Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: Ungifted

Author Kelly Oram
Format e-book
Print Length
Publisher Bluefields
Published Feb. 28, 2014

Even though her father is running for President of the United States, Grace St. Claire is as normal a girl as they come. She’s clumsy, shy, and an outcast among her peers. She even manages to nearly die in a freak accident in front of the entire school. But when Grace survives a vampire attack she quickly learns that she is anything but ordinary.

There’s something about human Grace that has all the supernaturals around her going crazy. Her best friend’s brother suddenly wants to date her. Her worst enemy has sworn to protect her even against her wishes. Someone with very powerful magic wants her dead, and the vampire that attacked her has developed an obsession with making her his eternal mate.

In order to survive—and not as Count Dracula’s undead bride—Grace dives head first into the terrifying world of the supernatural. She teams up with a charming but mysterious warlock who strolled into town causing trouble and spouting stories of a Prophesy and Chosen One that looks exactly like Grace. Together they must figure out why Grace is different, who wants her dead, how she’s connected to the Chosen One, and who they can really trust.

My Opinion

Ungifted is a dazzling book that will make you laugh out loud, get teary eyed and of course shout at the main characters as you read. Ungifted was written in such a way that it truly does outshine Chameleon, even though it is the second book in the series.

Grace is a klutz, who do to her daddy’s political career has very few friends. You see her daddy is running for the President of the United States, which one would think would make her Miss Popular. Grace though is shy and is terrified of only being liked because of her daddy. So instead of embracing his popularity and having it added to hers- she isolates herself from her peers. This isolation leads them to nickname her disgrace. Cynthia is all the friend that she needs. Her being a klutz does not make matters any better especially since she repeatedly has accidents that lead to hottie Ethan coming to her rescue. Grace does not know it but Ethan protects her because he has too. He is resentful of the job though.

Grace accidently captures the attention of one Andrew De La Cote- a vampire who is well kinda evil. He wants to make Grace his mate, yet she refuses. Andrew kinda creeps her out and she does not like the attention that he is paying her. She tries to avoid him- which only causes him to attempt to turn her. When that doesn’t go as planned, he blackmails her instead. Grace does not understand why the supernatural world is becoming part of her world. Her life is in danger- repeatedly and Ethan keeps popping up everywhere. Will he be enough to save her? Who wants Grace dead and why?

Grace is stronger than she looks. She is consistently worried for the people in her life. She repeatedly gives up her own happiness for others. However, because of this people in the supernatural world view her as weak and as a necessary ally for them once her father is elected.

Ethan is full of resentment- resenting his clan, his dad and Grace. Especially resentful of Grace- he does not want to protect her. He thinks of her as weak and unworthy of his protection. Will he be able to protect her from the biggest threat around?

Andrew is a crazy vampire- who becomes obsessed with Grace. Will be he able to turn her? Will he be able to control her? Will she becomes his?

Grace grows a lot throughout this book. She becomes stronger as her belief in her own self-worth becomes stronger. She no longer will be a weakling to those that scare her.

A book full of suspense that leaves you guessing who the bad guys really are. As well as if the good guys are really good.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “Stupid traitor. She knows I hate it every time Ethan plays the white knight to my damsel in distress, but she’s got this crazy, romantic notion that he does it because he’s secretly in love with me.”

Other People

Russ- warlock
Preston- Cynthia’s big brother
Cynthia- Grace’s bestie, and a female werewolf

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