Destine; The Watcher's Trilogy Book 1

Rated 4.77/5 based on 14 reviews
The four horsemen of the apocalypses have descended on Michelle Cross's high school and with the help of Gabriel, her very own angel; she must stop the events leading to the apocalypse. What surprises Michelle even more than her role in saving humanity is the love that develops between Gabriel and herself. Can their love bridge the world between heaven and earth?
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Published by Anchor Group
Words: 76,940
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301274819

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Review by: Stephanie Rourke on March 04, 2013 :
This was a great story! I normally shy away from stories that contain religious content, but the author used religion in a very relevant way! The main character goes through so many trials for a teenage girl just trying to finish high school. The twists this book takes are very thoughtful. I throughly enjoyed it!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Andrea Coventry on March 01, 2013 :
I have been reading rave reviews about this book since it came out last summer. I am often wary of so many rave reviews and find such books to be lacking something by the time I get to them. Not so much with this story. It was awesome.

In a world of paranormal saturation comes a different story idea. It's the Apocalypse, redone. Okay, it was written during the year that the Mayans had predicted the apocalypse, but I hadn't yet read any YA books about it. This was like a breath of fresh air in the genre for me.

Michelle has a lot to overcome. Her mother is schizophrenic. Her best friend decides to abandon her. And suddenly, she is in charge of saving the entire human race. You can see her strength build from the beginning to the end of the book, as she accepts her destiny in life and battles evil incarnate. With Gabriel by her side, anything seems possible, even in the face of supreme tragedy. But their story isn't over with just this first book. This one spans an entire trilogy, so there is more to come.

I felt like the book as a whole got stronger as the story continued. In the beginning, there was a lot of focus on what everyone was wearing, and other mundane details. Of course, these details help to illustrate how boring and "normal" Michelle's life was before Gabriel came into her life to reveal her destiny. As the action picks up, so did the writing. The plot developed with twists and turns that you didn't always see coming. Michelle's focus shifts to finding and stamping out the evil, before it ruins her and her loved ones. She doesn't care as much about those trivial topics that preoccupy so many high schoolers.

My only problem, really, was a bunch of typos sprinkled throughout the book. I encourage potential readers to try to overlook those, because the story is really a good one that is worth reading. I now understand the persistent buzz about it and greatly look forward to continuing it in the sequels!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tiffany Stevens on March 01, 2013 :
O.M.G. first off let me just bow to the author because this book was some kind of seriousness. Most girls that go into their senior year they dream about homecoming, prom and graduation. Maybe even started planning for college with their friends. Not for Michelle Cross. If she thought dealing with a mother that is diagnosed with schizophrenia and a father that is hardly there, she had another thing coming. At least she has her childhood friend Cami to help keep her somewhat sane. But at this point what is actually sane? Then like a moth to a flame, in walks the new boy that turns everything upside down in Michelle's life and then bringhts in the light...literally. I wont give anything else away as far as who the actual boy is and where he is from but needless while battling evil and darkness Michelle finds love and peace. But how long will something like that last when the Darkness from down under is lurking?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ann wilson on Feb. 28, 2013 :
I do not normally read religious books, but this book is not like that. Yes, it has Biblical references, but in no way does it force any type of religion on you. The author did a wonderful job writing a book that draws you in from page one, and keeps you hooked to the very end. I could not put it down from the moment I started reading it. I downloaded this book back in August, and I honestly do not know why I waited so long to read it, and I am now kicking myself for that! And highly anticipating the next book in the series.

Destine is about Michelle and Cami, best friends since Kindergarten, starting their senior year of high school, promising each other that this year will be different. Throw in a fallen angel and some real twists; not to mention a best friend that turns against Michelle, and you have a book you cannot put down either. Michelle finds out what her destiny is, but is she up for the challenge? Can she save her friendship and Cami?

This book will leave you hanging, holding your breath, just waiting to see what happens next…. I promise you will not regret picking this up!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dara Brown on Feb. 27, 2013 : (no rating)
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review and I have to say it is FANTASTIC! I was kind of unsure about the good vs. evil theme and Biblical references, but Katherine Polillo managed to put it together in a way that seemed effortless to read, and I was actually able to understand the allusions to Biblical characters and events.

The way she brought the characters together was done in a phenomenal manner. I was pulled into their world, and it is as if I were watching from the sidelines, not reading a book. I was drawn into this book and didn't want to put it down.

The only thing that disappointed me was the ending, and that's strictly because I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katherine Eccleston on Feb. 19, 2013 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review and I absolutely, positively loved it!! The story follows Michelle Cross during her senior year of high school...and not only does she have to contend with all the normal high school issues but she has a mother who is crazy, the four horsemen of the apocalypse show up, she falls in love with the fallen angel who is guarding her, and she finds herself battling the evils of Hell.
This book had it all - action, love, friendship, good vs evil - and I could not put it down. It had some real LOL moments and also some heartbreaking moments when I cried along with Michelle. The entire story captivated me and I cannot wait for the next book in the trilogy to be released.
Although the book has a religious premise it did not come across as preachy or attempting to convert anyone into believing in any specific religion. Katherine Polillo managed to weave religion with all the other components of the story and create a masterpiece. Her characters were realistic and I definitely felt a connection to them. The plot had enough twists and turns to make you feel like you were riding a roller coaster (and you definitely don't want to get off the ride)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: m Williams on Feb. 17, 2013 :
I was given this book for an honest review.
This book, Destine by Katherine Polillo, gets 5 stars because it is exactly the kind of book I love to read! It's very captivating, and it's hard to stop reading! At the beginning of each chapter there is a Bible verse. I am familiar with the Bible and read it myself, so I was expecting this to be a religious book. It is not. Now, it does get it's foundation and outline from the Bible in terms of it's an apocalyptic book. A girl, Chelle, is a senior in high school and virtually invisible. She and her best friend, Cami, live in a very small town and don't want to be popular. As the school year begins, Chelle is fine doing like she did the years before and blending in to the background. Cami wanted a little more and turned herself to Alex, wanting him to like her, who was running for student counsel president. Cami totally turned her back on Chelle as her friend. She was all over Alex in more ways than one.
A new boy in town, Gabriel, was myserious and very good looking with dark messy hair, penetrating eyes and a muscular pale body that looked like marble. Finally, Chelle spoke to him and there was an electricity between them. They had chemistry to say the least. Gabriel told her that he was an angel from heaven and was a guide for her. She was to save humanity; she was the vessel for archangel Micheal here on earth. As in Revalation in the Bible, at the Apocalypse there are 7 seals that are to be opened and 7 horsemen that come from them. The first is opened and it releases the Anti-christ. They come to find out the Anti-christ is Alex, Cami's boyfriend. As each seal is opened, they figure out each one. The first four horsemen are released and Chelle kills two of them. This is a great book, but my favorite parts are the ones where Chelle and Gabriel are together! Those parts are awesome! :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kristin Scearce on Oct. 21, 2012 :
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So, here we have Michelle (Chelle), who's your average 17-year-old girl just trying to make it through her last year of high school alongside her best (and only) friend Cami. School starts, Cami falls head over heels for Alex, the boy running for class president, and runs away from Chelle like she's got the plague. So while Chelle's all mopey over losing her friend, the new kid in school, Gabriel, decides to chat her up. They chill, they talk, and eventually he tells her that not only is he THE Gabriel, the "text message from God," but he's there to protect and guide her, because she is to be the savior of humanity during the apocalypse. Not exactly what Chelle expected to happen during her senior year.

I have to say the storyline really pulled me in. The idea of the apocalypse starting in a random high school in New Jersey (and the irony of Hell on Earth happening in Jersey was not lost on me, no offense to anyone from N.J.) was just really interesting, and I like how Gabriel explains WHY it makes sense (the 7 deadly sins are widely apparent throughout high school, etc. etc.). I also liked how the author used the different Bible verses at the start of each chapter, as they helped to spearhead what that chapter was about.

I couldn't help but compare the story and the different horsemen to how it was depicted on the TV show "Supernatural," which I absolutely love. I was drawn in to the author's version though, which was very fun to read. I can't wait to see how she continues the story in the next book and how Chelle and Gabriel fair on their quest to save humanity from utter destruction.

5 stars
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Casse NaRome - Baked Books Press on Oct. 20, 2012 :
I was expecting to be sucked in right away because normally books start with action that suck you in. This book did not, it didn't start with action and it didn't instantly suck me in but the characters were likeable so I was compelled to keep reading. Michelle and her best friend's school was like mine, invisibility was apparently my super power so I connected with them on that level. I struggled to read past the mundane set up but when chapter 2 came around and science class was mentioned (any YA reader worth her weight in gold knows that means hottie up a head. Twilight, hush hush...need I say more?) Enter dark curly haired, clear eyed Gabriel. Hell no. I'm never going to STOP reading this book now.

From the beginning I was already on the fence about Cami but it quickly turned into realization that I hated her. Michelle was more like me in H.S except she actually wanted a friend. I wasn't driven by that. LOL I started praying Chelle would get the guy and the rest of the school get sucked into the pit of hell. That's what this story is about right? No? Guess I better keep reading.

About midway through the book if someone had bothered to interrupt me I might have gone horseman on them and bit their head off. Zooomg! It got so good. I was on the edge of my seat. I was squealing. Michelle and Gabriel are the best characters ever. The storyline was unique. I loved this book so hard, I want to eat it. I cannot wait for book two. I want more. Like now!

Besides changing eye color, some typos, misuse and over of words the book was great. It was very entertaining and I look forward to the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Amanda Heath on Oct. 19, 2012 :
  I'm so in love with this book! Ms. Polillo did a wonderful job here. I'm not a religious person and I got kind of worried at the beginning because of the bible quotes before each chapter. But she doesn't throw it in your face making you feel like you just read the bible. I love her take on Judgement day and the end of the world. Plus the antichrist is in high school with the heroine? Very different then other books I've read. It was slow to start but I'm glad I stuck with it because it's totally worth it!! I'm a big fan of Michelle because in other books I find the leading lady quick to believe everything the hero says and blah blah blah. She didn't do this. She actually thinks Gabriel is crazy and I love this. This makes the story feel more real. Gabriel is sweet and totally hott. I almost got scared because they met in science class...sound familiar? But I'm happy to report he's not a sparkly vampire. No he's a fallen angel, my favorite kind. This book has plenty to go around with all the drama, action and romance. You'll find yourself reading it through the night losing sleep. But it's totally worth it. Now I'm sitting her waiting "patiently" for book 2. 
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: leah rubel on Oct. 17, 2012 :
I was given the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to say that I loved it! I really struggled to put the book away last night to go to bed and couldn't wait to get home and finish it up. There was action, adventure, and of course a teenage love story. I am really hoping that there will be a next book - and soon!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Marlena Fein on Oct. 17, 2012 :
I also was offered this book to do a fair and honest review. To be honest, I had no idea as to what the book was even about. I was finished with my current novel and looking for my next "fix". It took me a bit to read this however, as I was unable to figure out how to transfer to my Kindle and do not like being in front of the computer screen for very long. When I first started reading this and saw the first Bible phrase, I really thought I was going to have a difficult time following the events since I am not familiar. I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that I had no problem understanding the text, or the verses. I was hooked instantly on the storyline and was unable to start another book until I finished this one because I kept comparing them to this. I think my favorite aspect of the book was Michelle, the main character of the book, and Cami, her best friend's, relationship and all she went through to save her. It brought me back to my awkward High School years and made me wish I had some larger destiny, and a gorgeous boy like Gabriel, to make my senior year that exciting. I highly recommend this book however feel it wouldn't be appropriate for the YA group. I am going to look right now to see if there will be a sequel!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Carrie Blair on Oct. 17, 2012 :
This book is a must have. I had a difficult time putting this book down, it's a great read.
Even those of us who have been out of high school can relate to Michelle the main character. The transformation she went through throughout the book is a dream of any secluded teenage girl. It was amazing how she faced the danger in her life and the lives of those she held most dear.

And what can I say about Gabriel.....the perfect dream for every woman. They way he protects, loves, and understands Michelle is extremely well written.
Looking forward for more books from Katherine Polillo.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Airicka Phoenix on Oct. 16, 2012 :
This book was generously donated to me by the author, Katherine Polillo, in return for a fair and honest review.

Disturbingly twisted doesn’t even come close to describing this novel. I read it in a single night because it was just too traumatic to stop, to look away. This is, in my opinion, not a book for everyone. It’s dark, much darker than I find a lot of YA authors write. I personally liked that. It wasn’t grotesque or over the top horrific. It was beautiful woven.

Michelle is our heroine. She’s a 17-yr-old high school student. And her best friend, Cami. Then we meet Gabriel Mr. omg-swoon himself and everything changes. This book was incredible. It was beautiful. It was dark and twisted and it was romantic and I loved Michelle. I usually have a very hard time liking the female lead, but she was perfect. Ms. Polillo did an amazing job with this book and I look forward to more from her in the future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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