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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 PossibleBut 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 KillTime, 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 Than Enough Time At The Start Quickly Becomes Too Short As She Finds That Hunting Vampires On A Luxury Ocean Liner Is Much Difficult Than She Expected Sasha And Cristof Become 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


10 thoughts on “Destined

  1. says:

    This is an enjoyable novel that I think will appeal to quite a broad audience because of its exotic blend of genres Time travel, vampires and romance are fused together very nicely with the legendary Titanic filling up much of the background canvas Although this is a crossover of several genres, the heart and sole of this novel lies in the romance which is of the sweet and charming nature Dont look out for steamy sex scenes or hard core lusting in this novel Emphasis here is on innocence and charm but with an impending sense of tragic anticipation The time travel element is simple, tight, uncomplicated and rewarding Vampires exist and are hunted but not much depth is given about their undead lives The story focuses on the human hunters The narrative rolls nicely and successfully immersed me on board the famous cruise ship s only voyage Its clear how much research was put into this to make all the characters, environments and events on the Titanic, feel authentic as possible Titanic has been a life long interest for the author and she includes an appendix section consisting of interesting facts and details of characters we meet on the ship as well as a list of extensive sources Certainly piqued my interest to find out a bit , in fact will be planning a visit to a Titanic Experience exhibition we have in London Which is actually featured in the book.I do however, have a problem with its pacing during the middle section There wasnt any sense of urgency but there should have been given the situation in the story The protaganist didnt seem to be driven in their mission which puzzled me But life on the Titanic was getting a little tedious and at one point our protagonist sighed to her self that she was bored Unfortunately I felt the same at that point There really should be much tighter editing here Perhaps I may have been under appreciating the subtleties of the time spent on Titanic and the developing romance but I personally couldnt help getting impatient Having said that the pacing did pick up again and I did finish the second half of this book in one sitting The climax was exciting, with some good plot turns I cared for our main protaganists and that is an important ingredient in any novel, regardless of genre The romance also worked for me too as the author plays on the now extinct romantic dialogue of 1912 romantics in contrast to the modern ways This is the author s first novel and is a very enjoyable one As I said, some tighter ending in the middle would have made this even better but I whole heartedly recommend this.


  2. says:

    This novel first came to my attention on some Goodreads lists and thanks to it having the Titanic in the plot I decided that I had to get my hands on a copy to read It has a lot of positive reviews however I was still not sure if I would enjoy it or not due to it having romance a little is ok with me and time travel a little of that is also ok with me It has just the right amount of several genres to make it a novel that I am glad I finally got to read and is now one of my favourites.


  3. says:

    Four stars A must book for any Titanic enthusiast Apolline Greer, a vampire hunter, slays another vampire and prepares to head home She leads a lonely life as slayer Her job requires her to keep to the shadows without friends or family Being a Greer, means that she must produce a female heir to continue the line of hunters Most Greer women don t marry the men who father their children, which makes it easier to fulfill their obligations The night before Apolline is to leave Ireland, she heads to the local pub to take her mind off tomorrow s flight she hates flying Her revelry is cut short when she notices the older gentleman in the corner Cristoff, a vampire, who has hunted down the Greer women for years The next day on the plane, they hit turbulence and Apolline bumps her head She awakens to a strange male voice and an unfamiliar setting Apolline discovers that somehow she has transported back in time, and she is now inhabiting the body of her ancestor, Noelle Greer Apolline is now in 1912 aboard the ill fated Titanic As an avid Titanic connoisseur, Apolline knows everything there is to know about the doomed liner Luckily, she learns that they have just departed from Cherbourg, she can get still get off because there is one stop before Titanic sets out across the Atlantic on a collision course with a deadly iceberg Before she can leave the ship, Apolline meets Alexander a handsome fellow vampire hunter She has never met another hunter Then she runs into Cristoff She reluctantly stays on board in hopes of destroying the vampire Can she somehow kill the creature that has stalked her family for centuries and change her destiny or will she perish with the Titanic What I Liked What is it that draws us to the Titanic I know I am one of many people who are intrigued by the Titanic, even now a hundred years this week since her deadly maiden voyage I absolutely loved the attention to detail that Ms Kraft uses in this book It is clearly evident that the author is well read and informed on the famous steam liner In fact, the part I enjoyed the most was the discussion at the end of the book where she shares her research and explains how she tried to make everything as historically accurate as possible All the characters aboard the Titanic, aside from Alex, Noelle and the two vampires, are authentic Titanic passengers Ms Kraft even analyzes female fashion As romantic and lovely as all the gowns are from this era, she makes it abundantly clear that dressing and moving was extremely cumbersome If you want to read a fun, well researched book filled with all things Titanic, I would highly recommend Destined I appreciated that the entire time travel concept was simplistic and not bogged down with scientific plausibility Instead Apolline hits her head and wakes up a hundred years in the past Neither the reader or Apolline understand why and how, or if she is even really there or if it is a dream This quick transition makes it easy to slip into 1912 My favorite aspect of having a modern day girl in the past was that Apolline knew everything about the short voyage and she relayed all this information to the reader Time and time again, she bumps into someone who has a significant role in the accounts of Titanic Witnessing history through the eyes of someone in the know added to the tragedy Imagine being on board the ship, knowing that many of the people you encounter will not survive Would you be tempted to try and change history After the sinking of Titanic, I enjoyed some of the twists and unexpected developments that occur toward the end of the book I was surprised at the direction of the story I can t say much without revealing spoilers I liked the inclusion of the trip to see one of the Titanic exhibits that is currently on tour I was excited to read about many of the items that were recovered I immediately looked up the exhibit to see if one is near me I also loved that she uses an actual photo from a Titanic exploration for the book cover I admit, I was a bit disappointed to find that Noelle was traveling in second class I was hoping that she would be in first class, rubbing elbows with the famous rich passengers with whom we are all so familiar At the end of the book, Ms Kraft explains that she chose to place her characters in second class because all the attention in the past is on either third or first class After reading this, I had a new appreciation for her efforts to bring to light many of the second class passengers All the characters interacting with our protagonists are drawn from history Don t worry there are plenty of sightings and mentions of some of Titanic s most famous passengers.And The Not So Much While the inclusion of vampires on Titanic added a fun paranormal twist, I found myself wishing for a little detail on Cristoff The vampires aren t fleshed out, you don t have a full understanding on all their characteristics This is not a big issue since I was far interested in Titanic than the vampires As I mentioned earlier, I liked the simple time travel element but it remains muddled as to whether the trip back in time had any effects on the future Was there some type of butterfly effect or not Also it was unclear as to what happened to Cristoff after the sinking of Titanic I guess I just wanted to know if Apolline s trip was already a part of history or was it a new development This book does rely on a well worn Titanic theme, the quick blooming romance between new acquaintances on the short lived voyage The reader will then agonize the entire book wondering if they will survive or if it will be the typical case where one of them dies I won t say here to eliminate spoilers, but Ms Kraft does take this familiar theme and add some unique twists Destined was a surprising, fun read that recounts the time aboard the legendary Titanic Ms Kraft is obviously a huge fan of Titanic, and her love of the topic shines through in this book The novel includes a complete discussion on her research and how it all fits into the story If you are intrigued by Titanic and want to read a book to mark the momentous occasion of the centennial anniversary of the sinking, which is this week, then I would highly recommend Destined This book sucked me in and didn t let go, and I admit it has been awhile since I was fully engrossed into a book Ms Kraft allows you to see history unfold through the eyes of someone who has knowledge of the impending disaster which makes the read so much entertaining Get a copy of this one Favorite Quotations The ship The darkness That impossibly starry sky The mysterious man holding me, keeping me from falling overboard The emptiness The silence The panic People have always been fascinated by death, and the dramatic, the better I was seeing the Titanic in person My fingers itched to reach out and touch the wall, the furniture anything To touch history The moon was a thin crescent overhead, surrounded by the thousands upon thousands of stars that twinkled impossibly bright against the black velvet night Forget vampires turn of the century women s undergarments had just taken over as the epitome of evil as far as I was concerned After all, unlike me, he wasn t facing the prospect of squeezing himself into a bone crushing torture device masquerading as underwear Other than those few instances, everyone I met was just another nameless face, destined to one day be no than a faceless name on a list of survivors They say that everyone has a soul mate out there One person in the whole world whose heart fits perfectly with their own One person with whom they are meant to spend their life A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.Posted


  4. says:

    Vampires, vampire hunters, the Titanic, time travel into the past and not one but two romances fill the pages of this paranormal romance Told first person from the female lead s point of view, this is a humorous yet poignant story.One of the funny lines of the story illustrates what a present day female vampire hunter suddenly thrust a 100 years into the past might think Forget vampires turn of the century women s undergarments had just taken over as the epitome of evil as far as I was concerned Apolline, Titanic enthusiast and lonely vampire hunter with no friends or family, only goes after the vampires whose bloodlust gets out of hand She has special genes that allow her to track and slay much bigger and faster opponents She is the last of her line and she sometimes wonders if she ll ever meet another slayer She s been having the same dream over and over again for as long as she remembers On flight home to Chicago from Belfast, the plane takes a nosedive, she passes out and wakes in a small cabin in someone else s body in clothing from a different century but the man calls her Miss Greer She finds paperwork stating she s on the Titanic and her instructions to slay a vampire on board named Sasha.She meets another slayer on board ship as well as her vampire nemesis, Cristof, four days before the ship is to hit an iceberg She also finds love during these four days.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 which, while flirty, has no sex something paranormal romance fans aren t used to It also has Kraft s interesting research notes at the end which talks about people on the ship as well as other details.I think fans of paranormal romance, time travel into the past, vampires and the Titanic will like this story.


  5. says:

    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 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 s 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 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.


  6. says:

    A somewhat disappointing novel, Destined ends up being of a love story than a supernatural thriller When vampire hunter Apolline Greer suddenly finds herself transported back in time to 1912 on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic in the body of her distant ancestor Noelle Greer, she s given the chance to change history not by saving the ship but by killing a vampire that s been preying on her family for generations Unfortunately the vampire mythos is haphazardly put together and takes a lot from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Apolline often even calls herself a slayer instead of a hunter And despite Apolline being a vampire hunter, there s not that much action as she and her partner spent most of the voyage searching the ship and falling in love Yet the plot takes some unexpected and intriguing turns, and the time travel aspect has a bit of an unconventional slant to it Also, author Allison Kraft has done a good amount of research into the Titanic, its passengers, the touring artifact exhibit, and other related topics, and has worked in the book Destined doesn t deliver the adventure that it promises, but it does tell and interesting story about time travel, vampires, and romance.


  7. says:

    Destined is an intriguing and wonderful combination of romance, vampire slaying and time travel As the main protagonist, a vampire slayer from 21st century 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.


  8. says:

    This is a book that is a little difficult to categorize.In a way, it is historical fiction The story line revolves around the sailing and sinking of the Titanic The author went to great lengths to be as historically accurate as possible Her notes at the end of the book were as interesting for me to read as the book itself It is paranormal in the sense that the main character is a vampire hunter slayer And we are hunting them on the Titanic.And there is time travel between 2012 and 1912.And it s a romance.The young woman vampire hunter, Apolline I love that name , falls in love not once but twice Once in each century However you label the book,I hope you find it to be as engaging a story as I did.The story moved right along,grabbing you right from the start.Historical detail was accurate, but you don t get lost in it The author has the knack of weaving history into the storyline effortlessly.And the romance was light and sweet, no bodice ripper raunchiness here This is Ms.Kraft s first book I look forward to reading of her work.


  9. says:

    Being a Titanic buff, I should have known to stay away from this book I don t understand the somewhat decent rating 3.91 for a book that has a horrific lack of editing, zero character development, and a plot that is ridiculous even by fantasy sci fi measures The only good thing about this book is that it is under 300 pages, so I didn t waste too much of my life Great premise, terrible execution.


  10. says:

    Destined, by Alison Kraft 3,5 stars the first half was 3 stars, the second half was 4The idea of this book spoke to me enormously It s told from the perspective of modern day vampire slayer Apolline Greer who comes from a long line of female, single vampire slayers and is rather obsessed with the Titanic who suddenly finds herself aboard this famous sinking ship, in the body of her ancestor Also on board are Cristof the vampire who killed her mother, another vampire hunter named Alexander Walker Appoline never knew there existed others like her, let alone they were so cute and a female vampire named Sasha whom she and Alexander were both sent to kill Since we all know what happens to the Titanic it s an understatement to say Apolline is acting under a lot of time pressure She has 4 days left till the ship sinks.Unlike slayers we already know such as Buffy , which Alison Kraft refers to herself the slayers in this book don t walk around and slay every vampire they encounter because not all vampires are considered bloodthirsty and dangerous They re assigned to kill specific ones because they ve turned bad Which is why Apolline is not allowed to kill Cristof, even though he s responsible for her mother s death, has tormented her family before that and torments Apolline still Yet now temptation is very strong she has a chance to stop him before he has a chance to kill her mother.Even though Apolline is a strong character, having lost her mother at a young age and being trained to be a vampire slayer, I find her personality a bit lacking She s cool and in control and doesn t allow herself to break down and cry for quite some time It took some time before she finally grew on me, but towards the end I could really sympathize with her Alexander Walker is truly an old fashioned gentleman, charming in a way Despite the proper distance which social etiquette requires, you feel the romance between Noelle Apolline and Alex grow, in a subtle way Logan seems like a good and cute guy too Very slowly for obvious reasons, as we find out later he finds a way into Apolline s life, because he genuinely cares for her.As far as writing goes, this books reads away easily Since it s written from 21st Century Apolline s view in the first person , the style language is modern, apart from the moments Apolline has to converse to her fellow travellers in 1912 of course.Clearly Alison Kraft has done much research on the Titanic , I am pretty sure her descriptions of the ship, decks, rooms, sleeping quarters, dining rooms, floor plans, etc are most accurate But during the first half of the book the story is just being told without much extra flavour Everything is a bit flat and I miss a spark with the book Just like in the movie blockbuster, until the ship starts to sink, hardly anything happens Alison Kraft takes a bit too much time writing about everything Instead of chasing after Cristof and Sasha, Noelle and Alexander wander around the ship and talk, have breakfast, lunch or dinner and in between take their sweet time to change outfits Admittedly, it s nice to read how crazy people were back then taking hours to change into different attires for every meal, whilst the outfits they wore especially women were no easy task to change into The tight and uncomfortable corsets, the hundreds of buttons on the gowns, the hair and make up No wonder every woman who had some means needed a maid I m a big fan of detailed writing and descriptions, but it dragged on a bit too long Almost every breath Apolline Noelle takes shallow breaths, due to her confining corset , every move she makes, is being described The story drabbles on a bit too long That does make you feel what Apolline feels it s actually rather boring to be aboard a big ship during the 1900 s Because of those elaborate descriptions the vampire action gets snowed under a bit It s almost like Alison Kraft thought about adding a supernatural theme to the story later to make it interesting, instead of just writing another story about what it must have been like to be on the Titanic.However, as the story finally unfolded I really felt for Apolline The love she and Alexander felt for one another was going to end either way, by death or Apolline s return to the future Alison Kraft described the chaos during those panicked last moments excellently I won t tell whether or not Alexander, Noelle and Apolline survived, but boy, did I feel some pain All those innocent people who died that night, some of them being Apolline s new found friends after her always solitairy life Heartbreaking view spoiler Especially in the now , once Apolline has returned safely alas, Noelle does not survive and gets to know Logan the neighbour she has been secretly lusting after for some years already Being confronted with things Titanic hurts too much, understandably, and Apolline questions her sanity Was it just a dream, or not And did she manage to kill Cristof or not, because her mother is still dead Once it turns out Logan is Alexander s great great great grandson, possesing a letter addressed to Apolline proving Alexander did survive the Titanic , despite the fact that Apolline saw him fall into the freezing water together with Sasha both Apolline s and my tears were flowing freely hide spoiler