Haunted Destiny
By Kelly Abell
ISBN#  9781449512347
Author’s Website:  http://www.kellyabellbooks.com

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn


Destiny Dove is the only survivor of a tragic car crash that killed her parents and baby brother. A teen uprooted from her home, she is forced to live with her New Age Grandmother whom she’s been taught her entire life to fear. If that’s not enough Destiny soon discovers she has developed the family gift of being able to see and talk to ghosts, The Shade Sight, her grandmother calls it, and Grams Rose will be the one person who can help her understand her haunted destiny.

When Destiny meets hot hunk Jake Turner along with his jealous girlfriend Amy, sparks immediately fly. Jakes sees Destiny as a new kindred spirit, while Amy sees her as a threat and is determined to ruin Destiny’s life at Blake High. But when Amy’s mother, an antiques dealer, buys Amy some old furniture, it comes with a lot more than anyone bargained for. Only Destiny stands between Amy and an ancient ghostly evil so strong it might just take the entire town of Arcadia down with it. When called upon can Destiny forgive and draw upon her new gift to save Amy and a group of local teens from certain destruction?

A party at Amy’s becomes a showdown between good and evil and will be the ultimate test for Destiny.Will the help of her grandmother, two resident ghosts and a surprise visitor be enough to rid the Morgan family of the spirit possessing them? Or will the ancient evil destroy them all? (Goodreads)


The prologue is gripping. It’s so horrific that you can’t help but be sucked into the story.

Destiny is unique to say the least. Her whole world has changed since her family’s death. She meets her Grandmother Rose for the first time. Destiny’s mother had been estranged from her mother. Destiny has grown up with a prejudice against Rose but she puts it aside and keeps an open mind.

Destiny wants to make some friends before school begins. She meets Jake and Amy out riding horses. There’s an attraction between Destiny and Jake; not good. And don’t think Amy is unaware; she is a cruelvself-absorbed spoiled brat.

Destiny discovers herself as she learns about her gifts. She’s very aware of the responsibility that comes with it. It’s scary but she faces it head on. I like Destiny; she is a very relatable character. She’s remarkably mature for a girl her age.

I love Grandma Rose! Rose welcomes Destiny with open arms. She guides her through the difficult times. She doesn’t coddle her but she shares wisdom through experiences.

Jake and Amy are an interesting pair. I was impressed with how accepting he was of Destiny’s gift. I also loved that he put Amy in her place when she got out of hand.

The plot is great, the characters are even better. I like the writing style.

It’s going to be a fun series. I recommend it to young adults and women.