YA Book Review

Destiny by Rita Chapman

The Book:

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Book Title: Destiny

Book Author: Rita Chapman

Page Count: 378

Publishing Date: September 19th, 2017

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Co.

Date Read: January 9th, 2018

Synopsis: Centuries in the future vampires rule earth, though they are not as powerful as they used to be.

Liberty has grown and developed into a strong human she is committed to being the Life Partner of the emperors adoptive son David, and is now a princess in her own right.

She and her friends are still looking for the last of the Sky Dwellers someone who is needed to help Liberty fulfill the destiny scripted for her before her birth.

The princess faces many trials, and is even given the option that the path she follows might not be the only one, as there may be a rival script. This other option is presented to her by a being who dwells in the lower levels of the castle, someone she is drawn to and is the complete opposite of her Life Partner.

In part two of the saga Liberty must develop her own powerful inner strength and be wise enough to start making her own decisions.

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The Review:

Destiny is full of danger, betrayal, and intrigue. It is told from the perspective of Liberty, the “freedom child”, in a dystopian world where vampires rule over humans. This story is unique and offers a vastly different take on vampires and the future world.

Like book 1, Liberty, Destiny was written as if we were reading Liberty’s journal, minus the entry dates. It effectively brought me in to her thoughts, but was still a little awkward to read. It had a few nice moments of originality and excitement, but was honestly a little anticlimactic.

The idea behind the story of Liberty was highly unique. I still loved the fact that she was a “life partner” to a ruling vampire, and I enjoyed some of the world building involving the different classes of vampires, humans, and planet dwellers. Chapman created an astounding futuristic world with fast traveling and sci-fi technology, and combined it with a fantasy world of different types of creatures and abilities.

Though this one did not keep my attention as well as book 1, there were still bits of the story that made me want to continue reading to find out what happened. I enjoyed the mysticism behind Liberty’s “destiny,” and the guiding spirit that kept contacting her. I enjoyed her protector, Theo, who was courageous, loving, and strong. And, I enjoyed the descriptiveness of the different parts of the planet, and the different types of planet dwellers, such as the earth and forest dwellers.

I just wish there was more excitement and mystery. I wish the writing style hadn’t been so long winded and over descriptive. The dialogue and character development was very lacking, and I felt like I knew Liberty’s every move, but never found out the true plot line.

The book had several entertaining qualities, but just fell a little short for me. In comparison to the maturity level of Liberty’s voice from book 1, it felt more developed, which showed me that the author had worked on allowing the reader to feel that Liberty was maturing and becoming more independent. The story had moments where shocking secrets were revealed, and had a few surprising twists, but sometimes lacked finesse. The ending was a bit of a let down too. 2.5 stars.



Thank you to Steve with Author Marketing Ideas for sending me this free e-book in exchange for my honest review.

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