Warning: If you haven't read the first book, Meeting Destiny, I would not recommend reading this review of the second book. I do, however, recommend you read Meeting Destiny!
There was no reason for Lauren to be in a coma. Her physical injuries had healed, but she had been non-responsive for so long that her doctor's told her family and Max to move on. She awoke to find her life in a shambles; the man she loved was gone, her friends had moved on with their lives, and her family was ripped apart by her accident. No one knew of the evil forces watching, waiting for her in the shadows, in the lonely corners, even in the eyes of those she loved. Lauren needed to reclaim her destiny, to get her life back; the last thing she ever suspected was Destiny's Revenge.
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
A new tone is set in Destiny's Revenge, the second book of the Destiny trilogy. There is an underlying feel of foreboding that radiates from the pages as the story progresses. I did not anticipate the turn that Destiny's Revenge took, I was completely blown away!
Now the hard part is going to be highlighting the story in a way that gives nothing away. Here it goes! Differences, Lauren and Max have both changed, they have both matured, but that is not the only difference. Their destiny was altered, consequently altering them as individuals. They each have a strenuous journey of re-discovery as they each battle their inner turmoils. Max is more hardened, which is to be expected, but he still very much has the ability to make the female readers' feel fluttery butterflies. In my eyes, Max is more desirable in Destiny's Revenge. Lauren has amped up her likableness by multitudes. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved her in Meeting Destiny, but she has grown into a more commendable, resolute young woman. She relies more on herself, only asking for help when she truly needs it. There is sparse interaction with secondary characters, but the reader won't be lacking as their attention is captured and held by Lauren. There are a few new characters that are introduced, some more amiable than others. There are two additions that I truly loved and was shocked and happy Nancy Straight chose to introduce them. They added to the story, complementing Lauren and Max's characters. Nancy Straight also slips in a treat for her fans in the form of Max's perspective. That's right, we get to delve into his psyche! I can only hope that we will get continued glimpses in the third and final installment, Destiny's Wrath!
All I can say, you better be prepared to pick your jaw up off the ground! I was capsized by a rogue wave, and that is how I will equate it: to being hit by a huge wave, sucked under, tossed around until you can't decipher which way is up or down. Then once you finally surface, you are left gasping for air trying to find your equilibrium. In one word: intense! The wheels in your head will be constantly spinning as new aspects are laid out in front of you. You lean to one side, then maybe start to lean to the other. You will have no idea who to believe or how it will end! The emotions are also more raw, almost gritty. And that is all I will say about the plot!
Nancy Straight is an exceptional author that goes above and beyond any expectations. She successfully ensnares the readers attention, never relinquishing the hold until you have the the last book in your hands, ready to shun the world and continue the adventure of Lauren and Max.