Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cup of Life by Juliana Haygert (4.5 stars): Book Blitz & Giveaway

About Cup of Life (Everlast #2.5)

Publication date: January 20th 2014

Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal Romance


His existence would mean nothing without her.

**New Adult Fantasy Novella**
**Novella between book #2 and #3, told on Micah’s POV**

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Micah has lived life both as a god and a human. Being human has taught him a new appreciation for life and love. Now he has a soul indebted to him--the soul of the girl he loves. Unfortunately her heart is broken after a traumatic loss. Her desperate request has left Micah torn. To do as she wishes means losing her forever. The cup of life is his only hope. Will he succeed? Is Nadine, his love, lost to him?

Since book one, I have been Team Micah, so I was thrilled to discover that there would be a novella from his point of view. And I wasn't disappointed. Thanks to this first person story, the reader sees more of Micah's internal conflict and feelings. What touched me the most... his human side, especially his love for his family. Readers don't always get the chance to get into a favorite character's head, so this is a real treat.

But there's also some juicy story going on as Micah faces an intense test in order to procure the cup of life. A test which provides the reader with a lot of insight into who he really is. He's multi-dimensional--the perfect mix of strength and heart. There's a lot at stake, and both sides are trying to use him to their advantage. I'm intrigued to find out what choices he will make in the future.

I can't wait for the next book!

To fully enjoy and appreciate this novella, please read the first two books in the series: Destiny Gift and Soul Oath. My reviews for both can be found here. To entice you further...

Rating: 4.5 stars


Thirty or forty years ago, I wouldn’t have stared at the girl in front of me for more than five seconds before charming her into going to bed with me.

But this girl ... this girl was different.

“I think that’s everything,” Nadine said, stepping out of the cottage as Rok flew from the roof.

It was early January. The lights around the cottage reflected on the three feet of snow, and illuminated Nadine’s long brown hair, tinting some strands bronze. Her hair, her dark green eyes, and her red lips contrasted with her fair skin, and the only thought on my mind was that I had never seen a more beautiful girl in my entire life. And I had been alive for quite some time.

Nadine approached me, and as it was every time she looked at me, I fought the urge to reach to her, to pull her against me, to kiss her, to—

“It is everything, isn’t it?” She glanced at the bag slung across my shoulder and the box in my arms. She held her sister’s stuffed bunny in one hand, and a duffel bag in another.
We had been moving to our new location all day, making several trips to and from, and now we were the last ones here.

“I think so,” I replied, quickly glancing to Rok hovering above our heads. “Ready?”

She walked down the porch steps, into the snow, and turned to the cottage. Her eyes scanned it, as if she wanted to take every little detail with her.

She slung the duffel bag on her shoulder and turned the collar of her jacket up. “It’s odd. I feel like I should feel bad for leaving this place after fleeing so many others, after losing so many people.” She sighed. “But I don’t, and I totally should, especially after seeing the new place Ceris got us.”

I nodded, knowing too well that the new place brought her depressing memories.

No matter. It was a new place, a new path on our journey, a new beginning. We were on the right track.

I offered my arm to her. “Let’s go, darling.”

With a half-smile that made my heart skip a beat, Nadine sauntered to me and hooked her arm with mine.

I scooted closer to her, more than necessary, because I could, because I wanted, and transported us out of there.


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About Juliana Haygert

New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.

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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Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.