(The Gifting Series #1)
- 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 freak out sends her family across the country--next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill. Worried Tess suffers from the same illness that tormented her grandmother, her parents insist she see a psychiatrist.
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?
Praise for The Gifting
"Set in a not-too-distant future that feels frighteningly like home, this novel immerses readers within the heart of Tess's fear from the very first chapter. This is not, however, a novel of horror. Guaranteed to leave you breathless, The Gifting is an eerie merging of Gothic-like dystopian mystery and YA romance within a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller. Expect to lose sleep over this book! A must-read addition to any YA reader's collection, this one's a keeper!" - Serena Chase, USA Today's Happy Ever After blog, author of The Ryn
"Chilling from start to finish! K. E. Ganshert delivers an exciting young adult fantasy that's just as fun as it is riveting. The Gifting will keep you turning pages in an effort to unlock the mystery of this unsettled world." - Addison Moore, New York Times Bestselling Author
"K.E. Ganshert brings a fresh new voice to the dystopian romance scene for young adults. Ganshert will wow her audience with captivating prose, a well-paced plot, and just the perfect amount of swoon!" - Heather Sunseri, author of the Mindspeak series
Rebecca Van Daniker on Goodreads wrote:
All I can say is wow!! I cannot even begin to describe how I feel about this book. This is Mrs. Ganshert's debut into YA lit but she executes it like a pro. I loved The Gifting! It is the perfect combination of dystopian, paranormal, and romance without one overpowering the others. The book starts off a little slow, but then I couldn't put it down. The plot is full of surprises and I was definitely stunned at how fast it ended. I inwardly screamed at the end. And after reading book 2's preview. And after realizing the next book doesn't come out for another month. Also, I loved the characters and am still struggling to stop thinking about them. Luka is sweet and protective of Tess. And Tess is awesome. Other than the crazy, paranormal part and the family dynamics, I found Tess highly relatable. She's just a sweet, shy, ordinary girl struggling to fit into a world where crazy doesn't exist. Her inner monologue had me smiling at times and I frequently grinned during her interactions with Luka. Correction: I couldn't stop grinning. I can't wait to see what happens in the second book! All this to say, if you love The Hunger Games or Divergent, this is the book for you!
Jennifer on Goodreads wrote:
Let me start off by stating that this book is incredibly awesome! It does take awhile for the story to get interesting, but once you get past the beginning it’s a book that will be impossible for you to put down. You can tell right off the bat that it’s very different from any of her previous books. It’s kind of like Twilight in a sense because she moves to a new state and school, but it’s not a vampire and werewolf story in anyway. It’s a paranormal/dystopia themed novel which makes it different and exciting at the same time. I enjoyed it! Tess is a totally relatable character and K.E. Ganshert has amazing character development. I felt like I knew the characters personally. Check out The Gifting today which releases Monday! The sequel, The Awakening releases in July so be sure to check that out as well!
I admit I don't read a lot of YA fiction. Yes, I've read the Twilight series, the Hunger Games series and even "The Fault in Our Stars", but not much more when it comes to YA. So when I was offered a free copy of "The Gifting" in exchange for my honest review, I thought why not.
All I can say is wow. It took me a few chapters to really get into the book, but once I did I was transfixed. I couldn't wait to get back to my reading to see what would happen next. I devoured the book in a couple of days and finished it at 4 am. So much for a good night's sleep.