Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Book Review: Gifted by J. A. George

 I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Gifted is the story of college student Avery Grey, a size twelve university student who is brought into a complex fantasy world parallel to our own. 

Things I liked about the book: 

  •  I loved Avery- she's a well-written character in that she's real. She's not skinny or supernaturally beautiful, she's not the chosen one...she was just chosen.  She was there at the right place at the right time for the events of the book to happen.  I loved her art and I very much identified with her aimlessness in her college courses. 
  • On the note of characters that I loved, Baleigh was my favorite. Her style, her personality, even her power. I loved her dry wit and sometimes blunt personality. 
  • Hayven-  what a beautifully imagined city! Reminiscent of Idris from the Mortal Instruments, there is an entire country parallel to ours with millions of Gifted people.  The petals on the cover are a reference to the gorgeous park, Mysteria, that resides in the city. The descriptions were rich and lovely. It's a place I'd love to visit.
Things that didn't work so well:

  • This book read like a very promising first or second draft.  This book needs some MAJOR editing.  For example, this quote: "What one of Madrina's Cliders could do was produce wildfire. A substance that does exactly what it says on the tin. It is fire that is wild and what is wild cannot be controlled."  Yikes.  
  • Theo is the main love interest.  He kind of sucks.  He calls her a bitch, dates an awful person only because he feels obligated to since he slept with her, and makes Ava feel bad for being upset because he didn't bother to tell her he had a girlfriend.  Ava x Baleigh 5ever.
  • This book was very dialogue heavy, with very little action.  The majority of the book was spent on drama within the friend groups. 
  • Speaking of friend groups, there were way too many characters.  Ava's friend group in consisted of 5 people, none of which get very much character development.  Once she goes to Hayven, she picks up 5 more friends (and kind of drops her old ones.  They deserve it though). It's just a LOT of characters to keep up with.  
Overall, I thought this was a decent book.  I read it in one sitting, which definitely says something, but the book needs some major editing.  

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