Series: The Hayven Series #1
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 an intriguing read about a ordinary, slightly overweight girl with some self-esteem issues who discovers that she is one of the ‘Gifted’, with paranormal abilities. The main character, Avery, is easy to relate to and likeable and at times amusing as she learn what people like her can do, as well as learning of the ‘Cliders’, gifted people with darker ambitions, providing a fairly classic ‘good versus evil’ scenario along with a significant and compelling mystery-solving element.
The Hayven world is well created and vividly detailed, although sometimes I found some of the detail a little unnecessary. Also, for me the romance side of the book felt like a distraction to the plot rather than a proper part of the story, and seemed to slow it down a bit.
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