Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gifted Trilogy by Erin Manbeck

Book 1….
Gift of Sight (Gifted #1) Published February 28, 2014

Feisty, smart mouth Regan thought that breaking up with her boyfriend Sam was going to be the start of her independence. Instead, she is manipulated and dragged into a world where sharp, sarcastic wit isn't going to save her. Turning to her Gram for help, the only remaining relative she has, Regan is upset to find out that her grandmother has been keeping family secrets of her own all these years.

With a vengeful goddess using people to try and bring Regan to the Underworld, Gram brings in three Guardians to protect her. Given the short version of what is expected of her, loaded with a lot of expectations for her future, Regan knows first-hand that life is too short. She isn't letting anyone make life-altering decisions for her despite finding out that the vengeful goddess has placed a price on her head.

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Book 2…
Gift of Power(Gifted #2)  Published April 21, 2014

Power equals responsibility.

Despite declaring to those closest to her she will take her position as Queen, Regan’s first priority is not to rule, but to find her parents. With Jake at her side, she is determined to learn how to use her new powers and hide from her destiny, as well as the Council, a little while longer.

Unfortunately, someone has been watching and reporting every move Regan makes. She is disheartened to find out the Council is already eagerly awaiting her arrival in Ireland and have apparently started to plan her future. One that does not include Jake.

Regan must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to protect her people from a vengeful goddess, while also weeding out the traitor among them. With what feels like the weight of the world on her shoulders, will Regan withstand losing any of them?

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Book 3…
Gift of Prophecy (Gift #3) Published June 1, 2014

Regan’s arrival in Ireland may have heightened her powers, but it has also given Agrona more cause to make sure she never makes it to her coronation. With every attack and the harsh welcome she receives from the council, Regan is more determined than ever to prove why the deities have chosen her to be the Queen. 

Although part of her has sadly accepted that she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice, it isn't until Regan is pulled into the Otherworld and handed over to Agrona that she hopes they can all survive without her.

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My Thoughts…

I love when a friend (Jessie Lane) recommends a book to me.   It is always a winner.   The Gifted Series is no exception.   

There is so much that I loved about this entire series.   Erin Manbeck managed to write these books with great detail to description and detail.  Each book is steady in the telling of the story, yet moved at a pace that kept me entirely hooked.   I finished the first one, started the second, finished the second, and started the third.  Now I am done with book three and am curious to see what could be happening next.   As I read about Oaky, the tree in her backyard, I could picture the tree and how it protected her when she needed it most.   I could picture the safe cottage that Regan and Jake, her man, returned to.  I could feel Gram’s love and protection.  It has been quite a while since I have found a series of book that I could not wait to read the next book, knowing that they were only going to get better and better.

Each book in this series continued the story of Regan and her discovery of what her life was destine to be.  The paranormal aspects of this story were my absolute favorite parts, but the fact that she falls in love with her soul mate and then stands strong made it very real to me.   Whenever Regan started to stumble in her life, I knew Jake would be there to pick her and set her straight again.   Their relationship went beyond their paranormal lives and was what a “normal” person should always aim for and want. 

I will definitely recommend this series to my friends who love the paranormal and will be looking for more from Erin Manbeck.   

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