Plagued by recurring dreams of a faceless, yet strangely familiar man, and struggling to adapt to unique powers, Morgan Cauldwell moves halfway across the country to Manchester Academy. Once at MAC, Morgan meets the mysterious Chase Thomas. He knows more about Morgan than she knows about herself, and through him, Morgan learns she is Gifted. With the help of Chase and the Gifted Council, Morgan begins to learn how to control and develop the powers that have kept her isolated her whole life.
While the mysteries of her dream man begin to unfold, Morgan’s powers quickly surpass even the Council’s expectations. But how much power should one person be allowed to possess…and at what price? Morgan finds herself face to face with her worst nightmares, where nothing is as it seems and not all Gifted are content with the powers they’ve been given.
Gifted is the beginning of a 3 book series following a young girl named Morgan as she learns about her Gifts and all of the adventures that follow.
The book opens up with Morgan going to MAC, a prestigious high school. There, she meets a handful of friends, and a guy named Chase - someone she doesn't expect to have much to do with.
The plot of this novel was very interesting. I really enjoyed learning along with Morgan about the Gifted, and what all that entitles. The climax of the plot starts really late in the novel, which makes for a very slow starting book. I liked that we got a bit of a normal YA novel before we really started delving into the Fantasy aspect near the end.
I liked the main character Morgan, however I disliked the way that she was written. Throughout the novel, many things happen to Morgan - one of them, for example, sending her to the hospital. She recovers almost immediately and moves on with her life as if nothing happened. I feel like the author rushed the characters through a lot of the important events in the plot.
One of the biggest problems I had with this book is the structure of the novel. The only big climax moment was brushed away just as it happened, and there was barely any lead up to it. Another big problem was that it needed to be revised. There were a number of mistakes and missing words, and with the book being out since 2012, this should have been delt with long ago.
I think the best rating I can give this book is 3 out of 5 stars. There was just so much wrong with the structure of the book that I couldn't focus completely on the story. I will however say that the story premise and the characters were interesting and the reason that I made it through the whole series.
Hopefully Phillips revises her novels because I really do see the potential in these being 5 star books.
Born in Michigan, Jenny Phillips has never strayed far from the beaches of Lake Michigan. Armed with a big imagination, Jenny would sit in the woods surrounding her home for hours just day dreaming. After losing her mother to ALS, she vowed she would make the most of her life and never let her imagination go to waste. When not coaching, reading or obsessively buying books, she spends her time with her two beautiful daughters, rambunctious toddler and husband.