by Cindy Ray Hale


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ISBN-13: 9780991037407
Publisher: Cindy Ray Hale
Publication date: 10/31/2013
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Cindy Ray Hale is a Young Adult author and a book blogger. She spends way too much time following up-and-coming musicians on YouTube and dreams of joining their ranks one day. She's a bit of a health food nut and loves trying new healthy recipes. In addition to writing and self-publishing two Young Adult Contemporary novels, she has also written articles for "New Era" magazine and The American Preppers Network.
For more information on The Destiny Trilogy and Cindy's upcoming books visit or follow @CindyRayHale on Twitter.

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Destiny 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. From the very first page I became immersed in the life of Destiny, a totally relatable girl who is singled out because of her beliefs. She doesn't let this stop her from pursuing her dreams though, and I laughed, cried, and even punched a pillow out of frustration as she dealt with family, friends, an unattainable crush, and the difficulty of being the only Mormon at an all Baptist school.I loved this book and I'm superexcited for the sequel, Synchrony
LATeacher More than 1 year ago
This was an easy and quick read. I completed the whole book in one day. Once I started reading about Destiny, I couldn't stop. It's an interesting and heartbreaking dilemma that Destiny finds herself in. The thing I enjoyed most about this story is that while it deals with religion, it's mostly a story about forbidden love. It's really a classic tale of narrow-mindedness keeping two young people from being together. I was reminded of Romeo and Juliet, yet with a much happier ending. In addition to a great love story, Destiny is chock full of tidbits about religions that I didn't know much about. But more than that, Hale does a fantastic job developing interesting family dynamics. Each character has extremely real, and sometimes upsetting, family situation. While I found some of the dialogue to be a bit forced, I thought this was a great debut novel. I'm interested to see where Hale takes the story next.
book4children More than 1 year ago
This book has such an interesting dynamic to it. At first I felt like Destiny was a little whiny about the way she perceived other people treated her. As the story progressed and I got to know the characters more, I grew to like her and sympathize with her. I also fell head over heels in love with Isaac. He was such a gentleman and just a good person all around. Call me crazy, but I was also kind of cheering for Preston. Destiny is very sweet and she takes her religious convictions seriously. I like the way both she and Isaac try to do what they believe is right. There is a lot of prejudice, judgement, and bigotry that both kids have to deal with. I don't know if people really are that judgmental, but I certainly hope not. Both of their parents made me cringe with their biases. I'm really interested to see what the next book has in store for a Destiny and Isaac. Content: Clean
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story switches back and forth between Destiny and Isaac. They're not friends at the beginning of the book. They both attend Bethel Baptist Academy, where Destiny is a sophomore and Isaac is a senior. Destiny and her brother Michael are the only Mormons at the school and Michael has lots of friends but Destiny only has one. The book starts with a school retreat where Destiny makes a new friend. We learn that Isaac is the student body president and has a beautiful girlfriend, Aspen, whom he adores. He's popular, good-looking and can have any girl he wants. He does have issues with Destiny and Michael and when he finds out who Destiny's new friend is, his best friend Will comes up with a plan to break up the new friendship. Being cast together in Les Mis comes later in the book and by that time, a lot has happened and Isaac is surprised to learn that Destiny isn't what he's believed her to be all these years. This is a fun series that takes me back to my high school years. The excitement of new love, jealousy, friendships and secrets kept me turning the pages. I was iffy on Isaac at first. I thought he was realistic in the way he started out feeling. His description of his girlfriend, Aspen, and all she had been through and how he'd been there for her made her sympathetic and I had a hard time believing he would actually develop feelings for Destiny. He was conflicted at first and as he became more accepting of Destiny, his life got tough yet he was willing to do what it took to go with his heart. He grew on me and I liked him by the end. Destiny starts out likable. She gets along with her family, they're active in church and she's a good girl. She has a huge crush on Isaac, who is a Baptist, but never actually believes she'll have a chance with him so she's not concerned with their religious differences. She has to endure ridicule and sometimes hatred from some students (but not all) who think she's chosen the wrong path in life and don't try to hide their disdain for her religion. Will Destiny and Isaac find a way to be together or will the adults in their lives make it too difficult? There are lots of other great characters, too, and I enjoyed each one of them. Destiny's brother, Michael, and his best friend Preston added a lot to the story and I really like both of them. Click here to meet the characters. Religion is a huge theme in this book, but I felt like it was explanatory rather than preachy. There is a lot in this book to digest and think about. I thought it was well written and interesting and once I started, it was hard to put it down. There's some kissing, too! It's clean and is a fun book to share with teenagers, yet still kept my interest as an adult. I'm excited to see where this series will go next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever, an outstanding author. A MUST read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!! This is exactly the kind of YA book that I love!! People meet and friendships are formed, crushes are developed, and romances start to pop up all over the place. Since there is religion involved, the language and intimate situations stay clean. I'm a big believer that the falling-in-love and romance part of a relationship is more toe-tingling than a casual relationship that is taken lightly. Destiny is a teen girl and her actions and thoughts took me back to my teen years. She was true to the age she is and her character was very real and believable. My inner (younger) self felt a connection to her from the beginning. She is trying to find her way in life and discover who she really is and wants to be, but also has that little rebellious streak. One point that I really loved was that all of these kids, from a couple of different backgrounds and upbringings, managed to be great friends and were very accepting of each other because of their similar moral beliefs. I loved that message! I loved the friendly, enthusiastic Hannah and her swoon-worthy cousin, Isaac. I loved that he started to really grow into himself and stand up for himself and I honestly cannot wait to see where this series goes. I loved every minute of it!! I loved everything about this book, from the romance, to the Les Mis production, to the growing and maturing of the characters, to the family dynamics, to the friendships, and to the messages that were given. Content: some religious content, but not preachy; kissing; no language (thank you!!); CLEAN!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading Destiny! The book is a love story, but also I great example on the importance of loving those who may not have the same "religious" views as you. It really hit home on some of the issues that have been on my heart lately. There is way too much hate and discrimination in this world. Not enough unconditional love! Destiny gives the world an insider perspective on how it feels to be seen as an "outsider" due to a difference in beliefs. More people need to read this to understand the power and hurt they cause through this kind of rejection. Just because you don't see eye to eye on your "religious" beliefs does not mean you can't be friends (even best friends)! Anyway, I highly recommend this book and hope people will learn the importance of loving everyone through this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Destiny is a fun, rainy-day book. Once you start to read it, you won't be able to put it down. I highly recommend it. I can't wait for the next two books to be published!
t_barber1 More than 1 year ago
What an amazing read.  I normally do not read books that have a religious undertone, but I am so glad I chose to read this book.  The author didn't attempt to shove religion in your face, instead she used it as a tool to show so many things that are wrong with the world these days.  Our indifference, our close mindedness, our ability to be judgmental, as well as the extent people go to bully.  The characters in this story are more relatable than I had thought they would be and ended up loving them.  Quite an emotional read as well.  I can't wait to read more and will most definitely be recommending this one!
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
4-1/2 stars. This book made me angry. Not because it wasn’t well written (it is) or because I didn’t like the characters (I do), but because Cindy Ray Hale so perfectly captures the hatred and bigotry of religious differences, I wanted to throw my iPad across the room more than once. Although the characters in the story are fictional, the beliefs, that Mormons are a cultish religion, that Baptists won’t have the same blessings in the afterlife as Mormons, are real and they are destroying the relationships of living breathing people every day in this country. Destiny is a Mormon attending the Bethel Baptist school along with her older brother. Isaac is a Baptist and the head master’s son. Destiny used to be Baptist, but her family converted. They were allowed to continue at the school, but they are outcasts to a large degree. Destiny’s older brother Michael, is popular, but with limitations. The examples set by the adults in this story are anything but Christian, regardless of the religion they belong to. So when Destiny and Isaac begin dating, things go from ugly to sinfully cruel. I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy a book with such overt religious undertones, but I ended up loving it. The story of these two star-crossed lovers is intense, heartfelt, and so incredibly believable. I loved watching the two main characters evolve their views and understandings of one another over the course of the book. It’s the first in a trilogy, so there is still plenty of ground to cover and nothing so volatile as religious differences can be wrapped up in one novel, just ask Israel and Palestine. What I really hope doesn’t happen though, is for one of them to convert to the other’s religion in order to be together. Their story will be so much stronger if they can learn to mutually respect one another’s beliefs without needing to believe the same thing in order to be happy together. That is the same hope I have for the world at large. Because if the only way to live in harmony is for everyone to believe the exact same thing, our planet is doomed. And sooner rather than later. Plot The plot is a basic young adult romance with a twist. The forbidden love story based on religious differences when both religions are Christian was a new angle for me and I loved it. There was so much angst as a result, because deeply held religious beliefs drive so many of the choices people make in life. And when those people happen to be hormonal teens, things are bound to get complicated. I also love how author, Cindy Ray Hale, wove in Les Miserables so perfectly. The characters had parallel roles in the story as well as the musical which added depth. Characters The characters are what really made this story so strong. They’re so authentic. From both sets of parents, to Destiny and Isaac, and even their siblings, everyone came across as believable and acted according to character. And it’s why I reacted so strongly to the story. Bottom Line Destiny is a moving story of forbidden teen love with strong characters and deep, meaningful themes that should appeal to people of all faiths. Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
A Superlative First Novel- 'Destiny' - by Accomplished Author, Cindy Ray Hale! The whole story covers  a mere two to three month time period in the lives of Isaac Robinson and Destiny Clark. The author has  effectively delivered the locution of each individual's view. Although much of book is day to day activates and thoughts of each, it is never boring.  Quite the opposite...the the reader attention is captivated from beginning to end. He/She becomes so enthralled in this poignant rendition, that it is nearly impossible to put it down! It is quite conclusive at the end, but what a disappointment it would be if there were not more books in the series. This is a coming-of-age story filled with self-discovery, longing, drama, intrigue, romance and personal standards and values. It is a very realistic Christian fiction. The supporting characters are equally dazzling and engaging. The scenes portrayed "come alive" and pulls the reader into the tale. The Book Cover lacks in eye-appeal yet contains a certain relativity to the story. The title lacks the attention it could capture if it contains a further hint of the "meat" of the story. My review of this book gives a strong  Five Stars rating to it. *This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, of which I have given.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Destiny is the first book in the Destiny series by Cindy Ray Hale. This is a forbidden romance brought about by religion. I don't know much about Mormon beliefs, but I consider them to be Christian, unlike some of the characters in this book. Destiny is a Mormon and her family doesn't want her dating any non-Mormon boys. Isaac is a Baptist, and his family doesn't want him dating a Mormon girl. Both sides are very passionate about this and aren't always nice when they defend their beliefs. This story did its part to debunk some of the common Mormon stereotypes, but didn't really offer the same courtesy to the Baptist stereotype. This book made Christians, mostly Baptists, look horrible. This took away from my enjoyment of the book, because not all Baptists behave this way. It hurts to see Christians portrayed so poorly. Unfortunately, you see it in fiction a lot. Too much. Religion aside, I enjoyed the story. Destiny was easy to like. I needed more time to let Isaac grow on me, but he eventually did. I'm Team Preston though. He had a personality that attracted me the most. Destiny could be herself with him whether she was acting girly or being a tom boy. I liked their chemistry. The supporting characters were fun. Especially Hannah. She was a hoot. The story as a whole was entertaining. I'm curious to see what happens next. I'm a Les Mis fan, so that is what initially attracted me to this book, and I really liked how it played a big part within the plot line. Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
 I am going to review Destiny (Book 1) and Synchrony (Book 2) together.  Because I read them back to back I am not sure where the story ended and the second one picked up.  I liked these books and the whole lover's triangle between Destiny, Isaac, and Preston.  Barring the religious undertones, I bet you can find at least one triangle like this in every high school in America.  As Les Miserables is one of my favorite movies, it was fun having all the references and songs in these books as well.  Destiny is only 15 when the book starts and is a Mormon attending Bethel Baptist  High School.  Her family are the only Mormon's that attend and they were former members of Bethel Baptist Church.  When they converted, a lot of their friends didn't understand and broke off the friendship.  While her brother Michael seems to be very well-liked, Destiny doesn't feel like she belongs anywhere. At the start of the school year she only has two girls that she calls friends, and one of them turns out to be Isaac's cousin.   There are actually two more books coming out, Complexity - book 2.5 and Harmony - book 3.  I am going to have to read these because I want to know what happens with these three!  There is also some smaller stories going on - one with Destiny's best friend Hannah and her boyfriend and another with Destiny's little sister Olivia, and a would be suitor.  Both could be explosive all on their own. Now that I have shared what I liked about the books, I do have to let you know about something that bothered me.  I am a born-again Christian and felt a little bit like the Christians in this book weren't represented very well.  They seemed to be the ones who were unaccepting, rumor mongerers, druggies, and having pre-marital sex.  The Mormons on the other hand, all had close knit families, watched out for their siblings, dressed conservatively etc.  And it wasn't until Isaac, (Christian) decides to learn more about the Mormon religion that he is portrayed in a much better light.  I understand that this is central to the story line, the different religions and the conflicts between the two, but you don't run into very many good Christians in this story. Meanwhile, even though the Mormons are breaking some house rules, there is no comparison to what their Christian counterparts are doing.  I am wondering if some of this is going to change in the next books though and look forward to finding out. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is this book about? Destiny Clark is an average teenage girl, save that she can't wear short sleeves, date outside of her community and can't drink caffeine, like NO STARBUCKS! I guess she's not that normal then... So let me start again. Destiny Clark is a teenage girl that can't drink coffee, wear short sleeves or date outside of her church.  In this modern day Romeo and Juliet story, Destiny Clark falls in love with her bother's ex-BFF, Isaac. Sure, so far the story looks pretty normal right, except for Destiny that is. But look again. Destiny Clark is Mormon and Isaac is Baptist. Mormons can't date outside of their church, so this romance seems to be doomed from the start. Or is it. Read this rollercoaster of book, through romantic trysts and failures.  RATING: 4/5 My thoughts? The characters in this novel were a little, shall we say, unbelievable, both in the good way and the bad way. Like, some of the characters, mainly the minor characters, were more believable, take for example Destiny, she's the main focus of this story, and let me tell you, I have neither met nor read about anyone as indecisive as she is, but I suppose that's the point of the book. But that is besides the point. Some of the minor characters were indeed much more thought out and realistic like Preston for example, I can believe his story, that he loves Destiny so much that he is willing to fight for her in that way. Kinda chivalrous if you ask me. I did like most of the characters so the flaw in Destiny's character was overlooked, kinda. The plot for this book is pretty good, the pacing can be a little boring at times, but overall it was okay. The weird thing about the plot is again that this novel wouldn't really happen, I have some friends that are Mormon and they are quite strict and their doctrine allows little space for bending the rules. But love is probably the whole point of this novel, that love can overcome any challenge, it makes the plot kinda cheesy but cute at the same time. Cute in the sense of teenage love that is. The plot for this book however has been used a thousand times before hand. The internal struggle between the one you want, and the one you should want. But what's awesome is that Cindy managed to make it so that the whole plot seems to be recreated. Instead of having love as the deciding factor, she weighs in religion, morale, friendship, parents etc. This made it a whirlwind experience to read and in the end made me love it. I myself would pick Isaac though, the risky choice, but the right choice. But y'all can decide for yourselves....
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! It’s so nice seeing a YA story where the characters have crushes on each other and don’t want to jump the each other’s bones. I love Destiny. She’s strong in her convictions. She tries to be the best person she can be. Even when who she likes goes against her beliefs. Her character is a perfect role model for young girls. I was on the fence about Isaac. At first I couldn’t stand him. He seems like such a jerk, but he’s also generally a good guy. I love the message this book sends. People think that prejudices only ever boil down to race, and that’s not the case. All types of people have to deal with prejudice. This one happens to focus on religion. It was a fascinating read, and I learned so much. I recommend this book to any age. Even at almost 30, I learned a few things.
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time where I found a YA that left me speechless. As I finished Destiny, I was in complete awe. The story and the characters are not like anything I’ve ever read. I didn’t just read this story. I lived it. Every emotion, every word, I felt it. Destiny Clark is a young Mormon girl that really likes the headmaster’s son, Isaac Robinson at her Baptist high school. Not only is the religion a problem, but Isaac is also happily taken, by Aspen Adams. Soon, Destiny finds herself casted in a school play where she will be forced, ironically to sing about unrequited love. It is through music that Destiny and Isaac connect. But as two young adults who deeply believe in their own beliefs, how are they to act on this connection they feel towards each other? There is so much YA out there that deals with teenage angst and love. What I loved the most about this story was the realness factor. Religion is such a big part of our lives and it is rarely discussed in fiction. This book shows a side to young adults, that we don’t see often. I truly connected to these characters on a personal level as I have friends who are of different religions and have been judged by their parents, much like Destiny and Isaac. Teenage love is hard, and these two strong minded individuals had every obstacle in their way. However, they loved fiercely and without shame. Destiny and Isaac receive a lot of backlash from others and within themselves. I admired their characters as their beliefs played such a heavy role in getting to know each other. As a Mormon and a Baptist, Destiny and Isaac had similar and different beliefs. Isaac grew up hearing a lot of negativity about the Mormons. However, he became more open to understanding Destiny’s religion and her beliefs. As with any love story, there is heartbreak and self-discovery. As two young people fall in love, they question everything, but their beliefs. They question if this could actually work. How can they be together when the world is against them? The book did not end on a cliffhanger, but Destiny and Isaac’s story is far from over, and I am highly anticipating the sequel! The writing was flawless. I truly enjoyed reading this story. It was a bit slower paced than what I usually read, however that is what made the story. You connected with every single character. I understood the pain, the hurt, the confusion among everyone. Overall, if you are looking for a YA that is outside of the norm in the most beautiful way possible, you must read this book. I commend the author for exploring and bringing to light a topic that should be discussed out in the open, more often. To the young adults that have strong beliefs, this is truly your story. Love knows no boundaries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I wasnt sure I was even going to like the book so I let my sister read it first. She raved about it which made me regret waiting to read it. As soon as I got the book back I could not stop reading. I enjoyed it so much. The book was filled with actual real life troubles that a teenager does face. It made it a captivating read to be able to relate to the characters spirit. Destiny the main character has just the right amount of tomboyishness in her that made her enjoyable and fun. The other characters were well developed for their parts in the plot and asociation with Destiny.You have to read this book! It is amazing and fun to read :) I hope you enjoy it ( sorry for any spelling errors)
christis_doc_ryan More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this book but had to rate it.  I know the author and her family, having served with her husband in North Carolina.  Very proud of her for this great accomplishment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am loving this book. Its one of those good reads that gets you from the very first couple of pages. The book is well written and the Young Lady on the cover depicts what Destiny would really look like beautiful chosen . From Cover to Cover well done cant wait to see the Cover as well as read the next book in this trilogy!!! Cindy Ray Hale was releasing a few blips from the book with pictures of Destiny that fit the story line on her blog I was so intrigued I had to read this book. 1st time Author that I am sure we will be reading a lot of her books.
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Jessica_Peterson More than 1 year ago
Destiny (Destiny Trilogy #1) By Cindy Ray Hale Rating: 4 Stars Genre: Contemporary Romance Age category: Young Adult Release Date: November 5, 2013 Check it out: Good Reads | Kindle | Amazon Paperback | Nook | Smashwords I received this book in exchange for an honest review Blurb: Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage. As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend. But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world? Weaving around Destiny and Isaac's alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Misérables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love. I really enjoyed Destiny. It was a slightly difficult read because of my own religious beliefs, which I'll get into a little bit later. But first, I'd like to say that Hale is a talented author, who writes deep and dynamic characters in VERY difficult situations. Most YA contemporary goes something like this: Don't get me wrong, I love a good YA Contemporary. They are fluffy and fun and sometimes heartbreaking, and ALWAYS full of drama. A lot of the drama is petty and silly and could be easily avoided. But in Destiny, the heart of the conflict is a very serious issue. It's not predominantly between the kids at school. It's not about an ex-girlfriend who's jealous and causing problems. Those things happen, but really, this is how I felt about the conflict: Destiny is so sweet, and she just wants to live a life pleasing to God and her parents, and she gets bullied and attacked because she's a Mormon. She doesn't do anything to anyone. She doesn't push her beliefs on anyone, she answers questions honestly and kindly, and she does her best to follow her convictions. I admired her for that. As I mentioned earlier, this was a hard read because of my own religious convictions. I'm a Christian, and while I have not studied the differences between Mormonism and Christianity in depth, I've heard plenty from both sides. I had a very easy time relating to both Destiny (Mormon) and Isaac (Baptist). I totally tracked with not dating someone outside your faith. I get how awkward it can be when someone who believes something different than you tries to convince you your beliefs are wrong. I've been in some of these situations, and they are HARD. Without getting into a theological argument (because that's not the purpose of this review), I will say that it broke my heart to see the "Christians" in this book treating Destiny and her friends and family so hatefully. Just because they disagree with someone about something, even something as serious as a salvation argument, that doesn't mean you beat the other side into submission. That's the opposite of what we're called to do. I hate that this is a common story dealing with crazy and legalistic "Christians". When the adults started being HORRIBLE to Destiny, I wanted to be like: As an actress and singer, I greatly enjoyed the plot following Les Miserables (my favorite musical!) and Primus, the audition choir. All of these plot points were near and dear to my heart, as they are things I have experienced in my own life and love to participate in. It was incredibly easy to identify with Destiny and her love of singing. It was interesting to see the story told through both Isaac and Destiny. Isaac goes from wanting to convert Destiny back to being a Baptist to merely wanting to get to know who she is and what she believes. And I thought that dynamic was nice. I liked that he came around to seeing that he wanted to love her for who she was; even if he does still want to 'convert her away' or whatever, the first step is caring about HER, not just seeing what's wrong about her. Isaac and Destiny were ADORABLE. They can hold their own with any YA Contemporary couple. I'm very excited to see where things go in the sequel.