Friday 10 May 2013

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert

Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert  
Series: Everlast, #1 
Publication: April 9th 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Thirty years in the future, a sinister New York City exists in permanent darkness.

A student at the secured NYU, nineteen-year-old Nadine has visions of Victor Gianni, an imaginary guy she has real feelings for. Afraid of being truly insane, she explains the visions away as simple daydreams, but she can no longer deny them when she bumps into Victor in real life. But this Victor doesn’t know her, and turns her away. After the encounter, Nadine’s visions change to those of eerie fates, gods she’s never heard of, demons with sharp claws they are not too timid to use … and instructions.

To discover if she’s losing her mind, Nadine follows the vague directions—with the real, rude and reluctant Victor—leading to a man who knows it all: Nadine can restore an ancient creed by unveiling the clues on her visions, and bring sunlight and peace to the world again. But that’s only if the demons and the other evil forces behind the darkness don’t stop her first.



While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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This was an interesting read. It had a bit of everything. I love books about mythology so that was the main reason I was attracted to this book. This one was about gods/goddesses that I never heard of before which I immediately liked. It wasn't the same overdone story-line, even if it did have elements similar to other books I've read. I was really intrigued by Nadine's visions and the reason behind them. When everything was revealed at the end I kind of guessed most of it already but that didn't make it any less exciting and gripping. The story wasn't that fast-paced but it was never boring. The visions that Nadine was having kept me engaged. I also wanted to find out more about Victor and Micah.

Nadine I didn't really like though. I never connected with her. I thought she was whiny and kept going back and forth between Victor and Micah. As you all probably know by now I hate love-triangles and although I didn't actually hate this one I wasn't overly fond of it either. Normally I have a clear favourite but in this one neither guy really stood out more than the other. Throughout the entire book I didn't know whether they actually liked Nadine or whether they were just using her for their own gain. I also felt there was too much attention put on the love story and not enough on all the other things going on. I felt more could have been explained about the darkness and why giant bats kept attaching Nadine.

Overall I liked the story even though the love story bugged me and the characters annoyed me. I will definitely read the next book as I want to find out more about the gods/goddesses.

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