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Gift [Kindle Edition]

Andrea J. Buchanan
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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?
 
Extra features include:
•   A short graphic novel telling Vivi’s story
•   Danielle’s journal, revealing her deepest thoughts 
•   Lyrics and video links for Kevin's music (songs composed by Fredrik Larsson, otherwise known as YouTube sensation FreddeGredde)

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“A good story that doesn’t rely on tricks and gimmicks.” —VH1's blog, The FABlife
 
“A fantastical and historical ghost story that benefits from . . . the presence of young love.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This smart paranormal novel is more than aware of its predecessors, and subverts them brilliantly. Gift is smart, striking, and I hope the first of many YA novels from Andrea Buchanan.” —Saundra Mitchell, author of The Vespertine and The Springsweet

About the Author

Andrea J. Buchanan is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book is the multimedia young adult novel Gift, published by Open Road Integrated Media. Her other work includes the internationally bestselling The Daring Book for Girls and seven other books. Before becoming a writer, Andi trained as a pianist, earning a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory. Her last recital was at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.
 
Visit her at www.andibuchanan.com and www.openroadmedia.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2280 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween (March 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X7ZU2C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book! March 27, 2012
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
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Whales: Light and Fast read April 6, 2012
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars twisty March 28, 2012
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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent story but ultimately not for me March 30, 2012
By Donna C
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars enough clever twists despite some pretty clueless moments
Gift by Andrea J. Buchanan has an interesting premise with Daisy’s mysterious gift and some hints of ghostie messaging, I thought it would be a fun pre-Halloween read for teens and... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Gaele
2.0 out of 5 stars Its a ok book
It's ok, but it's not my type and I don't think it was worth the money.I love books but that wasn't even in my top 50.I hope u don't waste your money on this book.
Published 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly visitations and paranormal powers
I received a free ARC of this title in exchange for a review.

The premise is interesting but I have really been struggling with the story; there is a lot going on in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kylesnova
2.0 out of 5 stars That was really cool, but then comes in the plot elements of ...
My main problem with "Gift" was that it tries to do too much at once. The main character can not only control electricity but she can see people's energies and create force... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katja Berger
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun for younger teens!
A light paranormal with ghostly elements, Gift is a great book for YA readers who aren't looking for the heavy angst/sex found in many YA books. Great for younger teens! Read more
Published 2 months ago by AriReads
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing premise, but falls short
Gift was a so-so read. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. Daisy is a loner, but she doesn’t mind. She’d go by unnoticed by everyone, if she had the choice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Majanka
5.0 out of 5 stars Shirt story bliss
Andrea Buchanan has a couple of great on the go short stories. I definitely recommend them for a road trip or while waiting in the emergency room. Read more
Published 6 months ago by NZiegler
4.0 out of 5 stars {review}
{my thoughts} – This book was right up my alley in terms of paranormal. It’s also young adult and has an interesting plot. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Zapkode Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
i enjoyed this read.

there's lots of twist, intrigue, trust issues, new love, friendship turmoil, and let's not forget ghosts. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Katarina Ortmann
2.0 out of 5 stars Seemed to me to be repetitive - didn't hold my interest.
I kept expecting for it to get my attention. I got bored, tried to skim the book, but didn't even find value in doing that.
Published 9 months ago by Deanna Rains
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Andrea J. Buchanan is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book is the multimedia young adult novel GIFT, published by Open Road Integrated Media. Her other work includes the internationally bestselling The Daring Book For Girls and seven other books. Before becoming a writer, Andi trained as a pianist, earning a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a master's from the San Francisco Conservatory. Her last recital was at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.

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