Saturday, July 19, 2014

Destined to Love (A Destined Novel) Jourdyn Kelly Book Review

Destined to Love (A Destined Novel) by Jourdyn Kelly
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Self Published
Published Date: May 2nd, 2014
eBook, 316 pages
Source: Author

Anala Geil has finally fulfilled her destiny to become the Leader of the Society of Hunters - 600 years AFTER she thought all Cursed Ones were gone. So far; she is a Cursed Hunter, has fallen in love with a fellow Hunter, had another Hunter turned, and lost Thomas - the one she had feelings for so long ago. She's doing great. The challenges that Ana and her Hunters must face now will either tear them apart, or bring them closer. But what will Ana do when she is forced to make the most difficult decisions of her long life? Will she be able to hold on to the humanity she feels is perilously close to shattering?
I have to admit when I see or think about the word vampire not only do I cringe, sometimes, I roll my eyes. This is in no way related to Twilight. It's just something about people, well sort of people, drinking the blood of some living human being that makes me feel sort of, sick. 

So I was a little apprehensive about starting this series initially and I'm so glad that I didn't allow my apprehensions deter me from reading book one. Book one wound up being one of my favorite books last year. Kelly has a way with telling a paranormal story and making it seem perfecting normal.

Anala is a vampire hybrid and she has all the good traits of  what a vampire should be, fierce, and determined, but she maintains a strong sense of humanity and that makes this vampire story stand out in the right way. 

Book one was a sort of introduction to Anala, and book two gives us more of her background and her introduction into ordinary life, and of course there's some romance. It's written so subtlety that it's easy to forget that it's even apart of the story but I think that's a good thing. No one wants instalove, least of all me. 

Sam, and Ana (Anala) relationship made me smile every time they interacted. They are so coy it's darling. The other characters also have strong appearances in the novel even though they are pretty much supporting, in a sense.

I really enjoyed this novel, just as much as I enjoyed the first one. Kelly's writing is subtle, and realistic and it entertains you effortlessly. You just find that you've read 100 or so pages and it doesn't at all feel like work.

I'm so intrigued by what will happen with these characters in the next book especially with the way it ended. I definitely think that Kelly is one of those Indie authors that will make a believer out of anyone who doubts that Indie authors have a place amongst those that are traditionally published. 
Loved it, can't wait for book three!
5 books!


  1. Great review. This book is new to me but I'm curious now after reading your thoughts on the story. I know what you mean about the vampire concept. It makes me cringe, too. But if there's a good story in there I'll try to get past that. Once again, good review.

    1. Oh, btw this is book two. Look out for book one, Destined to Kill. If you decide to check it out.