Saturday, February 12, 2011

Review: Finders Keepers

Gifted: Finders Keepers
Finders Keepers by Marilyn Kaye
Pages: 240
Source: Library
Synopsis (Amazon): Dead people don't make great companions - something cute, athletic Ken finds out the hard way when, following an accident on the football field, he starts hearing ghostly voices. It's not the kind of gift he would have asked for, but there's nothing he can do about it, until an anonymous note invites him to a seance. Completely convinced by the medium he meets, Ken tries to tell her about his secret. Only his gifted classmates can save him from revealing the truth - and finding himself in terrible danger . . .

To be honest, I wasn't a major fan of all the books in this series. I never got too into it, but each book has been getting better. This story is about Ken, who is my second favorite character. He is really relatable and a decent guy. His predicament sucks though: best friend dead, can now speak to ghosts in his head. It was really interesting to learn more about how he became the way he was.

Though his part was cool, I have to say the real interesting part was Amanda, my favourite character's, point of view. Amanda was as complex as ever, but I can see her on the verge of change. She understands how mean she is and she's slowly changing that. In Finders Keepers, Amanda starts to feel like she's unimportant. Small resentful feelings. The reason I think this is progress is that before, she never cared at all what the gifted kids thought, so this is a huge step for her.

I'm genuinely interested to read what happens next. I'd like to know more about Charles or Sarah (who has the best gift, IMO). These books are picking up in pace while they remain quick, light reads. This story is really original and has great potential so I'm excited to see where all that potential goes.

I actually would give this a 3.5.

*** & 1/2




  1. Interesting. I hadn't heard of this series before but it sounds like it could be a fun read! Thank you for the review -- I'll have to check it out!

  2. Thanks for commenting Casey! These books don't seem to have gotten much exposure. I'm interested to know what you think of them.

  3. I actually have the second book in the series I haven't read it yet, but I found it at one of the bookstores I usually go to and it sounded like an interesting book. So I bought it. Good review i'm going to have to try and find the others now.


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