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{July 8, 2011}   Meant to Be, by Tiffany King (The Saving Angels Book 1)

From Goodreads:  Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams.

Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force.

Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought. Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets.

As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets about their mysterious past and their predestined purpose threatens to separate them just when they have found each other.


This was a phenomenal novel!  I am always extremely impressed when authors come up with a completely original idea and make it come alive on the page, and King is a superb writer that does just that.  Krista and Mark are beautiful characters that I want to meet in person—I want them to be real; their caring personalities and wonderful abilities make me wish we could be friends.  King has written their dispositions and life events so convincingly that I truly feel like I know them.

This novel was a rollercoaster ride for me; the sensations I felt as I read were extremely real: anger, gratitude, sadness, anxiety… I felt it all and, on more than one occasion, I actually yelled at the characters, as if they could hear me… I could see it all in my mind’s eye, and that, for me, is what really makes a book phenomenal.  I felt like I became one with Krista, feeling her pain, her confusion, her anger, and it amazes me that I felt so strongly throughout the entire novel, especially as one of Krista’s abilities is her strong sense of emotions—I really connected with her on that point as I read, which is a testament to King’s sheer writing capabilities.  I admit that some of the characters really upset me, such as Matt, and even Krista’s mother, and on more than one occasion I wanted to punch them in the face (professional, I know).  But, King has created these characters to evoke this exact emotion, and as King was able to induce these feeling in me, as the reader, I know that she is destined for great things as an author!

The suspense in the novel kept me on edge as I read, and King creates some wonderfully romantic moments, as well as some nail biting moments in which my anxiety for the characters was overwhelming.  I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel, which is actually set to come out soon (YES!).  I am truly in love with this novel and highly suggest that everyone reads it, sooner rather than later.  You will not be disappointed!  Five stars.


Andreat78 says:

That was a greatreview!
I loved Meant to Be. Tiffany King is a fabulous writer. She has more terrific writing in store for us.

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