I recently had an opportunity to read the debut novel by author Katherine Polillo, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! As soon as I began the first chapter I couldn’t stop. I was immediately sucked into the world of seventeen year old Michelle Cross.
The novel is set in the very small town of Shady Lane, New Jersey. Michelle did not have the perfect childhood, but she had her best friend Cami. Her mother was suffering from schizophrenia, so she was no longer an active part in Michelle’s life and Michelle had already spent the last five years of her life hiding this diagnosis. As the novel begins, Michelle is getting ready to start her senior year of high school. She expected it to be like all the rest, but boy was she was wrong!
There is a new student in town and Michelle has no idea how much Gabriel is going to change her life. Any sense of normalcy she once felt will soon be gone. As she gets to know Gabriel, Michelle’s world is thrust head first into the battle between good and evil. There is no way for Michelle to predict what is going to happen next in her life. Her best friend whom was once by her side at all times isn’t around anymore and everyone at school is acting really strange. The fate of humanity is in Michelle’s hands. Will she be up for the challenge? How is she going to deal with the literal Hell that is suddenly all around her? What will happen to her and the ones she cares about if she doesn’t succeed?
I totally loved this book from start to finish. It was one of those books that captivates you. I didn’t want to go to sleep last night because I was curious what was going to happen next. (Okay, I was dying to know what was going to happen). The characters were wonderfully well written. I was able to picture them in my head and fall in love with them. I became emotionally attached to Michelle and I could actually feel what she was going through. Destine did everything a first in a series should do. It sucked me in and left me wanting more in the end. Great job on your first novel Katherine and congratulations on getting it out there!
If you love a great story that will keep you on your toes and leave you begging for more, look no further. This is the book for you!
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*Destine was given to me for free by the author with no expectation of a review and I was not compensated for writing this review.