Review: The Gifts That Bind Us (#2) by Caroline O’Donoghue

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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…

I’ve been meaning to pick this one up ever since it came out, and I’m glad I finally did. I buddy-read the first book with my friends Amy and Jo last year, and I’m enjoying the series a lot so far. This one is a magical, witchy series with a tarot focus and it’s set in Ireland. In this second book in the series, the friendship group formed in All Our Hidden Gifts come together to face a bigger enemy: the Children of Brigid.

I read this one on audio and I’m actually really glad I decided to. Although I liked the first book a lot, there’s something about reading the audio of this one I really enjoyed. It almost felt clearer to me on audio, and it felt entertaining and adventurous. The narrator was brilliant too and I’m so glad she was Irish!

I love the discussions of LGBTQ+ issues across this series, but especially in this book. I had a few questions about representation after the first one, but they were definitely addressed in this book. The friendships and relationships faced difficulties, but it made the characters feel all that more real.

There was definitely some unexpected turns of events throughout this book, which made it all the more enjoyable to read. I particularly loved the found family aspects with such a variety of characters and I’m looking forward to reading more in the series!

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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