Not only does she feel like the sole idiot in a family of geniuses, she managed to drive away her best friend Lily a year ago. But when she finds a pack of dusty old tarot cards at school, and begins to give scarily accurate readings to the girls in her class, she realizes she’s found her gift at last. Things are looking up – until she discovers a strange card in the deck that definitely shouldn’t be there. And two days after she convinces her ex-best friend to have a reading, Lily disappears.
Can Maeve, her new friend Fiona and Lily’s brother Roe find her? And will their special talents be enough to bring Lily back, before she’s gone for good?
All Our Hidden Gifts was a surprisingly amazing read for me. The first chapter had been rocky for me but the moment I hit chapter 2 I had a hard time putting it down until the end. Teenagers are dealing with hate crimes, climate change, oppression from every angle and juggling all of this while trying to find themselves, whether they’re wanting to figure out/explore their sexuality, their own desires in life itself, or trying to save a fellow teen. For me it’s like The Craft meets Supernatural so, I mean, it was a good time for me.
The emotions felt very real and the flaws in the MC made her the sort that you could grow with as you watch her navigate everything. She also gets called out for her bad/toxic behaviors which is refreshing to see her take these things and learn from them where other MCs just become purely petulant in other books. This can also maybe make her unlikeable at times and I didn’t always love how we didn’t get to explore the side characters more because there were some great ones.
Overall I think this tackled a lot of relevant issues while maintaining the feel of an ancient/ageless lore. The ending was extremely fitting on the outcome of the missing teen and I’d go into more but don’t want to give spoilers. While I enjoyed this SO much I do wish there’d been more of a flow between the events and how they’re connected.
To me the pacing was well done but I can see how it would be a pretty slow moving book for a lot of people so I would keep that in mind. There’s pages and pages and while everything is building up quietly it can probably feel like it’s not going anywhere.
4.5/5 Cups of coffee from me, thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.