Thursday, 25 October 2012

Destine, Katherine Polillo

Publishers: Anchor Group Publishing

Pages: 255

Main Characters:

Michelle, Gabriel

A quiet seventeen-year-old girl living in a quite American town where nothing happens and everyone knows everyone. A new boy at school, with pale skin, pale eyes and a mysterious back story  who, every time he sees the girl, makes her feel all tingly inside.  Wait, doesn’t this sound familiar?

Yes that’s what I thought too when I started reading Destine by Katherine Polillo, it sounds a lot like Twilight (the movie, not the books, I haven't read them). But to be fair to the book there are some slight differences. The first is that (as his name suggests) the new boy at school Gabriel, is in fact an angel, who has been drawn to Michelle (the quiet girl) because she is the saviour of humankind and is the only person who can stop the imminent arrival of the apocalypse. This is because Michelle is the human embodiment of St. Michael, the angel who defeated Satin and sent him to Hell! Michelle must use St Michael’s powers and Gabriel’s guidance to defeat the Antichrist and prevent the apocalypse!

Now, the Antichrist is not the monster depicted in the bible but a young, good-looking high school boy called Alex Chase who wants to become class president. Michelle and Gabriel believe that Alex’s first step in his political career may see him becoming President and therefore become the most powerful man in the world. However, it is not just Alex they have to defeat but his three henchmen; War, Famine and Death (who are all high school students)! Will Michelle have what it takes to defeat these creatures of evil and save humanity from destruction, or will Alex and his gang of high school horsemen take over the world?

As you can probably tell, I was a little sceptical about this book. It’s not a genre I usually read but I was willing to give it a go because the book was originally meant to be part of a Blog Tour. At the start, the links and similarities to Twilight really annoyed me because I thought that it was going to go down similar lines. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how the story ended up and really started to like the characters of Michelle and Gabriel whereas Bella and Edward really, really annoyed me! However, I do think narrowing the apocalypse down to a high school does sound a bit daft! I think in the next few books, Polillo could make the battle between good and evil truly epic because Michelle and Gabriel have finished school and go on the hunt for Alex.

I’m not sure whom I would suggest this book to because I haven’t really read any other book like it. Maybe if you have read Twilight you should give this book a go to see the similarities and differences. I think if you are into these sorts of paranormal/teen romance books, then you will probably enjoy Destine.

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