Review: The Gifted Soul by Avalon Hart

Every year during October the American government administers the annual Psychic Sweep Test throughout the country’s schools. The Sweep is to find the ones known as gifted among the mundane humans. Sophie Walters has been keeping her secret for ten years purposely failing the Sweep, but she is finally outed by a random boy walking the halls during the test, who turns out to be a gifted himself. Sophie is dragged out of her old life and away from her two best friends Ian, and Cassie who don’t know what to think about Sophie keeping her gifted status a secret, and thrown into the world she had been avoiding for five years.

Sophie expects to find herself at one of the many psychic institutes, but instead she finds herself at the first Psychic Academy in the United States. The headmaster of which sets Sophie up in a special research group to help further the understanding of the abilities of ghosts, and the gifted that can see them, but as Sophie helps the stranger things become. The boy that found her, Lyle, starts to act suspicious along with the headmaster. With her new friend Holt, and her old buddies they try to help Lyle only to find out things are much more complicated than they had expected.

I received this book to give an honest review. 

This was an okay read for me I got into the book fairly quickly. I think teenagers would enjoy this book a lot more. There is hardly any violence the worst thing is a punch being thrown and electricity coming out of someone's hands. No romance so you don't have to have the awkward scenes we all sometimes read. 

Sophie is a young teen who has been keeping a secret from everyone around her. She is gifted and if anyone finds out well then she will have to leave her normal life and be with the gifted. All that changes within a blink of an eye and Sophie is not happy with it. 
But she ends up learning how to use her abilities rather than just "deal" with them. Which I thought was pretty cool. 
She gets to academy and of course she misses her friends Ian and Cassie but she ends up making friends with Lyle and Holt. 
Which I loved Holt's humor he was one of those people you just can't help but like.

While there things start not to feel right with Sophie so with a little bit of digging and help from her friends she uncovers something that has been going on for a while. Things are not all what they seem with this academy and Sophie will uncover it.

I would have liked more character development, more back story with the sweep, I had questions as to how exactly do the people get their abilities. I felt the author could have elaborated a bit more. 


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