Sunday, 18 November 2012

GIFTED BY JENNY PHILLIPS

ISBN/ASIN: 978-0615676326
Publisher: Mystic Press
Pages: 262
Formats Available: E-book, Paperback?

BLURB from Goodreads
Plagued by recurring dreams of a faceless, yet strangely familiar man, and struggling to adapt to unique powers, Morgan Cauldwell moves halfway across the country to Manchester Academy. Once at MAC, Morgan meets the mysterious Chase Thomas. He knows more about Morgan than she knows about herself, and through him, Morgan learns she is Gifted. With the help of Chase and the Gifted Council, Morgan begins to learn how to control and develop the powers that have kept her isolated her whole life.

While the mysteries of her dream man begin to unfold, Morgan’s powers quickly surpass even the Council’s expectations. But how much power should one person be allowed to possess…and at what price? Morgan finds herself face to face with her worst nightmares, where nothing is as it seems and not all Gifted are content with the powers they’ve been given.


MY REVIEW
I find the cover is attractive, in the way that the green eyes stand out and yet draw you in at the same time. The person on the front of the cover, I would say represents Morgan well. I would have liked the font of the title to be slightly bolder so that it would be more prominent. 
This book starts with a tragedy really of Morgan's grandmother dying, that spurs Morgan onto going to a boarding school. Morgan feels drawn to one particular place, though doesn't understand why, it all becomes much clearer later in the book.
Morgan isn't a stranger to tragedy as her parents were previously killed in a car accident when she was five years old. Since then she has lived happily with her grandmother.
Morgan is "different", "special" some would call it "Gifted" others have made Morgan feel that its more of a "curse" and something to be hidden and kept a secret. Morgan is managing to make a few friends and have quite a "normal" life until Chase comes along. Chase is "special" too. Chase does keep his "gifts" a secret from others at the school but explains that there is a "gifted" council and that they "gifts" should be nurtured and developed not hidden and be felt ashamed about. 
Morgan has strange dreams about a boy with beautiful amber eyes, but who is he? Is he even a real person? What do the dreams mean?
The book has a great mixture of tragedy, drama, mystery, suspense, friendship, love, romance and heart ache and heart break too.
There's so much more I could say and go into but I believe you should find out more by reading the book. I hope I have spoken about enough to interest you in reading this really great book for yourselves. This book is clearly the start to a potentially brilliant series. I was so very disappointed at how the book ended..... maybe I am a sucker for a really happy ending but I really wanted more. then when I sat and thought about the ending i think it's a really good ending as it leaves you wanting to learn more about the "Gifted" people as well as the "normal" people. We have learnt and had confirmed that in terms of the "Gifted" Morgan is extra special. We learn some of her gifts and their potential along with her within this first book. The ending leaves lots more scope for us to learn more about her gifts.
So did I enjoy the book? Yes a lot! Would I recommend the book? Yes I would say it fits the YA market perfectly. Would I read more in this series? Yes, am looking forward to Bk#2 already. Would I read more by Jenny Phillips? Definitely Yes, I enjoyed her writing style immensely. 

Available from Amazon.co.uk (Available soon)

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