Destined (Laurel Series #4)

Destined (Laurel Series #4)

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by Aprilynne Pike
     
 

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Destined delivers all the romance and action that fans expect as it brings Aprilynne Pike’s Wings series to a deeply satisfying conclusion.
 
Laurel used to think she was an ordinary girl from Crescent City, California. She never would have believed she was truly a faerie from a realm called Avalon.
 
Now Laurel must risk her

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Destined delivers all the romance and action that fans expect as it brings Aprilynne Pike’s Wings series to a deeply satisfying conclusion.
 
Laurel used to think she was an ordinary girl from Crescent City, California. She never would have believed she was truly a faerie from a realm called Avalon.
 
Now Laurel must risk her life to save Avalon from destruction by Yuki—a rare and powerful Winter faerie—and troll-hunter Klea. But Laurel won’t have to fight alone; David and Tamani, two boys she loves in different ways, will be by her side, along with her best friend, Chelsea.
 
Readers of the Need and Graceling series will want to follow Laurel’s story from its beginning in Wings to its heart-stopping end in Destined.
 

Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times)
"Pike’s clever and innovative way of reinventing fairy tales and myths to make them her own is wonderful. The story is rich in vivid details, action, adventure, and romance."
Claudia Gray
PRAISE FOR DESTINED:“The greatest part: the WINGS series reaches the perfect ending. The worst part: it has to end!”
Romantic Times (Top Pick
“Pike’s clever and innovative way of reinventing fairy tales and myths to make them her own is wonderful. The story is rich in vivid details, action, adventure, and romance.”
Booklist
“The action begins fast and furious and never really stops.”
Romantic Times
“Pike’s clever and innovative way of reinventing fairy tales and myths to make them her own is wonderful. The story is rich in vivid details, action, adventure, and romance.”
VOYA - Courtney Huse Wika
In the final battle for Avalon, friendship and loyalty are tested nearly beyond their limits. After Yuki's identity as winter faerie is revealed, and Klea's plan to destroy the faerie homeland is uncovered, Laurel and Tamani have precious little time to warn the fae of the impending war. Humans David and Chelsea refuse to be left behind, instead risking their lives for Laurel and the people of Avalon. Unfortunately, Klea is a deadly opponent; controlling trolls and Yuki's immense power, she wreaks death and vengeance upon her former homeland without remorse. It is not clear until the final pages who will reign as victor, but David, Chelsea, Tamani, and Laurel will each be called upon to fight bravely, even to the death. In this last installment of the Wings series, destinies and betrayals are unearthed at breathtaking speed. The series is action-packed, and the final chapters of the story are no exception. A thrilling page-turner, many readers will read the book cover-to-cover, barely daring to breath. The novel explores the borders between friendship and romantic love, and self-sacrifice and self-preservation, and it does not shy away from the complicated nature of such relationships and choices. While a certain amount of uncertainty exists in the end, the book provides a satisfying conclusion to Laurel's identity narrative: the discovery of her fae heritage and destiny, and the nature of both blood and bond familial ties. The book ends on a hopeful note and perhaps even the possibility of a continued series. Reviewer: Courtney Huse Wika
Kirkus Reviews
The bloom is off the rose in the conclusion of a paranormal romance featuring faeries who are, biologically, plants. At first (Wings, 2009; Spells, 2010), blond, zitless Laurel seemed idealized but unique: Laurel oozes sap (not blood) when injured, and the prose likewise was pleasant and refreshingly non-angsty for the genre. By this fourth volume, however, any freshness has faded. Four friends--faeries Laurel and Tamani, humans David and Chelsea--fight to defend idyllic Avalon against renegade faeries and ugly trolls. David wields Excalibur, echoing King Arthur, though the Arthurian theme never jells. Cliché ("A true hero knows love is more powerful than hate") and purple prose ("A single tear, glistening in the moonlight, slid down her porcelain cheek") sprout up, overwhelming vivid images and one particularly clever textual misdirection. Despite claiming a "deadly fast-forward" pace, fight scenes drag. Laurel hopes her love triangle will become a neat square (with David finally noticing Chelsea), but just before--before--a strong closing chapter, Pike interrupts with an Author's Note, counseling, "if you prefer your endings happy… maybe you should stop reading here." This bizarre Note disrupts the fiction and sabotages the last chapter's emotional power--and its content. With mediocre exposition and with battles superseding the previous volumes' fluttery abstinence-romance scenes, this won't attract new fans, but it will gratify loyal followers by providing closure. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061668128
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Laurel Series, #4
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
568,707
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Aprilynne Pike has been spinning stories since she was a child with a hyperactive imagination. She completed her BA in creative writing at the age of twenty at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and children in Arizona.

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Destined 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
This book is the final one in the Wings series and it was absolutely fantastic!! Almost right from the start we are thrown into the action. Emotions are running high, trolls are running wild, and Avalon is at stake. Laurel is still struggling to make the choice between David and Tamani, but with all of the fairy realm at risk there is not much time to think about that. This book had me on the edge of my seat!! I was completely sucked back into the story and did not want to come out! The characters are still just as great and the story had me pumped up on an adrenaline rush. The whole situation with Yuki gets very tense and complicated. It's a bit sad at times because you do get to see Yuki's vulnerability. You can't help but feel a bit sorry for her. Chelsea and David are big parts in this book too. I know that they have always played a role in the series, but they really step up in this one. In fact this book is totally David's. Yes Laurel is trying to do what she can to save Avalon and so is Tamani, but David is front and center in this one!! I love David, so it's nice to see him the way he is in this book. I know that is really vague, but I am trying to keep this spoiler free. Even though this final installment is packed full of action, don't think there isn't still some romance and heart wrenching moments. For me this book was going to break my heart either way. I love both David and Tamani so whoever Laurel would choose to be with would leave me wounded. This is a love triangle done right! I don't typically like love triangles, but some are just done so well that you totally understand them. This is one of those. And as if the heartbreak wasn't enough, Aprilynne Pike also has put a letter at the end of the book that had me aching as my heart constricted in my chest. I can't really say much about this book with it being the 4th one and all, so I will just tell you how amazing it was. This book was a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series! It will keep you turning pages until you are finished. The action is incredible, the characters are just as awesome as they have been previously, and of course you need to know the outcome of everything. Will they be able to save Avalon? Who will Laurel choose to be with? Will everyone survive this? This series was so great, and as sad as I am that it is over, I can't say enough how well it was all wrapped up. To me it couldn't have been any better, especially with the letter at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book yesterday, also the release date, because I have been so in love with the series from the start! It is such a interesting theory of faeries and being a very curious and avid reader of science fiction, it fit perfectly in my genre. This is the fourth and sadly the last enstallment of the Wings series. It was so amazing and I just could not put it down, and when I say that I mean I literally could not. It picks off right where the third book ended, the climax of the novel literally begins around the third chapter and lasts throughout the entire book. We all know most books have a set path that they usually follow, but this is unlike anything I have ever read!! There is very little down time for your mind and imagination to wonder. I honestly felt my heart racing the entire time that I was reading it, and not to mention I was so curious as to what was about to happen on the next page that I tended to excitedly rush through some pages. I want reveal any details because there is just so much to happen that there would be no way except for you to just sit here and read the book through me! So to clarify all of the statements that I have made....if you have been reading this series as faithfully as I have you do not even need to read this review, but if you havent started it yet I would highly recommend spending 10 dollars on it. Words cannot express the genius behind Aprilynn Pike and her rendition of fairytales.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
I am a teen and really enjoy this series, which is one of my fav. I can't wait to read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Tam so much! Why can't laurel just go ahead and choose him?!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so team tam! Hes the best and he loves her soooooo much! Its so sweet! Cant wait for the book to come out!!!! Team tam all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG even though dis book hasnt come out yet, i JUST KNOW it will b awesome! Every book has been! I recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!! ha ha . First comment . Yay. Oh and TEAM TAMANI FOREVER! HE IS GUNNA WIN ANY WAY! XOXO, Romina+potter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT PREVOUS BOOKS: David: annoying jerk who steals Laurel from my Tammy (my pet name for Tamani). Chelsea: good cause she can have david while tammy and laurel live in avalon. Shar: epic warrior. Hates Yuki. Yuki: hate her. First she tries to steal my Tammy. Then she takes all the attention by being a stupid winter faerie! Laurel: shes the main charcter. If u dont like her u dont like the books. But sometimes her "pushing Tammy away" thing annoys me. Ryan: hes just there. The Queen: dont like her that much. TAMANI!!!!!: I love this guy!!!!! He rocks! Be with laurel forever! Klea: would be pretty cool if not a total bad guy. Entire faerie system: How dare they make Spring faeries there slaves!!!!!! Free Tammy and all the others! Equal rights! No more winters! (Remember ive only read the first three.) If u couldnt tell before,,,,,,,,,,, im on......... TEAM TAMANI!!!!!!!! ive loved this series. Im totally into romance and fantisy. But only if action is involved or its too twilighty. I would also recamend: (in this order in similarity to Pike's books) 1. MAXIMUM RIDE SERIES 2. FULL MOON SERIES 3. VAMPIRE DIARIES (for older readers i must add) 4. PERCY JACKSON (not as much romance) 5. If u look up those and check related titles im sure ull find more. Hope we all Blossom in are own way! ~Madison
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Woow i would of never suspected this sieries to be amazing but like they say "dont judge a book by its cover " and i loved it the way she discribed every thing really captured the stoy and dont get me strated with the ROMANCE!! Girl was it spicey i have to say though that if i was laurel i would've choosen tamani first. Who wouldnt? I just really want another book to come out one where everything goes down hill and it takes every faerie to help so avalon reconizes that every hand is important! Oh dont get get me stared with the movie they should make it right? I would pay to see that who wouldnt? But this definetly my FAVORITE sieries im so gald there is still talented people who devote there time for our satisfactions . My blessings to Aprilynne Pike
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
Perfect Ending!! I loved this series and this final book was perfect! There was so much action, I would love to see this as a movie (but NOT Miley Cyrus as Laurel!!!). Loved how the series ended but I think Pike left it so the series can continue (I hope she will!!)...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved im team tamaini
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading this series. Pike ended it just right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TEAM TAMANI!!!!!!!!!!!
booksatruestory More than 1 year ago
Destined was the perfect ending to one of my all-time favorite series. I liked each book in this series just as much as the first one (which is rare for me). The whole series had all the things I look for – a creative idea (that sometimes I’m kind of jealous of and wish I had thought of), a story that surprises me, but most of all something that makes me feel. I felt true love and sorrow and so many things in between while I raced through this book. The epic conclusion and the bittersweet ending were not what I was expecting. I think that all the best stories are a little bit sad. I couldn’t stop reading this book and now all I want to do is read it again. It was full of battles, betrayal, sacrifice, high stakes, and some beautifully romantic passages that I read over and over. I’m a little speechless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, one, LaureL totally needs to just ditch any thought of David because she is just stringing him along because she is too afraid to let go. Can't she see that Tam is who she needs? He knows what she is going through and loves her so much! David can be with Chelsea who has loved him since Adam and Eve so four people would be happy! Anyways, I am so TEAM TAM!!!! My only regret about having Laurel be withTamani is because, well, he's MINE!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the professional reveiws I was convinced this last book in the Wings series was going to be bad. I thought the start of the book was a little boring but after the first chapter or two the book got really interesting. Pike did a great job ending the story. I thought Laurel, Tam, David and Chelsea all got a happy ending, just not the way you'd expect it for a couple of them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading one of the professional reviews, I actually had buyers remorse about pre-ordering, thinking I wouldn't like the story. Turns out, I loved it! I recommend it for anyone who is continuing the series. This really is a part II to the third book. I don't recommend this book without reading the third book. The only complaint for me was the massive amount of action in the book. Made me stress out! :-D
BookWorldBabe More than 1 year ago
I'll start off by saying that previous to this book, I was in love with Aprilynne Pike's intriguing and beautifully woven story about a girl who discovers she's a fairy. I read the first three books in one sitting for each, and then proceeded to read them again. There was something magical not just about the story, but the writing, and I love, love, loved it! However, Destined, which claims to be the "perfect ending" to the series, was the biggest let down I've ever read. As oppose to the other books, this one was not as well written; there were choppy paragraphs and the entire story didn't flow nicely as the others had. Another point was that in this last book, none of the characters are likable. You hate David for being so whiny and sulky for Laurel, and then smug and rude to Tamani when he gets Laurel. You hate Laurel for switching her feelings for the entire book and complaining about almost everything. You hate Chelsea because she's trying to be with David and gets huffy and pathetic when she doesn't get him. And of course you hate Yuki because she's being rude to everyone. Even the Winter Queen makes you cringe with every word she says, not because she is a chilling and brilliant character, but because it is so poorly written and she is way to idiotic a character to even find believable. Now, in no way does this review affect my view of the other three books in the series. However, be warned, that if you do decide to take up the series, you're in for the biggest letdown of your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this SERIES!! I cant wait till her new books coming out next year!!!! Team tamani all the damn way!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where to start? If you havent read the series yet. Read it now! I read this last story in one day. The suspense is perfect. I dont want to give ANYTHING away so just buy the book already. You will not regret buying/reading the series(saga, whatever it is.) Read it! =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The perfect ending to the series. I don't I need to say anymore, the book speaks for itself!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE THIS SERIES.BEST BOOKS EVER.PERFECT AMOUNT OF ROMANCE!!!now my all time favorite books!!!if you dont like these books........................well at night you'd better watch your windows........................illusions and spells are my favorite books of the series...............there are 4 books in the series.................................peace out love, abba zoo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book all of them i want her to write more if this is the last book im going to cry thisis the best book ever, if apilynne can read these im telling you WRITE MORE!!!!! Please i love your books. Iwould stongly consider this book to every pre-teen or teen that loves teen fantisys with romance like me read this book all of the books i love reading now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story that leaves you with no option other than to BELIEVE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this series and I am very glad how it ended. But that letter... oh my gosh. It was so sad yet very realistic. Not every couple in highschool can end in happiness. I just couldn't believe the decision he made. So overall I loved this, I only wished that there was more information on what happened to laurel and tamani later on and that it didn't end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, as much as David annoyed me throughout the book,the letter at the end brought tears to my eyes!