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Posted December 10, 2012
WOW Carlyle Labuschagne blew my mind away with this fantastic read. Our journey is with Ava a heroine who knew she was different but never realized she was destined to do great things. Ava faces difficulties that even we do some on a daily basis. I could not help but to love Ava's character. Her character grew so much throughout the whole story.I will admit I was sadden when I heard that some people had trouble connecting with Ava. I can not see how someone could not connect with her character it was more like she was a real person and not a fictional one. She acted like most girls her age and her character continued to grow and develop throughout the whole book. Ava thought she was no body special she did not have abilities but was that all about to change ........ Sorry No Spoilers Here. But I Highly Recommend That You Go And Get Your Self A Copy Of This Fantastic Read.
I loved exploring the worlds that Carlyle created for us her writing is smooth and flowing. Her description is amazing I love it when an author uses so much description that you can feel and see the emotions and worlds that they have created for us to explore. I can not wait for book two in this series.
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Posted April 2, 2013
This story is about Ava, a teenage girl looking for her destiny and where she belongs. This cover called out to me!
I'm so glad I read The Broken Destiny, it was delightful and refreshing. It's full of mystery, intrigue, paranormal, romance and betrayal.
Her worldbuilding and plot is fantastic and creative. I really enjoyed her foreshowing about the past.
At some point I wish I was living on Poseidon. With the turn of every page there's a twist.
I loved Ava she was easy to relate too and she continued to grow within the story.
Carlyle Labuschagne takes Ava on a journey from being no one to the girl who will save the ones she loves.
Posted December 10, 2012
The Broken Destiny is about a world like no other, Ava is trying to figure where she belongs and who she is. You go along this journey with her and your heart goes out to her, there’s no way a reader can’t connect with Ava on some level.
Ava has always been the one that doesn't fit into the crowd, but she has her best friend Sam who knows everything about her and has been there for her. Their relationship is nothing but trouble in the faculties eyes and they are determined to separate them. Along with school problems, Ava meets a guy named Enoch. He ends up saving Ava and she finds herself falling in love with him, but she doesn't know if she can trust him.
I loved the idea of prophesy and I can barely wait to uncover more of these secrets that the council are hiding from everyone. I loved all the twists and turns and each time a new secret got uncovered or a new piece of information was learned, I got even mor excited. I look forward to other work from this very talented writer. Thank you Carlyle Labuschagne for this amazing book!!!
Posted October 13, 2012
Broken Destiny follows Ava, a 16 year old, who is “different.” She knows that she’s different and only wants to be normal, but she feels like she’ll never be happy. While she discovers the truth about her destiny in meeting new people after a vicious attack on her life, she finally comes to terms with her difference and accepts it despite her wishing she wasn’t different and destined to be something she never asked for.
On this journey of acceptance, she falls head over heels for two different guys, Enoch and Troy. Neither seem good enough for her, but she falls for them anyway. She discovers family, makes her own family and great new friends, but things take a very dramatic turn when she is betrayed by someone she trusts and cares about. It is then that she has to become something she despises to save herself and those she loves.
She falls for the wrong guys; she makes mistakes; she isn’t perfect. But in the end as I said, she becomes something that she hates just to save those she loves. And that makes her a true YA heroine to me! She learns from her mistakes and grows throughout the story. She's even weak and not a crossbow carrying girl. But she grows into a strong female heroine, flawed as she is.
This book was great! I couldn’t get enough of it, and I cannot wait for the next book to see what secrets that Ava uncovers about her destiny and what is really going on on the planet Poseidon.
Posted August 30, 2012
I was on among the original bloggers due to review this novel a few months ago. The tour and release of this novel was delayed. As I reflect on all that I've read, I know that this was with “just cause”. (And thank goodness for that!) If it was majorly flawed in any way, readers would truly have missed out on an intense read. The current synopsis is an excerpt from the novel, yet does this novel no justice.
The Broken Destiny tells the legend of how the “the Chosen one” ultimately became “the Broken”. Ava is a spiritual anonymity 3rd generation human living on a planet named Poseidon. Among the future diplomats of the last humans, Zulu, and Minoans also populate the planet with three moons. The planet acts as a second home for those who fled Earth before it's global warming destruction. Ava lives in a compound dissected into three schools: agriculture, military, and science; and segregated from the Minoans and Zulu. The Minoans are the original inhabitants of the planet, and have interactions with the Humans. The Zulu are misunderstood, feared, isolated, and avoided. Each human is genetically engineered and no human on the planet has relatives. With Ava's rare spiritual difference and impending 17th birthday, comes the threat of “the change”. Everyone is pretty much void of emotion and undergo hormone suppression therapy. “The change” changes everything. In this staged utopia nothing is as it seems, a nation's history is fabricated, destinies are secret, magic is brewing, and evil lurks for an opportune time to harness power.
This story is told 1st person, from Ava's point of view. In parts I wanted to jump through the pages and shake her uncontrollably. Ava was a compulsive daydreamer. There were many times she checked out and went on epic style mind rants unrelated to current events. Her wondering imagination was confusing at times. Yet her need for approval, acceptance, belonging, love, family, purpose ,freedom, and physical insecurities made her very believable. This endured me and I started to develop a soft spot for our self destructive heroine. She provided a lot of foreshadowing with hints like “I should have known then that...” She had secret journals from her deceased mother detailing genetic experimentation in a quest for the perfect race; and while she though she had the upper hand on the Government, she didn't know half the true story.
The overall plot was like my first day at college. There was so much happening it became a bit overwhelming. But on closer observation, I saw that the structure was not all that different from high school. The same can be said for this storyline. With a little knowledge of theology, you can read between the lines and see a reference or two from biblical doctrine. I found that enlightening. At the same time there was a plethora of highly original masterfully orchestrated content. This novel had strong messages and hidden truths tucked in along the way.
The way the events played out was executed perfectly like a really good dystopian mystery. Every revelation was strategically interrupted. (This became expected after a while) The author wasn't going to give you clues “that” easily. *lol*
There was a lot of quotable content. This is one of those books that will stick with me for some time. I dare say, this is the longest review I have ever written, and there is so much more I want to say. Geez! What this book lacked in the gushy stuff, it more than made up in other areas...(Continued on
Posted August 13, 2012
Throughout my life I have been searching for something. Something I thought I ought to be. I felt like I was living someone else’s life, waiting for the awakening of my own. Like an empty shell burning for life.
That was until the day I lay dying in the Prince’s chambers. I could no longer feel the pain from the tear in my gut, only the hollowed-out feeling that I had made a huge mistake in assuming that taking my own life would have stopped the ancestor’s spirit from raging out. I gave up, didn’t want to see myself kill the ones I loved. I was the chosen one, and threw it all away for what I thought would be to save a life. Could you end a life to save a life? I did, and have regretted ever since. I realized then that things like me where not meant to exist. So you ask what it was that had been missing my whole life. It was I. To find myself I had to lose myself, in the worst possible way. The consequences of my actions became the legend of The Broken.
My Thoughts: This story centers around Ava, a teenage girl who just happens to be the chosen one, destined to save, even though her kind has also been called cursed. Ava lives on a planet called Poseidon. After the earth was destroyed, humans migrated here because it was much like Earth. They live here with the other inhabitants of the planet and are referred to as “The Broken.” Ava is the third generation of “The Broken,” a race of genetically enhanced human beings. Only two are known to have survived from the first generation. Most of the females from the second generation have died giving birth, and many of the second generation males have gone mad during “the change,” which occurs around puberty. With most of the first and second generations gone, that only leaves the third generation, “The Broken.” A chosen few of these will undergo the change at puberty, some go mad, others experience specially enhanced powers, and Ava, well Ava is destined, she is “The Chosen,” because within her lies the power to change the destiny of the planet, and her generation.
Ava and her best friend Sam attend the academy for the humans. Ava has always been different, she is a beautiful girl, but has always felt like she didn’t fit it. Sam has been there for her, comforting her when the nightmares come, looking out for her. They are governed by the Council, a group comprised of the different races, besides the humans, including the Minoans and the Zulu people.
One night after not being able to sleep Ava goes downstairs and encounters a strange male with a smooth voice, who she should be frightened of, but at the same time feels drawn to. She is still thinking about him the next day. The next afternoon after their game, the girls are walking with with their other Maya, who lives in the Minoan village, when a guy on a motorcycle catches Ava’s attention. There is something strangely familiar about him. She and Maya are going to the Minoan village to Maya’s house. On the way there, while crossing a bridge they are attacked by dark evil beings. Though they try to fight, Ava ends up going over the edge into the water, only to be saved by Enoch, Maya’s hot brother. Ava is also drawn to him, yet doesn’t feel as if she can trust him. This was the first attack, the beginning of the destiny that Ava had been chosen for. There is no stopping what is going to happen from this point on. It has begun. The question is, can she and those she loves survive until the end?
I really loved this story. It is a combination of dystopian, fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal romance. There is so much that goes on, it can’t possibly be contained in a review, but know that it is really good. I loved the characters. Ava is the heroine. She’s not perfect and she knows it, and she makes some bad choices, which she really beats herself up about, but she manages to pull herself out of the pit of despair and condemnation, with a little help from Troy. Ah, Troy, what can I say. He is the super hot bad boy that every girl dreams of. He and Ava have chemistry that sizzles, though they have a hard time managing to get together. So many obstacles are in their way. He may get frustrated with her, but he is always there when she needs him. Then there is Enoch. Enoch is really hot to, but he has a dark side. He is Maya’s adopted brother, but everyone warns Ava that he is bad news and to stay away from him. She doesn’t. Things seem good, then things turn bad, really bad. In the midst of all this romance, there is an evil being that is trying to abduct Ava for his own purpose to rise to into power and take over the planet. Ava and those protecting her constantly have to battle all kinds of voodoo, magic, and evil entities. Ava is also trying to learn how to access and use her powers, and keep those she loves alive.
There are so many more other great characters that you get to know in the book. All were entertaining and well written. The plot was creative, imaginative, and unique. Carlyle Labuschagne creates a fantasy world in “The Broken Destiny” that is filled with intrigue, beauty, and mystery. I found myself turning the pages, anxious to see what would happen next. Not only do you have plenty of romance and mystery, but there's also murder, battles with people and evil beings, and action galore. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you are looking for something different, love YA fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction, combined with a dystopian feel, then The Broken Destiny is one book you will want to check out. Carlyle Lasbuschagne has done an outstanding job with this debut novel, the first in the series, and I am looking forward to seeing where she takes the story from here.