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Effectively Zoe is declared class valedictorian. Poor Aica has to settle for the number 2 spot. Fast forward several years. Zoe and Aica are now very successful women in their respective careers. They have also become unrecognizable from their grade school-high school days. The formerly obese Zoe is now a chic ultra-sexy woman while Aica now has glowing porcelain skin, a perfectly sculpted nose and arched eyebrows.
The two cross paths again during the preparations for the grand school reunion. And though both are civil towards each other, underneath their beautiful smiles are the flames of hatred that remained burning through the years. Therese of Avila. And again with the help of Marco. And with the same plan — Marco to get Aica to fall in love with him again only to dump her in the end. Marco is again unable to refuse. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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See 1 question about The Gifted…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 30, Andrea: BookStoreFinds rated it really liked it. The gifted is a high fantasy book about a small group of people Some of which has gifts of special powers who rise up against the Daegmon. The story revolves around Elynna, the leader of this small group, and Thimeon, the Hunter, while going through the trials of defeating the Daegmon. Dickerson really brought the characters to life in this book.
I really enjoyed the band of characters that he created and the fact that the characters felt very real. They weren't perfectly created like most cha The gifted is a high fantasy book about a small group of people Some of which has gifts of special powers who rise up against the Daegmon.
They weren't perfectly created like most characters you find now in books. They were realistic and flawed, and that made them highly relatable.
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I really enjoyed Elynna and Thimeon. I would like to say that the book is very detailed. The world building is Wonderful, in which I really felt that I was there due to the amount of time and effort that Dickerson put into creating the surrounding. Some people may say that it was too detailed, but I am not one of them. I like my fantasy as detailed as possible so I can immerse my self into the world and pretend that I'm there, and The Gifted did that for me. My Rating: four-stars Jun 12, Lynne Stringer rated it liked it Shelves: action-adventure , fantasy , young-adult.
Matthew Dickerson's world, as featured in The Gifted, is involved and intricate and it's clear a lot of work has gone into creating it. I enjoyed reading about Elynna and her band and the troubles they faced in defeating the evil in their world I liked that the protagonists were not the usual cardboard cutouts that can be seen in books like this, but were real characters with clear faults, and traits that sometimes make me frustrated with them, which, of course, made th Matthew Dickerson's world, as featured in The Gifted, is involved and intricate and it's clear a lot of work has gone into creating it.
I liked that the protagonists were not the usual cardboard cutouts that can be seen in books like this, but were real characters with clear faults, and traits that sometimes make me frustrated with them, which, of course, made them more realistic. The main downfall of the book, from my point of view, was the excessive detail.
I appreciate world-building and I know it's necessary in a book like this, but the level of detail that was featured slowed the pace of the story constantly. I loved learning about the world of Gondisle, but I think sometimes all that information weighed the story down more than it buoyed it. I did enjoy seeing the way the story went, though, and I'd be interested in reading a sequel when it's out. Feb 14, The Burrow Bookshelf rated it really liked it. Ok so it took me a while to get around to this as I have a stack of review books a mile high, but I finally started it the other day and it took around three days in all to read.
The only high fantasy fiction that I've enjoyed in the past was The Hobbit. In this book, the world build Ok so it took me a while to get around to this as I have a stack of review books a mile high, but I finally started it the other day and it took around three days in all to read.
In this book, the world building is definitely explained. In too much detail, sometimes! It meant that the first part of the book seemed to be prolonged and drawn-out and I was waiting on the action to start. Don't get me wrong, a lot of people would appreciate the excessive detail, it's just not my cup of tea, as such.
Saying that, once the book did get going, I began to get invested in the storyline.
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I found Elynna to be quite a good female lead and I enjoyed seeing her character develop page by page. As I said at the start, this really isn't my genre but I was able to see Dickerson's excellent writing skills throughout and it was this that kept me reading until the final page. He definitely has a way with words which is entertaining to the reader and I could appreciate this.
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As it is, I'm still giving the book 4 stars because of the work that's gone into the world-building and because of the excellent writing skills. This was the first book in Dickerson's Daegmon War series. If you're a fan of fantasy - go and pick a copy up! Oct 21, Bryan Cardenas rated it really liked it. It took me quite long but I finally read it. I'll start by saying that I had long consisted not so much go into a book.
And although the story is fantastic, the author tends to be extremely detailed and descriptive. Which is good, but not in excess. Now, one of the aspects that I liked about the story was how well the world is detailed, Matthew Dickerson truly is a master when it refers to the world building. The plot is fascinating, rarely declines and there are always things happening which mak It took me quite long but I finally read it.
The plot is fascinating, rarely declines and there are always things happening which makes reading a very smart and fun. It gets a little heavy at first but once you get acquainted with the world, the characters and the story becomes highly enjoyable. It's a fantasy story, so the descriptions are very important when it comes to imagine the world of which we are reading, but a few times I wanted more action since all the details distract me from the main objective. He shows a superb diligence in terms of character development, since even the smallest of them has a role and a past that nicely complement the story.
I'm not one to praise works easily and when I do it is because he really liked it, as it is in this case. Although it was a book that met my expectations and kept me entertained all the time, I did not feel like others have done. But I still hope to read the second and continue reading more of this autor and his works. Don't be intimidated by its size, pages is not that much when you're enjoying it Recommended to Jade by: Bryan Cardenas.
I finally made the time to read The Gifted and there's honestly nothing I regret about reading it. Matthew has a striking talent for creating an epic fantasy that's extremely well detailed and well thought out, with overly amazing well rounded characters! The plot blew me away! There was so much that went on in so little time it made me adrenalized and disoriented all in the best of ways. At the very beginning of The Gifted, it felt slow and prolonged.
Given the foolish gambles taken by parents and young people alike, the reader knows that explosive consequences must be looming. But with the new magnet school opening up a deep competition unfurls; we see families divide, friends become competitive and self-serving, and the smart children grow under the pressure. Some become better, while other manipulate. The story in these pages are all too well understood, and comes to hey spectacular climax!
I had this on my ARC pile for a few weeks and then in the news, real-life parents were caught going to actual fraudulent extremes around college admissions for their children, prompted me to pick this up. And what a good time it was. What follows is a group of children who have the unfortunate circumstance of having parents who are too personally invested in the social currency of their children being seen as gifted and capturing a coveted seat in a new charter school. There's plenty of poor adu I had this on my ARC pile for a few weeks and then in the news, real-life parents were caught going to actual fraudulent extremes around college admissions for their children, prompted me to pick this up.
There's plenty of poor adult behaviour and some of their children get in on that as well and not just some backhanded comments or social slights.
These people were pretty much all in to the point of piling up their career integrity, ethics, general decency and longtime friendships and burn them to cinders on the altar of their own children's advancement over others. Alternating between funny and appalling, this remained grounded because none was so inconceivable that people would go so far. It culminates in a cringe-worthy public spectacle which serves to bring all the parents back to sanity and refocuses them on the important things they've lost sight of along the way.
Not to give anything big away, I have to admit that I found two children particularly well done, Emma Z and Atik. I think this will be a good one to take along on vacay this year. It's exceedingly readable, timely and also has a satisfying resolution. This is my first by Holsinger and I'd read another. Many thanks to the publisher for the Advanced Reader's Copy. Take 4 competitive mothers. Stir in a cutthroat community of affluent individuals. Add a new public school geared toward the gifted with stringent cutoff requirements.
What do you get? Incredibly prescient, this novel follows 4 mothers and fathers as they savagely vie for spots in a new gifted magnet school for middle and upper schools to be opened in the fall. Parents end up lying, cheating, bribing and destroying their lives and the lives of their children as they fall prey to the Take 4 competitive mothers. Parents end up lying, cheating, bribing and destroying their lives and the lives of their children as they fall prey to the belief that this school will bring their children superior advantages in life.
It is an examination of parenting, false beliefs, and the lengths that parents will succumb to achieve success for their kids. This book has been labeled as entertaining but I despised the characters so much that I had a hard time mustering any sympathy for them. Indeed that is the power of Holsinger's work, but I could not find anything socially redeemable even with the climax of the story when lessons are learned the hard way. My bet is that it will be really uncomfortable for some parents to read this and recognize a bit of themselves in these characters.
I thought this was great. The book describes the collective madness that grips a group of friends when the announcement of a new public s I thought this was great. I enjoyed the way that multiple perspectives are shown, as the narration switches frequently between members of the families involved several of whom seem to be in another hotly-fought competition for the title of most unreliable narrator.
Never has any author written a book that is so completely timely and thought provoking under the cloak of fiction. Holsinger has succeeded in getting to the core of the competition and controversy that surrounds the concept of giftedness in children. He focuses in on 5 families dealing with the proposed opening of a school for gifted children.
He examines their rivalry, the political manipulation and the levels of stress which corrodes the lives of everyone involved in this fight to gain entry i Never has any author written a book that is so completely timely and thought provoking under the cloak of fiction. He examines their rivalry, the political manipulation and the levels of stress which corrodes the lives of everyone involved in this fight to gain entry into this ultra-elite setting. We see how parents change, relationships dissolve and the way children become pawns in this war among adults. To say the least, I loved everything about this novel.
Those communities who have benefited from these schools are at loggerheads with those who attack the unfairness of the system. I will be recommending this to reading groups and ALL the people I interact with in my roles as an educator. Holsinger has hit all the right buttons for incredible discussion and debate, Yet, this novel is also a fabulous and enjoyable read with exceedingly likable, well-developed characters. I really thank Netgalley for the opportunity of reading, reviewing and spreading the word about this timely novel.
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A timely novel about the desire of parents to provide the best opportunities to their children without thought for the risk. This riveting account of how gifted children view themselves and the lengths that parents go to procure advantages for their children is uncomfortably fascinating. This page turner A timely novel about the desire of parents to provide the best opportunities to their children without thought for the risk.
So this book reads like an intellectual soap opera. I have to say that I feel like if you have or have had a child who goes to a gifted school or has tried to get into one, this book will really resonate with you. I have had 3 children in gifted schools, still have one at one, and so this book was right up my alley. When it described the anxiety and stress of waiting to hear if your child was accepted, I KNOW that anxiety. When So this book reads like an intellectual soap opera.
I have felt that!
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A razor-sharp page-turner about four families, a small town, and the exclusive school for gifted children that causes the pressure to build to an explosion of toxic secrets. I'm recommending this book to all my friends this summer. That said it is a great domestic drama about loving our children and wanting everything for them, sometimes in all the wrong ways. It probably says more about me the reader than the book but I had a difficult time keeping the characters straight what parent went with what child and who was married to who. I made a list to refer to when I got confused about who was who.
Highly recommended.. View 1 comment. This was really excellent. As a teacher have always been aware that most parents think their children are gifted or exceptional, even though this is seldom really the case. In the last decades this whole idea seems to have gotten out of hand.
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It is, in my opinion, a sign of the times. Standing out, being noticed has become a condition "sine qua non" to making it in this competitive world. It is not enough anymore to just be OK, so it is not surprising that parents want to see "uniqueness and tal This was really excellent. It is not enough anymore to just be OK, so it is not surprising that parents want to see "uniqueness and talent" in their children from a very young age.
In this lies the brilliance of this book because who is truly gifted? Most of the kids in this novel are just normal kids with their own talents and interests as well as their flaws. The author does a brilliant job describing the parents' belief in their kids right to a "better" education at the new Magnet school but this soon turns into obsession and has a devastating influence on their friendships.
It is ironic that the undoing of the whole thing is caused by the misguided project of the most exceptional and strangest of the children. The lessons: education should be personalized within the context of every school, standardized testing is warped and labeling children is never a good idea. Very enjoyable, especially for teachers. Totally enjoyed this novel for adults Pushes you to examine the pressures around you and the pressures you put on yourself.
I was pretty excited when I won this book in a giveaway. This was one I was excited to read about. Holsinger brings up thought-provoking ideas of education, friendship, family, parenting, and so on that helped keep me reading until the end. All along I was waiting for these people to do "the right thing," but as I finished, I realized that I wasn't even sure what "the right thing" would be for each family.
I think the main question is "To what extent do parents go to see their child succeed, and I was pretty excited when I won this book in a giveaway. I think the main question is "To what extent do parents go to see their child succeed, and at what point have they gone too far? Or can they go too far?
I like to think that I wouldn't push that hard, but with the pressure of my best friends as well as all of society, it would be hard to stop myself, I think. Holsinger has five families, each one with several different problems, and while the problems are pretty stereotypical of a middle-age, middle-class, white family, by interlocking the separate families, he helps shake the stereotypes he brings up.
And by dropping in this gifted school, he helps the story not be stereotypical by having such a unique problem.