July 7, 2018
This is the first book I've read by Destiny Hawkins and I really enjoyed it. I have always loved a good paranormal romance and this book didn't disappoint. Krystal Blue is the story of 18 year old girl who is struggling to figure out what she is after clawing her foster father and is soon thrust into a world where wolves, witches, lions and leopards are more real than sparkly vampires. And though I'm not really a fan of f/f romance, this one was really good. The chemistry between Crystal and Alveya is natural and progresses nicely throughout the story. I love the tension from the moment the two of them meets. The author does a good job with characterization, making the characters round and dynamic as well as distinguishing them from each other.
Another thing that I loved about Krystal Blue is how intense and mysterious the whole story is. One minute you think you have things figured out and the next you're questioning whether you can trust a character or not. It drives you crazy but keeps you interested! The confliction you read about the things happening leaves you sympathetic to characters you'd normally shun or hate.The author also does an amazing job painting a vivid picture with words. Everyone knows showing versus telling is key when writing a book and Destiny has that down. I can picture every scene and character with ease.
One thing I found fault with in the book is really more a stylistic thing than anything. A few times the author would say things like "the woman did this" or "she was like that" when she was talking about a character we already knew by name. It happened in moments where you'd think a new character was being introduced but in fact it wasn't. The vagueness confused me until she would mention it was Alveya or someone else. Again, this could just be her style of writing so it's not really a big deal, just something that brought on a bit of confusion. Ultimately, I enjoyed the book and I look forward to reading the next one in the series. Be sure to check out this book and look for the release of the second one!
A contrarian at heart. I prefer The Lord of the Rings over Harry Potter and Narnia. I love Country Music and John Hughes movies and am the worst at singing the correct lyrics.