Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Gifting Series by KE Ganshert

I can hardly contain myself as I sit to write this review. (At the time of this writing) I finished reading the series at Midnight last night and it’s still very fresh in my mind. The Gifting, The Awakening, and The Gathering by KE Ganshert are the most extraordinary contribution to YA literature that I’ve read. Better than The Hunger Games. Better than the Selection series. So completely engaging, I read all three books in five days. I admit my family was forced to scavenge on their own for a couple meals.

The story takes place in a Dystopian world where science has taken over and the whole country is convinced there is no such thing as a spiritual realm and no one has a soul. Every one who shows signs of acknowledging anything spiritual is convinced they are crazy and admitted to a mental institution. What spins out on this stage, is a coming of age story about a girl who just wants to be normal. On her way, she learns to embrace the “not-normal-ness” of her life in order to fight for a world where normal, beautiful moments can still happen.

There are so many creative details the author constructs, it reminds me of the delightful discovery of JK Rowling’s magical details when I read her books for the first time. The characters are so realistic, you’ll be cheering for them every moment you are forced to put the book down. I loved the character growth, the action packed tension on almost every page, and the emotions are beyond roller coaster…try hurricane! Romance, heart-racing action, teenage angst, fantasy, and some good old fashioned battles between good and evil make for an extra special story full of plot twists you won’t see coming.

Ganshert knows the teenaged mind. The interactions are priceless and spot on (I live with teenagers), with consistent characters who will capture your heart. She also knows how to keep the reader turning pages. Even the second book kept me hooked. One thing I love about this series is the fact that the cover is not black with blood dripping from a silver dagger or crown (You know what I mean). The books are clean, exciting, and NOT gory or depressing. While dealing with life and death and the spirit realm, this story is positive and edifying. What a welcome addition to the world of YA literature!

I hope you’ll give these books a try, even if YA is not your normal cup of tea. And if you cannot bring yourself to do it, recommend them to a teen in your life – she/he won’t be disappointed. You can snag them here, and if you want to learn more about the incredible KE Ganshert, check out her website here.

Do you read YA Lit? Why or why not?
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  1. I have read one young adult book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. YA was new to me and I wanted to give it a try.

    1. Just because they are geared toward teens, does not mean they are not great stories... :-)

    2. I would say that 50% of what I read is YA. I am very eclectic in my reading and enjoy many genres. I haven't started this series of Katie Ganshert's, because I tend to wait until all the books are out in a trilogy. That way I won't have to re-read a book to remember. No excuse now except that I have been busy reading other books.

  2. We have a very small, but growing, section of YA books in the church library. I rely on our teenage helper in the library to let me know what kids her age are reading. She will also let me know if it is okay to be used in the library.
    Janet E.

  3. Yes, I read YA and it is very popular in the public library where I worked. Many adults were introduced to YA because of the Twilight series and Hunger Games.
    These books by Katie sound fascinating!
    cps1950 (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. I didn't read Hunger Games and would NEVER read any of the Twilight books. We have always read as a family and I continued to push picture books on my kids even as they were growing out of them (for my own enjoyment.) There are some amazing juvenile picture books: one of my favorites being The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. My children are nearing 14 and 17 and we stopped home-schooling a couple of years ago. I found that once I could read more for my own enjoyment, I continued to pick up YA books along with my adult selections. My YA selections are predominantly Realistic Fiction and occasional light sci-fi; usually time travel with an occasional alien thrown in. :) If I read any fantasy or dystopian, It has to be from a Christian author.