Author: Jessica A. George
Genre: Young adult, fantasy.
Series: The Hayven Series.
Yay or Nay: Yay, yay, yay!
Movie adaptation: Not yet, unfortunately. Fingers crossed though!
Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Gripping? Check. Hilarious? Check. Endless list of more pros? CHECK.
Synopsis: Avery 'Ava' Gray might be a little self-conscious but she doesn't stick out like a sore thumb, nor does she possess any sort of supernatural power that causes her to be branded, as so many characters are, 'different'. So it was only fair for her to lose her mind when she stumbled across an old bookstore where something that was definitely not normal occurred. It was a much too simple decision; around the alleyway or through it? Dark though it was, it was the quickest way to her destination. So she did the most reasonable thing to do, she went through the alley. What she wasn't expecting was to find herself in a situation where anyone, and I mean anyone, would rather migrate to Antarctica.
Is she hallucinating? She thinks so. Is she insane? She thinks so. Is her life going to change forever? SHE DEFINITELY THINKS SO. New friends, new priorities and new discoveries make Ava realise that even the most life changing events are caused by the simplest of decisions. Decisions she can't walk away from.
Review: When I began to read Gifted I wasn't expecting something that would blow my mind. To speak the truth, I wasn't even expecting to have it in me to finish the book without getting bored at some point. Oh boy, I couldn't be more wrong. Gifted is beautiful. It's got everything you could possibly want in a book, be it a subtle hint or a blatant 'I-told-you-so'. It was gripping, fast-paced (it has its lovely 'Ah, soak up the feeling' moments, too, no worries) and made me feel like banging my head against the wall. The characters were something I was very impressed with. The main protagonist, Avery, isn't your typical character. You know, beautiful, perfect, blah blah. She has her flaws and insecurities and I love her. She is easy to understand and relate to. The fact that she isn't a character following the 'perfect character guidelines' but someone who I could easily become attached to and someone under the 'different' category, made me see just how beautiful and unique each of George's characters were. She highlighted key personality traits with her characters that I've never seen other authors do before. The way she has written her characters to have personalities and features of their own rather than personalities and features others want to see is truly remarkable.
Okay, I can ramble on and on about how perfect Gifted was, but at some point, we have to bring up the cons... *Cringes*. First of all, Gifted was slightly misleading. With its blurb giving out minimal detail, I couldn't even tell what genre the book was. Not to mention, the first few pages of the novel, I barely realised its genre was fantasy until I read one of the main happenings in the book.
However, the drawbacks didn't take anything away from the book. If anything, the books excitement factor just escalated as I read further into it. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!
Definitely a must read.