Tuesday, August 21, 2012

REVIEW: Gift by Andrea J. Buchanan

Title: Gift
Author: Andrea J. Buchanan
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
Format: Paperback, 326 pages
Published:  Published July 10th 2012 by Open Road E-riginal (first published March 27th 2012) 
ISBN: 1453220232 (ISBN13: 9781453220238)

About the Author:

Andrea J. Buchanan is a New York Times bestselling writer whose newest book is the young adult novel GIFT. Her work includes The Daring Book For Girls, Mother Shock, and six other books. Before becoming a writer, Andi was a classical pianist; she studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music, where she earned her bachelor of music degree, and continued her graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory, earning a master’s degree in piano performance. Her last recital was at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.

Official Website ~ http://andibuchanan.com/


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?

My Thoughts: 

Gift is a supernatural fiction for children to young adult age groups, but really, anyone can read it. I found this one really enjoyable, and the plot kept me hooked. I must say, that this book is very well written. The author has chosen every word carefully and has some powerful insights. The author's writing was very smooth and I loved how she narrated one chapter to another in a very fluid manner. Daisy, our female protagonist in this book, has a very unique and extraordinary ability to control electricity. When she is sent to find a girl from her class named Vivi, she discovers that a ghost named Patrick claims to be her soul mate. I really loved Danielle's (Daisy's best friend) personality. She was a very odd, sarcastic, and unpredictable girl. But despite all those negative things, I found myself liking her, which I found really surprising. The book ended nicely and left me satisfied. I had pretty high hopes for this book, because of the beautiful cover and the amazing synopsis. But I must say that it let me down a little. Just a little though. First, the story started out really slow. And also, I would have given it a higher rating if Andi explained more about the secrets behind Daisy's power. This may not be one of the best books I've read this year, but I must say that this is probably the best young adult supernatural book I've read so far.

My Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars
An excellent read.



  2. I think being able to control electricity would be a cool gift! I like that you said this book was well written and a good ending because those things are important to me! I had not heard of this book but after reading your positive review, I will have to consider it!

  3. Thank you for your great and honest review. I think this is one that I def. want to read.:k

  4. Sounds a really good book. I would love to read it.

    Thanks for your review :)

  5. The book summary is quite interesting and the cover design is beautiful! Definitely going to read it ! Thanks for sharing it with us !!