Open Road E-riginal
March 27, 2012
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Andrea J Buchanan's Gift is an enhanced e-rignal from Open Road Media. The way the novel will work, can best be understood watching the trailer:
When a teacher sends her out of class to check on Vivi, the girl everyone considers at least a little bit weird and mysterious, Daisy and the girl in trouble soon start up a friendship. And Daisy learns she's not the only one with a a gift.
But between her new friendship, the wild claims Daisy's making, the dreams Daisy and Danielle both seem to be having, the cute senior paying attention to her, and a possible ghost, can Daisy really stay unnoticed?
I was curious if Gift would be good without its enhanced elements (the songs, images, etc) as just the text of the story. While I didn't love it, I didn't dislike it, either. The mysteriousness of what exactly it is that the girls are encountering - and how it relates to all of them, the dreams, and the other elements that are introduced - kept me wondering and interested enough to keep me reading.
I was also pleasantly surprised that when something supernatural was introduced at least one of the characters was skeptical and didn't just go with it right away. Even with paranormal/supernatural themed plots, I appreciate when characters question the sudden introduction of something otherwordly into their lives.
Daisy's gift was definitely different and I liked the way it affected different things. As she had it her whole life, it did seem like maybe it should have been a little bit less of a 'struggle' for her, but maybe not.
Danielle and Vivi were a bit underdeveloped. While they are secondary characters, they're also involved in a lot of the plot and action and I would have loved to see even more of - and about - them. I did like the 'More Gift' section at the end that gave us more insight into Danielle especially. I think it was a great way to keep the story focused where it needed to be, but still give us that at the end in the extras.