Destiny Unhinged by Kimber Shook ~ Book Review

Destiny Unhinged by Kimber Shook ~ Book Review

VANESSA anxiously waits for her birthday, a boyfriend and some much-needed excitement in her dull and boring life.

She soon finds herself torn between two guys. Well, I guess that is what she would call them, even though one is a dead Alien King.

MAX, a dead alien who is trapped in limbo between two worlds and longs for Vanessa, his destiny, to help him home and become his Queen. He offers her his world, his heart, and his future.

TOBY, a good looking guy who shows an interest and a desire to be with Vanessa, has confessed that he too has a destiny that he’s meant to be with another. However, it’s a destiny he doesn’t want.

The connection that Vanessa has with Max is strong but the desire she has for Toby may be even stronger.

Will she accept what Destiny has in store for her or find a way to escape to find one all on her own?

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In My Opinion

This was a very interesting story.  I liked the unique twist on alien culture and the parameters of other worlds. One of the things I love about the science fiction genre is the ability to create anything.  Kimber has created a very interesting juxtaposition of worlds with this story. I was up more than one night past my bedtime reading just one more page.

The characters are interesting.  The main character is as annoying as any other teenager you would meet.  She made me shake my head more than once at her singular focus on her life. Vanessa is a likable character and I found myself rooting for her with every challenge. Her world really gets turned upside down.

The men seeking her love come with interesting strings attached. Both of them gave me the sense that there was more to their story that they shared with Vanessa. Both Max and Toby are seeking her love but neither is being exactly truthful with her about who they are.

The one complaint I have about this book is two-fold about the writing.  First, the editing of this book was shoddy at best.  There were grammatical or spelling errors on just about every page which made it harder to read. More than once I had to re-read a sentence to understand what it was being conveyed.

The other suggestion I would make to the author is to stop using cliches and acronyms.  Books on how to write all say the same thing.  If it has been said before you don’t need to say it again.  Now I understand why.  It was distracting, confusing and took away from the originality of the story.  It made it feel recycled.  To this day I am still trying to understand what “m&m” means in relation to two people talking.  The first time I read it I went back to see if the characters had been eating during their conversation to see if I had missed something.  Very confusing. If anyone knows the answer please share with me.

Having said that, the story is worth the read.  I am waiting for the second book.  There are many interesting sub-plots in the book and I want to know how they work out.  Writers get better as they write and I am looking forward to watching Kimber’s writing develop.

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