Gifted

Gifted The Bishop of Oxford is very very dead At least the police think it s the Bishop it s impossible to be sure since someone has made off with his head Fifteen year old Frank Sampson is the forensic so

  • Title: Gifted
  • Author: Donald Hounam
  • ISBN: 9780552571876
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Bishop of Oxford is very, very dead At least the police think it s the Bishop it s impossible to be sure, since someone has made off with his head.Fifteen year old Frank Sampson is the forensic sorcerer on the case But he is easily distracted By Kazia, the supposed victim s beautiful, and possibly dangerous, niece By Marvo, his police colleague, who seems dead seThe Bishop of Oxford is very, very dead At least the police think it s the Bishop it s impossible to be sure, since someone has made off with his head.Fifteen year old Frank Sampson is the forensic sorcerer on the case But he is easily distracted By Kazia, the supposed victim s beautiful, and possibly dangerous, niece By Marvo, his police colleague, who seems dead set on making his life difficult By the terror that he s losing his Gift the ability to work magic And by all those stupid rules which get in the way of proving that everybody is wrong about the case except Frank.Donald Hounam has wrought a sharp, exciting, original new voice in teen fiction.

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    1. I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Frank is a forensic sorcerer with powerful gifts. He's pulled into a murder investigation when a bishop gets beheaded. If Frank wants to solve the mystery behind the murder, he's going to have to do some very dangerous magic.When I discovered this novel on NetGalley, I thought it sounded so promising - just the kind of urban fantasy I needed in my life. In the end, though, I have it admit, it was quite underwhelming in compari [...]

    2. DNF at 20%I’m sorry, I just can’t get into this book. I’m just not clicking with it. Here’s why:1. The writing style and storytelling aren’t engaging. There are too many parts that don't move the story forward. Maybe it's the narrative voice I don't like. Honestly, I'm not exactly sure.2. The characters feel flat. I don’t feel connected to them or even care about them. 3. Too many slaughtered animals.4. The magical rules are confusing and don’t make a lot of sense. For example, the [...]

    3. Review by Sarah - Year 9Gifted is about fifteen year old Frank Sampson who is a forensic sorcerer which is a magician who helps the detectives solve crimes. He is helping the police find out what happened to the Bishop of Oxford. However, there are many twists in this tale including the fact that they found the body but not the head. Even though Frank is a sorcerer in his own right he still faces ordinary fifteen year old boy problems; the biggest of which - GIRLS. There are lots of magical elem [...]

    4. (Extended review on blog)Gifted pulls you in right from the start. A diverse story suitable for lovers of Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments and screen adaptations of Sherlock Holmes. This book has little elements of everything; mystery, humour, heavy topics, with a dash of sorcery. Hounam has developed this world intricately and thoroughly, introducing the reader to "nekkers" and "tatties" and "Ghosts", to name a few. The confused narrative of the main character, Frank Sampson, is a bless [...]

    5. Oh, I so wanted to like this. That cover is so gorgeous and, you know, wizards and stuff.Alas, it was not to be. Though there were a lot of really cool ideas in this book, my overall feeling on reading it was one of irritation. So much so that when the reveal of the big bad happened, I mostly just felt relieved that it was almost over. Not the emotion I think the author was aiming for.The irritation stemmed from Frank's narration. He was like a typical teenage boy - meandering thought process, d [...]

    6. Book Review originally published here: iheartreading/reviews/Gifted is an intriguing novel about fifteen-year-old Frank Sampson, a forensic sorcerer who would like nothing more than to be left alone, but as one of the most promising pupils of the academy he graduated from, he’s often enrolled in work for the police force. This time around, he gets to help solve the murder of the Bishop of Oxford, who seems to be missing his head. Yet from the moment he arrives, Frank wonders if the body even b [...]

    7. Source:I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley, thanks to both! Title:Gifted Author:Donald Houman Genre:YA, Fantasy, Mystery Overall Rating:3.5 StarsFrank has the gift, well, at least that's one word for it. He's a sorcerer. And he's brilliant, but he's also seen as a bit of a liability. Especially by the 'Jacks' he's working with on one of the strangest cases I've ever read about in a YA book. The Bishop of Oxford is dead. He was found beheaded in his office, but is [...]

    8. Gifted is the term given to children who possess a magical ability. They are taught how to master their ability at a young age and then work within society until their twenties when they start to lose their Gift. Our main character is fifteen year old Frank, a recent graduate who is working as a forensic sorcerer. After a slow start I began to really enjoy the story. The main plot surrounds the investigation into the death of the Bishop of Oxford and the mystery kept me intrigued. It’s a whodu [...]

    9. The Bishop of Oxford is found at his desk, headless and therefore very dead. But Frank Sampson, a fifteen-year-old forensic sorcerer is not so sure about the identity of the body or the killer’s motives. But solving the case is not going to be easy because everyone is making life very difficult for him and Kazia, the victim’s beautiful ‘niece’ is a very powerful added distraction.This is Charles Stross’s ‘Laundry’ meets Harry Potter with attitude and raging hormones. The style of w [...]

    10. 14+ and not for sensitive readersThis is another one that is hard for me to judgeI liked the main character, and only was annoyed about his adoration for a girl he only spotted for a second But that might have just been teenage hormones. ;) Also he just is quite stupid for someone very smart at some parts - but not so much that it would have make me enjoy the book less.I also liked the plot - it was an interesting mix of fantasy, magic, CSI and thriller.I liked the alternative world - so much th [...]

    11. Gifted is an enjoyable mystery with a great teen voice and some really creative magic. I loved the idea of the different types of magic users and the elementals were a fantastic touch.

    12. I just couldn't get into this book. I LOVE paranormal. I LOVE YA. But this story just didn't catch my interest. Maybe because I just wasn't in the right frame of mind to be reading it :\

    13. I received a copy of this book thanks to a good reads giveaway. I was very excited that I had won. It seemed like a great story. I really liked the books' artwork and thought it was going to be a modern day " magic lives among us. It isn't, the book takes place in the late 1800s. The book and the artwork doesn't seem to match up. Yes, magic smoke and all that. The cover is an example of modern art and the book takes place 200 years ago. If the cover had a horse and cart on a cobblestone road or [...]

    14. Frank is a teenage forensic sorcerer. He gets called in to help solve a murder case, but there are lots of complicating factors.I found this to be like a bad cross of "The Screaming Staircase" series and "Hold Me Closer, Necromancer." It has an old English setting and tone with paranormal creatures and abilities thrown into the mix. I didn't find any of the characters to be engaging, and while the world building held lots of promise, it was not well-executed - although there were some good plot [...]

    15. Enjoyable to read but it didn't quite spark my enthusiasm.Maybe, the world was to complex to be thrown into. Maybe my readingspace wasn't ideal.Give it a try.

    16. Actual Rating: 3.5The book had a slow and bland beginning. With the "Coz" and "Sez" made it less likeable for me and less of a YA novel than a middle school book.The writing used was very casual, yet comforting at times that the novel went by smoothingly. Yet the writing itself wasn't great, wasn't nicely descriptive, it wasn't music to my ears.WAIT. I forgot to mention. That first page, that really drew me in with the cat. Job well done. Otherwise i would have delayed Gifted if it wasnt for the [...]

    17. The prospect of reading a book about a teenage forensic sorcerer was just too enticing so this book leapfrogged its way to the top of my reading pile. I was expecting a lower-end YA read, given the slight nature of the book: perhaps a pared-down "Screaming Staircase" for junior readers. However, the story is quite a complex murder/conspiracy and there are other signs that this is a book suited to older readers. The first is the nature of the narrator and the second the darkness of the dystopic s [...]

    18. To start with, I need to say a massive thank you to Penguin Random House UK Children's publishing, for accepting my request to review this book from NetGalley, and to NetGalley for the service that they provide. 'You don't choose to be Gifted. It seems like fun at first, when you're setting things alight and bringing your mates out in spots. But then you notice that people are scared of you. They resent the fact that you can do these tricks and they can't. They're afraid you'll turn them into so [...]

    19. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Originally posted here: heatherreviews.wordpress/_____________________________________________________I really enjoyed this book. It had a great mystery to it, and the magic system was intriguing. Only teens have perfect vision and certain gifts. When people reach twenty-five, they start to get the Blur and slowly they go blind. For sorcerers, reaching twenty-five means that they're going post-peak and their Gift will soon be gone.Frank is a grea [...]

    20. This is a really funny and clever novel. Kind of Harry Potter for the more grown up. Frank is gifted, able to do sorcery and summon demons and all other manner of magic. He works for the police, the Jacks, who are investigating the case of a body with a missing head. Frank and his Jack sidekick Marvel are a great team but difficulties abound and they are at various times totally endangered and working as a team, and at others so frustrated with each other that there is the kind of witty banter t [...]

    21. This was a very enjoyable and interesting read with rich and powerful writing that really draws you into the story.Set in a steampunk-like version of Oxford, the main characters are 15 and 16 but acting as adults in a fantastic magical universe where the rules are even more rigid than our own.Part Elizabethan England, part pure magical fantasy, the first person viewpoint works brilliantly with the complex and confused main character - 15 yr old Frank Sampson, the forensic sorcerer brought in to [...]

    22. I REALLY LOVED this one: great characters, an exciting plot, fun touches of humour and the world-building; oh, the worldbuilding. I am so glad that there's at least plans for a sequel, because I want so much more. This is one of those books where it drops you in at the deep end and it takes about a hundred pages or so to get it all figured out, but it's worth persevering, because it's GLORIOUS.In the spirit of protective reccing, a couple of content/trigger warnings: lots of gore, dead animals, [...]

    23. The story dragged slightly and the conclusion was confusing. The characters were OK. Nothing really stood out about them. Some things weren't explained like why sorcerers lose their gift and why 'detectives' lose their sight. I wasn't really clear on the setting. Presumably the UK because of currency being given in pounds but unclear city or year. I'm guessing it's some kind of alternate universe to what we're in now considering scryers are mentioned rather than telephones of any kind.

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