The Gifted by Tamra Lassiter Publication Date: December 1, 2014 Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Sara’s gift of flight became known when she was eight years old. It was her gift from God and her secret to keep. Torn between pleasing her overprotective parents and literally soaring through the clouds, Sarah has resigned herself to being the oddball. Everything changes in one moment. Sara’s gift saves her life, but there are witnesses. Her secret is out. She soon meets the charming Simon and learns exactly why her parents have kept her hidden away all these years.
***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review and participation in this tour
The Gifted is a magical, feel good story that couples the power of faith with personal strength. Sometimes believing in ourselves is the biggest challenge and The Gifted epitomizes the wonders that can occur when we trust in a something greater than ourselves.
- Sara is crafty, smart, always more than capable of thinking on her feet and figuring out what others are blind to. On top of that, she’s constantly keeping the best interests of her friends in mind. She goes out of her way to make their lives better. She’s a sweetheart with an unfaltering moral compass but at times, succumbs to teen angst. Sara is naïve but blunt, she speaks her mind when she figures things out and gives gentle nudges in the right direction.
- The premise of this story is genius. It’s a secret lair for special powers. While I would have liked more of the history of how the Base was founded, the intricacy of the location more than makes up for it.
- Fleet and Sara are adorable together. They just fit. The pull between them is magnetic and natural, you’re eased into their affection. They’re warm, understanding, and the passion between them is far more than teenage lust. That necklace ❤
- Simon is a skeevy, manipulative villain. No matter how charismatic and charming he can be, you get seriously sketchy vibes from him. Lassiter does an amazing job capturing his corrupt and dangerous persona in his facial expressions, mannerisms, and creepy leer.
- Fleet is a compassionate, kind-hearted man. He’s far from the simple far boy he seems. He’s sexy, muscular and has many tricks up his sleeve that make him endearing and so thoughtful.
- Complications were too easily resolved. There was little doubt of what the result would be and everything dissolved extremely quickly with hardly any backlash.
- Some aspects of the story were left unanswered. Particularly the telepathy and how that whole scenario occurred. It’s a tad convoluted and left many questions up in the air.
- The climax did not reek of danger and sinister intentions like it should have, it fell flat because as a whole, the scene was over really fast and lacked the build up necessary for fear.
- The secondary characters were aloof to the reader. They were present but there’s a disconnect between them and the protagonist. It’s hard to form an attachment to them. Characters like Kendall, Peter, Shasta, Owen, and even Angelica fade in and out of the story.
- Simon’s ultimate plot came out of nowhere, the clues weren’t enough to figure him out or really get at his overall motivations.
I live outside Washington, D.C. with my wonderfully supportive husband and two daughters, one of which is approaching her teenage years. Help us all! If that isn’t enough, we have a Great Dane and an English Bulldog to keep us on our toes. It’s crazy around here and I love every minute of it! Writing is my third career. I didn’t set out to be a writer, it was just meant to be. My Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech prepared me well for my first career as an Engineer/Program Manager. My second career was in Human Resources. Long story, but I figured it out. I believe the best start for a writing career is to be a reader first and I’ve been an avid reader my whole life. I’ve loved to read ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew mystery in the fourth grade. Now I love reading just about everything, but I don’t read sad books and I don’t watch sad movies either for that matter, no matter how many awards they’ve won. Life’s too short and who needs all that strife to bring us down? Many of my words have been penned late into the evening, which explains why I’ve never viewed whatever television show you recommend to me. I would, however, love to hear your recommendations for a great read! If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this: