Book Review: Gift by Andrea J. Buchanan

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

(Started: August 19, 2013; Finished: August 26, 2013)

Daisy has an electrifying secret that could save her life—or kill her. 
High school sophomore Daisy Jones is just trying to get by unnoticed. It doesn't help that she’s the new girl at school, lives in a trailer park, and doesn't even own a cell phone. But there’s a good reason for all that: Daisy has a secret, unpredictable power—one only her best friend, Danielle, knows about.  Despite her “gift” (or is it a curse?), Daisy’s doing a good job of fitting in, and a gorgeous senior named Kevin even seems interested in her! But when Daisy tries to help Vivi, a mysterious classmate in a crisis, she soon discovers that her new friend has a secret of her own. Now Daisy and her friends must deal with chilling dreams and messages from the beyond. Can Daisy channel the power she’s always tried to hide, before it’s too late? (From Goodreads)
Review: 3 stars
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Source: Open Road Media through Netgalley
Shelf: Goodreads, Shelfari
Available on: Amazon
The Gift had an electrifying twist that will tickle the reader's imagination and send him/her a few goosebumps. It was enveloped with an enigmatic illusion that involve events from the past that still haunts the present. Because of this, I was even more intrigued. I think the suspense-mystery thrill was such a breath of fresh air to a young adult genre that I found myself hooked reading it. There were times that I found myself so creep out but the desire to go further with the story was so strong that I had to shake off that feeling. But to be blunt, the book was not flawless. There were dragging points that I just want to get over and done with. It made me impatient since I really want to get to the bottom of the whole thing. There were also some inconsistencies with Daisy's gift which are minor but can actually affect the whole story if not for skillful way the author willed the twists. In all fairness to the author, I did not expect the events that transpired towards the end. I have to give her that. Moreover, I really like the drawings or the comic-strip like interpretations because it was a great help in visualizing the story. I also appreciate the added information about the characters at the end of the book because you get to know more about them and I just love the combination of literature and art.

Overall, the Gift was an entertaining, paranormal read that the youth will enjoy. it was light, easy to understand and really has an interesting plot.

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