Goodreads description: 16 year old Karlie has had a pretty normal life... But when her Mom dies she is forced to move over 1,000 miles away to live with her Dad. That's when things start getting weird.
She can't explain the earthquakes that nobody else feels, or why she no longer sleeps. But most of all she doesn't know why she trusts Shane so much, even though his Dad wants her dead.
Suddenly, Karlie's normal life is turned upside down and she enters a world she never dreamed could really exist.
First Sentence: Life never seems to go as planned. Sometimes it is better, sometimes it is worse. It seems inevitable for me that it will always be unexpectedly worse than I would have imagined.
Originality: The originality factor is high in this one. There’s about every mythical creature you could think of in this book. And I heard from a little birdy that there will be even more monsters in book 2. I so cannot wait!
Characters: Karlie is super cool but has convinced herself that everything bad that could happen to her, actually does. Probably because a lot of bad stuff does go wrong in her life. And then there’s Shane. Okay. I thought Shane was a little shady at first. He just seemed..too perfect. But after seeing more of him, I realized that he really is a great guy and perfect for Karlie. Other characters include: Alex, who I loved…at first, Serenity, who is just kind of creepy sometimes, and then there’s Karlie’s “protectors”- Savannah, Jessica, Jarrod, and Mark. Of course there is also the occasional bad guy ;)
Content: Sometimes I get kind of “if-y” with the prospect of the mixture of a bunch of mythical creatures, but Heather White did it perfectly. She even stuck with the legends on how to kill said creatures, which is great. And definitely there’s a love story laced in with everything! What’s a good book without some romance? <3
Setting: The setting was Jonesboro, Arkansas. Now, before this, I had no clue there was even a place called that. Actually, Heather, the author, lives in Arkansas and is familiar with Jonesboro, so of course she was easily able to describe everything perfectly. And, if I’m not mistaken, she even included real places.
Overall Enjoyment: I enjoyed the story from page one. There were times when I was completely shocked at what was happening at a great book can always keep something on the edge of their seat. Heather White is such a talented author and can form words into magic. I highly suggest you go read this.
In fact, the lovely author, Heather White, has been kind enough to giveaway When Destiny Knocks through my blog. How great is that?? This would be my very first giveaway and I’m super excited. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with your e-mail address and what your favorite mythical creature/monster is and why. This can be something from legends, or maybe from a book you’ve read. Also make sure to mention which format you’d like; kindle, nook, or PDF. You do not have to be a follower of my blog, but I would really appreciate it.
The contest will end on Monday, the 12th, at which time I will pick the winner by random. Then I will contact the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond.
Good luck to everyone!