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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Book Highlight : Ungifted by Kelly Oram


Title: Ungifted
Author: Kelly Oram
Genre: YA paranormal/fantasy
Series: Supernaturals #2 (companion)
Expected Publication: March 2014

Even 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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Teaser

I struggled but couldn’t move an inch in Andrew’s grip.
“Relax, Grace,” he whispered, running a hand across my cheek. “I know you’re frightened, but I promise I will not hurt you.” He reached for a single rose sitting on a table beside the door. “Just dinner,” he said, and with a smile specified, “veal parmesan.”
Andrew tried to escort me in the opposite direction my father had just gone off, but realized he couldn’t pull me along by force when I had to maneuver crutches. “Never mind with these wretched things,” he said, taking them from me.
As he set them aside, I stood there balancing on one foot, debating whether I should call for Ethan. I wanted to. I didn’t want to be alone with Andrew, but he wasn’t doing anything yet, and if I called out, Ethan would do something drastic to try and get in the house. There was security all over the place and half of it was the De La Cote’s security. I couldn’t help wondering if that meant vampires. Ethan wasn’t my favorite person in the world, and I knew he could take care of himself, but I still didn’t like the idea of him fighting a bunch of vampires on their own turf just to try finding me.
Not unless Andrew attacks me, I thought to myself.
For a second I thought that’s exactly what he was doing, but it turned out he was only picking me up in order to carry me to our destination.
“This is much better, don’t you think?” Andrew asked as he cradled me in his arms. My weight was nothing to him. When I cringed violently and refused to look at or speak to him he said, “You know, Grace, had you become like me you would be healed now.” He sighed. “Humans are so fragile.”
His face was so close to mine that I pinched my eyes shut.
“You are beautiful tonight, love.”
The voice came from so close that I felt his breath on my cheek. It wasn’t warm like breath should be, but cool. I felt his skin brush against mine and choked on a gasp. My eyes stung beneath their lids and I could feel water gathering in my lashes.
“Even your tears are beautiful,” Andrew whispered.


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About the Author

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.






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