Constantly teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit in. On her sweet sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and the surprising truth about her heritage. With high hopes that things will be different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand.
When her powers explode, chaos ensues and she learns that her new ability is greater than she ever desired. As she learns to control her powers, Elena discovers there’s so much more to her heritage than she ever imagined.
Elena, nearing her sweet 16, lives her life with her family and loves school – even though she is constantly harassed by the mean girls. Then, she finds out her life is about to change because the fairy tales she read as a child are real. She not only has a destiny that has been passed on for generations, but she has powers she must learn to control. When she visits her mentor, Isabel, at New Avalon, Elena finally finds the acceptance she has yearned for. I loved the message that you have to accept yourself as well and not just rely on validation from others.
Everyone should have a mentor like Isabel! I loved the characters. I loved the descriptions of New Avalon and the cool classes Elena takes. Destiny has a great message, is a great read, and I am anxious to learn more about Elena’s adventures at New Avalon.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I’m so glad I did!
Being English, of course, I wanted to know more about where Avalon might be, why people would take planes rather than trains to travel around England, and precisely which Arthurian legends would qualify as real. But bigger questions give this story its depth: the relationships between good and evil, power and responsibility, and unity and control for a start. It’s a pleasing novella where a studious American high-school girl enters a magical boarding school, meets prophesy and destiny, majors in pizza and alchemy, and learns where she belongs. The story’s light with just a hint of darkness in the wings, nicely tuned to middle school readers, and a fun way to start a new series.