REVIEW: Destiny Gift by Juliana Hagert

April 29, 2013 Uncategorized 13

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.

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Destiny Gift was a definitely a ride!  This book has a bit of everything in it, it’s got a very cool fantasy/mythology plot in the form of visions, it’s got a real life dystopian New York City, it’s got a new adult vibe with the college atmosphere, and it’s got a super cool twist at the end that really got me excited!

It seriously took me up until the twist reveal to figure out what was going on, and sometimes that hurts the story for me, but in this case, it didn’t.  I was interested the entire time.  I really like Victor, much more than Micah for almost the whole book.  But at the end, I was on Micah’s side…even though he was not nice in one particular instance. (I’m sorta hoping that Nadine and him get together in the next book.  Hint**Hint**)

I liked the characterization of Nadine, she came through pretty strong, even if she was a little clueless sometimes.  And I liked the setting.  It took a while for everything to come together in Destiny Gift, but once all the puzzle pieces started to fit, it all made sense.  And when looking back, it the way it was plotted was definitely deliberate and well thought out.

I do admit that the Gods confused me a bit, I never really knew which one was which, but I catch on fast, so it wasn’t a big deal.

The romance was probably the most frustrating because even I changed sides by the time it was over and the romantic moments were not that often.  Nadine did a lot of fantasizing about Victor, and Micah made a few moves that almost got hot, so I hope there’s more of that in the next book.

This was a solid four star book.

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About the author…

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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13 Responses to “REVIEW: Destiny Gift by Juliana Hagert”

  1. Giselle

    Yeah! I love New York City settings! I visited there a couple years ago (and going back to BEA eek!) and since I really love books set there. Anyways this sounds like a real different book from every other NA I’ve read which is awesome! Glad you enjoyed it, doll!

  2. Cindi

    I JUST started reading NA several months ago. It’s like walking down Memory Lane–reading about young people making monumental decisions. Kind of fun to see how times have changed yet still stay the same.

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  3. ViviMachine (Shi'Asia)

    I have yet to read a NA book! I need to hit my local library and it’s been ages since I’ve seen a book store. I have to do better because some of these books look really good!

  4. Isis Erb

    NA is enjoyable since it takes some of the best of YA and combines it with more adult aspects, giving a lovely combination of innocence and maturity.

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