“If science is right, then I am crazy. And crazy is dangerous.”
Tess Eckhart has always felt things nobody else can feel. Then the Ouija board incident happens at a high school party. Her complete freakout sends her family across the country—next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill. Worried that Tess suffers from the same illness that tormented her grandmother, her parents insist she see a psychiatrist.
But Tess is more concerned about fitting in at her new school, and hiding the fact that she’s seeing a therapist at the Edward Brooks Facility. She’s used to whispers and stares, but when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she’s unused to a stare that intense. Then the headaches start, and the seemingly prophetic dreams that haunt her at night. As Tess tries to hide them, she becomes increasingly convinced that Luka knows something—that he might somehow be responsible.
But what if she’s wrong? What if Luka Williams is the only thing separating her from a madness too terrifying to fathom?
The Gifting is a masterful mashup of Frank Peretti, Twilight, and the TV show HEROS themes. I know it sounds crazy but believe me it is true. Although not overtly Christian this book portrays the struggle between the spiritual world and the ever increasing world view of Godlessness. The picture Katie paints of the future is spot on…governmental control, removal of religion, disposing of “burdens to society”. It is fascinating and terrifying all at the same time. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. I could not put this book down, I wanted so badly to know what would happen next! There is so much suspense with twists and turns you never see coming. The only negative comment I have is that you should not read this book before bed! J I had some pretty crazy dreams while reading this book.
The Gifting depicts life as a teenager perfectly with the added craziness of paranormal activity. The struggle to learn who you are, fit in with the popular kids, interact with the hottest guy in school and make new friends because you are constantly moving is difficult enough when you are “normal”. Now try to do all of that on top of thinking you are going insane too! The teenage romance is beautiful and powerful and Katie did a masterful job of creating the emotions while “keeping it clean”. I really appreciate this approach. There are so many teen romance books that encourage an intimacy that is not age appropriate. This is a very safe book for teens to read!
Katie has an amazing ability to paint a picture so realistic you feel like you are in the story too, maybe a fellow student at the school or a bystander on the street. The way she builds characters, places, and feelings is so encompassing you are pulled into the book and never want to leave. You can picture the people and places and feel the emotions deep within your soul as if you are going through the fear, pain, and love yourself. This is a new genre for Katie and I am astonished at how perfectly she has been able to cross into the realm of young adult romance and paranormal activity. I cannot wait until the next book in the series comes out! The Awakening will be available July 1st, 2015 so you better read The Gifting now…you do not want to be behind! Believe me, you will not be disappointed!
Audience: Young Adult/ Teen, Adult
Status: Futuristic, Paranormal, Teen Romance
K.E. Ganshert sent me her book to review here and elsewhere on the web. I was not required to post a positive review and I am not paid to do this. Other than with a copy of the book, of course.