Wednesday 13 November 2013

Review & Giveaway ~ Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale.

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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 and it runs from November 5 till November 25. To follow the tour, check out the schedule on the Destiny blog tour page.

Destiny Title: Destiny (Destiny Trilogy #1).
Author: Cindy Ray Hale.
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary Romance.
Release Date: November 5, 2013.

Purchase Links: Amazon Kindle ; Amazon Paperback ; Smashwords ; B&N

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 Misérables, 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 Misérables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.


I’ve never really read a book about love conflicted with religion. Not that I stay away from these kind of stories but I don’t know a whole lot about any religion so feel I’d find it hard to understand and relate.

However, with Destiny, Cindy Ray Hale made it such an easy read. She taught me about Christianity, and how things are different for Mormons and a lot of other things I didn’t know. Yet it didn’t feel like I was reading a lecture on religion as instead the story flowed really well and I grew to love it.

I really liked the character of Destiny. At times she was reserved and quiet and then there were other times when she’d really stand up for what she believed in and I thought the way her character was developed throughout really got me on her side.

I also loved how Cindy Ray Hale developed the character of Isaac. I’m not sure if people will have mixed feelings on him, because there’s times when I found him a bit of a jerk and other times when I thought he was sweet. But I loved his complicated character.

There were some other really interesting characters too, such as Michael and Preston. The author definitely develops characters and their personalities well. I just wanted to learn about them all.

I can’t really think of much I didn’t like about Destiny. At times I did find it a little slow and maybe would have liked a bit more to be going on, but then I never really lost interest.

Okay, at times it was a little bit mushy and predictable. But I kinda like reading mushy and predictable.

Overall, it was a really well written, emotional book which had me interested and immersed right from the beginning the whole way through. Destiny is not a book to be missed.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon

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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, she’s an avid reader and a social media junkie. She starts her morning by writing with a freshly-blended berry spinach smoothie next to her. She’s obsessed with Les Misérables, playing the piano, and stalking up-and-coming musicians on YouTube. Destiny is her first book and will be available for purchase November 2013.

Connect with Cindy: Website ; Destiny Website ; Blog ; Facebook ; Twitter ; Goodreads ; Google+ ; Pinterest


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  1. Thanks for a great review Sophie! I have to admit I'm a bit of a sucker for mushy and predictable too. : )

    1. You're welcome. :) We're all a sucker for it at times I think!


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