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The Gifting

(Gifting #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  5,382 ratings  ·  515 reviews
"If science is right, then I am crazy. And crazy is dangerous."

In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she’s going crazy. After her complete freakout at a high school party, her parents worry she might be right. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill.

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Paperback, 322 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Katie Ganshert Hi Nicole! Yes, Verity is correct. I didn't write this book with the Christian genre in mind, nor would I classify it as Christian fiction.…moreHi Nicole! Yes, Verity is correct. I didn't write this book with the Christian genre in mind, nor would I classify it as Christian fiction.(less)
Meagan no, it's more of an adult fiction. I would recommend it to 16+…moreno, it's more of an adult fiction. I would recommend it to 16+(less)

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I've been meaning to review this one, and hopefully I can come back and review it properly, but for now, I'll just say a few things that I loved. I basically read this in a day and a half; I only put it down to sleep and do other necessities. I even read this while drying my hair and brushing my teeth - basically any spare moment I had, I was reading it!

Katie's first foray into young adult fiction is a hit for this reader. I could not put The Gifting down. While there are some similarities to ot
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Gifting – A Perceptive, Indie Dystopian Novel

The word dystopian is likely to conjure memories of one particular story, The Hunger Games. In addition to the one that reignited the genre, there are multiple other novels in young adult literature that are well-known and respected, ones that also fall into the dystopian realms. These novels have established big-screen film adaptations and inspired an entire sub-culture. But whether you’re becoming an expert archer through one Katniss Everdeen’s
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Dec 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, since paranormal and young adult categories usually pique my interest. However, after I read 10 chapters, I still had no clue what the book was actually about. The storyline lacked any definitive clarity. I didn't appreciate the intensity of darkness, negativity, and indecisiveness. So I chose not to complete the book. There are too many other choices that I can find to entertain me that will stimulate joy, joviality, and appreciation in my literary adventures. ...more
Kara Peck
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not even sure I will be able to articulate how I feel about this book. It was just that good! When people rave about books, like I am about to do, it's kind of unbelievable. You think "Could it really be that fantastic?" I am here to tell you it is! This book is quite new. It's also a new genre for K.E. Ganshert. The fact that it's her first go in this particular category, and independently published, may have you feeling skeptical. Let it go and take the plunge! It is more than worth it. No ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well written, intriguing, a good grasp of the supernatural and as well as the life of a teen. Loved the premise of a teen seer. Aspects of family life, teen life and romance make the book realistic as well as fun. A good YA but adults will thoroughly enjoy!

I highly recommend.
Bonnie Shores
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I don't know how it isn't more popular. The author has a pretty unique take on angels and demons and the spiritual realm.


Full review to come. 🤨
Diane Estrella
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
My 15 year old daughter's review.....

When Mom first handed me The Gifting by K. E. Ganshert, I was a little conflicted. Not that I don't love a good read, it was just that I usually don't read books like this, and by this I mean it looked like it would be scary! When I see the words 'Ouija board' I usually run fast and run far.

I made it past the first couple chapters with no problem, but once I made it to the spooky scene I skimmed it as much as I could. I didn't need vivid descriptions and imag
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This YA futuristic and dystopian novel was more miss than hit for me.

I enjoyed the details about society in the future such as the governmental process of giving fetuses approval to be born or not and getting rid of the second amendment. All very frightening and perhaps not so far fetched in a generation or two. The visualization of the scenery and buildings was well done.

The pacing of the book was slow for me and while it picked up towards the end, I was never engrossed with the story. I am not
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ganshert has written a fast-paced, engaging novel, beginning a trilogy that will appeal to teens and adults alike. The interplay between the futuristic world where believing in the supernatural means you’re crazy and a teen who sees strange things is gripping. Tess is a down-to-earth character, and her relationship with Luka is a good balance to the action and suspense of the rest of the story.
Tess Eckhart thinks she is going crazy. After an incident with a Ouija board, she sees strange men and
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This was cute but maybe a little young for me. I thought the characters were interesting and so were the dreams

I found many parts to be silly and unrealistic but, with a younger reader, I think the adventure would spark their interest and they will love it! I just wish we'd gotten more answers in the first book instead of a cliffhanger and JUST getting the title of the book.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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About this book:

“ “If science is right, then I am crazy. And crazy is dangerous.”
In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she’s going crazy. After her complete freakout at a high school party, her parents worry she migh
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating 3.5

This was my first YA dystopian fantasy and left me in two minds. I enjoyed this book, but there were also parts I struggled with. This book reminded me a lot of Ted Dekker's book, Eyes Wide Open, which I read which also had a lot of questions woven through the book which made me keep on reading for answers.

Since this is a dystopian fantasy focused on YA which also focuses on the general market, not on the Christian market, I will try and focus my review on that factor. On that bases t
I was going to give this book 3 stars. But then the ending happened. I am SO pissed off by the ending. I mean, I pushed through 300 pages of a book that wasn't bad, but it wasn't very good either. Not much happened and I really hate the whole weird-new-kid-in-school-meets-super-popular-hottie thing as a general rule. But I kept reading because I was intrigued, because I wanted to know what happens, what exactly are those things Tess sees, how does it work? And then, right when it's about to be r ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous beginning to this amazing series. Ms. Ganshert kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way through and I loved it. :D But I was definitely glad I waited to read this until all three books were out because HELLO cliffhanger!
This was absolutely wonderful. Not at all what I expected, but absolutely wonderful. Full of intrigue, action, and leaving me anxious to begin book 2.
Tenkara Smart
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel and give it 5-stars because of the story, the plot and the characters. It's a YA book and has all the excitement and coming of age that you'd expect in a good YA, laced with the fantasy and mystery of what is happening to Tess, Luka, Pete, and more. I was reminded of many themes in this book, like mental health, paranormal, religion, romance, the challenges of being a teenager, & family, and the story itself was very good, easy to read, with believable dialogue and a ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest, as a Christian reader I felt uncomfortable with the Ouija board scene and the man that Tess sees in the beginning of the story. But I think that was the point. I just wasn't far enough in. So I stopped to see if I really wanted to continue reading this book. But I have a lot of faith in this author (her other books are a completely different genre) and so I decided to press on. And I am glad I did. If you pick up this book, and are uncertain, keep reading, I was pleasantly surpri ...more
Jennifer Fromke
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Update: SO amazing. This is YA at its finest. Action-packed, spirit-realm battling, dystopian-ish, teenage-angst-y, romantic, and empowering all rolled into an incredible story I could not put down. Seriously could not put it down. Read all 3 books in five days. My family is starving - okay, maybe not - but they wondered what happened to me...Reminded me of The Selection series (which I loved), but it's so much deeper, more creative, more intense. READ this book, and you won't be able to resist ...more
Gretchen Scott
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was really good. I loved to see how she described the future of where our nation was headed. I cannot wait to read the next books and look forward to more books by this author.
In the beginning, I was somewhat skeptical because there are some YA cliches; girl is an outcast and doesn't know she's special, brooding and reluctant hero could falling for said girl...yada, yada. Despite that, once the storyline began to fully develop, I found the supernatural element to be interesting. I look forward to the next installment.

Audio - Heather Masters is an excellent narrator and actually sounds like a teenaged girl, which seldom happens in YA audio.
I'm DNFing this at about 50% - but not because it's not a good book. It is definitely a good book.

This is a well written YA story about a girl who can see angels and demons. It's a near-future world that regulates mental illness and disability in general. The premise is decent and the characters are moderately likable.

I'm just having some problems with the ideas here. I think they're being handled well - I just don't want to go down the path that this story is taking. The story is clearly addres
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
Clear your schedule - as soon as you start this book, you literally can't put it down. This story is so intense and riveting. The Gifting does end as a cliffhanger, so be prepared to read the whole series! I devoured this novel before Book 2 (The Awakening) was released. Oh the agony! I recommend this series to everyone I know. I recommended it to a lady in her 50's and she loved it so much that she made her college aged son read it too! A friend of mine is so busy with her kids that she just do ...more
Sharon Mariampillai
This was an enjoyable read. I love dystopians, so I really enjoyed learning about this world. The story, the characters and the mystery made me not want to put the book down. I think the reason I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5 is because there was a parts where I got confused, especially near the end. I wanted to know more about The Gifting. Also, I wanted to know a bit more about the characters. The ending was great and was a cliffhanger, which makes me think that the second book will contin ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I think I got this book for free through Bookbub. What an awesome surprise. I really really liked this book. I loved the characters and the story and just enough mystery that I didn't want to put it down. I did get a few Twilight vibes, just similar scenes or references, but, I'm a huge Twilight fan so I was ok with it because it didn't get too carried away and it could just be me. Going to head on over to Amazon and get the sequels bought, I can't wait to start the next one. ...more
Krista Noorman
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was so good. I loved everything about it. I'd seen a few Goodreads friends raves and finally snatched it up, and I'm so glad I did. I'm completely hooked on Tess's story. Can't wait to read the next one. ...more
Janet Ferguson
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
I listened to the audio! Great narrator! Great writing in this dystopian! The story had me on the edge of my seat.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The only word I can come up with is "WOW"!! Book two can't get here fast enough. ...more
Gemma Cameron
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I needed a lighter read as I am in the middle of a few more serious and longer books, and The Gifting was the perfect choice. The first book in a trilogy, and free for Kindle, set in a near future where anything considered spiritual, out of the ordinary or threatening is seriously frowned upon, to put it mildly. Despite the continual references to the lead guy being incredibly gorgeous and apprehensively popular, the story is creative, gripping, bold and clean. I look forward to reading the next ...more
Jan 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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K.E. Ganshert was born and raised in the exciting state of Iowa, where she currently resides with her family. She likes to write things and consume large quantities of coffee and chocolate while she writes all the things. She’s won some awards. For the writing, not the consuming. Although the latter would be fun. You can learn more about K.E. Ganshert and these things she writes at her website www ...more

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