Book Review: The Gifted Ones by P.G. Shriver

  • Review: The Gifted Ones
  • Series: —
  • Author: P.G. Shriver
  • No of Pages: 282
  • Release Date: Published February 15th 2012 by Gean Penny Books


Thrown together by the cruelties of a modern day world in which genuine compassion is rare, evil abounds, and goodness is often tainted by the fight to survive, two unusually gifted teenagers discover they are linked by a fairytale told them repeatedly throughout their youth by their late mothers.

Destiny awaits them, but first they must locate the others, as the fairytale foretells, to defeat the evil monster who waits and change the lonely world in which they live. Only then will they find peace… and family.

My thoughts:

This is one of those books that I wasn’t sure about reading. I’m all for a good fairy tale and all but I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to get my hands on this one. Fortunately I was pleasantly surprised not only with the intriguing plot but also with the characters. They had a real substance about them. Their choices and what they are going through is real. It never feels like P.G. Shriver just plucked up a character bio and throws them into a story, oh no… these characters move on their own and as such you fall in love with them.

I love stories that you can relate to. And although I may not be able to relate to gifts, we can all relate to having hard times at one point or another, but the great thing about Cheater is that this girl just does not let go of her positive attitude. It’s amazing to watch and although I don’t want to spoil what her gift is for you, let’s just say she is one amazing person. Jazz is also right up there with her but Cheater is definitely my favorite character!

There is a little bit about church in this and I’m not much of a church lover but it didn’t take away from the book and it never felt like P.G. Shriver was trying to shove anything down your throat, just a few mentions here and there. I am a spiritual person and these mentions seemed more spiritual to me, which can really add something to characters when done right, and I think P.G. does a perfect balancing act.

On the whole there are some sad elements to this story. Both kids have grown up having horrible things happen to them but the message behind it all is really positive. A really good read full of hope in what may seem to be dire situations. The only downside, I’m hoping there’s going to be a book two because the ending was kind of flat. I’m not exactly sure where these two wind up so I want to know more! I do enjoy P.G. Shriver’s writing though and I’m really looking forward to reading more from her.

About the author:

P.G. Shriver was born in Buena Park, California. She is the author of two young adult novels so far. P.G. has been writing since the age of seven when her poem won the opportunity of publication in the local newspaper. She discovered that people were affected by her writing; it made them happy, sad, hopeful.
P.G. currently lives in Texas with her husband, daughter and several animals. She works as an instructor at a local college.
P.G. enjoys reading, writing, cooking, walking, horseback riding and spending time with her family and friends.

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  1. Despite the flat ending the fleshed out characters and plot have piqued my interest, thanks for bringing this to my attention 🙂

    1. It was really interesting Kimba! Worst case scenario, you try it and don’t like it but I kind of think you will!

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