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Destiny Of The Divas

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A book by Ernie Johnson

Missing her brother's presence at her graduation party, it was Destiny Masters' desire to find those responsible for her brother's kidnapping, and murder. How could she tackle such a formidable task? Discover what happened to enable her as she meticulously … see full wiki

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Author: Ernie Johnson
Publisher: LSP
1 review about Destiny Of The Divas

an exciting teenage destiny

  • Mar 21, 2009
Rating:
+1
I'm probably not the right person to review "Destiny of the Divas" as I live in a household of males. When my sons asked, "What's it about?" I told them, "Four girls who form a band and have special powers and help people." "Oh, like Josie and the Pussycats," said the youngest son, and I wondered who he meant. Yes, I've heard of Josie and the Pussycats, but for all I knew they could have been talking kittens in a pet shop. "Oh Mom." Oh well. I guess I'm out of touch.

But Ernie's characters are very human, besides being heroic. The story arc takes them successfully from relatively quiet, non-musical nobodies to confidence and triumph, via lessons in faith and trust and human kindness. And Ernie avoids the girl-book trap of giving everyone a beautiful boyfriend. He keeps the story focused on real-world needs and dangers. The girls' families live pleasantly ordinary lives... Well, okay, the girls end up in something rather extra-ordinary, but they are young women on the brink on adulthood and stardom, and Ernie conveys that what-shall-I-do-now-I've-graduated feeling very well. Real-life dangers are ever present because of the book's opening scene, and theme, where a small boy is kidnapped. And real-life issues, like paying the rent and shopping for food, may be easily resolved, but they're still addressed.

"Every kid wants to be a superhero," says my son -- in superior tones as he's not technically a kid anymore. Perhaps that explains why Ernie's heroines so quickly accept the supernatural leading of their guide. And, "Every kid wants to be in a band," explains why they're so happy to walk into music stores. Does every kid want to rescue someone too? Probably. And Destiny feeds into all these dreams.

But I'm not a kid, and my children are grown, so my dreams are different. I like to know how things work and where they fit together. When the super talents were revealed in Destiny I felt frustrated because they seemed so specific to a task not yet discovered; I wanted powers with more universal relevance. But the girls did use their talents and machines several times during the story, so they weren't as limited as I'd thought. And a younger reader would probably be following the plot rather than analyzing the details.

I enjoyed reading "Destiny," though I found myself frequently distracted (sons, dog, life etc.) The ending held my attention particularly well and was very satisfying -- a beautifully dramatic scene, blessed with a quiet truth. It left me smiling and content, happily wishing every success to the band and their creator, Ernie Johnson.

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