Every Gift a Curse

By Caroline O’Donoghue

A spellbinding supernatural teen drama and final book in the Gifts series.

With the return of the Housekeeper on the cards, Maeve must find out everything she can about the vengeful tarot spirit in order to finally defeat her. Crossing over into a parallel dimension inside the old school building, she explores the history of the Housekeeper – and spends too long in a world and a mind not her own. With the Children of Brigid closing in once more, and Maeve's friend group now fractured across Ireland, can they hope to ultimately save the town – and Maeve – from the grip of a power greater than they ever imagined?

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 14+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529507973
  • Published: 02 Feb 2023
  • Price: £8.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 416

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Customer reviews


'Caroline O’Donoghue is a brilliant writer, and each book in the Gifts trilogy gets better and better. She makes magic feel real, and perfectly captures the angst and yearning and joy of teenage years. A sensational finish to a spectacular series.'

'What a perfect ending to one of the best fantasy series I have ever read. It’s beautiful and deeply queer and furious.' Lizzie Huxley-Jones

'Incorporating a sense of authenticity is pivotal to any magical-realism book, and O’Donoghue has proven to be one of the best writers in this field. [...] The Irish setting, culture, and language are well represented throughout. A hugely enjoyable ending to a fantastic trilogy. Ideal for fans of Deirdre Sullivan’s Perfectly Preventable Deaths series, this book is suitable for ages 15+ years.' Books Ireland Magazine

'One to pick up if you love books that feel like going home, if you love tarot, if you love friendship.' NetGalley Reviewer

'As original and creative as ever, this is a satisfying conclusion to a groundbreaking fantasy series.' Reading Matters Guide 2023

'O'Donoghue's Gifts series are maybe my favourite YA novels ever - and I've read a lot. At turns hilarious, tragic, wise and magical, the story of Maeve, Lily, Roe and Fiona ends in "Every Gift A Curse" and my god, do they go out with a bang.' NetGalley Reviewer

'Such a joy from start to finish. A perfect ending to the series.' NetGalley Reviewer

'The perfect ending to my favourite series in a long time. Loads of heart, wit and bravery. I loved it.' NetGalley Reviewer

'This was a perfect end to a trilogy.' NetGalley Reviewer

'Featured in Pen & Inc Autumn/Winter 2022 listings, highlighting the best in diversity and inclusion in children's books.' Pen & Inc

'I could not open this copy fast enough!!!!! I adored this trilogy from start to finish This was such a strong ending to the series and it was so nice to get back with the gang for one final instalment against the Children.' NetGalley Reviewer

'As someone who doesn’t read YA or fantasy I sure do enjoy this YA fantasy series! [...] This felt like such a fitting end to a really engaging series and was sad to say goodbye to this cast of characters. No doubt anyone who has been reading these books will love the ending!' NetGalley Reviewer

'Every Gift a Curse is just fantastic. This tarot card based fantasy trilogy has been such a standout in UKYA fantasy for me over the past few years. O’Donoghue brings everything to a brilliant and explosive conclusion here, building character, lore and history even more.' A Short Book Lover

'Caroline O’Donghue, take my five stars! My gosh this series! What a perfect ending! […] I loved this book in the series the most because it was absolutely action packed. So much happened, I was never bored and didn’t want to put it down. [...] Caroline takes on very real world issues and not only handles them with care but brings awareness.' NetGalley Reviewer

'O'Donaghue has crafted a fantastic finale, a heart-wrenching story that pulls all of our favourite characters together. This was definitely a page-turner, leaving the reader on the edge of the seat. A magic story with basis in real Irish history, the trauma of the land clearly visible on the page.' NetGalley Reviewer

'I cannot recommend this series more, if you’re looking for an urban fantasy, steeped in magic, and reality, with a cast of characters that feel real, for all their flaws, strengths, and gifts.' NetGalley Reviewer

'Fans of the series will be far from disappointed with this concluding instalment of the series.' NetGalley Reviewer

'This is ultimately a story acceptance, of positive representation, of standing up for minority groups and of the importance of speaking truth to power, and we need stories like that more than ever.' NetGalley Reviewer

'I can’t sing this books praises highly enough, there is glorious magical realism, a cult that is genuinely believable as a cult, a plot twist that genuinely stopped me in my tracks when I started to twig it. I could not put this down once I started it. It is an absolute banger and the perfect end to the series.' NetGalley Reviewer

'This is the most satisfying end to a series I’ve read in God knows how long.' NetGalley Reviewer

'I am already mourning the end of this series, but I am so so happy it exists.' NetGalley Reviewer

'A trilogy I loved.' NetGalley Reviewer

'The Craft smashing into Charmed in rural Ireland. A must read YA' NetGalley Reviewer

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