Thursday, December 4, 2014

Frank Peretti meets a modern day Treasure Island! Review of Destiny Defied.

About the book:

Destiny Defied | Book One in The Destiny series.

A dramatic shipwreck emancipates Riki Hammad, but the island where she finds refuge is compromised. Unless she finds a power truly great enough to defeat her dark past, she will choose death over returning to captivity. Lord V├ętis, high priest of a cultic underground, will stop at nothing to reclaim their chosen one. Using black magic, he manipulates Riki and her four self-assigned bodyguards, triggering a battle that consumes the entire island. The underground will never allow Riki to live out her dreams of a normal life . . . something she has never known.

My review: 

I really enjoyed this imaginative, exciting book!  It was a good mix of action, spiritual warfare, humor, and a little bit of romance.  The four young Christian guys who found her on the brink of death were each unique and brought something interesting to the story.  I liked the intelligence Sabio brought, the music and fun antics of Jase, and especially the strength and adventure of Isaac.  Their spiritual discussions were enlightening as they tried to figure out what was going on with Riki and wondering whether they could trust her or not.  I loved that they resolved to treat her with respect and to help her remain modest, even while one of them started to fall for her.  I admired Riki's strength and determination to carry on after everything that had happened to her and her sense of adventure.  There's some description of her horrible childhood, but nothing graphic.  I loved the different viewpoints, too.  The spiritual aspects were very cool and a little creepy and in line with what the Bible teaches.  There were a few times where a statement or word didn't make sense to me and I got a little frustrated with the boys' indecision over whether to trust her or not, but those were minor annoyances.  The story does end on a bit of a cliffhanger and I can't wait to read the next one!  I recommend this book to teens and adults who like to read stories filled with adventure and spiritual warfare!

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author: J.A. loves writing embattled spirit novels --- adventure and suspense with supernatural undertones. On the side, she dabbles in non-fiction articles and e-zine editing. J.A. owes many thanks Jerry Jenkins and the Christian Writer's Guild for their support and education.

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