Thursday, October 29, 2015

Shaping Destiny by Heather Monroe, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Paranormal, Romance
Publisher~ self
Published~ December 8, 2014

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
Nineteen-year-old Leah Hawk must finish a war that started one hundred years ago . . . but she can't do it alone. When Leah leaves the comfort of her overprotective parents' home and of her small hometown for the first time, she heads to college with her longtime boyfriend, Jared. From the day she gets there she repeatedly notices a man watching from afar. The feelings from their brief contacts are not only scary and conflicting, but they also always leave her with an unexplainable feeling of longing to be with him. Between the supernatural pull that this mystery man has on her, her boyfriend's jealousy, and the attacks from the revengeful Spark family, Leah feels a little overwhelmed. On top of all of it, she must learn to accept the fact that she is the only living shape-shifter in her family. With the strength of her true love, who is the key to her gift of shift, she will embrace her destiny. When the war comes knocking on her front door she doesn't back down, not until blackness consumes her. 

My Thoughts
Overall I enjoyed the story.  I did think some parts of the story jumped a bit, but not in such a way that the story was lacking or hard to follow.  The story would have stronger if it had more detail. However, the premise of the story and the interactions between the characters were quite entertaining.

I thought the build up to showing her paranormal aspect was done very well, but I was confused by how easily she accepted the idea of shifting, her ability to do it, her parents hiding it from her, etc.  I would have loved to see more behind the relationship with Jared and his history.  Admittedly I do not enjoy love triangles so I was not surprised to see that I was not a fan of this grouping, but again that might be because of how fast the story was told.  I did like her rescuer.  He sounds very interesting and I liked how his character built throughout the entire story. I also enjoyed the way HM set up her scenes and secondary characters.

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Disclaimer~ I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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