Sunday, July 28, 2013

Review: Gift by Andrea J. Buchanan

Release Date: March 27, 2013
Publisher: Open Road Media
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

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)

Good ghost story for the younger readers, but I think older teens and adults will be bothered by some of the plot holes involving Daisy's powers.
At first, Daisy's gift seems to be the ability to short out electronics. Not a cool gift.
Yes, I would like to return this gift, please. It's defective, and i would like a refund. No, I don't have the receipt. Why? Because  I obviously didn't purchase this for myself! I thought the purity ring Dad got me for my last birthday was shitty, but this year he went too far!  TOO FAR! Yes, store credit will be fine, thank you.
As you can probably guess, her power gets a little more useful as time goes on, but I doubt the poor girl will ever be able to own a cell phone. In fact, this was where the plot holes come in. Why can't she have a television in her home, but she can ride in cars?

I noticed this because I used to own a POS when I was in my 20's that would totally shut down whenever this certain sensor would go out. Seriously, I would be driving down the road, and that fucking turd-mobile would just stall out. You may have passed me on the side of the road...I was the girl kicking the shit out of a blue Chevrolet.

Huh. I had managed to repress those memories until I read this book. Thank you, Ms. Buchanan! 
But back to the original point. Why she could she could be around some electric-powered things, and not go near others? Not a big deal in the grand scheme of life, but it bugged me.

As for the rest of the story, it was pretty good. 
The story opens with Daisy being sent to check on another student, because the girl had been in the bathroom a little too long for the teacher's comfort. Turns out, the teacher was right to be worried. The girl, Vivi, was trying to OD on sleeping pills. Fortunately, Daisy managed to get help in time to save her. 
This experience ties Vivi and Daisy together in a way neither one of them expects. See, Vivi has a secret, too. Since she was a child, there has been a spirit who has been protecting her. Now that she's older, she's fallen in love with him, but his presence is fading out and getting weaker by the day. He had been gone for a while when Daisy found her on the bathroom floor.
Oh. So that's why she tried to kill herself... Hmmm. Nope, she's still an idiot.
Something about Daisy's presence managed to re-energized him, and now Patrick (the ghost boyfriend) tells Vivi that he thinks Daisy has the power to help them be together. They just have to convince her to help them.
And then there's Danielle.
Danielle is Daisy's best friend, and even though she knows about Daisy's secret, she's not ready to believe Vivi about the whole ghost/soul mate thing. Well, until she and Daisy start having different versions of the same frightening dream. 
Somehow their past lives were all connected, and if they want to survive this lifetime they'll need to solve a mystery that happened over a century ago. 

Warning: There are some illustrations that pop up from time to time during certain parts of the book. To be very honest, the first one scared the shit out of me. I wasn't expecting it, and when I flipped the page (or pressed the button, to be more accurate) there was this creepy penciling of a chick holding a big-ass knife. I'm pretty sure I peed myself a little.
What? I've had four kids. My bladder control is shot to hell. 

In the end, I'd recommend this one for someone looking for a horror-lite ghost story.


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