I am such a sucker when it comes to good YA romp about a girl who can see into the spiritual realm. A.K.A. Angels, Demons and everything in between…
Tess has always known she was different. Ever since she was young, she’s been seeing things that no one else can. Things that shouldn’t exist.
In a time when her biggest worry should be moving to a new school, making friends and getting good grades, Tess is terrified that she will become like her grandmother. She discovers that her Grandma could also see the
and that the woman was torn away from society because of it. Locked up in an asylum and experimented on.
Why? Why would the government care so much about the demented ramblings of women who are supposedly crazy?
Because in a world where God has been erased from memory, where the physical is all there is to believe in, seeing another realm is dangerous. Crazy is dangerous.
But, unlike her Grandmother, Tess is not alone in her strange abilities. And she is not about to go down without a fight.
**SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD, SWEETIE**
This story was fabulously written, with an engaging style and plot that sucked me right in. Katie has created an impressive debut into the YA genre.
I really found myself relating with Tess’s character, and even her relationship with her younger brother brought to mind my own siblings. Luka was also a very intriguing guy character and I was glad to see a young man displayed in YA literature who didn’t really care what the rest of the school thought of him. Someone who shook off the advances of any forward girls, and instead sticking close to his friends. Not to mention what an amazing twist it was to find that he was actually a survived abortion. That his mother decided to keep him, when the government had pushed her to abort. So many wonderful twists and turns in this novel.
However, there were a few things that stumped me, so I had to dock off a star for those.
It is a little issue of propriety and lies. The characters seemed adept at spinning a web of falsehoods to any adult they came in contact to (including parents) and never with any repercussions. There was no punishment or even acknowledgement that lying is wrong, and it will always hurt someone, even if that person isn’t you. As a teenager, I find that this “parents are idiots and you can go around them” perspective is constantly being pushed at me, when its not true. Generally, adults are wiser and able to help in dire situations.
These lies even led to some situations that made this reader a tad uncomfortable. Luka is able to sneak into Tess’s room at night, to talk with her, and they have no accountability. No adults are even aware that there is a boy in their daughter’s room. Even something harmless and gentle as him sitting protectively next to her as she sleeps, so that she will be safe, can turn into an awkward situation if the teens aren’t careful.
Not to say that I expect characters to be perfect, but to at least be smart. And pure. And careful. It can be so easy to play with someone’s heart, when we are fragile creatures. Even high school drama can turn into something that could shatter a soul.
So, because of these two things that seemed rather unneeded, I’m giving THE GIFTING 4 stars out of 5.
With those details in mind, I still would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of YA paranormal. Such a unique perspective on the supernatural, and to see the battle of light and dark set against a backdrop of a dystopian government. Don’t miss this wild ride–it truly is a gift. 🙂