Book Review: Destiny is Yours by Abigail Yardimci

You know that feeling when you get invested in a story, and no matter where the next journey goes, you have to follow? Yeah, I’m now that invested in Abigail Yardimci’s Destiny is Yours, the second book in her trilogy about overcoming heartbreak and learning to live again.

1. Thoughts on the plot

This book follows Jess and her friend Gilly on their month-long sojourn in Turkey, while they try to figure out what comes next. Jess has already dealt with heartbreak, and the failure of her business. Now, she has to figure out what’s next, and what better place to do that than on holiday in Turkey? Only, once there, she has a series of challenges from a friend to complete, and there are people she may not be able to let go.

Okay, honestly, I had no idea what to expect from this book. The first book, while very good, had a few moments where the character development felt a little textbook. This book was not like that at all. It flowed from situation to situation and felt very natural, but also intriguing in a way that I was not prepared for. Jess’ relationship with Gilly, with Mesut, with Ekrem and all the others…I mean, my goodness! It was really great to read this book, and now I’m highly invested.

2. Thoughts on the characters

Jess’ development definitely started in book one, but I feel like it really took hold in this book, and was done in such a way that it felt perfectly normal. The journey that she went on, the way she started looking at the world, I really enjoyed reading it and was fascinated to think like that. (I’m also just the teensiest bit in love with Mesut.) 

I’m also really curious about Gilly, and what’s going on with her. I feel like that was touched on in just the right amount of depth for this book to set up the next book (or so I assume, as I haven’t actually read the next book yet). 

3. Favourite part

The stars!

4. Critique

The ending. Not because the ending was bad, no, but because I am desperate to know what’s going to happen next. Silly author, making me wait until I read the next book. Pfft.

Overall, I really enjoyed Destiny is Yours and am eagerly arranging my reading schedule so I can get to book three. An excellent book.