Destiny

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Gabriella must unlock the secrets of her past and accept the magick that she fears to fulfill her destiny. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9780982674727
About Laura DeLuca

Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart.

In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.

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Gabriella is a witch. The problem is, she doesn't remember. She repressed the memories of her powers years ago when her mother was murdered. Now, the warlock who was responsible for her mother's death has set his sights on Gabriella. He is determined to use her fear to turn her to the dark side of magick...even if it kills her. Her mother's spirit is reaching out to warn her, but even that she pus

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Review by: Lisa Markson on April 08, 2013 :
I was given a copy of Destiny by Laura DeLuca in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this wonderful story. The cover of this book was absolutely beautiful and the white rose was deplicted in the story. It was well developed and fast paced. Laura took her time in creating each and everyone of her characters. The characters of Gabriella, Darron, Flora, Shelly and Monte were so intense that you were able to feel their emotions and couldn't help but love them. Gabriella is still living with the ghost and tragedy of the death of her mother. Although it happened years ago the killers were never caught and she never knew why she was killed then she had to live daily with a drunk father. Darron was a adopted child who was afraid to follow his hearts desire which was

Gabriella because he was hiding a secret about himself and he felt that it wasn't fair to involve her. Monte was hiding his own secrets. Darron is brought into a situation from the spirit world and it brings the whole gang in to save the friends. Gabriella learns a lot of who she is and about her mother and her death. Through this Darron also finds out a startlingly fact that is brought to light that could bring his world to a crashing halt. I am definitely looking forward to book 2 Destiny Unveiled in order to carry on with this journey with these wonderful characters. Thank you so much for this fast paced and entertaining story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Markson on April 08, 2013 :
I was given a copy of Destiny by Laura DeLuca in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this wonderful story. The cover of this book was absolutely beautiful and the white rose was deplicted in the story. It was well developed and fast paced. Laura took her time in creating each and everyone of her characters. The characters of Gabriella, Darron, Flora, Shelly and Monte were so intense that you were able to feel their emotions and couldn't help but love them. Gabriella is still living with the ghost and tragedy of the death of her mother. Although it happened years ago the killers were never caught and she never knew why she was killed then she had to live daily with a drunk father. Darron was a adopted child who was afraid to follow his hearts desire which was

Gabriella because he was hiding a secret about himself and he felt that it wasn't fair to involve her. Monte was hiding his own secrets. Darron is brought into a situation from the spirit world and it brings the whole gang in to save the friends. Gabriella learns a lot of who she is and about her mother and her death. Through this Darron also finds out a startlingly fact that is brought to light that could bring his world to a crashing halt. I am definitely looking forward to book 2 Destiny Unveiled in order to carry on with this journey with these wonderful characters. Thank you so much for this fast paced and entertaining story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Markson on April 08, 2013 :
I was given a copy of Destiny by Laura DeLuca in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this wonderful story. The cover of this book was absolutely beautiful and the white rose was deplicted in the story. It was well developed and fast paced. Laura took her time in creating each and everyone of her characters. The characters of Gabriella, Darron, Flora, Shelly and Monte were so intense that you were able to feel their emotions and couldn't help but love them. Gabriella is still living with the ghost and tragedy of the death of her mother. Although it happened years ago the killers were never caught and she never knew why she was killed then she had to live daily with a drunk father. Darron was a adopted child who was afraid to follow his hearts desire which was

Gabriella because he was hiding a secret about himself and he felt that it wasn't fair to involve her. Monte was hiding his own secrets. Darron is brought into a situation from the spirit world and it brings the whole gang in to save the friends. Gabriella learns a lot of who she is and about her mother and her death. Through this Darron also finds out a startlingly fact that is brought to light that could bring his world to a crashing halt. I am definitely looking forward to book 2 Destiny Unveiled in order to carry on with this journey with these wonderful characters. Thank you so much for this fast paced and entertaining story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Markson on April 08, 2013 :
I was given a copy of Destiny by Laura DeLuca in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this wonderful story. The cover of this book was absolutely beautiful and the white rose was deplicted in the story. It was well developed and fast paced. Laura took her time in creating each and everyone of her characters. The characters of Gabriella, Darron, Flora, Shelly and Monte were so intense that you were able to feel their emotions and couldn't help but love them. Gabriella is still living with the ghost and tragedy of the death of her mother. Although it happened years ago the killers were never caught and she never knew why she was killed then she had to live daily with a drunk father. Darron was a adopted child who was afraid to follow his hearts desire which was

Gabriella because he was hiding a secret about himself and he felt that it wasn't fair to involve her. Monte was hiding his own secrets. Darron is brought into a situation from the spirit world and it brings the whole gang in to save the friends. Gabriella learns a lot of who she is and about her mother and her death. Through this Darron also finds out a startlingly fact that is brought to light that could bring his world to a crashing halt. I am definitely looking forward to book 2 Destiny Unveiled in order to carry on with this journey with these wonderful characters. Thank you so much for this fast paced and entertaining story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Markson on April 08, 2013 :
I was given a copy of Destiny by Laura DeLuca in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this wonderful story. The cover of this book was absolutely beautiful and the white rose was deplicted in the story. It was well developed and fast paced. Laura took her time in creating each and everyone of her characters. The characters of Gabriella, Darron, Flora, Shelly and Monte were so intense that you were able to feel their emotions and couldn't help but love them. Gabriella is still living with the ghost and tragedy of the death of her mother. Although it happened years ago the killers were never caught and she never knew why she was killed then she had to live daily with a drunk father. Darron was a adopted child who was afraid to follow his hearts desire which was

Gabriella because he was hiding a secret about himself and he felt that it wasn't fair to involve her. Monte was hiding his own secrets. Darron is brought into a situation from the spirit world and it brings the whole gang in to save the friends. Gabriella learns a lot of who she is and about her mother and her death. Through this Darron also finds out a startlingly fact that is brought to light that could bring his world to a crashing halt. I am definitely looking forward to book 2 Destiny Unveiled in order to carry on with this journey with these wonderful characters. Thank you so much for this fast paced and entertaining story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Markson on April 08, 2013 :
I was given a copy of Destiny by Laura DeLuca in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this wonderful story. The cover of this book was absolutely beautiful and the white rose was deplicted in the story. It was well developed and fast paced. Laura took her time in creating each and everyone of her characters. The characters of Gabriella, Darron, Flora, Shelly and Monte were so intense that you were able to feel their emotions and couldn't help but love them. Gabriella is still living with the ghost and tragedy of the death of her mother. Although it happened years ago the killers were never caught and she never knew why she was killed then she had to live daily with a drunk father. Darron was a adopted child who was afraid to follow his hearts desire which was

Gabriella because he was hiding a secret about himself and he felt that it wasn't fair to involve her. Monte was hiding his own secrets. Darron is brought into a situation from the spirit world and it brings the whole gang in to save the friends. Gabriella learns a lot of who she is and about her mother and her death. Through this Darron also finds out a startlingly fact that is brought to light that could bring his world to a crashing halt. I am definitely looking forward to book 2 Destiny Unveiled in order to carry on with this journey with these wonderful characters. Thank you so much for this fast paced and entertaining story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Markson on April 08, 2013 :
I was given a copy of Destiny by Laura DeLuca in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this wonderful story. The cover of this book was absolutely beautiful and the white rose was deplicted in the story. It was well developed and fast paced. Laura took her time in creating each and everyone of her characters. The characters of Gabriella, Darron, Flora, Shelly and Monte were so intense that you were able to feel their emotions and couldn't help but love them. Gabriella is still living with the ghost and tragedy of the death of her mother. Although it happened years ago the killers were never caught and she never knew why she was killed then she had to live daily with a drunk father. Darron was a adopted child who was afraid to follow his hearts desire which was

Gabriella because he was hiding a secret about himself and he felt that it wasn't fair to involve her. Monte was hiding his own secrets. Darron is brought into a situation from the spirit world and it brings the whole gang in to save the friends. Gabriella learns a lot of who she is and about her mother and her death. Through this Darron also finds out a startlingly fact that is brought to light that could bring his world to a crashing halt. I am definitely looking forward to book 2 Destiny Unveiled in order to carry on with this journey with these wonderful characters. Thank you so much for this fast paced and entertaining story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Markson on April 08, 2013 :
I was given a copy of Destiny by Laura DeLuca in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this wonderful story. The cover of this book was absolutely beautiful and the white rose was deplicted in the story. It was well developed and fast paced. Laura took her time in creating each and everyone of her characters. The characters of Gabriella, Darron, Flora, Shelly and Monte were so intense that you were able to feel their emotions and couldn't help but love them. Gabriella is still living with the ghost and tragedy of the death of her mother. Although it happened years ago the killers were never caught and she never knew why she was killed then she had to live daily with a drunk father. Darron was a adopted child who was afraid to follow his hearts desire which was

Gabriella because he was hiding a secret about himself and he felt that it wasn't fair to involve her. Monte was hiding his own secrets. Darron is brought into a situation from the spirit world and it brings the whole gang in to save the friends. Gabriella learns a lot of who she is and about her mother and her death. Through this Darron also finds out a startlingly fact that is brought to light that could bring his world to a crashing halt. I am definitely looking forward to book 2 Destiny Unveiled in order to carry on with this journey with these wonderful characters. Thank you so much for this fast paced and entertaining story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Markson on April 08, 2013 :
I was given a copy of Destiny by Laura DeLuca in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this wonderful story. The cover of this book was absolutely beautiful and the white rose was deplicted in the story. It was well developed and fast paced. Laura took her time in creating each and everyone of her characters. The characters of Gabriella, Darron, Flora, Shelly and Monte were so intense that you were able to feel their emotions and couldn't help but love them. Gabriella is still living with the ghost and tragedy of the death of her mother. Although it happened years ago the killers were never caught and she never knew why she was killed then she had to live daily with a drunk father. Darron was a adopted child who was afraid to follow his hearts desire which was

Gabriella because he was hiding a secret about himself and he felt that it wasn't fair to involve her. Monte was hiding his own secrets. Darron is brought into a situation from the spirit world and it brings the whole gang in to save the friends. Gabriella learns a lot of who she is and about her mother and her death. Through this Darron also finds out a startlingly fact that is brought to light that could bring his world to a crashing halt. I am definitely looking forward to book 2 Destiny Unveiled in order to carry on with this journey with these wonderful characters. Thank you so much for this fast paced and entertaining story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Angelique Engelbrecht on Feb. 28, 2013 :
Gabby is your everyday average teen, trying to fight her way through high school. Normal in just about every way. She doesn’t quite fit in (who does by the way?). She has a crush on the cute guy. The mean girl is bullying her, and she comes out of a not so perfect home. When all of a sudden her world comes crashing down. Now she finds out she is a witch, and is supposed to take down the big bad guy. Darron on the other hand is anything but normal. He seems to be wise beyond his years. Cold and distant, even to his closest friends. He believes this is the only way to keep his secret safe. Darron gets tasked with awakening Gabby’s powers again, and finally gets to show her his love for her. An amazing story of two souls mates, destined to be together, who once again find their ways into each other’s arms.
The Good:
Gabby has some really amazing, understanding, supportive friends. In return she herself can be pretty supportive too. I loved the bitchy fights between Gabby and Vanessa. I also enjoyed the fact that no BIG conflicts came Gabby’s way. If she were to all of a sudden be an extraordinary witch after 6 years of no practice I would have put the book down no questions asked.
The Not So Good:
No issues with the book itself. I just did not enjoy Shelly as a character. This might be because of my religion, but I felt a little bit offended by her ‘obvious’ Christianity. I myself am Christian and I would hope that I would be a bit more open minded when something like that came my way. Wasn’t a fan at how she was portrayed to be crazy. Once again this is only because of my religion.
I was also a bit disappointed by the fact that Darron’s parents didn’t play a bigger role. Not a big deal, would have just liked to see a bit more of them.
The Great:
I am a big sucker for star crossed lovers, soul mates, and destiny. This book had that in spades. I loved how specific it was in details of the craft. Yes, I am a sucker for details. Oh and I loved the twist about Darron. I won’t spoil it for you, but there is nothing better then a big twist to make it all worth while.
Darron by the way, is also a fantastically sexy character who you cannot help but fall in love with. He is strong, self reliant, really sexy and has flaws (because no one can be perfect).

I cannot wait to pick up Destiny Unveiled to find out what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Victoria Zigler on Oct. 12, 2012 :
The storyline was excellent, the characters were well rounded, and the world building was fantastic. All in all, this was a really good book. I can not, however, give it more than 4 stars since it was so poorly edited. I lost track of the times there were mistakes made (things like words round the wrong way in sentences, letters round the wrong way so that it changed the word and the sentence didn't make sense, etc). They were all small mistakes, but they happened so frequently it quickly became annoying. Sorry, but I can't justify giving the 5th star this book would otherwise deserve when there are that many typing mistakes.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: marnie creech on May 30, 2012 :
I absolutely loved Destiny! I highly recommend it! I cannot wait to read Destiny unveiled!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: marnie creech on May 30, 2012 :
I absolutely loved Destiny! I highly recommend it! I cannot wait to read Destiny revealed!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: april alvey on May 27, 2012 :
It Was A Wonderful Book I Love It.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tami Parrington on May 07, 2012 :
A real gem, Destiny is a story of growth and friendship as well as a wonderful fantasy for YA and OA (old adults like me).
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Claire Watson on May 06, 2012 :
Well, I am hooked. This is a terrific YA Book, which is my favorite genre. Fast paced and realistic conversation, and lots of edge of the seat action. If you like fantasy books or witches, you NEED to read this one. I would give it 10 stars if I could.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Danielle River on May 06, 2012 :
All I can say is WOW. I always amazed at the unique and original work I find on Smashwords, and this book was no exception. Well written storyline, realistic characters, touching moments of friendship, all tied in with an exiting tale of magic and witches. Best of all, a promise that there will be more to come. Amazing debut novel!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Gloria Defeo on May 06, 2012 :
This is such a great book! I am so glad I found it. There are not many books out there that cast witches in a good light, but this one does. I love how the author weaved in real elements of wicca in with the fantasy. Very well done and definitely worth the $.99 I paid for it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Gabby I Am Me on May 05, 2012 :
I got this book during the free promotion, just because it was free, and I am so happy that I did. It is a well written tale of witches and magic, but also the story of friendship. The characters feel like real people and the storyline is fast paced and exciting. The cliff hanger ending really left me wanting more, and I will definitely be buying the next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Maryann Tamilio on May 05, 2012 :
This book is truly amazing! I bought it last night and I already finished it. I stayed up all night! Its the story of a witch struggling to come to terms with her magic, but its also a story of friendship and love. Its a story of overcoming stereotypes and coming to terms with who you are, whether that's a witch or a young gay teen. I can't wait for the sequel!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Terry on May 05, 2012 :
Tiffani:

I have to say that I've read my fair share of books in my life time but this one is a first! Laura definitely has the gift of story telling with the way she describes everything. She really makes you feel like you were witnessing every word first hand.

Ever wonder what it would be like for a teenager to come to terms with the fact that she's a witch when every fiber of her being doesn't want to accept it? Destiny brings you to that place with that teenager. It takes you over the journey that she goes through in having to learn to accept what and who she is and the struggles that come with that. As the story is woven, you come to love the characters of Gabby, Darron, and their friends. The book keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting more from the first paragraph through the very end.

I am so glad that I found Laura, she's one of my favorite authors now!


Stephie:

I am a book junkie, and reading this book started out no different. Laura is a friend on Facebook, and I had offered to read anything she had basically! LOL


Where to start on how GREAT this book is! From page one, I couldn't put it down. It captivated me and transported me straight into the heart of Gabby's world. Being a teenager is difficult enough, try finding out how to deal when your whole life is turned upside down by finding out your true identity!

Laura's writing is spellbinding to say the least. The ease with which she uses to portray her characters is nothing short of amazing. Easy to read, hard to put down, this book really left me wanting so much more!

It's easy to read a book that's mediocre, it's a blessing to read a book that's as amazingly written as this! I will definitely keep Laura on my list of favorites in the author category, and hope that you do the same!

! I encourage all who read this to search her out, you won't be sorry!!!!

The Sisters Elemental
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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