WOW, today I am doing 2 reviews for this wonderful blog tour hosted by the awesome Xpresso Book Tours. The first review is for Destiny Gift (Everlast #1) & the second if for Soul Oath (Everlast #2) 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.
My Review 4 out of 5 Stars****
The book starts off with Nadine, living in a dark world 30 years in the future. The world is a very dangerous place to live which we discover early on. Nadine is having visions, they are of Victor and she is in love with Victor almost to the detriment of a real life with a real man.
I found the first half of the book to be slow and at times I was a little confused on some of the continuity. There were terrible bats waiting in the wings to attack but Nadine lived in a secure building and her school was also secured by a high wall. Why didn’t they just fly over if they wanted her that much?
Despite it’s slow beginning I did like Nadine, and her friends Raisa and Olivia.On the one night she agrees to go to a party with them she is attacked by the mutinous bats only to be saved by a handsome stranger who can seemingly frighten them away. This is where the story turned for me and I became engrossed.
Nadine doesn’t share her visions with anyone, not even her other best friend Cheryl for fear of being committed for insanity. This I believe worked well for the story as a whole. So, the impossibly good looking Micah saves her, and when he touches her they are both jolted by a surge of coldness.
Victor disappears from her visions and they are now replaced with visions of Gods and Goddesses. On the urging of Cheryl, Nadine applies to be a medical intern and a trip to drop off her resume results in her bumping into real, live Victor. Only it isn’t him, or is it? This Victor is cold and distant and when she touches him she gets the same jolt she gets with Micah, only this time it’s warmth she feels.
The story unfolds, the gods have killed other gods, towns are being destroyed and Cheryl is MIA. Micah has to leave and Nadine, despite her better judgement is getting a little closer to the thorny Victor. One night changes everything and Victor, Micah and Nadine have to flee for their lives.
This is where is gets super good. The story unfolding has action, horror, demons, bats and double crossing to end all double crossing. I didn’t know which way was up and it was a thrill ride. What I loved about this book was it’s dystopian feel of a post apocalyptic world with a non too shameful love triangle. The action is fast and furious once the story gets in full swing and while I guessed some of the story, there were somethings that shocked me.
If you are a lover of New Adult, Dystopian love stories this is a must. What confused me in the beginning was explained by the end. I liked liked it very much. I also had a smile on my face that it didn’t end in one of those ‘I can’t wait a year to find out’ endings, rather it left you satisfied but with questions that you know will be (hopefully) answered in the next story. I couldn’t wait to read Soul Oath….
Sequel of Destiny Gift (Everlast #1) – contains spoilers:
It’s been three months since Nadine last heard from Victor, Micah or Ceris, allowing her to concentrate on her own life. But until Victor and Micah find the scepters that will restore them as true gods, their human bodies will require her healing touch and it’s only a matter of time until they wreak havoc on her life again.
As if to prove that, Victor shows up at the hospital dragging along with him a swarm of demons. Nadine is forced to flee to safety. Despite her attempts to keep her loved ones protected, the demons find her, and they bring her to Imha, the goddess of Chaos.
Now, confronted by her greatest fear, Nadine finds a new motivation. Vengeance. And when seeking revenge, no risk is too great, including her own life.
My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars *****
Thankfully I got this only a few days after reading Destiny Gift & I started it straight away. Earlier I said that Destiny Gift had started a little slow, I also said I felt there were some slightly confusing parts to the story line. DON’T fear in this one.
The story picks up 3 months after Nadine last saw Micah, Ceris and Victor. She is back in New York, back to her job and school yet the action picks up right from the get go. Holy demonic bats, they were raining from the sky. The school is attacked, Nadine & Raisa find themselves on the run to try and get out of the city.
They are coupled with a cop and Keisha, a girl who looks after an ancient weapons exhibit. The fight to get out of the city is intense and fraught with danger, yet somehow Keisha turns into a ninja badass, kung fu kicking chick.
Micah appears and does all he can to get them out of there. Omni is on their trail.
Once free of the city Raisa, Keisha and Nadine go their separate ways and Nadine goes home to her family. Hurt and confused by the actions of Ceris, Victor and Micah she knows she is on borrowed time. One small contact from Victor and all hell breaks loose (literally) and Holy Moly gods of hell she is chased, hunted and all alone.
The next few chapters were hard to read (no spoilers!) suffice to say what happens to Nadine is beyond what any human should have to tolerate. What I loved about this book, and I do believe Juliana wrote with much deeper emotion was what Nadine endured brought out the roller coaster range of feelings you would have if you witnessed the horror Nadine had.
Her pain and suffering was palpable and so believable and when she finally got Micah to agree to the Soul Oath you just knew Nadine was on a one way path to hell.
On a lighter note, though I thoroughly enjoyed to shameless love triangle in the first book, I’m glad it didn’t go on through the 2nd. Micah, is delicious, divine, sexy and oh so confusing and his interaction and flirtatious manner with Nadine was like slowly devouring chocolate, sinfully sweet.
As with the first there were demons and bats and gods, Oh my! Double crossings, evil plots twists and Death Lords. I couldn’t count the number of times I felt I was on the top of a large roller coaster anticipating the drop, but when I did the whole wonderful story took my breath away.
Again, as with the first there was no cliff hanger ending. I’m fan girling Juliana for that BUT you know there is more to come. I hope Micah and Nadine can work out their ‘differences’ and get it on, but there is a small matter of a soul oath to get past. (What he did for her birthday at the Lake of life had me swooning, and had him added to my book boyfriend list) I’M LOVING THIS SERIES.
Can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment Cup of Life (0.5) which is a novella told from Micah’s POV…..it’s out in January and it will keep me going until Everlast #3 comes out 🙂