in a sentence:
YO. This book totally left me breathless and on the edge of my seat!! Man alive, Destined by Aprilynne Pike was SO GOOD! Last year, when I read Illusion, that cliffhanger nearly killed me ded. I wasn't sure I was going to live until the last book, and guys, IT'S WORTH THE WAIT. Destined takes you on a crazy rollercoaster that right away, it steals your breath away and your heart doesn't stop pounding until you've read the last pages.
Destined by Aprilynne Pike is the BEST book out of this series. Oh my god, it really is. It takes place over a twenty-four hour period and it's almost all sword-clashing, fairies vs. trolls battle and oh my lanta I LOVED IT. I really do like the twenty-four hour period books when they work, and it worked so well in Destined. I didn't want to put the book down at all!
I have to state up front that there was one part that I didn't really like: Laurel picks one person to be with forever in this book, and it's kinda like Mockingjay's ending. Le sigh. LE SIGH. You guys. I so understand where Aprilynne Pike is coming from with this ending, but I *hate* those type of endings. And I'm being really cryptic so I don't ruin it for you, and I am so, so sorry for that. But just be warned that it has one of those wrap-up in the future endings and I think it sucks. IT SUCKS SO MUCH.
But aside from that: HOLY MOTHER I LOVED THIS BOOK. I loved the battle. I loved all the twists and turns Laurel and the gang run into while trying to protect Avalon. Everything about it was epic, and I was scared for the crew; I didn't know if they were going to make it out alive. I didn't know what was going to happen, and that really scared me. Because omg, this book is written in third person and technically, technically she could kill off Laurel and THEN WHERE WE WOULD BE?! Nowhere. Yeah. That's where.
Side note: I can't say if she kills off Laurel or not. You'll just have to read the book to find out.
That sucks. I'm sorry. It's just this book is SO GOOD and I love this series--this series got me reading YA. And that is why I love this series. It introduced me to a whole new world, and that's a world I really, really like. I also really, really like the world-building in this series. I love Avalon, and I love the characters. While Laurel sometimes comes off bland and Bella-ish, she does have reactions and AND SHE IS SO AWESOME. She is flipping awesome in the action scenes, really. I also love David. <3 He is an epic human boy and I lurve him.
You guys? Destined is one of the best finale books. It is action-packed, full of twists and turns, and you will not want to put it down when you start it.