Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review: Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert

Last post of the year and I'm putting up a book review! In the new year I'll tell you guys about the best books I read this year, what I want from 2014(I don't do resolutions), and the one or two highlights from 2013.  So let's get to it.
Destiny Gift thrusts us into a disastrous world where people believe that they’ve been deserted by the deities they believe in.  Earth is being plagued by natural disaster, crime is abundant, and giant bats are out for blood.  This is a mixed-genre story and the combination of urban fantasy and post-apocalyptic elements sets the scene for what turns out to be a riveting and fascinating read.
Our leading lady is having visions, something she’s conflicted about because of who she meets while she’s having them. They’re not the most normal thing in the world, but having to choose between giving them up for a more normal life and thus not seeing who she sometimes desperately want to see, the choices are clashing to say the least. Nadine is a strong yet vulnerable character, relatable in the way that yes, things scare her, but she also knows when to step forward and do something, no matter what.

When the person from her vision, Victor, enters her real life but has no idea who she is, Nadine is shattered.  And if that isn’t enough, Nadine has to deal bats attacking her and seeing more visions she has no idea what to make of.  Enters Micah(MICAH!). He’s the perfect contrast to Victor and the whirlwinds he creates between the tree of them only adds to the groups dynamic as they set out to find the answer to the questions each of them has.

Destiny Gift is a great start to a unique series that starts with one problem then gets busy with another problem and ends up with a whole litter of baby problems. We like problems. 


Genre: NA paranormal romance
Word Count: 73,000

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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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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