Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Destiny Binds by Tammy Blackwell Review

Destiny Binds
Author: Tammy Blackwell   
ISBN: 1460918681 (ISBN13: 9781460918685)
Release Date: 
March 3rd 2011
Format : ebook
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Werewolves,
Shapeshifters, Paranormal, Fantasy
Timber Wolves Trilogy #1


Scout Donovan is a girl who believes in rules, logic, and her lifelong love of Charlie Hagan. Alex Cole believes in destiny, magic, and Scout. When Alex introduces Scout to the world of Shifters, men who change into wolves or coyotes during the full moon and Seers, women who can see your most private thoughts and emotions with a mere touch, the knowledge changes everything and everyone Scout thought she knew.

My Thoughts on the Book
Let me say this, this book was so exciting! I just couldn't stop reading this book, I had to know what happens next. Who would have thought that a book about werewolves and Shapeshifter Coyotes would be so good? Though I did find some parts a bit annoying, as parts would seem to go by too quickly, and it left me confused at a climatic scene. Despite this, it does leave a reader wanting more after the big twist.

Scout is the main girl of this story, described as a normal girl who's not really pretty. It doesn't help when she thinks that way of herself as well. It should be noted that Scout isn't her real name, but rather a nickname she came up for herself. She somehow catches the attention of two boys, one name Charlie who is her step-brother's cousin. The other is Alex who is new to town and catches her attention right away. She has always had a crush on Charlie and wished his feelings were the same as hers, but she feels that she's not pretty enough for him or Alex. Though her fears of her looks soon disappears when she starts getting closer to Alex and learn things about him she never thought was possible. Despite the set up for a serious love triangle, Scout spends most of her time with Alex. She's barely seen with Charlie. For his part, Charlie cares a lot about Scout though he hides his true feelings for her, and he's kind and fun to be around. Alex is straight forward with his feelings, though he has known Scout for a long time and couldn't hide his feelings for her. He did anything he could to get Scout to talk to him and he truly loves her and would do anything for her, even at the cost of his own life.  Talley is Scout's best friend, right from the start you knew something was up with her and you don't find out what till near the middle of the book. She knows more about things then even Scout and despite that Scout doesn't stop being Talley's friend. Talley only wants to help everyone she is truly a good person. Scout also has a cute younger sister that helps her be with Alex quite a few times and helps keep it a secret from Jace (her step-brother) and Charlie

The romance in this book is cute between Scout and Alex. She doesn't believe he could ever love her with how she looks, but he tells her differently. He loves her looks and everything about her. The small moments they have together is sweet, and with the help of Scout's sister Angel, they spend time together unknown to Jace and Charlie. The romance between Scout and Charlie is very little, and you know that Scout has feelings for Charlie. When they do interact in a romantic sense, you wonder why did Charlie only acted on his feelings when Alex arrived, and why act at all when he has a girlfriend.

The plot is mostly centered by the new arrivals of the Cole brothers. Right away Scout's brother doesn't like them, and Scout had no idea why. Jace nor Charlie would tell her. This made her suspicious as to why they wanted her to stay away from Alex. Scout though soon learns the truth about what Alex really is and soon after she learns what Jace and Charlie are. In the end though she has to choose one and her choice may cause an accident she never knew would come. This story is so much like Romeo and Juliet from being star crossed lovers who weren't allowed to be together at all or risk Alex being killed. To the ending which would leave you both shocked on how it could just end like that. Near the ending though you wonder what happen with Charlie when Scout tells Jace he doesn't want to see them. It made me feel like he was forgotten when they skipped the hospital part to go straight to something I can't spoil.


I love the overall look and feel with the image of this book. You can see right away that it's about werewolves and that it takes place in a forest. What I have a problem with is the huge author's name right at the top of the book. It really distracting from the overall feel of the book. Though it is counter weighted with the title of the book down below, I believe they could have done better with the author's name placement and size.

I've fallen in love this series, and I already have the second book. I highly recommend this book if you like werewolves!

4 out of 5 Howling Wolves

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