eARC Book Review: Gifted by J.A. George

Gifted cover NEWSynopsis

There is no chosen one in this story.

She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and happened to make a decision that altered her future forever. It happens to all of us every day.

Avery Gray is a size twelve university student with a penchant for dry humour, and she’s as normal as they come. Up until now, the biggest choice she’s had to make was glasses or contacts? At the moment, it’s stay and save, or leave and be saved.

Allow me to explain. One rainy afternoon, Avery had to make a choice: go through the alleyway or around it. Two possible options. One would have had her future continue on as planned, the other would ensure that her future never remained the same again. She unknowingly went with the latter.

But change is not always bad. Avery meets Theodore-James Connors, an enigmatic young man who takes her to Hayven, a city separated from the rest of the world, where only gifters – ordinary people with extra-ordinary gifts – can go. She soon finds herself in a close-knit group of friends she’d never have imagined herself in; friends who are diverse in every possible way, from their ethnic backgrounds, to their personalities, from their gifts, to their life stories. Friends who make her laugh, who make her cry, who make her think and who make her…her.

However, change is not always good. The beautiful, golden city of Hayven has its dark side – Cliders. Gifters turned rogue, aka, Cliders are determined to aid fallen Clider, Madrina, return to rule Hayven. They will stop at nothing to make that happen, including harming those Ava has grown to love. Again, Ava is faced with a choice: spend her days finding a way to inhibit Madrina’s return, or walk away. After all, she isn’t the chosen one. Yet, there exists a third option – rig the future itself and make it work for her. 

I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book starts out with a bit of mystery. Avery- who prefers to be called Ava- ended up having what you’d think of as a day filled with the worst luck ever. She witnesses someone die in a bookstore and while freaked, she can’t help but be curious because of the cryptic words the woman said before she passed. All this kickstarts some weird events and all roads lead to Hayven.

I was interested in this story because of what the synopsis promised. It promised me a book filled with action and wild & crazy adventures and I definitely wanted a part of that.

Ava, seemingly a normal person is anything but. After the old lady in the bookstore, strange things have been occurring. She can see colours around some people and hear voices of people talking when they’re mouths are not even moving. She chalks this up to be stress from the incident…until she meets Theo who clears up the air for her. She’s not crazy.

There is an evil lurking in the air and with Ava’s newly acquired Gifts, she and a group of people try to stop the future from being set in stone.

Characters: It took me a few chapters to get used to Ava. I don’t know what it was about her but I wasn’t taken with her from the get-go. She turned out to be a likeable character who’s narrative I enjoyed quite a bit.

Theo was introduced as this cocky mysterious guy but he was ‘different‘ and that made me want to know more about what made him tick. Also, he was our key to finding out more about the strange things that were happening so I was cool with him.

I loved the Hayven Group– as I’ve tended to call them. I thought they’d shun Ava and treat her as if she didn’t belong because technically, her gift was given to her and she wasn’t born in Hayven. I was glad when they welcomed her.

They say that the friends you make at college are going to be your lifelong friends…that is not true for The Huxton Group. Ava had a group of friends at university and from the get-go, I wasn’t a fan of them. They were good at acting close, but after a few conversations it was obvious that they’d rather be somewhere else than with each other…or maybe they just didn’t like Ava.

Likes: I loved the concept of this book. It was nothing new but what is anymore with there being so much of the same of everything. The way the author went about executing this is what made this story a good one. I liked the plot, definitely and this had a pretty great bunch of characters.

Dislikes: I was unsure about this book when I first started reading. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t dislike it so I didn’t know whether it for ‘for me’ or not. It was a bit unsettling but I finished the book so that’s clearly a thing of the past.

Overall Thoughts: I really liked the world that J.A. George created. As I said, no points really for originality but I liked the description of Hayven and the explanations of that world and it’s history. Definite points there. I was slightly confused about the ‘shifting’ ability (teleportation) as I envisioned shape-shifting, but I think the ‘moving from place to place’ was pretty unpredictable and I always like that in a book. The writing was very good and got me hooked enough to make me keep reading. I’m definitely interested in the next book.

Read: 25 July 2016
Rating: ★★★.5

Publication Date: June 2016
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 Jessica George
Blog: www.thejourneyofgifted.co.uk

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