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(Delaney's Gift #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Delaney Scott possesses a special gift. Ever since she was a child she has known about her calling and the duty she’s expected to fulfill.

However, all Delaney wants is to be normal. That’s why she is drawn to Sam. He can offer her the life she’s always desired. Only Sam has secrets of his own.

Secrets that are deadly. Secrets that can change everything.
Paperback, 354 pages
Published October 10th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published September 17th 2012)
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Alexia Purdy
It took me days to come up with a review for this book, it was that amazingly indescribable. I was practically biting my nails to see what was going to happen next. This is one paranormal series you won’t want to miss!

Delaney and Micah are two regular teens, who save people on the side. They can because they're gifted with unique super powers as followers of their leader, the mysterious god-like Zerach. Destined to save their town of Edenly from the savage Sarafites and aiding others in need of
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: A really unique tale
Characters: Good job
Plot: Delany isn’t perfect, hopefully her mistakes won’t cost her life
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Sam

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
This is a very unique tale, the world building great. The storyline one that will keep you engaged throughout. Sometimes in books, some characters let you down. Sometimes they really surprise you. This story left on a cliffy, but thank
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I really liked the novella, but this one fell a bit short for me.

The characters were alright, but i didn't really love any of them. Delaney kept going on about how she wanted to be normal, which i could understand, but it got annoying. Micah annoyed me even more though, becuase he didn't see where she was coming from at all, and kept telling her that their calling was amazing.

The pacing in this could be a bit slow at times, so it dragged. The story still kept my interest, but i felt a little bo
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's a Fantastic & Alluring!!! Once I started reading I couldn't stop I got such an adrenaline rush with every page I read! I definitely recommend this for everyone!

Delaney & Micah have been best friends since birth and they both have special gifts but Delaney has always wanted to be normal like everyone else.. Things start getting complicated between her & Micah as their feelings for each other start changing then enters Sam.. Delaney's classmate.. Sam has always ignored Delaney but suddenly h
Sarah Elizabeth
(Downloaded for free from as part of ‘The YA Readers Little Black Book’)

This was an interesting paranormal story, but I did find it dragged a bit.

Delaney was an okay character, although she was maybe a little too trusting of people at times. I liked Sam, even though he made a costly mistake, but I didn’t really like Micah or Ariel.

The storyline in this was alright, but I did find it dragged a bit. The world-building was a bit confusing, and I didn’t always understand what the charac
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a quick, easy read about 16 year old Delaney who has a gift, but she has a difficult time seeing it as such. She has saved more than one person because of her super powers.

Then there is Micha who also has super powers. Delaney and Micha are good friends and they both are followers of Zerach. They meet Sam who Delaney in particular likes but distrusts. Their concern is that he is not who he says he is, but perhaps their arch enemy. While they deal with this predicament, they try to save
Sarah Elizabeth
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
(Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to author Amber Garza!)
Delaney is special, one of only 10 ‘Ekloge Warriors’ when the coming war arrives, she will be one of the chosen few who will fight for her people.

Delaney has the gift of prophecy, and her best friend Micha has the gift of strength. For years the two have saved people by following Delaney’s visions and using Micha’s strength to help change things. Micha even saved Delaney herself from drowning once.

When Delaney and Micha sa
Jacquie Talento
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Delaney is gifted with dreams that help her change fate for those in it. She’s a member of the Ekloge Warriors and a follower of Zerach. The Sarafites, followers of Saraf are their enemy and they don’t play nice. But when Sam wants to be a member of this elite group, he will do anything to become one of them even if it includes putting someone else’s life in danger. But something changes in him and he’s not sure that is the route he wants to take but is it too late for him to change his mind?
Tammy Hall
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dazzle is one book that took me by complete surprise. I was completely taken over by this story. I immediately started having reactions to the characters: Delaney is so strong willed and independent; then there is Micah, who comes off as kind of jerk. But I get where he is coming from as he just wants to protect Delaney and everyone else that he loves. Sam, well he was the character you love to hate, yet I discovered I had a soft spot for the guy. The story itself is just amazing; I could not p ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put Dazzle down, and when I finally had to once it was finished, I honestly wanted to pick it back up and start again! I'm a sucker for a great love triangle, and Dazzle does not disappoint. While Delaney's relationship with her best friend Micah is ideal in so many ways, I just couldn't help but cheer for bad-boy Sam. I'm so torn, and I love that Garza's characters are developed so well that I felt equally attached to both. The story had me turning the pages faster and faster, and th ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Delaney and Micah have special powers that could essentially help save their world some day. In order to make sure they are safe they are sheltered their whole life from other people. Then one day Micah meets Ariel and Delaney meets Sam. Will Sam and Ariel hurt Delaney and Micah or help them? Who will Delaney ultimately stand beside? Will she even live?

This book was hard to put down! I wanted to see what was going to happen next! Every page was a new twist in the story of Delaney and Micah right
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I Receive this book from the author, finally i read it last night, and I could not put it down had to know what happen next, Mich and Delaney isn't just normal teenagers they have special powers, they help people when there in danger, Delaney just wont's to be a normal teenager and not have a special power, but finally she accepts it and who she is, Delaney falls for the bad guy, and mich isn't to happy about it, but delaney is falling in love with him. If you haven't read this book you need to ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a book that I was able to download for free during one of my "Ohhh Amazon freebie hoarder sprees". As I'm sure you know as a reader yourself, sometimes even when the premise is good, you still get burned by the book. However... this was NOT the case for Dazzle.

There are a lot of things that the premise leaves out; the God-like ruler of Edenly called Zerach, the tattoos the mysteriously appear on his followers (of which Delaney is one), the threat of war with the Sarafites which looms ev
Alivia Anders
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Rating: 3.5/5.0 stars

I must admit right off the bat, I haven't read any of Amber's books prior to DAZZLE. Now, I know I'm going to have to give her other series a definite read, and hold my breath for the second in this series to show up.

DAZZLE stared off with one heck of a bang. When you first read DAZZLE, you're essentially tossed headfirst into the middle of Delaney and Micah, the two main characters of this book, saving a girl from a rather untimely death. But what looks like a simple save-
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this for a blog tour and to see the full post with the playlist you can click HERE

4.5 STARS :D

Delaney is just a sixteen year old girl that just wants to do what she wants for once in her life. All her life she has been sheltered b/c she is a Ekloge Warrior, that has a special gift. They were made to one day to fight the Sarafites in war when they try to take over Edenly. Delaney doesn’t want to be a part of any of it. She just wants to be a normal teenage girl, but she knows she can’
Sara Bree High
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dazzle (Delaney’s Gift #1)
Amber Garza
Reviewed by S. Bree High YATR

Once I started reading this book, I really did not want to put it down. I got involved in the storyline. It managed to hold my interest and I found myself sneaking a page or two here and there at work! LOL! I thought that the book was a quick read, or maybe it was just that I really got that involved. I tend to do that. Don’t judge! Ha-ha!

Delaney is your average teenager...NOT! I could not even hold a straight face while typing t
Penelope Bartotto
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Put on your sunglasses kids because this book is bright and shining star waiting to go supernova on us. Garza, brings together a wonderful concept in this YA(Young Adult) Thriller, with a grace that is not often found these days. What makes this book a fresh idea, is that it is not trying to be part of the "gang" of Young Adult Genre series that currently exist, it is a unique idea presented with aplomb. This is not filled with vampires, werewolves, or set in a utopian/dystopian society, it is a ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
You can find this review and others on my blog:

I've read the authors other books (Prowl trilogy) and I was super excited when I found out she'd written another book!

I have to say, I like this book better than the Prowl series. To me, it was more exciting. I really liked this idea of the 10 warriors who would protect and save the city. Plus, I really liked the romance in this book!

I really didn't like Sam. Even though he did the right thing in the end, I still do
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
I bought this book.
Dazzle by Amber Garza
I have to say I'm thoroughly impressed. This is the first book I have ever read by this author. The books have components of romance, betrayal, trust, religious undertones, a bit of thrills in their, and mystery. I'm left feeling what the heck will happen now, especially after the cliffhanger at the ending. This is one of the best YA Christian reads that I have read. This is going into my favorites section on my kindle shelf. I just love the characters and
Candy Smith
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dazzle is a fresh new twist on teens with supernatural powers. Author Amber Garza creates a world unlike we have seen in any YA books recently. Delaney and Micah live in the city of Edenly protected by Zerach, but not everyone in Edenly follows Zerach. Some chose not to follow anyone yet, Zerach allows them to still live there. They aren’t really a threat unless they succumb to the ways of the Sarafites. The Sarafites aren’t allowed in Edenly,so no worries, right? Well there is a legend about Ek ...more
Krystal Marlein
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC by the author for an honest review.
I LOVED this story!! I felt it was very original and well put together. The thing I love most about reading is discovering new books, authors and original plot lines. This book definitely had originality. I loved how the author wrote it. Chapter by chapter you are told the story thru 3 of the main characters, Delaney, her best friend Micah, and Sam, the forbidden fruit.
Delaney and Micah have a secret and thru this secret the 2 are linked and
Adele Symonds
Wow! what a fantastic first book in a series, I want to read the the next book straight away. The plot has so much further that it can go, this is more than just a setting of the scenne as some other 1st in series books tend to be. There is a clear plot and some very strong character's.
I love Delaney, faults and all and really like the way in which Sam's character changes due to falling in love. Micah is a very strong character who has an angry streak that I don't particularly like but it suits
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before I Read The Novel:
The description makes it look very exciting for a fiction novel. Also mysterious, hence why I am going to read it.

In The Novel:

Side comments: (as I'm reading the novel)
- Micah is kind of an ass. He is suppose to be BFF's with Delaney and he has rolled her under a bus because of Ariel. It saddens me.
- Sam is fucking up big time.
- Micah needs to get his feelings together and stop playing one girl off the other.

In The Novel:
I really liked the novel and have to be honest, it
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Even though the 1st two 3rds of this book drove me nuts I still rated it a 4.

First I read Glimmer which is the short teaser for this book and I truly like the characters. However getting into the book the author drove me nuts. Her main characters fall in love but with different people yet experience the same things. The girl can’t trust the boy and the boy can’t quit trust the girl. It was just too much.

Then I hit page 199, and bam she got me.

Of course there is the obligatory cliff hanger but
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was surprisingly very good!! I was sitting on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened next. It had a lot of twists and turns which meant I couldn't predict what happened next!! Awesome!i also liked how it was written in three different P.O.Vs
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review later;) i have a lot to say about this book, got it for free on amazon kindle. Go check it out!
So, its gonna be a solid three. I wanted to love this i really did but the best i can do is like it. There were a lot of things that might just be personal...well that is stupid reasoning isn't it? This is all personal but lets say personal views on the type of genre, and i will explain later but i first and foremost, song time! Solider's Poem by Muse describes how i think two of our MCs feel about their situations, and their lovvveee.

Kay so first quick thoughts, I don't think it was a bad book
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Dazzle was a very unique YA paranormal/fantasy romance. The premise was unlike anything I’ve really come across.

Delaney had a special power, along with her best friend, Micah, who grew up with her all of her life. Both of them used their powers to save others when possible. Their lives were quite sheltered and they’ve only really hung out with each other, which was an agreement sort of forced upon them by their parents. Their parents were followers of Zerach, along with most of the members of t
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it

I love me a book that deals with super powers. And the characters in Dazzle certainly had some cool powers, but there was also a really unique twist. Kind of a paranormal almost dystopian twist in the book. There are two kind of mysterious groups that exist in this world. One “good” and one “bad”(I’m just calling them that for simplicity). If you follow the good one then these tattoos appear on your arms to mark the significant events in your life. It is also a way of signifying who is a followe
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Being an Ekloge Warrior is the most important thing in the world to me. It's what sets me apart. It's my purpose in life.

Delaney and Micah have been best friends all their lives. Graced with special gifts, they are each one of only ten Ekloge Warriors who are followers of Zerach and they have a duty to protect the people of Edenly. Not only from the general day to day things but also from the evil of the Sarafites. Whilst Micah relishes the life that is mapped out for him, Delaney would love
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Amber Garza has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing. Coffee and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they're real people. She lives with her husband and two kids in Folsom, California, which is als ...more

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