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?
K. E. Ganshert’s alter ego, Katie Ganshert, has proven herself an incredibly talented writer of women’s fiction and romance but do some initials prove she can pen intriguing, thought-provoking YA novels, able to engage the fast paced minds of a generation more comfortable with a screen than a written page? The answer is a resounding yes! The Gifting is complex, engaging, slightly terrifying (in a good way!), and has characters with the same appeal as Katniss, Peeta, and Tris. A world where those with mental illness are locked away as people ‘less than’ is not too hard to fathom as Tess struggles to reconcile her headaches, dreams, and weird visions. Readers will fall in love with Tess as she navigates her new school, the family tension that she has generated, and the enigmatic Luka Willams. K. E. Ganshert’s YA voice is fresh and encompassing making The Gifting the perfect YA read for any generation! The Awakening can’t come soon enough!
With thanks to the author for my review copy
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