Book Review: Gifted

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Gifted by J. A George! (Twitter)


“There is no chosen one in this story.

Avery Gray was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and happened to make a decision that altered her future forever. It happens to all of us every day.

Avery is a size twelve university student with a penchant for dry humour, and she’s as normal as they come. Up until now, the biggest choice she’s had to make was glasses or contacts? At the moment, it’s stay and save, or leave and be saved.

Allow me to explain. One rainy afternoon, Avery had to make a choice: go through the alleyway or around it. Two possible options. One would have had her future continue on as planned, the other would ensure that her future never remained the same again. She unknowingly went with the latter.

But change is not always bad. Avery meets Theodore-James Connors, an enigmatic young man who takes her to Hayven, a city separated from the rest of the world, where only gifters – ordinary people with extra-ordinary gifts – can go. She soon finds herself in a close-knit group of friends she’d never have imagined herself in. Friends who are diverse in every possible way, from their ethnic backgrounds, to their personalities, from their gifts, to their life stories. Friends who make her laugh, who make her cry, who make her think and who make her…her.

However, change is not always good. The beautiful, golden city of Hayven has its dark side – Cliders. Gifters turned rogue, aka, Cliders are determined to aid fallen Clider, Madrina, return to rule Hayven. They will stop at nothing to make that happen, including harming those Ava has grown to love.

Again, Ava is faced with a choice: spend her days finding a way to inhibit Madrina’s return, or walk away. After all, she isn’t the chosen one. Yet, there exists a third option – rig the future itself and make it work for her.”

Gifted is the first book in the Hayven Series and it definitely started with a bang. I loved this book so much, it was great fun to read! This book somehow manages to include issues of friendships, relationships and body image while dealing with all this mystery and a very large upcoming problem. The balance is just right.

While there is a potential love interest in this book, Ava is not fuelled by it. It’s a really interesting sub-story that I’m really excited to see develop; I’m looking forward to seeing how the two carry on interacting with each-other, despite everything.

The characters created are all wonderful and individual, my favourite of which, of course, is our protagonist, Ava. She’s got so much to deal with but she’s still strong enough to push herself through it. She still deals with normal human things such as homesickness and the very important issues of low self-esteem; sometimes normal problems are bypassed as if they don’t exist but Ava accepts them and finds her own way to  cope, not letting them become a weakness. What I love the most about Ava is that she’s realistic, relatable, has a fantastic sense of humour and a very well hidden sharp side.

The use of colours in this book is one of my favourite parts; I love the way colours are used to represent a person, it shows individuality and uniqueness in a way that I’ve never seen in a book.

I know this review was short and sweet but I loved this book so much I finished it in one sitting. I’m rather sleep-deprived but I really wanted to get a review up as soon as I could! I’m so happy I was lucky enough to receive a copy and I’m so excited for the next book in the series!

Get it on Amazon!

Until we meet again,




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