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Destined (English Edition) di [Kraft, Allison]
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"This book surpassed every expectation I had for it. Often times when we think of the Titanic, we forget that these were real living and breathing people that died horrifically. Destined really does it justice and makes your heart ache. Allison Kraft is an amazingly talented writer." - 5 stars from Starcrossed Reviews

"Kraft not only brings her characters to life with a great plot but also paints a picture of what life on the Titanic might have been like. I laughed and cried while reading this thoroughly enjoyable story." - 5 stars from Bitten by Paranormal Romance

"Ms. Kraft puts a wonderful twist on paranormal romance and history. It was a great read!" - 4 stars from SexxyBlogger

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While flying across the Atlantic on the centennial anniversary of the Titanic's tragic maiden voyage, Apolline Greer, last in a long line of vampire hunters, finds herself suddenly transported from her airliner cabin to an eerily familiar ocean liner cabin--as well as the entirely unfamiliar body of her ancestor, Noelle Greer. Upon learning that she is, in fact, on board the very ship she's been fascinated with all her life, she knows there's only one thing to do: get off as soon as possible.

But whether by destiny, freak coincidence or a really vivid dream, Apolline finds that her trip back in time comes with three very good reasons to stay on board: Alexander Walker, a handsome and charming fellow vampire hunter; Cristof, the vampire that has tormented her family for generations and very likely killed her own mother; and Sasha, the vampire Noelle was sent to kill.

Time, however, is not on Apolline's side. The Titanic is on a collision course with destiny, and she only has four days to complete her quest. What seemed like more than enough time at the start quickly becomes too short as she finds that hunting vampires on a luxury ocean liner is much more difficult than she expected. Sasha and Cristof become more elusive as each day passes, while her feelings for Alexander become increasingly complicated. As that fateful night approaches, will she regret her decision to stay and witness history first-hand?

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3.0 su 5 stelle Vampires + Time Travel + Titanic = ... 10 agosto 2014
Di Rea - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
The story opens in Ireland in 2012 with a bit of scene setting. Apolline is there on an assignment to take out a vampire, but with the impending centennial of the disaster, things are pretty Titanic-centric in Belfast, the city where the Titanic was built. At this point the book is rather apologetic about Apolline’s vast knowledge of the Titanic and it got old fast. There’s even this quote: “After all, it was the Titanic disaster that prompted all the maritime safety laws to be amended so that all ships had to have enough lifeboats for everyone on board, and all wireless rooms had to stay active 24 hours a day, not to mention the establishment of the International Ice Patrol. (I didn’t normally know that much detail about the disaster, but with it being the 100th anniversary, there had been a lot of documentaries on TV lately, especially during my short stay in Belfast where it was even bigger news.)” This, however, does not make sense. Especially when you take into consideration that later in the book Apolline is shown to have a vast library of both books and DVDs about the Titanic – the 1997 James Cameron movie being her all-time favourite – and her knowledge of the disaster supposedly rivals that of the tour givers at the Titanic exhibition. Why, then, are there so many passing remarks about her Titanic-trivia being due to the anniversary rather than just her interest in the events of the disaster? This did get a bit frustrating at times because it felt like the author was trying to excuse her character having so much knowledge about something she’s obviously interested in.

Things soon move to the Titanic in 1912. Rather than being transported there in body, Apolline is, instead, inhabiting the body of an ancestor, Noelle, who was actually on the Titanic. Being of a long line of vampire hunters who do not tend to reach old age, she figures that she has been sent there to complete and assignment that her ancestor was unable to complete before disaster struck and the ship went down.

Apolline has a “watcher” who informs her of her assignments. She’s never met him and he only communicates by mail. She calls him Giles in reference to the Buffy show. When she arrives in 1912, she discovers that the same Giles was communicating with her ancestor. Unfortunately, after this point Giles is pretty much dropped from the story and his role in everything, exactly what he is, etc. – none of it is ever brought up and explored again.

In fact, the whole vampire plot itself seemed rather contrived at times and a mere device to get a present-day character in this specific historical setting. The idea that Apolline is a vampire hunter is used as the explanation for why time travel is also possible, both being outside of the realm of the ordinary. The vampires themselves don’t actually play much of a role in the story and don’t tend to show up very often. Even the final climax on the Titanic between vampire and hunter was over so quickly that if you blinked you’d have missed it. I would have preferred more of an impact from that particular scene.

But as I said, that wasn’t the crux of the story. The crux was the exploration of the ship itself as well as the social mores at that time from the eyes of a modern character. There was a bit too much attention paid to the clothing. After all, they did get changed at least three times per day in that day and age and Apolline describes her outfits each time she puts on a new one. I know some readers do like to have clothes described in detail as that sort of thing helps them to build a better picture in their own heads, but I’m not one of them. I consider clothes to be an unnecessary distraction detail that detracts from the story itself. Other than that, I was completely fascinated by the picture painted here. It’s true that a lot of the time stories about the Titanic tend to concentrate on either the opulence of first class or the conditions in third class. Very few books explore how it was for a second class character. This book is one of those few that choose to take a look at second class and the people who were travelling there.

The author incorporated a lot of people who really were on the Titanic. I think only the two main characters – Apolline and her fellow vampire hunter / romantic interest Alex – are fictional. She treated each of these characters with the respect that the memory of a real individual deserves.

Alex himself made for a wonderful hero. He’s the first other vampire hunter that Apolline has ever met and he was a worthy romantic interest. He was obviously smitten with Apolline, even when it gets to the point where she feels that she has to share her unbelievable truths – that the ship will soon sink and most of those on the liner will not survive. He didn’t know what to make of it all, but he still felt drawn to this unusual woman.

It was obvious that it was going to be a bittersweet ending. At one point, Alex says “I’d follow you anywhere, even to the future.” I think I latched on to that line more than I should have. After all, the characters have no knowledge of how this time travel thing works, so how would he go about following the woman he’s fallen in love with from his own time to her time? The author works this in a very unexpected way. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it as when I latch onto a romantic interest, I very rarely budge enough to accept another one, even in spite of the links between the two that are present in this case. I recognise the sweetness behind how things are wrapped up, but at the same time I’m not sold about it.

The Titanic sinks around the 70% mark of the story and the final 30% is about Apolline getting to grips with how her life has changed with this experience. She accompanies her neighbour and original crush (before she went back in time) to a Titanic exhibition about the disaster. At the end of the tour, the passengers are listed with each one marked as having survived or lost their life on the 15th April 1912. This section of the story is extremely poignant. I felt completely torn apart by it as it made me stop and think about some of the points that are brought up. What is said there is true, very true, and it makes me sad that sometimes we overlook the human tragedy to focus on the mystery of the disaster instead. All those who died were real humans who lived real lives and who lost them. They deserve to be remembered but they also deserve to be allowed to rest in peace.
4.0 su 5 stelle Way to go, Allison! 3 ottobre 2011
Di Andrea Drummond - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Yes, folks, I am the person Allison thanks in her book dedication. So of course I am going to give her a good review, right? Of course! There are many reasons why I encouraged her in this endeavor, first and foremost because I felt the book had great potential, I read it and enjoyed it, and I know how important to her it is. I would have been a supportive friend no matter what, but I would not ever have led her on and encouraged her to do this if I didn't believe it was worth it.

It should be obvious, but one thing I admire about Allison's writing is her obvious meticulous research. She has far more patience than I ever would to devote so much time to that, though of course the Titanic is one of her passions, so that helps. Her dedication shows in all of the details she provides, including her choice to have the book set in Second Class, the lesser known of those on the ship. She did not take the easy way out.

I'm sure there are some people who will be baffled by the idea of the combination of Titanic/time travel/vampires too, but that is another place where Allison does a great job. She manages to combine all three elements into, dare I say it, a believable formula... I mean if there were such things as time travel and vampires. She blends the three of them into a good story and not something cheesy or silly. She makes it work, and provides an interesting historical lesson with some unexpected twists. She also handles the romance aspect well. I am not a "romance" reader, so for me I was happy that this isn't too sappy or overdone. The story was obviously thought out and planned, and not too rushed. The characters have depth, and I felt I was getting to know them well as I read and to really care about them.

Allison has been working on this book for years, and it shows. I'm honored to have had even a small hand in helping her bring it to life and to other readers. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.
5.0 su 5 stelle Highly enjoyable 4 settembre 2011
Di Monna - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Destined is an intriguing and wonderful combination of romance, vampire slaying and time travel. As the main protagonist, a vampire slayer from 21st finds herself on the Titanic she deals with culture shocks, surprising shipmates and unknown feelings all the while fully aware of Titanic's fate.

Ms. Kraft does an amazing job taking you through Apolline's journey as she's embarking on this life changing adventure. You feel for Apolline whether she's going through her witty inner monologues or struggling between matters of the heart and familial obligations. As the story reaches the fateful date in Titanic's history I was reminded of how during promotion of the movie Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio had said that you almost don't want the ship to sink. You almost don't want Titanic to sink in Destined either but yet the time travel angle keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering about the next turn of events.

It is very clear that Ms. Kraft has a done a great deal of research while writing this story. Aside from historical accuracy, the demise of the ship and it's occupants is handled with great deal of respect. The tragedy of Titanic is not undermined in favor of the fictional characters' story and the story is not under whelmed because of the tragedy.
4.0 su 5 stelle Love, vampires and the Titanic...oh my 5 aprile 2012
Di allforlost - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Apolline is a vampire hunter who believes that she will never find love and probably shouldn't due to the nature of her work. She is also obsessed with Titanic and has weird dreams that remind her of the ship. Through some crazy act of something she ends up traveling back in time and winds up in her great-great-great...grandmother's body on the Titanic! Que meeting friends and vampire hunting on a ship and a love story. This was a good book and the author did an amazing job of deciding to stay true to the history of the characters that were really on board the Titanic.

This is more of a love story than a vampire hunter story so if you are looking for murderous action scenes then that is not what you will find here. However, I did enjoy this book and would recommend it to friends who like a bit of vampire and romance in their story. This story can be read by teenagers and adults alike.
5.0 su 5 stelle Truly Enjoyable Romance 6 ottobre 2011
Di meloco - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn't want to put it down. It contained three of my favourite things, time travel, Titanic and romance. The vampire hunting to me wasn't really necessary, but I could understand why the author used it to portray the lonely lifestyle of the heroine and a sign of her inner strength. Vampires are the in thing at the moment, but thankfully it wasn't the focus of the story. The focus was a beautifully detailed description of the fashions, formal manners, characters, and the Titanic.

Well written and researched, as well as thoroughly entertaining. It just goes to show that a romance novel doesn't need pages and pages of sex scenes to pad it out. This book focused on their attraction and deepening love for one another, not to mention the colourful characters that traveled on the doomed ocean liner almost one hundred years ago.
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