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Review: Destined

Destined by Aprilynne Pike will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

Destined is the fourth and final book in the Wings series by author Aprilynne Pike.

*** Goodreads description is spoiler-y for earlier books in the series***

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Goodreads description:

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.

Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.

Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to touch her hair behind her ear. He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn’t kiss her, just held her face to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching. 

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

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It has all come down to one final battle. A battle that will test everyone’s ability to remain strong against an enemy who is seemingly unstoppable.

One last chance to stand together to protect all of Avalon from the wrath of an enemy who knows no mercy. An enemy who will stop at nothing to win. And who will destroy everything and everyone who gets in their way.

As Laurel, Tamani, David and Chelsea prepare for the fight of their lives, they will discover an unlikely hero in their midst. Someone brave enough to take up arms and lead the charge. Someone who is willing to pay whatever price is required in order to defend Avalon against the onslaught of enemy forces. Someone who may not come through the battle unscathed.

Ill-prepared, up against the greatest threat Avalon ever faced and with the odds stacked against them, everyone will have to fight. Everyone will be in danger. And not everyone will survive.

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Destined is the thrilling, action-packed, nail-biting and bittersweet conclusion to Aprilynne Pike’s Wings series. This gripping and tension-filled story will keep readers on edge as they follow Laurel on one final adventure through Avalon that will put her and her friends in more danger than they’ve ever been in before.

With a whirlwind pace, deadly threats at every turn, an intense battle whose outcome will determine Avalon’s fate and a choice that will break someone’s heart, this story will captivate, tease, torment, surprise and delight. And with each twist, the suspense will continue to build, all leading up to the stunning and dramatic series conclusion.

Not missing a beat, Destined picks up where Illusions left off and drops readers right into the heart of the action. As the enemy draws near, amassing forces that are hellbent on destroying Avalon, time is winding down for Laurel and Tamani to find a way to protect their home.

And when David and Chelsea insist on following their friends into Avalon and into battle, it is even more important than ever for Tamani and Laurel to keep the enemy at bay as it won’t just be Avalon and their own lives that hang in the balance, but their friends’ lives that will be at stake.

Aprilynne Pike has wrapped up this series in a way that is as exciting as it is heart-rending. Questions will be answered. Sides will be chosen. Lives will be lost. Hearts will be broken. And no one will walk away untouched.

The tension is palpable. The dangers are electrifying. And the quick pace and enchanting storyline are absolutely riveting. Making Destined an absolute must for readers who love stories of faeries, magical worlds, dangerous foes and deadly battles.

And for fans of the series, Destined will make them fall in love with the characters all over again and give them one last chance to say goodbye.

Reviewer gives this book…

On a personal note:

My heart was in the pit of my stomach for this entire read. This was a series that I absolutely fell in love with as a reader. It was fun, it was charming, it was delightful. I never wanted it to end. And when I found out that this was to be the series ending book, I was heartbroken.

I loved the magic of Avalon. I loved Laurel and Tamani. I even loved the love triangle. Though it killed me. I wanted their story to keep going. I wanted to continue on the adventure. And now that it’s over, I just miss all of them.

Destined was a book I wasn’t expecting to have to read quite so soon. And while I thought there was plenty more story left for the characters, I think the author did a beautiful job of wrapping it up.

This series finale was gripping, nail-biting and totally tension-filled. And to say it was action-packed would almost be an understatement. The action started at the first page and it continued for the entire read. There wasn’t a dull moment. The author made every one of those moments exciting.

Which I was so unbelievably happy about. Because a lull would have given me the time to remember that this book was the final one and it would have made it that much harder to finish.

Not one single page was wasted. This is not one of those series books that goes along as if it’s not the finale and then wraps things up in the last twenty or so pages. The story builds to its conclusion, resolving things along the way, so everything didn’t feel crammed in at the end.

While I would have loved to see more of certain characters who either weren’t in this book or had only a small part to play, the characters I most wanted to see were there. And while there was something left up in the air about one minor character, it was not key to the story.

Do I wish there were more slow and intense moments between Laurel and Tamani? Sure. Of course I do. Loved those moments. Do I wish there was another book to say goodbye to them all? Absolutely. It’s always so tough to say goodbye to characters I love.

But would I change a thing about this book? No way. I think it was wonderful and sweet and heartbreakingly sad, and I loved it all. Including the moments that tore at my heart. Including the moments where tears blurred my vision so much so that I couldn’t read. And including that surprise extra bit at the end.

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I had quite a few favorite passages. One of them is in the Goodreads description and the rest of them are totally spoiler-y. So, I thought instead I’d share one that is a bit of a teaser yet doesn’t reveal too much… and no, I won’t reveal who it is.

Blackness descended around him. He had to get to her—he couldn’t live without her, didn’t know how. Didn’t know how to breathe in and out in a world she wasn’t a part of.

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I know this is the trailer for Spells but it’s one of my favorite book trailers and it totally applies to Destined:

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This review is based on an ARC I received through a trade.

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