Review – Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert

Destiny Gift
(Everlast, Book 1)
Juliana Haygert
April, 2013
New Adult Fantasy
269 Pages

Reviewed for The Book Breeze by Abby Rose / Magic & Mayhem

Blurb from Goodreads: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.

I had a lot of fun with this one. The premise was pretty darn interesting, with the bats and the darkness with the gods and goddesses—all things that attracted me to Destiny Gift. Where I had a problem was with Nadine. She had a lot of potential to be a real kick-xxx heroine but it fizzled in a lot of ways. First there was this obsession, yes, it was an obsession with Victor. What do you do when your world is filled with darkness and bats and you are having odd visions? You focus on a guy. At least, that’s what Nadine did. Then we had Micah enter the picture—I found him much more intriguing—and we had all the makings of a love triangle. Thank goodness that didn’t really happen as I don’t like love triangles (I’m very much a one woman/one man kinda of reader).

The best part of the story was the story itself. I loved the idea of these gods and goddesses and exploring the relationships between them. I ended up feeling kind of sorry for the villain. I won’t give away the events but the gist is that the villain had a bit of a reason to behave as he/she did. For me to empathize with the villain meant Ms. Haygert did a great job of creating and showing the villain’s depths.

I’ll definitely pick up the next book in the series to see more of the world and Nadine, Victor and Micah with an eye (hope) to seeing how Nadine grows.

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