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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC; 1 edition (10 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453220232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453220238
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,987,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M on 15 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a light, thrilling read that will transport you to the past and back and make new friends with a ghost? The cover is simple, however I like the bright pink/purple background consequently grabbing your attention.

Daisy has always been different, with only her mother and best friend Danielle knowing that she can control and cause havoc with all electrical devices. But when Vivi enters the scene and continues to talk about ghosts, nightmares from the past begin to cause destruction in the minds of two young girls and mysteries become apparent.

Daisy is a character whom you will love one moment and in the next you will dislike. I found she was very mature and dealt with some situations well; additionally I found her relationship with Kevin very adorable. However, I found that she cared way too much about what people thought of her, such as getting the bus to and from school... whats wrong with getting the bus!? I also found her attitude and the way she spoke to her mother on occasions very rude. Furthermore, her lying was very annoying.

I did enjoy the way her dreams linked with the past. The story linking to the past was very interesting, especially the way all events and clues linked neatly together, making you feel engaged in attempting to solve the mystery. I also loved seeing the different pictures and articles; it added a more realistic effect to the past stories.

This is a light enjoyable read, however on occasions it felt like nothing was really happening. And then the part where Vivi was staying with Mr. Terry? Please, do not get me started!

*Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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By kirstyv on 13 Feb. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
I felt that the idea of the story was an original one and I was originally anticipating the journey Andrea J. Buchanan was going to take me on. However, I was almost immediately disappointed as I felt the appearance of ghosts confused the plot, especially since the characters of the dreams were not fully explained until afterwards!
I also felt that the added element of romance was unnecessary and was just a move by the author to create a generic paranormal YA novel and it would have been great to see the girls fighting on their own.
'The Gift' has some really well written characters who have spirit and vitality.
I really admired Daisy who has spent all her life controlling her gift, to have secrets spill out which she is unable to manage at 16.
Danielle is the neurotic friend who would be the last person I would sit with in a classroom!
Vivi is sad and the quiet girl in the corner. Andrea J. Buchanan builds our empathy for Vivi from the first chapter of the book and though this waivers I think the author wants us to hold onto this initial emotion.
Kevin is possibly the strongest character in the book. Although I have doubts about his relationship with Daisy they are a sweet couple and he is firm with her. He also brings logic to the otherwise supernatural lives of the three girls, which helps to solve their problems.
Theses characters make the book worth reading and Andrea J Buchanan's plot is interesting. I recommend it to younger fans of paranormal YA fiction.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Dangerous Ferret on 24 July 2012
Format: Paperback
Sometimes, for nostalgic purposes, I dig out my old English folder with my collection of essays and stories from high school English class. I'd sit by the fire and read through my old work, sometimes with my mum, and we'd laugh and smile at what a terrible story teller I was. My stories were confusing, unstructured, wildly impossible and just plain embarrassing.

Reading Gift felt exactly like reading one of my old stories.

I found the writing juvenile, the author kept using very short chapters in between long ones and had an annoying habit of cutting off in the middle of a scene. The plot - what plot ? - was all over the place. I had no idea where the story was going or if it was going to go anywhere since nothing seemed to be happening plot wise. Put simply, I was confused.

The protagonist ( I can't remember her name ) was irritating. There was one scene where she stands at a bus stop feeling sorry for herself because she has to take a bus while everyone else had cars. I recall her thinking that she was embarrassed and felt like a complete loser. Eh ? What is so terrible about taking a bus ? It's cheaper than maintaining a car and it's eco friendly. I actually felt angry too because some people don't even have the luxury of taking a bus. When I lived in rural Ukraine, I had to walk many miles to get to school because we didn't have buses that ran through our village and I wouldn't be able to afford one every day anyway. So seeing the protagonist turn her nose up at taking a bus pissed me off beyond belief. Stop behaving like spoiled brat and get your sorry ass on the damn bus.

But the main problem I have with Gift is that it's boring. Nothing happens.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
great book! 28 Mar. 2012
By mrsinserra - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This story is mainly about a girl named Daisy who has an extraordinary power, she is electric. She can mess with any electrical device; and has to practice yoga and meditation in order to be able to control her ability.

This story has 4 main characters, 3 girls and a boy, Daisy, Danielle, Vivi, and Kevin. Each of the characters has an important role to play. Daisy is electric, Vivi can talk to a ghost, Kevin is Daisy's Boyfriend, he is good at research, and has a form of epilepsy that plays into the story, and Danielle is Daisy's best friend, who feels a bit left out of the group, though she does have the same dreams as Daisy.

Well I don't want to give the story away, but it was quite good. It started out really slow, and I kept thinking, how is this all going to work together. There is the new kid, Kevin, who has a history of being in a metal institute. Danielle and Daisy who believe they are reincarnated and are both having the same dreams from another life. And Vivi, who communicates with a ghost, but she can communicate with him better if Daisy is around, since Daisy's electricity helps him to channel.

The story picks up about 1/3 of the way in and the pieces start to come together, but the ending is a twist, one I never saw coming.

I would recommend this book for 6th grade- adult. The characters are in high school, but the reading level is not super difficult. This book would be enjoyable for both a girl and a boy since there is both a lot of action and mystery, but also a bit of romance for the girls.

This book has no swearing, sex, or compromising circumstances. As a teacher of parent, there should not be a problem recommending this book for your kids to read.

I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books, I do so in order to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books to your kids.

Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
twisty 28 Mar. 2012
By rhonda - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
It was good story with some twists to it. I kept waiting for a while wondering what her power was and where did she get it. It was slowly panned out.
Daisy is the new kid in town. Daisy is a Sophomore at Castle Creek High.
The story opens when Mr. Terry asks Daisy to go look in the bathroom for Vivi who should have been back by now. Daisy finds Vivi on the bathroom floor not making sense saying its the only way to be with Patrick. Vivi had taken the whole bottle of Advil PM.
Vivi is a loner always seems to be drawing in class. When she is back in school she wants to talk to Daisy at lunch outside where the seniors hangout.
Vivi is a no show but Daisy meets Kevin a senior and he knows her and what her papers are like in english. He is Mr. Terry aide.
Danielle is the only person she has told about her powers. Danielle and Daisy start having the same dreams at night. Vivi says Patrick is showing them the dream and he has been her friend since she was little. Now she can only see him when Daisy is around.
The three girls meet to try and figure out what is going on. Who or what is Patrick? What do the dreams mean? Kevin is now coming to their meetings to help figure out stuff and he really likes Daisy.
It kept my attention I wanted to see how it would all play out in the end.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
03/27/2012 PUB Open Road Media
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Book Whales: Light and Fast read 7 April 2012
By Book Whales - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The blurb made me want to read this book. I like a story that is about mystery and paranormal with a hint of romance. Gift is a good story, a light read and was written flawlessly.

The story is seen through Daisy's point of view. She was sent to find Vivi, a broken girl who tried to kill herself by drinking loads of painkiller. Daisy saved her from her fate. The story became much more interesting, when Daisy and Danielle shares the same dreams, a dream place where they were people from the past. Who is this Patrick? Is he some kind of ghostly presence? And why is Kevin oddly protective of her? Is it curiosity or a connection between them? You have to read this book to find out.

The story started quite slow for me, it only became interesting at the middle. The dream part got me curious. It gave me chills and left me begging for answers. Who are Jane and Veronica? Like I said, you have to read this book to find out. I don't want to give the story away.

The world building is okay. The setting is more for young readers (Middle Grade). Since the protagonist is a sophomore. It was believable and close to reality. I had some reminiscing going on while reading this book. Danielle, Vivi and Kevin reminds me of my friends back in High School :)

The characters are not that memorable. They lack impact, something that can leave a lasting impression. They seem to be like the other characters from other novels. Not quite unique. Though, I like how believable they are. You will really feel like you are part of Castle Creek High School.

As for the characters, I love Daisy. I find her power very cool "Electricity Girl"; She's smart and brave. Kevin's character gave spice to the story. I like his sense of humor. He is hot and funny. Daisy and Kevin's dialogues made me laugh a couple of times. I don't like Danielle. I find her shallow, selfish and close minded. Vivi is fragile though her sweetness and vulnerability made her likable.

I also like the short graphic illustrations, telling Vivi's story and Dannielle's journal, revealing her deepest thoughts.

Overall, this book is a light and fast read. I recommend this book to younger readers. There was no swearing or any explicit content, a clean read for young readers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A decent story but ultimately not for me 31 Mar. 2012
By Donna C - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Daisy's got an issue that I can somewhat, nominally, empathize with: she kills technology. She doesn't have a TV, computer, cell phone, nothing too technologically current because she'd just drive it crazy. I feel that. With the trail of computer deaths in my wake, and the shrapnel of other miscellaneous freakazoid technological malfunctions I've had to deal with, I immediately connected with Daisy. I understood her. Of course she's an extreme but such is the way of books. A boring blue screen of death on a PC is nothing compared to spastic fire alarms or igniting a computer lab.

I didn't really love GIFT but I didn't not like it either. It was okay. I was entertained enough but at various points in the story I felt a little put out by it, like it was a chore to read. It dragged a bit with the dreams the girls were having, what Vivi's deal was, Daisy trying to deal with her issue (considering she'd been dealing with it her entire life her "dealing with it" now seemed kind of forced). But it was interesting nonetheless and I kept reading until the end so I could see what would happen. The pieces laid themselves out for the ending pretty early on but there is a twist in there that I kind of didn't see coming so I enjoyed that. It's always nice to be at least a little bit surprised by a story.

I liked reading Daisy's humanity, especially towards the end. She is a very strong-willed character but she has flaws and I loved seeing them. It grounded out what is rightly a fantastical story into something a bit more realistic, considering. She rationalizes, she reasons, at times she caves to temptation. I really liked that. I felt like I could relate to that, unlike some other YA heroines that seemingly stand strong the entire time. I need humanness.

Vivi and Danielle I felt were a little underdeveloped. They were just kind of there floating along in Daisy's plot while things kept happening. Not that they weren't involved but as characters I just felt their existence was to serve Daisy. Kevin was the same way except his entire being I felt was a contrivance. He just felt like he was shoved into the plot because that might have been what was "supposed" to have happen. Daisy needed a love interest and someone else to connect to. Kevin served that purpose and that was pretty much it. He provided information when it was required, he supported Daisy when she needed it and he was the perfect level of weirdness to complement hers. It just felt too easy. Their personalities were okay. I didn't dislike them. They were just really plot-serving.

The story itself was okay. The whole reincarnation/past lives things interests me by default and I liked the way the past was brought into the present in this one. It used people and manipulated them and it really took the wind out of its implied sails but again, it made it more real, for what that's worth in a paranormal story. I didn't find the set-up or execution floofy but I did think, in the end, Daisy's powers were pretty irrelevant to it all. It was a means to be used but I don't think it deserved the emphasis that it did. I felt the past life issue was so much more relevant and should have been brought to the surface more than Daisy's electrical abilities. It wasn't bad but I wasn't crazy about it either.

Like I said overall it was okay. I wasn't thrilled with it but it wasn't terrible. A decent read if you don't have much else to do. It does stand out a bit from the rest just because of Daisy's ability and the past life thing which I did really like. And the plot isn't crazy centric on the love interest, another plus. And there's only one, love interest that is. Even bigger plus. Ultimately this one didn't leave much of a mark with me but I'm sure others will find the awesomeness that dwells within and give it the love it deserves. There's nothing all that wrong with it. It just ultimately wasn't for me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Twist in Paranormal!!! 27 Mar. 2012
By I Heart YA Books - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Gift gives you a little of everything. It's a Paranormal, Mystery, Sci-Fi, mixed with rock-n-roll, a little Greek mythology, and even has two novels within as it includes an extra graphic short story. Andrea J. Buchanan definitely created an intriguing storyline that had me flipping pages to find the answers to the mystery who, what, and where in this novel. The four teenagers were fun and cute characters. Buchanan mashed different genres together to give a fantastic new twist in this Paranormal.

Daisy has just started school at Castle Creek High, and is hoping to keep her gift under control. Daisy also has a best friend, Danielle, who knows about her gift, but when Daisy is asked to help Vivi, who is more than a little strange, all three girls are going to find out they're connected to each other, and the connection is a deadly one. When Daisy meets Kevin, who's a senior, he will become the brains that help the girls to figure out their connection to each other and to Stone House.

Daisy and Kevin also make a connection--a love connection. Kevin is a super great guy when it comes to Daisy. He's definitely committed to her, and he would have to be when Daisy has a sarcastic best friend like Danielle. Danielle's mouth never stops, but I do love this girl. She has no problem voicing her opinion.

Gift is an enjoyable, fun read with these four teenagers. Plus with Vivi's graphic short story and Danielle's journal and Kevin's song that he sang to Daisy at the end of this novel you get a more in-depth look into the characters' personality. I recommend Gift as a great read.
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