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.
New Avalon, Book 1 by Andrea Buginsky what can I say but that was a very enjoyable book to read. Hope she started the next one. I want to finish the series it is so interesting it kept my attention throughout the entire book and I want more of the series.Elena turns 16 in high school and is miserable and cannot wait for her family gathering to celebrate her birthday. What she fines out is she has magical powers at the exact time off her birth. Her Godmother Isabel is there to help her and takes her to Avalon a island covered in mist and starts school the place she has read about all her life in books where King Arther and the Lady of the Lake lived hundreds of years ago. Her training begins and she finally enjoys her life. But every 125 years a new Lady of the Lake is crowned and guess who it might be?
I wish I had this book when I was 16. Destiny is a wonderful, feel good story that anyone who has ever felt on the outside and yearned for acceptance can relate to.
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!
What a wonderful story with such a message to young ones to embrace who they are and not let anyone make them feel ashamed for it. While reading Destiny and seeing Elena blossom and discover who she is and what is to become of her was delightful. I was so totally touched by this story and the message that it implies.As Elena’s sixteenth birthday approaches her excitement builds as she loves being able to celebrate it with her family and her godmother Isabelle. What she thought would be just a time to catch up with Isabelle and enjoy the festivities with her family she is told of powers of telekinesis and about a trip she must embark on. In land thought to only a myth Avalon. Elena discovers there is more in store for her than ever imagined. Elena’s journey into a new and exciting world was just told so beautifully. I can not wait for the next book in the series!
Lonely Elena’s looking forward to seeing her Godmother Isabel when she turns 16. But her family has some surprises in store as Arthurian myths become Pagan reality in the modern world. The effects of uncontrolled magic in a normal American school in a normal American town are a little dramatic. But Elena has unexpected friends who can help her out, and soon she’s travelling to the secret Island of Avalon off the coast of England, where mystery and history combine.
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.
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