There have literally been hundreds of books written about angels, demons, and the apocalypse, especially recently with the surge in popularity of Paranormal and Young Adult books. When I first heard that I would be doing a review of Katherine Polillo’s Destine, and got to read a short blurb about it, I figured that this would be yet another typical book about angels and such, but I was so wrong. I was completely and utterly wrong, and boy am I glad that I was!
We meet Michelle Cross, a typical, “normal,” seventeen year old living in Shady Lane, New Jersey. She is one of those girls that like to blend in and go unnoticed and she has done a great job of that for her first seventeen years. She has spent the past five years hiding the fact that her mother is schizophrenic, believing that her mother’s rants were simply those of a mentally impaired woman.
Michelle’s world is turned upside down when she meets the new boy in town (which is a rare event in a town as small as Shady Lane). He’s handsome, mysterious, and showing her attention that she doesn’t believe she deserves. Gabriel, the new student, knows more about Michelle and her family than he should, but it isn’t until he drops the bomb that he is an angel that she finds her world is about to completely change.
How do you deal with finding out that your new boyfriend was an angel? How do you deal with the fact that you are responsible for saving humanity? Between the Horsemen of the Apocalypse breathing down her neck and the Antichrist making her life a living hell, Michelle is completely overwhelmed. Did I mention the demons of hell? Yeah, it goes there and so much farther!
I absolutely fell in love with the characters in this book. Michelle seems so timid and wary at the beginning, but by the end she has embraced her destiny and shows her warrior strength. And let’s not forget about Gabriel! Yowza! They just don’t make guys like him around here, I’ll tell you that much. The story keeps you on your toes, guessing what could possibly happen next, and you will not see them coming. Katherine Polillo has captured my curiosity and her characters have captured my heart. This is one of the best debut novels that I have had the pleasure of reading and I will be anxiously bouncing in my seat until she releases the next book! **Hint Hint**
So please, head over and buy this book. I honestly fell in love with every aspect of it and once I finish writing this review I will probably go back and read it again! What can I say? When you find something as great as this, how can you walk away?
Find yourself finished Destine and impatiently awaiting book 2? Look no further! A special sneak peak just for you!
Read on to find out how Michelle’s mother was blessedly cursed with her second sight.
Welcome to Madame Zola’s
The cool, crisp October air caresses your skin. The scent of hot dogs and popcorn hangs heavy on the air. A chill climbs your spin as you wonder into the darkness. The carnival music fades behind you. The incessant buzzing of games, music of rides and the screams from cheap thrills slowly fades away into the background as you approach a tent placed on the outskirts of the fair grounds. Again the breeze kicks up, reminding you that winter hangs like an ominous cloud over the October night. The smells of the carnival are replaced as the thick, rich scent of incense reaches your nose. The rich burgundies and golds of the tent lure you towards it, away from your companions and reality. The smooth texture of the tent slips along your fingers as you pull the curtain back and prepare to enter.
“Come in, let me tell you a story,” a woman calls from inside the tent. She is hard to see amongst the candle light and incense’s smoke. You feel uneasy, but your feet more of their own fruition, and you find yourself seated in front of this woman. A large crystal ball lays on the table in front of you, candles are lit and flicker in the breeze that has followed you into the tent, her gold hoop earrings twinkle in the fire light, and a large all seeing eye graces the wall of the tent. “I have much to tell you,” the woman replies as she leans towards you and over her crystal ball. The ball begins to glow and you are transfixed by the images that begin to appear and the story that is about to be told.
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Author Bio: Katherine Polillo originally planned to grow-up and run away with the circus, but after realizing that she had a debilitating fear of heights that squashed her dreams of being a tight ropewalker, she instead pursued a career in education. She currently teaches high school history and fabricates fictional stories in her free time. She never really out grew her imaginary friend’s stage, and instead has created lives and stories for the creations of her imagination to live in. When she is present in reality and not off on an adventure with her imaginary friends, she lives in a small, New Jersey town with her husband and their two spoiled rotten, ungrateful cats.