Gifts of the Blood (The Angel's Edge #1)
This book, written by Vicki Keire, is a tale about a girl living in a small town somewhere in the south. Her life has been a bumpy one with the loss of parents and now facing the loss of her brother. To deal with all that, she keeps herself so extremely busy she doesn't have time to think. And that's all for the better. Thinking causes heart ache.
This world of Caspia's gets turned upside down as her gift, called a gift of her blood by her grandmother, decides to show itself once again...more
Caspia is an orphan, and soon to be really alone when cancer would inevitably take her brother...more
I found this ebo...more
Ms Keire has such a compelling and emotionally ridden writing style that I found myself completely engrossed into the story with in minutes. Her fresh perspective on the fallen angels storyline that seems to be poppi...more
The heroine was stupid and I hats how tall she was. The only thing I loved about her was that she could paint the future.
The "hot" guy was a sucker for tall helpless shit eating stupid girls who I didn't really mind but he had to lover her? Well I guess someone had to. I don't know what this author wad thinking when she wrote this but she in my oppinion she should have thought...more
First off i thought the storyline was good, although i would have like to have seen more of her abilities. It seemed that even though it was based on her being half-nephilim but just skimmed over her abilities.
Also i felt like not much happened? Like the whole book could have been shortened down to at least half the book and then something else involving this mysterious 'danger' - maybe she was nearly killed or something. I can be a bit of a sucker for a romanc...more
This is by far one of the best indie YA books I've read. The characters are easy to relate to and likeable. I love their names. The main character starts out weak and confused, which could be annoying, except that in her case it's understandable,...more
"So when my “gift” decided this was the perfect time to make its reappearance, I shouldn’t have been surprised. Everything else was coming unglued. Why not my head, too?"
Gift or a curse that is how Caspia Chastain felt about her blood gifted ability to draw the future it wasn't something could call on though ... it just happened and right now she didn't have time for it. She was busy trying to take care of her older brother Logan the only family she had left who was diagnosed wit...more
The female protagonist, Caspia was a great character. She lives in an apartment with her brother, Logan and their cat Abigail. Because her brother is ill with cancer, Caspia has to work long hours in a coffee shop on top of attending classes and looking after Logan. Life is hard enough for Caspia without and her special ‘gift’ of being ab...more
I found myself trudging along with Ethan, Caspia and Logan through the story, laughing when they laughed, crying when they cried and getting excited when they did. I felt that Vicki really brought the reader into the story, with strong, believable and emotional characters that the reader can really relate to. They did...more
(view spoiler)[ For those who have read it don't forget the drawing she completed in art class where Ethan has no wings- for this will be important in the sequel I think!...more
How much I liked it: 2 stars
Overall, I think the story is interesting. The basic premise of the main character - dead parents, older brother with a terminal sickness - is interesting, in the realm of relatable, and holds the potential of tugging at your heart-strings. Unfortunately that's where the story lost me :(.
For some reason Caspia has just been completely ignorant of what was going on around her. I understand that for the past few years she has been under a lot of stress/s...more
Maybe the Nephilim thing just isn't doing it for me... Although, I do enjoy the Infernal Devices series. Either way, you've got to believe me when I say this book is really not that great.
I will admit Keire's obvious word-smithing talent. In fact, her colorful way with words is the only reason I awarded her two stars instead of one. Unfortunately, that does little to redeem the book's lack of substance and cohesion.
The plot is missing a lot of things. Th...more
'Gifts' was so enjoyable -- you're in assured hands with Vicki Keire. Caspia is a wonderful heroine. She's vulnerable but strong. She's running herself ragged and just wants to feel safe -- but she's kind to people. She's intelligent and emotional. She's also an artist, so her descriptions come out of that perspective. I loved this, and thought it was...more
Vicki Keire grew up in a 19th Century haunted house in the Deep South full of books, abandoned coal chutes, and plenty of places to get into trouble with her siblings. She holds degrees in English Literature with specialties in the 18th Century, Romanticism, and Postcolonial Theory. She spent the last decade teaching writing and literature at a large, football obsessed university while slipping pa...more
Share This Book
He snorted and tightened his grip. "I hardly find slicing E'than'i'el open embarrassing. And you have other things to worry about. Like the fact that, over the long years of my exile, I have developed a taste for human hearts."
"Right. Of course." I took a deep, steadying breath. "I only meant that I would die of shame if I had thousands of years of pictures of me in a diaper with feather dusters on my back.”