Series: Destiny #2
Author: Cindy Ray Hale
- Les Mis. Just like in the first book, the characters were rehearsing for their upcoming production of Les Mis. Since I’m a huge fan of the musical, I loved all of the references to the show and the parallels between the play and the characters’ real lives.
- Isaac. There were a few things that Isaac did in this book that really endeared him to me. I don’t want to go into too much about what they were, but he came off as a pretty great guy in this book.
- Hannah. Again, I don’t want to go into any details, but Hannah has her own storyline in this book that I really enjoyed. I can’t wait to find out more about what happens with her.
- Preston. I really liked Preston in the first book (I remember kind of thinking that maybe Destiny would have been better off with him than Isaac) and I loved him even more in this book. Some of the chapters in this book were told from Preston’s point of view, and he totally won me over. Preston just seems like an amazing guy. First of all, he worked so hard to hold his family together in the face of his mother’s illness, I couldn’t help but feel miserable for him when his life was falling apart. And then he was willing to give Destiny a shoulder to cry on – listening to her misery about Isaac and never trying to tell her, “I told you so.” When Destiny and Preston first started to transition to something more than friends, he was so sweet and caring, never wanting to push her or take advantage of her sadness over Isaac. I was pretty much a huge Preston fan. Only problem was, I knew I was probably rooting for the wrong guy. Which brings me to –
- Destiny and Preston. I just said how much I loved Preston, but just by reading the synopsis, I knew that things were not going to go smoothly for him and Destiny. And they didn’t. I couldn’t help but be horrified and sad over the way that Destiny ended up treating Preston (and Isaac, really – read the next bullet point for that one).
- Lack of communication. If you read my reviews often, you know that I hate it when relationships go bad simply because of a lack of communication. This is definitely a pet peeve of mine, and that’s exactly what happened here. When Destiny finds out Isaac’s secret, she completely refuses to talk to him – ever again. She doesn’t even give him five minutes to explain himself, read any of his texts or listen to any of his messages. She completely ignores him. Making me even crazier, she would then pout to herself when he didn’t continue to try desperately to get her attention – even months later. I just found the whole thing aggravating and found myself not feeling particularly sympathetic where Destiny and Isaac were concerned.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own***
About the Author
Cindy Ray Hale is a Young Adult author and a book blogger. She lives in a little slice of wooded heaven near Atlanta, Georgia. She spends way too much time following up-and-coming musicians on YouTube and dreams of joining their ranks one day. She’s a bit of a health food nut and can’t live without her daily green smoothies. She tries to stay sane as she juggles writing with four kids, staying active on social media, and keeping up her book blog – Cinnamon Cindy’s Book Blog. In addition to writing and self-publishing two Young Adult Contemporary novels, she has also written articles for New Era magazine and The American Preppers Network.