August 14, 2012
Blog Tour: Mocked by Destiny
paperback, 345 pages
Published August 2012 by Renaissance Romance Publishing
Read August 2012
Goodreads and Amazon
This young adult novel is an engaging read. Michele has modernized the boy meets girl story line by incorporating the very real occurrence of teenage pregnancy.
Stella Richards lives in the tourist town of Virginia Beach. With the navy base near by, there are plenty of men only spending a season there. While Stella is hoping to escape the perceived "Richards curse". For generations, the woman in her family have found themselves wooed by these short-term visitors. All would be find if it was just a vacation fling, but that is not the case. These men leave behind not just broken hearts but innocent babies.
Mocked by Destiny reads relatively fast and an interesting tale. The story is told in switching first person, so you get both Stella's and Stephen's views. This style seems to be an increasingly popular choice for authors. I'm not a huge fan of it. On occasion, it has enhanced a story for me, but I think for Mocked by Destiny I would have preferred a third person limited narrative. For me, when we switched to Stefan's point of view (particularly in the early chapters) it felt like I was reading an interview.
I really enjoyed the first three-quarters of Mocked by Destiny. I think the story could have ended with the birth as the last quarter just felt like the story was being drawn out without a reason. Though I had no problem finishing the book.
Though meant for teenagers, I think there is enough crossover appeal for adults to enjoy the story as well. If you want to know more about the characters of Mocked by Destiny, check out the guest post Michele did for my blog last year. See what other people are saying about it at Goodreads or pickup a copy for yourself at Amazon (I receive a small affiliate fee for purchases made using this link).
Your turn: What is your favorite narrative style?