Everlast Series, #1
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.
At A Glance
I loved the concept but the beginning was slow and the ending was frustrating.
What drew me into Destiny Gift was the concept. I love me some gods and demons. This book started out like an intriguing dystopian with a livable but scary New York. The world is in constant darkness and huge bats like to tear people walking on the streets to shreds. Yeah, not fun. I loved how much depth this story had as it went on. Destiny Gift was crazier and more intricate than I expected. There is a lot of potential for the series, that’s for sure.
I found each character to be flawed but likable. I love how Nadine struggles with her visions and the idea that she may be going insane. The love for her family was really heartfelt. She does everything with them in mind. I really felt for her when her Victor from her visions isn’t at all the reality of Victor in real life. I could feel her sadness at losing the man she might have loved to someone who was a stranger. She also gains a lot of strength near the end. I was so proud of her perseverance when faced with her enemies. I would love to see Nadine’s confident side in the future.
Victor frustrated me so much, but in a good way. He is so different from his vision counterpart. He’s surly and rude. You can tell life has not been kind to him. But he easily grows on you. By the end, I was proud of his decisions. Micah was all charm and mystery. I felt like no one could ever really trust him but his constant smile and flirting made it easy to fall for him a little. He actually interests me more than Victor. Their quest with Nadine made for some great entertainment.
The world in Destiny Gift was dark and violent. No one can be trusted because no one is who they say they are. I felt for Nadine as her world crumbled around her over and over again. I think Haygert really let the emotion of each character shine through in her writing. I am very interested in book 2 of the series.
The beginning was really slow. I felt like it took forever to get to the point of the story. The ending was disappointing. It literally stopped in the middle of the story.
I one hundred percent knew all the twists and secrets of this book. It wasn’t difficult to figure out. I wish there were more unpredictable surprises waiting for me but there wasn’t.
As for the romance, expect a love triangle. It wasn’t too bad. I liked the extreme differences between Micah and Victor. And Nadine’s confusion and interest in both of them actually made sense. There is no sex, only some kissing, very YA-ish instead of New Adult.
Though I hope to get my hands on book 2, I am still a little conflicted by some of Destiny Gift. I didn’t like being left hanging by the ending at all. But the characters made it worth the read. Hopefully there is more satisfaction in the rest of the series. Recommended overall.
“Wait,” he called out.
My pulse quickened, and I turned to him.
“Can I have your hand?” he asked.
He laughed–a delicious sound. “No, not like that.” He ambled up to me, his sly grin adorning his flawless face. “I want to hold your hand.” He extended his hand, and I scowled at it. “Just for one second. Please.”
His cryptic black eyes pleaded in a way I couldn’t resist. I gave my hand to him and , as our skin met, the same cold shock from the other night stung me. My gaze flew to Micah’s face. He stood still with his eyes closed and both hands over mine, then took a deep, soothing breath. I battled the urge to yelp and pull back after I saw his intensity.
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.