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Monday, July 28, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Destiny Awaits (Juniper Grove Chronicles #1) by Jaidis Shaw


After my first reaction of excitement that I had when the opportunity arose to read a book written by a person that I like, knowing her from our blog collaborations, a fear crept regarding the situation in which I would have to tell her that her story didn’t meet my expectations. Fortunately, it was not the case.

Destiny Awaits is a sweet story where the normal is smoothly replaced by paranormal in a game of destiny in which are intertwined: sadness with happiness, love with hate, despair with hope. A story in which love is felt without needing erotic overtones, which makes it suitable for young readers who want to discover the fantasy genre, but also for those who are already familiar with this genre.

Along with the main thread of the story were launched another routes possible to be followed that will feed the readers’ curiosity. The pace of events is gradually quickened, there is unpredictable, thrill and, as the story develops, the peaceful and dreamily atmosphere is forgotten and things get serious because victims and executioners, betrayal and unlikely alliances, bloody clashes will appear.

The characters respect their classical typology while enjoying some attributes that gives them freshness. Jaidis knew how to introduce them so that there is doubt about their intentions and their rating as good or bad is not certain nor final; friends or enemies, each of them will influence the course of things and some of them you hope that you will see more. Along the story, the main characters acquire new features and so they gain consistency, Destiny Awaits veiledly representing Alayna’s maturation.

Jaidis Shaw's writing style is attractive, fluid, and it makes you read regardless of your age along with the young adult readers that will find among humor, action and the excitement of first love, also some advices that they should keep in mind.

I’m glad that Destiny Awaits is just the first volume of the series because Jaidis opened several possibilities and introduced nice characters that promise us future wonderful fantasy adventures.

About the author:
Jaidis Shaw currently resides in South Carolina with her husband and beautiful daughter (with another daughter on the way). With a passion for reading, Jaidis can always be found surrounded by books and dreaming of new stories. She enjoys challenging herself by writing in different genres and currently has several projects in the works.

Jaidis also owns and operates Juniper Grove Book Solutions, voted Top Three for Best Promotional Firm, Site, or Resource in the 2013 Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll. In her spare time, Jaidis maintains her two blogs, Juniper Grove and Blooming with Jaidis. One of her main goals in life is to encourage her daughters to let their imaginations run wild.


Cheryl R said...

I also live in SC, in the Upstate. I think this book sounds fun and interesting. I really liked the review.

joe hawk said...

Awesome cover looks cool.

Jaidis said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed the story!

Librarian Lavender said...

I love the sound of this book, great review and wonderful giveaway!

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Elena said...

thank you for the giveaway!

Mel Borhi said...

Great giveaway!

stacey dempsey said...

Thank you for the review and the giveaway

collenga said...

Great review and trailer! Can't wait to read it

Cyndi F said...

loved the review and the book sounds great thank you

sandybook said...

thanks for the giveaway! :)

molliekatie said...

Ahhh! I have that exact same worry, about loving the person but not loving their writing. I'm so thrilled you weren't disappointed by Jaidis Shaw!! :) Thank you for the giveaway!

Amanda Sakovitz said...

thanks for the chance

Thomas Murphy said...

sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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