The Gathering

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“When you’ve seen what I have seen, when you’ve lived what I have lived, there is little choice.”

It has been hard to write this review without giving anything away but I tried to do my best! In The Gifting and The Awakening we watch as Tess and Luka discover themselves, each other and a world of others like them. They now know they aren’t crazy but what they have discovered sure seems unbelievable at times. The Gathering introduces us to so many new characters, locations, emotions, battles, and conspiracy. The story line of this final book is captivating and intriguing with intense love, sacrifice, deception, betrayal, second chances and adventure.

Luka is trapped and Claire has defected. The hub is no longer secure and it looks like they will have to leave. The world above ground is not safe for their kind and being on the run again was never part of the plan. Their journey to safety leads to suspension, forgiveness, betrayal and wild new discoveries.  The puzzle pieces are coming together and the prophecy is unfolding before their eyes. It is time to figure out what it means and what to do about it. The path of discovery and triumph is wrought with internal conflicts. Discovering true feelings and what love really means while battling the war within to fulfill what we are meant to do or follow our selfish tendencies to avoid painful sacrifice. Tess has to decide what she is going to do with the tremendous power bestowed on her. There is hope that good will prevail in the battle between good and evil, light and dark as long as fear does not guide their actions.

K.E. Ganshert has a way with words, descriptions and story building that captivates, illustrates and makes the scene real. The emotions evoked are penetrating, real and powerful. When Tess gets goose bumps, so do I. This series has painted a frighteningly realistic picture of a future that seems all too possible. What the world would look like if guns were illegal, if women were required to abort not perfect babies, if the “weak” were eliminated. We could use this series as a society to prevent rather than predict what will come. My only dislike is that the series is over! I want more! Maybe 10 years in the future, a “where are they now” kind of book? Maybe a series from Luka’s perspective? I can’t wait to see it in the movies 😉 Do not miss this thrilling journey of tragic loss and exhilarating victory.

“The only route is forward. And so we travel it, taking the things we’ve learned and the people we’ve lost along with us.”

The Awakening!

The Awakening

I am without a doubt obsessed with this series! I am an avid reader and have never been so engaged and invested in a series of books as I am with The Gifting series. I have read The Gifting and The Awakening 3 times now, and I NEVER reads books again! I cannot get enough and am excited and sad for the third book in September. I don’t want this series to ever end 🙂

K.E. Ganshert has a way of drawing the reader into such well-developed stories and character descriptions that they become your family, best friend or worst enemy. I experienced the characters emotions right along with them. The fear, the love, the anger and the jealousy are so intense throughout the book. I am amazed at Ganshert’s ability to take you back to High School and the intense feelings that come along with being a teenager. Tess and Luka are on an otherworldly journey that has twists and turns around every corner. There are fascinating new characters introduced in this book that add a whole new dimension to what Luka and Tess are learning about themselves and each other.

You will not be disappointed by this book!

The Gifting

The Gifting

“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!

 

Rating: 5/5

Recommend: Yes

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.