Saturday, July 7, 2012
Gift by Andrea J. Buchanan: A Review
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?
In a market glutted with paranormal themes of all kinds, this one stands out as truly unique. Daisy's "gift" is truly different than any other out there and the author does a wonderful job of unveiling it and weaving it into the story. But it's not your average paranormal story for another reason: interwoven within the story of Daisy's gift is another story, one from the past, which she thinks is only a nightmare. I won't give it away here, but suffice it to say that it is an intriguing tale in and of itself.
And the characters? I loved them, each for their own reasons. They are not just your stock characters. Each time you think you have them figured out, you will be proven wrong. Each has their own unique tie to the story (but which one?) and they are full-bodied and believable even within the context of a paranormal story.
There are some very interesting and intriguing twists and turns in this story that will leave you breathless with wonder - or holding your breath until you reach the very end. All in all, a very satisfying read.