Ungifted by Kelly Oram

Synopsis:
20893791Even though her father is running for President of the United States, Grace St. Claire is as normal a girl as they come. She’s clumsy, shy, and an outcast among her peers. She even manages to nearly die in a freak accident in front of the entire school. But when Grace survives a vampire attack she quickly learns that she is anything but ordinary.

There’s something about human Grace that has all the supernaturals around her going crazy. Her best friend’s brother suddenly wants to date her. Her worst enemy has sworn to protect her even against her wishes. Someone with very powerful magic wants her dead, and the vampire that attacked her has developed an obsession with making her his eternal mate.

In order to survive—and not as Count Dracula’s undead bride—Grace dives head first into the terrifying world of the supernatural. She teams up with a charming but mysterious warlock who strolled into town causing trouble and spouting stories of a Prophesy and Chosen One that looks exactly like Grace. Together they must figure out why Grace is different, who wants her dead, how she’s connected to the Chosen One, and who they can really trust.

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My Review:
4 stars — I am so confused you guys.  I honestly don’t know what to think.  And I can’t even really tell you guys all of what has me confused without giving away major spoilers!!!  Let’s just say that I was left unfulfilled by this book when it finally ended, and since the next book is from someone else’s POV, how I am I supposed to get my fulfillment??

Honestly guys, this book was heading in 5 star direction.  I was just all over Grace like a fat kid on a smartie.  I’m sure not every reader is going to love her, but she was the embodiment of the kinds of characters that draw me in.  Shy, somewhat insecure, clumsy, but with a bit of fire to her, and OMG all the emotions.  I felt for her from moment one, and loved being in her head.  I know she’s a bit of a basketcase, but I could relate to some of the things she was feeling (even though my life is nothing like hers), so I just felt super attached to her.  I loved the bits of growth that we got to see with her too — even if the price she paid was pretty steep at times.  I LOVED learning about her unique role in the supernatural world.  Very intriguing idea, and I’m curious to see how it will play out in future books.

I also loved learning about the Nephilim, and Ethan, and the uniqueness that is him.  I honestly wasn’t sure what to feel about Ethan a lot of the time.  He had moments of epic douchbaggery, but he grew on me as the book went on.  I’m still confused about his relationship with Grace.  I just don’t know what to feel on that anymore.  I didn’t get all the hate.  I mean, I got it initially, but I didn’t get how it lasted, or really understand how that relationship changed and what exactly happened there.  It’s like I was with it, I was with it, and then I lost it.

The whole “everyone loves Grace” thing could probably get really annoying for some readers, but it didn’t bother me too much.  For some reason I hate love triangles more than love septagons.  😛  I enjoyed the different relationships she developed, though I don’t quite see the point in all of them.

(There MAY be spoilers next if you haven’t read book 1, so I would recommend skipping the rest if you plan on starting the series…surprises are just more fun)

And then there’s Russ.  I fell back in love with Russ in this book.  He was hilarious, and a little less dickish, and I started to really feel for him again.  Can’t wait to see his book next since I started reading the sneak peek at the back of this book, and being in his head looks like fun.  He’s such a unique guy.

Andrew was ridiculously frightening and the perfect bad guy b/c he wasn’t 100% evil.  Very scary.

And so we come to the end.  And confusion.  Seriously, I just asked my husband “what is shy thinking??  I DON’T UNDERSTAND?!!!”  If I were getting another Grace book, I would totally get it.  But I’m not.  😦  And thus this book gets 4 stars instead of 5.  And I am now desperate to start book 3, and I honestly have no idea what’s going to happen next.  I feel like the very ground I am walking on has shifted and I no longer know what to expect.  So lost….  So confused….

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