Book 1 of 2015: Destinata by Nicole Daffurn

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Charlie Dawson has turned eighteen. She’s now an adult and can do what she likes when she likes. But she finds herself parentless, living with friends and working at a nearby café.
One night out of curiosity, she follows her neighbor Zane into the woods that surround her hometown of Tole. Charlie gets a little more than she bargained for when he lets her in on Tole’s best-kept secret, the humans in town aren’t alone.
Charlie finds herself thrown into a world where humans are no longer the world’s most feared predator. She’s forced to become something she’s been destined to be since before her own birth.
Will she stand up to the test? Or will she ignore what has been fated to her?

Destinata is the first book in a science fiction series that deals with superhumans and the fate of mankind.

Let me begin with the writing. It wasn’t hard to get into the story. The book started off strong with a confrontation between the main character and another character. However, I felt the middle wasn’t as great as the first chapter or the last three.

Like I said before, the writing wasn’t difficult, but there were confusing moments in the dialogue and some editing issues that had me scratching my head. On more than one occassion, I did back up the book to make sure I understood what was going on.

That said, I wouldn’t say the book was bad. It wasn’t. It was more so-so for me. I didn’t have a steady handle on the main character until closer to the end and I wasn’t too sure how I felt about the way everything was executed. For instance, the reader isn’t given much about the world. You are literally in the dark.

HOWEVER, I can see how Daffurn may have intended that. Charlie is supposed to be sure with her life and world. It isn’t supposed to go crazy. Until it does. Since most of the book is through Charlie’s experiences, it would make sense for the reader to be confused. It’s because Charlie is confused.

There was a small romantic moment that felt forced for me as well. I didn’t have a great understanding of Charlie and she suddenly went intimate with a person I wouldn’t have given the situation. However, I’m not Charlie.

What is great about it though, is that Daffurn doesn’t do this again. The one awkward moment for me, as the reader, was the only awkward moment. The rest of the romance that does appear is put on hold due to Charlie sifting through all of the crazy. Which felt more realistic and I like that.

All in all, the book wasn’t terrible. There were moments I was confused, but I wasn’t turned off from reading. I would say that it is a moderate beginning. I wouldn’t mind seeing where the rest of the story goes, though. Charlie kind of grew on me and I would love to see what came to her mind just at the cliffhanger.

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