The Gifts That Bind Us

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Maeve and her friends have revealed their powers and banded together as a coven: Roe can pick locks, Lily sends sparks flying, Maeve can read minds and Fiona can heal any injury. And even better than their newfound talents? Roe and Maeve are officially an item. But with strange things happening at school, and old enemies appearing in new places, it soon becomes clear their powers are attracting all the wrong attention. It’s not long before Maeve’s gift start to wane, drained by someone – or something – that’s hiding even from her second sight.

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Author Caroline O’Donoghue Published by Walker Books Ltd ISBN 9781406393101

1 review for The Gifts That Bind Us

  1. Aislinn O’Loughlin

    Good God(s) I loved this book so much!
    My head’s still spinning after a one-day binge read and I have book grief from the fact I’m no longer reading it – although I think a reread of this and All Our Hidden Gifts might be on the cards soon (pun totally intended).

    Without giving too much away, The Gifts That Bind Us picks up a few months after the end of AOHG, “the summer that Roe learned to drive and that I learned to read minds’ (which, incidentally, might be a contender for my favourite opening line ever). Maeve and her little gang have been enjoying a literally magical summer, getting to grips with their powers and trying to ignore the change that will inevitably come once school starts back. But start nack it does and, as the girls battle with final year exam stress and their awkward new friendship dynamic, Roe tries to balance first of college with the increasing pressures of minor rock-stardom.

    Oh, and as if that’s not enough, the Children of Brigid are back, spreading their own toxic brand of fundamentalist religious hatred and intolerance even further and closer to home than ever. All in all, it’s a lot for our beloved gang of wonderful weirdos to deal with.

    I’m completely in awe of Caroline O’Donoghue’s ability craft compelling, exciting stories that explore real world issues – like gender identity, transphobia, school stress, self-harm, slut shaming, consent, assault and manipulation – in a way which never feels overwhelming for the reader. The story gets dark, in places, but the focus on love, friendship and compassion – along with a fantastic amount Buffy-level humour from our quippy, witchy quartet – serve to balance the hatred. And the emphasis on kindness, even towards characters it could be argued deserved the stickiest of endings, remind the reader that sometimes we can be the ones to bring hope to what seems like a hopeless situation.

    This book was one of my most anticipated reads of 2022, and somehow managed to exceed every expectation I had! An absolute triumph of a sequel.

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