loved the characters. I loved the descriptions of New Avalon and the cool classes Elena takes. Destiny has a great message, is a great read, and I am anxious to learn more about Elena's adventures at New Avalon.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I'm so glad I did!
The dialogue sometimes felt stiff or disjointed. I doubt younger readers would really pick up on these two things, however.
I think young readers will be able to relate to Elena and her struggles at high school. For those that like fantasy and magic, they will also enjoy reading about Elena’s time in Avalon and how her powers grow. This book is pretty well rounded, and accessible for young or struggling readers.
In a few days it would be her sweet 16 and she was excited to see her Aunt Isabel who was flying in for the party. As they gathered for the party, her mom gave her a special necklace that was the same as hers, aunt Isobel's, and her grandmothers. Then she was told that the book she was given at age ten and had read a million times was all true, that The Lady in the Lake was her great, great, great. great grandmother and at school break Isabel and she would travel to Avalon, a place she thought was fiction..........
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