Young Adult Review: Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale


Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale

Age Range: young adult (12 and up)

Series: The Destiny Trilogy
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: Cindy Ray Hale (October 31, 2013)
Language: English

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Inspirational

Source: Requested from author for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly
infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster’s son at her Baptist high
school. When they’re cast together in the school’s production of Les
Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly
humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage. As
their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has
developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and
the fact that he has a girlfriend. But will they be able to find their
place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world? Weaving
around Destiny and Isaac’s alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first
book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Misérables and
explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.

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About the Author:

 Cindy Ray Hale lives in Tennessee with her husband and four children. In
addition to being a writer, she’s an avid reader and a social media
junkie. At the age of 17, she wrote a short story, “Instant Harmony”
which later appeared in the April 2000 issue of “New Era,” the official
magazine for the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. Destiny is her first book. For more information on Cindy’s
upcoming books check out her website at or follow her on Twitter

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My Thoughts on Destiny:

This book has such an interesting dynamic to it. At first I felt like
Destiny was a little whiny about the way she perceived other people
treated her. As the story progressed and I got to know the characters
more, I grew to like her and sympathize with her. I also fell head over
heels in love with Isaac. He was such a gentleman and just a good person
all around. Call me crazy, but I was also kind of cheering for Preston.

Destiny is very sweet and she takes her religious convictions seriously.
I like the way both she and Isaac try to do what they believe is right.

There is a lot of prejudice, judgement, and bigotry that both kids have
to deal with. I don’t know if people really are that judgmental, but I
certainly hope not. Both of their parents made me cringe with their
biases. I’m really interested to see what the next book has in store for
a Destiny and Isaac.

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Disclaimer: I requested a copy of the book for review which the author provided.  This did not affect my review in any way.

Sneak Peak at Book #2!

 <<<<  I’m loving this cover!  I was surprised to find out that the boy on the cover is not Isaac, but Preston.  Yes, Preston!  I may not have wasted my cheering efforts for him after all. 🙂  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Isaac dearly, but I liked Preston too.

When her parents discover she’s been sneaking out with Isaac Robinson, the forbidden Baptist boy, Mormon girl Destiny Clark decides it’s time to keep their relationship quiet. As their relationship moves to shakier ground, Destiny discovers that Isaac has a terrible secret, and she is left completely shattered.

The moment Destiny feels all hope is lost, Preston Nelson, her longtime church friend and Isaac’s bitter rival, arrives like a beacon of light. It isn’t long before two separate disasters strike for Preston and Destiny’s best friend, Hannah. As Destiny helps them through their issues, she discovers that sometimes the best way to forget about your own problems is to help a friend in need.

Just as her heart begins to mend and her friendship with Preston begins to heat up, Isaac walks back into her life, threatening to rekindle the feelings she’d hoped to bury forever. Will Destiny and Preston find the synchrony they so desperately need, or will she find a way to forgive Isaac and return to his outstretched arms?

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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    February 6, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I'm so excited for the next book! I don't know what to do about the Preston information in the next book… I hope everything's done right. Happy you enjoyed Destiny. I don't remember finding her whiny but I was a little annoyed with Issac towards the end.

    • Reply
      February 6, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Really? I can't think of anything he did at the end to make me unhappy. I was a little nervous about the Preston situation, but the synopsis makes it sound like everything works out for the best. I can't wait to read it!

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    Tressa S
    February 8, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Ahh. You got the chance to read this. It was pretty heavy on the judging (religiously). I think that most people aren't that way, but I do know of people that are, so I can't say that it isn't realistic in certain cases. I don't know that I liked how her parents reacted to Isaac either. Definitely very unfortunate regardless of what religion the person being badly treated is. I am curious about the next book as well.

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      February 8, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      Me too! I am really curious to see what the author does with the characters and how their stories will play out. I am sure that the judging aspect was fairly accurate for some people. I haven't met anyone like that, but I know it exists.

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