The Gift: Awakening – a review


The Gift: Awakening
by J.P. McLean

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From the book:
The Gift: Awakening follows the heroic journey of a young woman in her quest to overcome the burden of an extraordinary legacy and find her unique place in the world. Emelynn Taylor’s new gift, bestowed unceremoniously and unasked for, thrust her into a vortex of mystery, wonder and intrigue that promise to change her—and her world—forever.

The review:
I don’t give 5 stars easily, but I gave them to J. P. McLean’s Awakening with no hesitation. It has everything you’re looking for in a contemporary fantasy: masterfully crafted characters, exciting plot, believable magic. I love the pace. I love the setting. I love the narrative voice… I read it in two days; I couldn’t put it down.

Awakening is a deeply moving book and it will stay with you forever.

It’s refreshingly free of cliches. It’s gentle and lyric, and it’s dark and hard. It’s an intelligent novel, generously sprinkled with beautiful, subtle humor, and written by a natural storyteller. A rare treat!

J.F. Kaufmann
(This review has appeared on Goodreads.)

Both J.P. McLean and J.F. Kaufmann have been previously featured on Reading Recommendations.



  1. JP McLean · March 23, 2016

    Thanks so much Susan. JF Kaufmann blew me away with her review. Still smiling…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jfkaufmann · March 23, 2016

    It wasn’t easy to part with the world that JP McLean created in her series. When I closed the last page of Penance (book 4), I only wanted to open Awakening (book 1) and start from the beginning.

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  3. Let's CUT the Crap! · March 23, 2016

    I haven’t read this book by JP McLean, but with an award of FIVE stars, it sounds captivating.

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