Gabriella is a witch. The problem is, she doesn't remember. She
repressed the memories of her powers years ago when her mother
was murdered. Now, the warlock who was responsible for her
mother's death has set his sights on Gabriella. He is determined to use her fear to turn her to the dark side of magick…even if it kills her. Her mother's spirit is reaching out to warn her, but even that she pushes away. Desperate to save her daughter, the spirit finds a male witch– one that just happens to be in love with Gabriella.
Darron is more than willing to help but the two young witches will have way more to battle than just an evil warlock. There are overbearing jocks and petty rich girls who get tempers flaring and often set Gabriella and Darron at odds.
There is more to the story than Gabriella and Darron could even
imagine. There are terrible secrets to be revealed, battles to be
waged, and lives will be lost. Only after Gabriella and Darron both come to terms with who they really are, and open themselves up to the true meaning of magick, can they have any hope of fulfilling their destiny.
Destiny Rating: 4/5
Destiny Unveiled Rating: 5/5
I didn't know what to expect when I started this series, but it blew me away! I loved Destiny and Destiny Unveiled-they are brilliant books that are sure to charm.
I love the Wiccan theology that is used in these books. It was well explained and seamlessly woven throughout the books.
Gabriella was a wonderful heroine. She was strong and handled everything thrown at her with grace. My one issue with her was that, at the beginning of Destiny, I didn't understand why she was so relentlessly stubborn about denying her magic when it was so obvious. It was rather frustrating, which is why I knocked off a point for Destiny. But, after she learned to accept the truth about herself, she was a strong, determined character. Throughout the first and second book, she experiences so much character growth. She proves herself as a wise and powerful witch. She was definitely a kick-ass heroine.
Darron was SO amazing. This man was so sweet, I could hardly bear it. I adored him. He was a perfect hero-strong, clever, and determined to protect those he loves. With him, as with Gabby, we see a ton of character growth throughout the books. He goes through a lot of emotional hits in the series that make him a more sympathetic character as well as forcing him to grow. I think it's almost impossible to read these books and not adore Darron.
Gabriella and Darron had the sweetest relationship! It was immediately obvious how much they cared for each other and that only grow throughout the series. They were such an adorable couple-it was just heartwarming to see them together. I loved this couple.
The plot lines of both books were fast paced. Destiny was stalled a little by Gabby's denial of her true heritage, but it picked up once she accepted that she was a witch. Destiny Unveiled started off running and kept me hooked the entire way through. I'm pretty sure that there will be a third book, based on how Destiny Unveiled left off, so I'm waiting anxiously for word about that. I really hope there will be because I definitely want to see more of these characters.
Destiny and Destiny Unveiled are fantastic books that I adored. Any lover of YA paranormal romance, you should definitely give these books a try!
BTW, come back tomorrow for a guest post with the author of this series-Laura DeLuca!
*I received free copies in exchange for an honest review.
Today, I have a YA that sounds absolutely lovely: Blackbirch Woods by Meredith Anne DeVoe. Go forth and get it for free!
Willis is trapped in the dark of the forest night, bound to windborne creatures, unable to age, die, or live in the daytime. Violet is the girl next door. How can she save him from the dark? A book of despair, hope and redemption.