Destiny Binds - Tammy Blackwell
Genre - Young Adult Paranormal
Released - March 3, 2011
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.
Before I begin, I have to thank the awesome Erica Cope for recommending this book to me. See, I'm not that big on the whole werewolf/shifter thing so I tend to avoid these books as a rule. If Erica hadn't recommended it to me, I probably would never have read it and I'm so glad I did!
First of all, the main character, Scout, is witty and has great commentary on everything. She's the kind of MC you want in a book. She sounds and acts like a teenager, she has common sense and she asks the right questions. The supporting characters are all great too! There are two love interests, Alex and Charlie, but they're both written so amazingly well that I had a hard time deciding who I loved better. I also loved that Scout actually had two decent choices regarding her love life and that neither of them were bad boys, arrogant or jerks.
Speaking of supporting characters, there was also Jase, Scout's brother, who was just awesome too! It was good to see a sibling relationship that was actually well-developed. Scout's little sister, Angel, was also a delight to read about! Each character had a back story and, sometimes, even an anecdote which made you feel like you already knew them.
There is, of course, the whole werewolf thing going on but it was actually refreshing to read a story about teens who happened to be shifters and not shifters who happened to be teenagers (if you get what I mean). The ending just about killed me and I gasped and did a very cliche, "Noooooo!" I was devastated, I was torn and then I picked myself up and kept going. There is a brilliant cliffhanger at the end, so be warned.
Tammy Blackwell did an amazing job with Destiny Binds. I am so glad I read this and I cannot wait to read more of this exciting new series! This is another self-published gem!
Recommended: If you enjoy the werewolf myth with a bit of shape shifters thrown into the mix and great characters that you won't forget.