I had almost given up on Ms. Skye. After reading her last 4 books I kept telling myself that this would be the last book I was going to buy unless she reverts to her earlier writing style. I am glad I persevered to this story. I have always loved the idea of the Draycott series, but with the exception of Adrian's story, I have found the others in the series poorly written. The Perfect Gift finally shows us Ms. Skye's potential. It is well executed, with strongly defined characters, and an in depth plot.
Jared is an interesting character, and though I feel the tortured, modern warrior who suffers some calamity and must rise above it (the ex-special agent, ex-cop, ex-army/marine, ex-fed, etc), is over written about, this story works. Maybe it is the touch of the paranormal that adds a different slant, maybe it is just my desire to see a successful Draycott series. Our heroine must also work through some problems of her own, but she has a wonderful support system with her cousins and new friends.
I liked the way the plot twists and turns, interweaving all of our characters. Everything and everyone fit in well together (unfortunately there is a "but" coming), but I thought the actual "evil" in this story was a bit corney and unbelievable. Ms. Skye gets us to believe in ghosts, witches, reincarnation and the paranormal, but I couldn't swallow the bad guys and their evil empire. I felt like I was in a bad "B" movie when this part of the story unfolded. All in all though, this is definitely a book worth reading, and I feel the best in the series