Monday, December 9, 2013

Destiny Gift (Everlast #1) by Juliana Haygert

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.

First line:
If telepathy, soul-seeing, or palm-reading existed, Dr. Brown was using her powers and performing one of those, if not all, on me.
 review ecopy from author
3 stars out of 5
Haygert has created a beautiful (or disastrous, depending on how you want to view it) world with New York City and the Everlast circle. I love how these gods are like the Greek and Roman gods, but Haygert has drawn up these rulers of her own and given life to them. And the world in which Nadine lives pulled me in quickly. The future of the world looks extremely bleak, and yet Nadine has hope that she will one day see the sun.

Nadine was a well developed character. The problem is that I found her annoying. She complained and let Victor and Micah do all the work. It seemed that all she did was sit around and debate whether she liked Victor or Micah better.

Dream Victor is the perfect man. He's sweet, thoughtful, and just plain amazing. Real Victor, however, is a complete jerk. Sure, he has the same life story as Dream Victor, but he sure doesn't have the same personality. For most of the book, I was on Team (Dream) Victor.

Micah is arrogant and hot as Hades. I disliked him for his cockiness and rudeness at first , but as time went on, his sweet side started to show. By the end of the book I was most definately of Team Micah.

Haygert has created a stunning world and well developed characters (even if I found one annoying). Be sure to grab a copy of Destiny's Gift.

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