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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  410 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Daisy has an electrifying secret that could save her life—or kill her
High school sophomore Daisy Jones is just trying to get by unnoticed. It doesn’t help that she’s the new girl at school, lives in a trailer park, and doesn’t even own a cell phone. But there’s a good reason for all that: Daisy has a secret, unpredictable power—one only her best friend, Danielle, knows abo
ebook, 259 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Open Road Media
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Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book.

Good ghost story for the younger readers, but I think older teens and adults will be bothered by some of the plot holes involving Daisy's powers.
At first, Daisy's gift seems to be the ability to short out electronics. Not a cool gift.
Yes, I would like to return this gift, please. It's defective, and I would like a refund. No, I don't have the receipt. Why? Because I obviously didn't purchase this for myself! I thought the purity ring Dad got me for my
Amy M.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, ya
This review is for the iPad/iBooks version.

The Gift is a story about a girl trying to be normal, despite her extra-ordinary gift.

Adding multimedia to an ebook can enhance the storytelling experience. Giving it a sense of discovery and immersion that a paper book might not provide for the reluctant reader. On the other hand when the technology is used without purpose or reason, adding multimedia becomes shallow embellishments. Those "special effects" bring nothing to the story or to the reader's
Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-copies
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Overall score: 4 stars

SUMMARY. Daisy Jones had a gift. She always knew that this was something that nobody should know about and even telling her best friend was hard enough to reveal and finally admit to herself what she is capable of. Sending out electric waves and feeling each person's energy was tough enough but then she is somehow stuck with Vivi, shy and always out of it girl who says she can talk to Patrick, her soulmate. At the same
Danyelle Leafty
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookshelf-2012
Not what I expected, but awesome twists. :)

From the description (or at least, my memory of it), the title, and the cover, I expected something a little more paranormal. Ghosts, arguably, *are* paranormal, but I expected that element to come from the MC, rather than on of the other characters.

I read an ARC I received from the publisher, so I wasn't able to make use of the enhanced e-book options.

I really enjoyed the twists, but some of them were a little confusing to me--mostly because my own pr
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Possible minor spoilers ahead**

"Gift" is a YA book with an interesting premise. A young girl has a complicated secret that she is desperately trying to hide: She can control electricity and even harness some of its power. I was immediately intrigued and was excited to see where the book led. The first chapter was even very promising and I started to get very high hopes. However, "Gift" doesn't quite live up to its potential.

My issue with this book is that it tries to do too much. The main ch
Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Daisy's got an issue that I can somewhat, nominally, empathize with: she kills technology. She doesn't have a TV, computer, cell phone, nothing too technologically current because she'd just drive it crazy. I feel that. With the trail of computer deaths in my wake, and the shrapnel of other miscellaneous freakazoid technological malfunctions I've had to deal with, I immediately connected with Daisy. I understood her. Of course she's an extreme but such is the way of books. A boring blue screen o ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I have to applaud the interactive ending. Usually you finish a book, you put it down, and that's pretty much it. We here get to rate and review, and some just process the contents, before moving on. Generally this is where I get upset if there isn't a sequel. With Gift, I was upset, I wanted to witness Daisy and Kevin in action, realizing their full potential(because it's definitely not set in concrete.) I want more past-life stories, or more bonding moments for the couple. And as I was fuming: ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-review
I requested for this book and was granted to read it for a honest review.

First of all I was intrigue by the cover itself I thought it was like a Sci-fi thingy. But after I had read the description made me more curious then finally I was granted to read it and found out it's about a ghost and a human gift.

It's about Daisy, Vivi, Danielle, and Kevin four teenagers and Patrick the ghost. The story revolves around the fact that Daisy had this special gift which has something to do with electricity,
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Gift gives you a little of everything. It’s a Paranormal, Mystery, Sci-Fi, mixed with rock-n-roll, a little Greek mythology, and even has two novels within as it includes an extra graphic short story. Andrea J. Buchanan definitely created an intriguing storyline that had me flipping pages to find the answers to the mystery who, what, and where in this novel. The four teenagers were fun and cute characters. Buchanan mashed different genres together to give a fantastic new twist in this Paranormal ...more
Nikki S
Apr 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: e-arc
Cross posted here and at my blog: Take Me Away... On the Pages of Your Story

From the moment I read the synopsis I was intrigued by the premise. It truly was one that I hadn't heard of before and I just had to read the book, because I nosily wanted to know what her gift was. So I began reading... And then I couldn't stop. I finally found out that the main character's gift is the ability to mess with (or mess up) electronics, like cell phones, microwaves, and radios. Unfortunately, this is where m
Daisy has always had a gift. A gift that is the bane of televisions, MP3 players and school firealarm systems - it is as if electricity flows through her very being, and from a young age Daisy has had to learn to control and tame her gift...keeping it hidden.

And nothing seems unusual until a girl in her class, Vivi, nearly kills herself in the school bathrooms...saying the words, "He's gone!" with a desperation that makes its mark on Daisy. Who is this 'he' that no one but Vivi seems to see? And
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Gift was a so-so read. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. Daisy is a loner, but she doesn’t mind. She’d go by unnoticed by everyone, if she had the choice. But unfortunately for her, she has a secret power only her best friend – and only friend – Danielle knows about. She can send out electric waves and feel another person’s energy. Telling Danielle about is was tough enough, but then she’s stuck with Vivi
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really don't have very much to say about this book. I usually take quite a lot of notes on books that I plan to review. I write down the things that I loved, things I hated, what didn't make sense to me, etc. With Gift I literally had no notes. Not a single one, good or bad.
This was a cute book. It was a fun and fluffy read. I enjoyed the concept of the story but I think that the execution could have been better. My favorite part was the characters. They all had their fun and different quirks.
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Andrea J. Bunchanan did an amazing job on "Gift", when I first read the description I was so excited to read it. When I received my ARC copy, I raced through it. To me this book is more a mystery than anything else, with a touch of "paranormal" I guess you could say. It wasn't the BEST book I have ever read but it certainly kept me guessing.

I found the main character in the story was pushed into a corner. Her mother telling her lies and pushing her into a corner about not using her "gift" then w
Cami Hensley
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-paranormal
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Jun 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
got a bit more than halfway through......childish writing and boring
Book Whales
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally posted @ Book Whales

The blurb made me want to read this book. I like a story that is about mystery and paranormal with a hint of romance. Gift is a good story, a light read and was written flawlessly.

The story is seen through Daisy’s point of view. She was sent to find Vivi, a broken girl who tried to kill herself by drinking loads of painkiller. Daisy saved her from her fate. The story became much more interesting, when Daisy and Danielle shares the same dreams, a dream place where t
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading "Gift," by Andrea J. Buchanan. The story was highly entertaining, and I was riveted to every page. The way the author began the story, had me completely hooked! "I found her in the bathroom of the 300 building. Slumped in the corner, pressed up against her own reflection in the mirrored wall, she could have been crying, or sleeping, or ignoring me. But I knew as soon as I saw her that something was seriously wrong." (EARC, Loc. 44) The moment I read this initial sentence ...more
Anastasia シ
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arc, young-adult, 2014
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Jirinka (sony08)
DNF: I am afraid this is a little too young for me.

I don't believe in scoring very low because of my taste in books hence the three stars.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one I requested off Netgalley, originally because I thought it was a re-pub of some '90s teen paranormal book - and I love those cheesy things to death! :) So imagine my surprise when I saw a Twilight reference in the dialogue - but it was a nice surprise. The main character Daisy is the new kid in school for what seems like the millionth time when she and her Mom move because of trouble at her last school. She has an ability that they've kept a secret, to manipulate electricity and it make ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
What if you had the power to affect electricity and electrical devices? Would you struggle, daily, if not hourly, to keep your power under control, or would you allow yourself the freedom to let go? This is one of the dilemmas facing Daisy Jones, the 16-year-old protagonist of Andrea Buchanan's teen lit novel, Gift. As Daisy says:

I told her how when I was a baby my mom noticed the radio garbling or going static if she happened to be holding me while she touched it to switch stations or fiddle wi
Amanda Freeman
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA, paranormal, romance, mystery
Quick review:
"Gift” by Andrea Buchanan is an animated and entertaining read. I enjoyed the characters and found the story intriguing. Daisy must somehow disentangle her dreams and learn to channel her unnatural ability before it is too late. Determining who is a friend or foe is hard enough in high school without including the supernatural. The witty comments keep the atmosphere light while the mystery and suspense keep the reader turning pages. “Gift” is sure to appeal and satisfy a wide range
Lauren the Book Slayer
Normally I’m not a big fan of ghost stories. When it comes to supes my preference is normally witches, vampires, and then werewolves. However, my curiosity got the best of me after I read the synopsis; I became instantly intrigued. I have to say, out of all the books I’ve ever read, Gift has one of the best and most-alluring opening chapters I’ve ever seen. By the time the first chapter ended I was was desperate to read on.

Gift starts off with introducing our main character and heroine, Daisy Jo
Books A-Brewin'
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was ok

I received an e-copy from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Another one of my NetGalley impulse reads. I had read a few reviews from other bloggers that I follow who were quasi-impressed with the book. I was curious whether this shortie (155 pages) would live up to the praises. I actually thought this was going to be more of a witchy-type of book instead of being about a ghost. When you think of gifts that is what you think of naturally, right? When I started to rea
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
A lot goes on in this book. Daisy Jones is just trying to live her life as a normal girl – date that cute senior, Kevin, get on with her life -- but her gifts are keeping her from being able too. She meets with a new friend Vivi – whom is unpredictable and filled with mystery. Somehow they are all connected – Daisy, Danielle (her best friend), and Vivi – they all get the same dreams, ones that are from another era – another past life. If that is not weird enough for you, a vengeful spirit is try ...more
Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
I received this from NetGalley for review, and boy am I glad I did! What a pleasure.

This was a fun read. It took awhile for me to really figure out what it was about. Was it reincarnation? Special powers? Ghosts? Turns out, it's a combination of all of those, nicely rounded out by an evil villain who's a psychopath.

The main protagonist and hero of the story is Daisy Jones, a typical high school sophomore. She's pretty average other than the fact that she short-circuits electronics around her, me
Sep 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book looked incredibly interesting and different, which is why I requested to review it. The story is mainly about Daisy, a high school sophomore that has a secret power. To Daisy, being able to make electronics go haywire seems more of an inconvenience than a power. Fortunately, she is able to control her abilities to some degree and tries to fit in at her school. When a teacher asks Daisy to look for Vivi, Dai
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Gift by Andrea J. Buchanan has an interesting premise with Daisy’s mysterious gift and some hints of ghostie messaging, I thought it would be a fun pre-Halloween read for teens and fans of YA stories.

Daisy has a good heart and a huge secret, one that she found difficult to tell her best friend Danielle. In the grand scheme of things, Daisy really isn’t too different from any other high school sophomore, even if she doesn’t have as much money. In fact school is not nearly as bad as she expected
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My copy was provided to me by Netgalley.

This book was a quick, short read that kept me entertained the whole time. Daisy is a normal girl except for her the fact that's kinda poor and she doesn't own a cell phone. But it really isn't her fault about the cell phone. She has a weird ability to manipulate energy, the ability to short circuit electric appliances. While this might sound like a cool power, Daisy doesn't have much control over it. Basically, she caused a fire in a computer lab.

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Andrea J. Buchanan is a New York Times bestselling writer whose newest book is the young adult novel GIFT. Her work includes The Daring Book For Girls, Mother Shock, and six other books. Both GIFT and the digital short-story WAKING UP have free, downloadable, playable Minecraft maps based on the stories. Before becoming a writer, Andi was a classical pianist; she studied at the Boston Conservatory ...more
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