Friday, June 29, 2012

Review Day: Shaping Destiny

It's Review Day!!!!!!

Today's novel is something a little different, but in the best way possible.

Title: Shaping Destiny
Author: Destiny Allison
Rating: 5 stars

(description from Amazon)
Powerful. Deeply honest. Intensely personal. This book will change the way you think about art and understand yourself.

Shaping Destiny is about the conflicts between who we were taught to be and who we actually are. It drives to the heart of what it means to be a woman and an artist while it reveals the sources of art that lie hidden in one’s own personal experience.

This powerful and compelling narrative illuminates the creative process, shows us new ways of looking at and talking about art, and demonstrates how making art helps us discover our humanity and determine our lives. (end)

Shaping Destiny is a beautifully written novel about the journey Destiny Allison took to learn who she was as a person, mother, artist, friend and woman.  This unique novel was written with such passion, skill and finesse that I from the very first paragraph I was drawn in and couldn't put it down.  Destiny writing style is absolutely flawless and incredible.  She paints a picture in your mind so vivid you feel as if it is your life.  The entire journey I was taken on really hit home, being that I am a young woman, and showed me that if I find something I am passionate about I too can become the person I aspire to be.

Destiny Allison mixed the art and becoming a woman perfectly.  She showed us how passion drives us, how woman are who they want to be and really drove home what shapes our lives.  Men, don't think you can't read this novel and learn a thing of two.  The life lessons can still be understood and the story is phenomenal!  The most impressive part about this novel is how she manages to teach and entertain in a way that isn't Chicken Soup for the Soul-ish, very obvious *life lessons* that make you feel like a bad person.  The one thing I wish I could have from this more!  I hope that Destiny Allison continues writing and producing literary gems like this one.  I am your new and loyal fan!!

Purchase a copy of Shaping Destiny from Amazon, or Barnes & Noble..  Happy Review Day!!


Destiny Allison said...

Hilary, you completely surprised me with this and I wanted to thank you for your incredible review. It left tears in my eyes. I am so glad Shaping Destiny moved you and am very honored by your review.

HilyBee said...

Destiny, you have an incredible book! I will definitely be recommending it to many many people! :)

Destiny Allison said...

Thanks so much. I have been sharing your review all day. Do you ever consider posting your reviews on goodreads?

Rebecca Hamilton said...

Brilliant! I love to hear about great finds like these!

HilyBee said...

Destiny - I will post the review to whichever sites you would like. :)

Destiny Allison said...

You are awesome. Goodreads and Amazon are the most helpful right now. Thanks again Hilary. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.