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Maeve Chambers doesn't have much going for her. Not only does she feel like the sole idiot in a family of geniuses, she managed to drive away her best friend Lily a year ago. But when she finds a pack of dusty old tarot cards at school, and begins to give scarily accurate readings to the girls in her class, she realizes she's found her gift at last. Things are looking up – ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: July 1st 2021 by Walker Books (first published February 4th 2021)
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Anna Luce
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Caroline O'Donoghue's foray into YA will definitely appeal to fans of the genre. Although I do have a few criticisms I can safely say that I found All Our Hidden Gifts to be an entertaining read.

Set in Ireland, our narrator and protagonist is sixteen-year old Maeve Chambers, the youngest in a big family. She has quite a chip on her shoulder when it comes to her 'brilliant' sisters and brothers. Unlike them she isn't academically gifted and for a period of
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Caroline O'Donoghue
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this and it's a banger! ...more
Book Barbarian  (Tammy Smith)
I just reviewed All Our Hidden Gifts - YALC Sampler by Caroline O’Donoghue. #AllOurHiddenGifts #NetGalley

I am honestly so blown away by these first few chapters. I have really fallen in love with the characters and the setting. I am really sad to not have it all to devour!

It's not enough to form a full opinion on but I hope that I will be able to request the full copy soon. I have a feeling this is going to be an amazing book!

Thank you so much for letting me read this YALC sampler.
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Ellie Carr
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read a YA novel for years, but after reading this book that feels like a terrible mistake, and one that I should immediately set about rectifying.

It’s funny, it’s spooky, it’s got a nice lil’ slice of mysterio pie for all you would-be sleuths out there and it could also double as fairly thorough intro to tarot. What’s not to like?

I read this book in less than 36 hours. 8 of those I was on the clock, and another 8 I was asleep, so really, I polished it off in less than a day-I could n
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Amanda (The Book Geek Boutique)
All Our Hidden Gifts follows Maeve as she tries to navigate her way through teenage life with all of its changes, emotions and hormones. During a detention at school she is asked to clean out a room where she comes across an old set of tarot cards. She soon learns that she has a knack for reading the cards and telling people their fortunes. What starts out as a harmless bit of fun ends in a missing girl and a dark cult of radicals taking their political beliefs to a disturbing level.
I really enj
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Tom McInnes
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As I’ve already written one effusive essay-length rave about an O’Donoghue book this year, I’ll keep this short and to the point:

This is a perfect book; a total masterclass in tone, character, watertight plotting and brain-busting imagination, and if it doesn’t become the next big international YA sensation then the world’s youth truly are lost and we should really just give up and hand Earth’s reigns over to the dolphins or whichever other sentient beings are going to take over once we finally
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Alex
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12-and-13
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of All Our Hidden Gifts in exchange for an honest review.

Every reader has a weirdly specific subgenre they're obsessed with, and I'm proud to say that mine is definitely Urban-Fantasy Witch Stories with Queer Themes. Obviously when I read the description of All Our Hidden Gifts, I knew I had to read it ASAP.

All Our Hidden Gifts was a really fun, unique read, it just wasn't what I expected. The description made me think Maeve would be trying to clear
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Pam
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Generally not a fan of witchcraft, especially in YA, but this book hit all the right notes. The main character, plagued by a pack of old Tarot cards (and not understanding why they send her senses spiraling) is interesting and real. Her friends (the new and the old) are believable, especially Roe/Rory, who is thinking ... maybe ... he's non-binary but is definitely interested in a relationship with Maeve. The Irish setting and characters were an added bonus, and the resolution felt authentic (as ...more
Sara
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I read Promising Young Women I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book. It’s everything I wanted it to be and so. much. more! Caroline O’Donoghue is a fierce and fearless writer and this book is truly spellbinding!
celeste
Aug 28, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
why has NO ONE MENTIONED THIS????????? it sounds AMAZING holy shit
Heather
Oh my god I think this book was written to perfectly fit my literary needs. I need it right now.
Aria
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review can also be found at Snow White Hates Apples.

Thank you so much Pansing for sending me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review! All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue is available at all good bookstores.

An exciting page-turner with an amazingly diverse and inclusive cast of characters, All Our Hidden Gifts is another book that brilliantly embodies what being a teenager is like, though with extra touches of the supernatural and paranormal.

I love how natural just about everythin
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Chantelle Hazelden
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Caroline O'Donoghue is no stranger to writing however this is her first time creating a YA novel.

What I can say is, those who love this genre will definitely find this book a great read.

I was immediately drawn in by the front cover, feeling an instant need to read it and after hearing Caroline talk about it during a live zoom event from Walker books, I was beyond excited when I was gifted an ARC via Netgalley.

With a mix of love, drama and even a touch of what I'd describe as paranormal, over all
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Aisha
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
All Our Hidden Gifts follows Maeve who discovers a pack of tarot cards one day, after a failed reading and an argument with her ex-best friend, Maeve wishes for her to disappear and Lily ends up disappearing.

I really enjoyed the start of the book, right away I knew I would like Maeve and her personality is very strong – she is a flawed but likable main character. I liked how the book set up the tarot card plot; with Maeve discovering her gift for readings, the setting being an old school and the
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Tanya Ball
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank LibraryThing, Walker Books, and Caroline O’Donoghue for an Advance Reading Copy for an honest review!!

The Craft + Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys + Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.

Maeve is trying to climb the social ladder at her all-girls’ high school. In order to do so, she has thrown away her lifelong best friend, Lily. While doing chores for the headmistress after school one day, Maeve finds a deck of tarot cards. She plunges headlong into this new world, watching YouTube v
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Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Walker Books Australia for providing me with a copy of All Our Hidden Gifts, in exchange for an honest review.

When Maeve finds a packet of tarot cards, while cleaning out a store room for punishment at school, she learns all she can about them and starts giving readings at school. Everyone clambers to have one of Maeve’s freakishly accurate readings, everyone except her ex-best friend, Lily. When her classmates push Lily into having a reading, it doesn’t end well. Even worse, Lily t
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Thindbooks

*this arc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return*

I was disappointed with this book. It’s about a high school student, Maeve, who gets detention to clean the basement where she finds these magical tarot cards. One day she readers her ex best friend’s reading and wishes for her to disappear. The next thing you know it, she disappears. I was really excited to read a paranormal mystery book. The book started off really well in the beginning but went downhill towards the m
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Lulu
It’s times like these I wish Goodreads allowed half stars! All Our Hidden gifts wasn’t quite a four star read but three stars feels a bit stingy.
Plus points - creepy ghost lady (the housekeeper), some good LGBTQIA+ representation that felt natural and not just shoehorned in, a creepy old school complete with strange old nun, teens finding their hidden powers.
Minus points - god the main character was a drag. She was so selfish and self-centred and even at the end of the book when she should have
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Lauren
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
All Our Hidden Gifts, Caroline O’Donoghue. 4/5

When Maeve discovers a dusty old pack of tarot cards at school she finds she has a gift for something she didn’t even know she understood. After she starts giving readings to her fellow students she finds herself haunted by a mysterious card that doesn’t quite fit the deck and after giving a dark reading to her former best friend Lily two days before Lily vanishes, Maeve finds herself entangled in something much darker.

I’ve powered through this lit
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Laura
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maeve Chambers doesn't have much going for her.

Not only does she feel like the sole idiot in a family of geniuses, she managed to drive away her best friend Lily a year ago. But when she finds a pack of dusty old tarot cards at school, and begins to give scarily accurate readings to the girls in her class, she realizes she's found her gift at last. Things are looking up; until she discovers a strange card in the deck that definitely shouldn't be there. And two days after she convinces her ex-bes
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Katja Weinert
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this it be really easy to read. There were times when I found three of our main teens more grown up than their years. Having said that, the author's shown a lot of growth for the main character - Maeve - who starts of being largely ruled by her emotions and desire to fit in with the so called popular girls of St Bernadette's Catholic school

The book effortlessly blends different themes, it's a spooky/ urban-fantasy/ coming of age story about the importance of acceptance - of self and othe
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Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Walker Book US/Candlewick Press for sending me this eARC in exchange for an honest review!

All Our Hidden Gifts had the feel of a 2000’s horror movie for a teen audience, but in the best way possible. There’s paranormal and high school drama in equal amounts, but O’Donoghue balances out both genres for a paranormal tale that teens are sure to love.

Let’s start off with my biggest complaint. I found the pacing to be rather inconsistent, especially when compared to the sy
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Edel Green
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All Our Hidden Gifts is a novel aimed at young adults and as a woman in her late 30s I am not the target market for this book (I got a ARC from Netgalley) but I found it immensely readable. As in Scenes of a Graphic Nature, O’Donoghue combines a great narrative with an examination of how Ireland is changing but also how it wrestles with its past and those who do not accept the changes. The major villian in the piece is Aaron who is a poster boy for the far right movement and takes advantage of y ...more
Jen
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was one of the best YA books that I have read in a long time. It's a mixture of contemporary and witchcraft set in Ireland.
I found the characters very interesting and the author developed them perfectly throughout the story. Not only does the protagonist have to deal with her new found talent as a sensitive but there's a lot of racial and gender issues brilliantly written in too.
I definitely recommend this book if you like your YA books to be extremely interesting and well written.
Thank y
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Sharon
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's an excellent YA and had me interested throughout.
The character of Maeve is so well written. She's a young girl in Ireland, who feels definitely less than her brothers and sisters and whose ex best friend disappears and Maeve believes it could be linked to some Tarot cards she found in her hand in a weird experience at school.

It's a well told tale with thrills, relationships and mystery and with some thought provoking elements.

Such a great read. Loved it.


Thank
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Andee
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you to Netgalley, Edelweiss and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Full review to come. Actual rating 3.5
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Kayla
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book so interesting and inclusive. I have only read half of the book so far and I didn't think I would like it as much as I actually do. I am a very picky reader so when I was told I needed to do a book review I wasn't very thrilled. I ended up actually loving the book and I would definitely recommend. Caroline O'Donoghue did a great job. ...more
Scarlet Wilson
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Loved the Irish setting of this book and the representation. The first half of the book with the main character finding the tarot cards at school, then her ex friend mysteriously disappearing was promising. Unfortunately I found the second half lost pace and dragged a bit. Would try something else by this author
Manon the Malicious
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This… was not what I expected. I really liked it though.

All Our Hidden Gifts brings us to Ireland and into Maeve Chambers' life. Maeve is pretty lonely, she feel like the odd one out in her family since they're all geniuses and got into a massive fight with her old best friend, Lily, a year before… Now she's on the edge of a group of girls at school who barely know the real her.
The book starts right after Maeve got in trouble a
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