Friday, April 20, 2012

Gift by Andrea Buchanan

Genre:  YA Paranormal Fantasy

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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 cute 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?

When I first picked up this book, I really didn't know what I was getting myself into.  So, let me tell you what this book involves to help you decide whether or not you need to pick it up.  What kind of paranormal aspects are involved?  Well, it mainly involves a ghost and past lives.  However, our main character has a special gift, and we don't really know why or how she got it (other than she was born with it).  And there's a bit of mythology involved (just a little bit).

Daisy, Danielle, Vivi, and Kevin join forces to help solve the mystery of Vivi's ghost.  They end up further down the rabbit hole as Danielle and Daisy start to have similar dreams.  And Kevin gives his insight to help explain what's going on.  And Daisy, the main character, has this gift.  She's very much connected to the energy around her.  I'm not really sure if I ever understood it completely.

Did I like this book?  Sure, I thought it was entertaining.  But what made me love it more than the average book?  It was the extras.  There are some added visuals in the novel that crop up every now and then.  Then at the end of the story, we have some super short stories/extras from Kevin, Vivi, and Danielle.  And I really enjoyed those parts of the book.

Thanks goes to Open Road Media and Netgalley for providing me a review copy.

Challenges:  YA Mythology Challenge and Young Adult Reading Challenge

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