Review & Giveaway: Gilded Destiny by Nola Sarina (Blog Tour)

Posted May 6th, 2013 in Blog Tour, book review, Giveaway / 30 comments

Gilded Destiny

Vesper Series, #1

by Nola Sarina

Publisher: Self-published (May 13, 2013)
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Adult
Format: eNovella (114 pages)
Source: Author for Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 stars)

A woman’s memory returns when she falls in love with the monster who took it from her.

Calli tattoos her skin to fill the holes in her memory, thanks to an accident that left her mind damaged and empty. But a nasty encounter with a fired employee leaves her in the arms of her unlikely savior: Nycholas, a predatory, serpentine Vesper on the run from his brutal master.

Nycholas’ clandestine world holds the secrets to mankind’s origin and survival… but he only wants one thing before his time is up: a few colorful nights with Calli, the fragile, tattooed, human woman he pursued and saved.

The more Calli learns about Nycholas, the more her own darkened memories return to her. Despite her haunted past, she loses herself to passion and desire with her immortal captor.

Now, Calli must overcome the demons of her past, or allow Nycholas to kiss her memories away and spare her the trauma of loving a doomed immortal. But each choice comes with dire consequences – some that endanger not only herself, but her family as well.

~Short Review~

At A Glance
Gilded Destiny is a very odd book. So much happens in such a short amount of time (it’s a novella) which was exciting, but the ending made me want to curl up into a ball and cry myself to sleep.

The Good
The perfect word to describe Gilded Destiny is odd. It is unlike anything I have ever read. We meet Calli with a forgotten past and Nycholas who is both scary and caring. He’s a vesper, a half-human, half-snake being. Somewhat similar to a vampire. But vespers are WAAAAYYYY scarier than vampires. They are strong, vicious, and relentless. They may look human, but their ideals are not healthy for the humans they meet. We are food. Done deal. They will eat us. And in the most horrific way possible. *shivers* But Nycholas doesn’t want to eat Calli, he wants to be with her, in every way imaginable.

Calli was a very strong character in the beginning. She handled her dismal situation with confidence and poise. Nycholas didn’t hide who we was, and for all intents and purposes he was monster. But he asks this fragile woman to spend what may be his last days with him. He was actually very passionate and caring. You felt so bad for him, for his past and his possible future. My heart went out to Nycholas, which is hard to say about someone who eats people.

The writing was pretty good and the concept of the vespers kept me turning the pages. I actually wanted to like this book more, but by the end, everything changed.

The Bad
It really comes down to personal preferences. I am not into sad, depressing endings and Gilded Destiny has one. I felt so down after finishing this book. Not even chocolate made me feel better. I know! Crazy, right?

Another thing is that Calli’s obsession with Nycholas was just that, an obsession. Her unnatural connection with Nycholas is explained later, but before that Calli’s I-will-die-without-him attitude put me off.

Also, the majority of the book we follow Calli and Nycholas around, but by the end we skip to another character and it felt very disjoined to me.

The Snuggly
There is some sex (somewhat rough sex) and it’s pretty hot but nothing over the top. The romance was a little odd for reasons I can’t really mention without giving too much away. But I did like Calli and Nycholas together.

Final Thoughts
This is not a bad book. It is actually doing VERY well on Goodreads as of now. So maybe it’s just me. I just couldn’t get over the ending. A girl can only take so much. I do feel like others may like it though. So not recommended to people who hate sad endings, but recommend to people who don’t mind them. I may pick up the next book in the series. Not sure yet.

“When I tell you not to look,” he said, “do not look. If I tell you to run, run. And when I tell you it’s time for you to let go of me, you do it, without question. Is that understood?”

“I might not have a type, but if I had one, it would look something like that stranger in my shop. At least, that’s what I thought…until he raised his head and I realized this gorgeous man was not human.”

Author Bio
Nola is a mother, wife, writer, and giggle-a-holic, living in Canada and raising a pack of kids. She is represented by Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency. In her spare time she can be found geocaching, guzzling coffee, or tending to her garden. Her VESPER series is on submission by her agent to publishers, along with WILD HYACINTHE, a paranormal romance co-authored with Emily Faith.

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30 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: Gilded Destiny by Nola Sarina (Blog Tour)”

  1. drkngl

    What exactly is a serpentine Vesper? It’s the fist time I ever heard or read about it and I admit I only know the drink and the woman that appeared in Casino Royale 😉

    • drkngl

      Thanks Jennifer. Nola Sarina, I’m grateful my stomach was empty when I read your explanation! I’d read the review of course but wasn’t very sure what to think about a vesper…I’d like to say I was put off by the whole eating people thing but it ended fascinating me in some horrific way. The only drawback is the sad ending. I don’t cope very well with them..Usually involves lots of tears, klenex and ice cream! Or chocolate. I’m with you in that one Jennifer!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Now you know why I didn’t really want to explain in too much detail what vespers are, lol. It’s very frightening. But Nola went all out with her explanation. hehe.

  2. Sarah Elizabeth

    Yikes – even chocolate didn’t make it better?! I’m both intrigued and scared, think I’ll probably have to steer clear of this one if the ending is that sad!

  3. Nola Sarina

    Thanks so much for the review – I’m sorry this wasn’t quite your cup of tea (or chocolate!) Jennifer, but I really appreciate your comments! 🙂 I’m a sucker for tragedies, but I promise some of my other books have happy-ever-afters!

    Drkngl, they bite their prey (humans) which dehydrates and mummifies then. Then, they unhinge their jaws and swallow their prey whole, and their toxic insides digest the body immediately, releasing steam from their pores and eyes.

  4. Elisa

    interesting. I have a hard time with super sad endings too, depends on my mood though.
    Ew, eat like snakes!? They must look really odd right after eating and for a while as digesting…

  5. kimbacaffeinate

    I tend to get caught up and sad endings usually rip a hole in my heart, but the vesper thing sounds cool and I love that you felt the writing and flow was good. Awesome review, thanks for sharing this one!

  6. Jaclyn Canada

    I’m a fan of anything odd so it definitely has that already working in it’s favor. The vespers also sound pretty awesome. I really like new supernaturals and these sound hardcore.

    I’m with you on the endings though. I don’t read anything that will make me sad on purpose. It’s why I don’t watch tear-jerkers. Just rom-coms for me if it’s a girly movie. Thank you so much for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  7. Meghan

    Wow! I can’t WAIT to read this! I love that cover, too ; )
    I wonder what kind of events or people inspired the author while writing this book!?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  8. Nola Sarina

    Hi Meghan,
    The Vespers were inspired by a shiver of fear I felt when waiting at a train track for it to pass, and I pictured a dark figure hanging off the back train car. I knew he was more dangerous than a vampire, and I just had to figure out how. 🙂

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