Review: Destiny Binds by Tammy Blackwell

Publication Date: March 3rd, 2011
Self Published
Format: Paperback, 223 pages
RATING: 2 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
Scout Donovan is a girl who believes in rules, logic, and her lifelong love of Charlie Hagan. Alex Cole believes in destiny, magic, and Scout. When Alex introduces Scout to the world of Shifters, men who change into wolves or coyotes during the full moon and Seers, women who can see your most private thoughts and emotions with a mere touch, the knowledge changes everything and everyone Scout thought she knew.

I was truthfully enjoying this book right up to the last few pages. Despite all the editing mishaps, it had me giggling at a smarty-pants heroine who can talk and walk smack with the rest of them. And at one point, I thought, wow another Indie gold! I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book. Then everything fell apart. The sad thing is, it happened toward the end.

This book is your typical werewolf story. Girl meets this new boy who seemed intent on rubbing her in the worse way possible, girl couldn’t help but be attracted to new boy because boy is a hottie. Girl later finds out he has a secret, as are the rest of her family and friends. Girl is also attracted to another boy she grew up with, but unfortunately, is also keeping secrets from her. Later on, the girl must choose between the new love and the old love, but her choice proved to be disastrous.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with writing a same old, same old story. In fact, I can readily admit that I enjoyed the majority of this book. The MC has a refreshing voice; she wasn’t self-deprecating and she knew where she stands. She was smart, funny, and had a repertoire of witty remarks that made me chuckle on some occasions. In short, the author took pains in developing her character, as with the rest of the cast. Outside of the editing miscues I mentioned above, the author clearly had talent. I couldn’t have asked for a better book to get over the reading slump I’ve been on lately.

But. But.

Just when I was wholly vested in the story, I was clobbered with the most irritating, unforgivable story arc that I just could no longer stomach. LOVE TRIANGLE HELL.

“Yeah. But Charlie,” I said. “I mean, if I was truly in love with Alex, I wouldn’t still feel this way about Charlie, would I?”
(Source: Chapter 16, page 171 Destiny Binds copyright Tammy Blackwell)
Yeah. That about summed it up.
Scout’s character seemed to take a turn for the worse as the story veered toward the end. All of a sudden, she was sporadic, incredibly too accepting of the fact that everyone around her were supernatural, and she’d become one of “those” girls whom I despised reading about in a book where there is a love triangle. 
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. This book was still written well even if it had flaws.This is for everyone who doesn’t detest love triangles. Tammi Blackwell’s Timberwolves series is an honest-to-goodness fantastic read. Unfortunately, the love triangle killed it for me.  
  • Thanks, Maja. I was on a reading bliss when I started this book – to the point that I was tweeting constantly about how awesome and wonderful it was. I feel all kinds of stupid now. 🙂

  • The self-publishing industry has finally started getting a pretty decent reputation so I'm kind of sad that this ruins it a bit, especially since it started out good.
    I can't stand another love triangle, I'm afraid, so I'll have to pass.
    Awesome review, Joy. 🙂
    Maja @ The Nocturnal Library