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Destination: Unknown

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Harriet has a complicated life. She cares for her chronically ill Mum, while trying to juggle school and a social life. She’s tired, overworked and underpaid.

Yet, one day she sees what she thinks is a ghost, but ghosts don’t exist do they? And they especially don’t help you travel in time, right?

Now Harriet has a murder to solve, all the while trying to make sure no one fi
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Published July 9th 2016 by Bug Books
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Maya Amlin
Destination: Unknown by Joey Paul is the story of Harriet, a fifteen-year-old who has to juggle between her school life and her home life. The home life isn't that much of a burden because she loves taking care of her mom. School life, on the other hand, is filled with hard things. She is not much of a social person, and has more friends online than she does offline, but that's okay because she enjoys her life this way a lot and doesn't want anything to change.

Yet, something does.

One night, wh
Lucinda Clarke
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would have liked so much to give this book 5 stars, and only one thing stopped me. I loved the way I learned about Harri’s mother’s condition, but for me there was too much repetition and detail in the way her daughter took care of her. I would have preferred the book to be more concise. That said, the story was good, and I appreciated the amount of research into like in 1910 which really came to life for me. Not my favourite of this author’s books but I shall be getting more of them
Astrid Arditi
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely story! Still smiling as I close the book. Harriet is a fantastic heroine! Kind, mature beyond her years,obstinate and full of love for her sick mother, she commends admiration. Her mother, despite her condition, is still a great mom who suffers most from feeling like she's letting her daughter down. Their relationship is adorable and very moving.
As for the ghost story, it created a suspense that was perfect and made you impatient to keep turning the pages. Great book!
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Destination: Unknown by Joey Paul is the story of Harriet, a fifteen-year-old who has to juggle between her school life and her home life. The home life isn't that much of a burden because she loves taking care of her mom. School life, on the other hand, is filled with hard things. She is not much of a social person, and has more friends online than she does offline,
Dal Cecil Runo
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to do time travel well, and she did it

I love this book for a lot of personal reasons. Why am I giving it 5 stars?

1. Did I put it down?
Yes and no. In the case of this book, I had to because the first time I listened to it, I was at work and running errands, but whenever I had the time I picked it up immediately.

2. What about the characters?
Again, this is a trademark of Joey's books, at least the books I've read. The characters are so real. Harri is a wonderful character, but in this sto
K.J. Simmill
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Harriet's life was anything but normal. Since her mum's diagnosis, life had changed. Her home, her responsibilities, and her school, everything was different. She was a student, a carer, and now, it seemed, a time traveller. It happened early one morning, a ghost appeared and beseeched her aid. Back in the 1900s her father had been accused of murder, and whilst their family had no concerns for money, a guilty verdict would ruin them, driving them into poverty and shame. Of course, they were born ...more
Carmilla Voiez
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked up this novel at a book signing. It isn't my usual genre, but I found plenty to admire. Harriet’s life as a young carer for her mother is written in a warm, touching and friendly voice. The reader is Harriet’s confidant and learns as much from what the narrator dare not say as from what she does say. The repetitive nature of Harriet’s life is hammered home. The same things happen again and again, but strangely it works. I normally hate repetition in novels, a waste of words and time, bu ...more
E.M. McIntyre
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Destination: Unknown, Joey Paul portrays the mind of a 15 yr old perfectly, creating a believable and likable character in Harriet. This story has a good mash up of mystery, time travel, and paranormal aspects. The plot line of the murder and how Harriet solves it is quite clever and I *loved* the very end when Harriet receives a certain validation. I did feel there was too much repetitive blow by blow of mundane activities and all things with the mother's illness, and a small continuity issu ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little difficult to get into in the beginning but from the middle on it gets really interesting. The plot was excellent and the murder mystery was well thought out.
I liked Harriet, she's responsible, kind and relatable and I loved how she selflessly puts her mom before her self. Harriet's mom was my favorite supporting character, she supported Harriet throughout the book and her character didn't feel flat/2d. Harriet's mom has fibro and so she needs Harriet's help daily, and while Harriet do
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

The novel’s opening chapter gives a first person’s point of view perspective of a young fifteen year old girl’s story about being a caregiver for her invalid mother. The young girl’s narrative voice and her tale of being unyielding before the kind of pressures that would cripple most adults coupled for a heart-warming, bitter-sweet effect. I found myself entirely charmed by this young lady and drawn in by her down to earth, just-the-facts Jack Webb-like approach to telling her story her
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
An intriguing YA mystery I recommend to readers of that genre.
Paul's great strength as a writer is her uncanny ability to morph herself into a teenager. The voice of the fifteen year old Harriet is totally authentic along with her attitudes, concerns and her view of the world. YA books I've read fall into two camps, books written for adults dealing with teenager's concerns and those than can be read by adults but are written to appeal directly to the target audience. Destination Unknown in firml
Ellie Midwood
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing work from Joey Paul! I’ve read “Dying Thoughts” complete series and I grabbed this newbie as soon as it came out, since I knew I was in for yet another compelling mystery treat, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! This time Harriet, a young 15-year-old teenager who has to balance a school life and caring for her sick mother, finds herself in quite a difficult position, when one day a ghost appears in her house asking for her help…
I’ve always enjoyed how masterfully Joey Paul ca
Jalpa Williby
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Destination: Unknown. First of all, I loved that author's writing style. It was written from POV of the main character, Harriet. Harriet was a fifteen year old girl, and it was neat to see how the author was able to put herself in the mind of this teenager and write as if Harriet was writing it.

Right from the start, I was drawn to Harriet. She was this amazing young girl, and a primary caretaker of her mother. Whereas most teenagers would become frustrated with such a r
Jan Raymond
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant book by Joey Paul. You always expect something just a bit different from her books and she gives it to you. The young heroine has a lot on her shoulders. An ailing mother whom she cares for on her own most of the time, and a whole host of teenage issues. This isn’t the first YA book by this author that I’ve read and I have to add here that she really brings out the whimsy in these young characters that many YA authors don’t. There is a very personal touch to the story which mak ...more
Max Power
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
How do you write a book? You first have to have the technical ability - check. You need to have a good story - check and you need something else - check. That something else here is a simple style that engaged me from the opening of the book which in a contradictory was perhaps the thing I least liked about the book right through to the end. Paul Joey is a talented writer who for me has done something quite genius and that is to maintain a level of simplicity throughout the story that is both es ...more
Robert Jr.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With three teenage grandaughters I am always on the lookout for books that will pike their interest and get them away from 18 hours a day on social media. Last year Joey Paul's young adult books were recommended to me. I purchased BLACKOUT and after reading it sent it to the grankids - they loved it. Now with each new Joey Paul novel I phone them with the news. DESTINATION UNKNOWN is a touching story about a fifteen yeat old girl caring for her ailing mother while trying to come to grips with be ...more
Fiona  Cooke Hogan
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Harriet is fifteen and her life is complicated. Not only does she struggle with the usual teenage problems - insecurity, lack of friends, homework but she is the carer for her chronically ill mother. Just when it looks as if things couldn't get worse- her mother's ME takes a turn for the worst, Harriet meets Dot - an apparition who lives in her house but 100 years before. She needs Harriet's help and soon Harriet finds herself knee deep in a murder case from 1910. If she doesn't clear Dot's fath ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A truly beautiful novel for young adults. Our 15 year old heroine is looking after her mother, who is suffering from ME. With few friends and many tasks, she is more adult than she should be, probably. It makes for a great narrative, though, and a very interesting perspective on life. I loved this voice from page one and enjoyed following her adventure as she sees a ghost from hundred years ago and becomes involved in a supernatural plot on top of everything else.
This is not the first book by th
Jana Petken
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Life is not easy for fifteen-year-old Harriet who spends her life caring for her sick mother whilst trying to live and deal with her own life, at school, and with other interests.

I loves the concept behind this story; balancing normal with the paranormal, mystery, and history. Joey Paul can handle all things ghostly. She is a master of supernatural stories, as in her Dying Thoughts Series. She weaves a great tale, and always delivers on entertainment value. No spoilers from me.

I loved this, and
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Joey Paul is a multi-award-winning indie author, exploring young adult. She has released eighteen books so far, with another due out in 2021. Her current works include the "Dying Thoughts" series, which is eight books, the "Lights Out" trilogy, the "Cramping Chronicles" series, as well as several standalone novels. She writes across genres, with crime, mystery, paranormal, sci-fi and dystopian bei ...more

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