Title: All Our Hidden Gifts (All Our Hidden Gifts #1)
Author: Caroline O’Donoghue
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: June 8, 2021
Maeve’s strangely astute tarot readings make her the talk of the school, until a classmate draws a chilling and unfamiliar card—and then disappears.
After Maeve finds a pack of tarot cards while cleaning out a closet during her in-school suspension, she quickly becomes the most sought-after diviner at St. Bernadette’s Catholic school. But when Maeve’s ex–best friend, Lily, draws an unsettling card called The Housekeeper that Maeve has never seen before, the session devolves into a heated argument that ends with Maeve wishing aloud that Lily would disappear. When Lily isn’t at school the next Monday, Maeve learns her ex-friend has vanished without a trace.
Shunned by her classmates and struggling to preserve a fledgling romance with Lily’s gender-fluid sibling, Roe, Maeve must dig deep into her connection with the cards to search for clues the police cannot find—even if they lead to the terrifying Housekeeper herself. Set in an Irish town where the church’s tight hold has loosened and new freedoms are trying to take root, this sharply contemporary story is witty, gripping, and tinged with mysticism.
While cleaning out a closet in her school during detention, Maeve Chambers finds an old deck of tarot cards. Fiona, another student, insists that Maeve start reading tarot cards for everyone. One day Maeve reads the cards for her ex-best friend, Lily. Lily draws a card called “The Housekeeper,” that Maeve has never seen before, but that she knows is bad news. Then, Lily disappears without a trace. Maeve knows the secret to Lily’s disappearance lies with the Housekeeper card, and she is the only one who can save Lily. Along with Fiona and Lily’s gender-fluid sibling, Roe, Maeve has to explore her magic to find Lily.
This was a fascinating magic story. There’s so much mystery behind tarot cards, that are able to determine a situation, but especially when an unknown card suddenly appears in the deck. The Housekeeper card was creepy and strange, holding powers in itself. It was at the center of the mystery of Lily’s disappearance.
The magic in the story was one layer of a deeper theme of injustice. There was an extremist group in the town, who were terrorizing people who didn’t share their beliefs. They committed hate attacks, particularly against the LGBTQ community. This part of the story added some realistic social justice elements to a magical and mystical story.
All Our Hidden Gifts is a powerful magic story. I can’t wait to read the next one!
Thank you Walker Books and Penguin Random House Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Have you read All Our Hidden Gifts? What did you think of it?