Tess Eckhart isn't crazy. She's not suffering from psychosis. She and Luka Williams are part of The Gifting. Before they can find out what that means, the man with all the answers turns up dead. The only thing he left behind? A few patient files that lead to the nation's most lawless city.
With authorities chasing them, Luka and Tess escape into the very heart of peril and against all odds, find an underground community of people just like them. They aren't gathered together for the sole purpose of survival, either. They have a plan and a purpose - to awaken as many people with The Gifting as possible. It's dangerous and deadly work. Tess wants to help. Luka is desperate to keep her safe - a task that proves increasingly difficult as Tess's gifting comes to light.
Could Tess Eckhart be the One they've been waiting for? The One who can save them all?
©2015 K.E. Ganshert (P)2016 K.E. Ganshert
There was so much angst and emotion, it was irritating to listen to. Most of the book was how Tess thought she wasn't worthy ect.
What little action and learning we did about keepers and fighters was truly interesting however, if I had to hear another word about Luca or Tess biting their thumb nails I would have gone nuts!!!
Don't get me wrong I'm going to read the last book but this book would have greatly benefited with less angst and more action or showing Tess and Luca getting closer and learning their skills rather then the drifting away moodiness that dragged you down.
Although I'd already read this book two months earlier, I loved it so much that I jumped at the chance to hear it narrated in Audible. K.E.Ganshert's second book in 'The Gifting' series has all the elements of a good story and I couldn't put it down on first read. Just loved how Tess grows into her own person and blows everyone away as she realizes her potential. It was fun seeing the reactions of everyone who'd overlooked her. Love the romance, Link and Luka, and the underlying messages of the story too.
The narrator, Heather, did an amazing job of bringing this well-crafted novel to life. She expertly switched from character to character without breaking a sweat. It made for a very enjoyable experience, and I loved the convenience of having someone else read to me while I did housework. We'll done all around!
I fell in love with these books right away and have read them through ebooks, paperback and am now enjoying the convenience of listening! K.E. Ganshert is a truly "gifted" 😉 author. This series has become a bit of an obsession for me. I love the narrator, she is what I imagined Tess sounding like. I liked listening to the book at 1.25 speed, just my preference. The series just keeps getting better! You are sure to get hooked. I can't wait for the third book to come out on audible.
So I'm a 30 something mom who somehow after years of being healthy, winds up with some sort of stomach flu. I thought I was dying. I had to have someone else take care of my kids. I couldn't read a book. Every other post on Facebook seemed to show food. I was too sick to watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix (just consider for a moment how sick one must be to not watch Lorelai, Rory & Luke!) I couldn't sleep either. I was miserable with nothing to do. Then my little dying self perked up a bit when I remembered I just downloaded an audiobook the day before. I had read The Gifting several months previously and was eager to hear how the things played out in The Awakening.
Katie Ganshert has done an amazing job with this series. It truly captures your heart and keeps you coming back for more. It's so refreshing to have clean fiction to read that embraces the beauty of a love story, while keeping the suspense and mystery at an all time high. I love that she approaches this with a dystopian tone that mirrors biblical truths throughout. The creativity behind it is astounding and I highly recommend it for your next read!
Since the Divergent series I have been looking for a series with strong characters. This series accomplish that, it is a great story. The second book is much better than the first one. I can wait to listen the third. Very good narrator as well.
that's really the only thing I don't like about the series. my 13 yr old loves it though.
I think I would have enjoyed both equally.
I enjoyed the whole book! I enjoyed meeting the new characters/friends of Tess'.
The whole story moved me.
This book was wonderful! I can't wait to read the new one in the series.
I very much enjoyed The Gifting, which introduces readers to Tess and Luka, part of "The Gifting," people who have special powers. So I don't mean this as a knock on that book, which I gave 4-1/2 out of 5 stars to, when I say that The Awakening is so much better! Basically, Ganshert took the solid base that she'd established in The Gifting and kicked it up a notch. The Awakening is full of action, danger, and romance, and it moves at breakneck speed.
Tess and Luka find themselves in Detroit with a group of others who are like them. There, they can hone their abilities and hopefully save others (like Tess' grandma). Most of this book takes place within the walls of their underground sanctuary, where many intriguing characters are introduced. The book careens toward its conclusion ... which is a gigantic cliffhanger. I listened to this on audiobook while mowing my lawn (which made mowing much less terrible), and when it ended, I literally yelled, "You're kidding me!" And then I looked around sheepishly to make sure none of my neighbors had heard me.
The only thing I didn't completely love about the novel was Tess. Her impatience and self-reliance grated on me, and I hated how she began to exclude Luka when she knew he wouldn't approve of her actions. I had to remind myself that she was a teenager, acting as teens tend to act! At the end of the book, she finally "came to her senses," so to speak, and I anticipate we'll be seeing a more mature Tess in the final book.
As for the audiobook, narrator Heather Masters (who also narrated the other two books) did a wonderful job, doing more emotive reading than acting. One of my pet peeves in audiobooks is when the narrator tries to act out all the dialogue; Masters brought meaning and emotion without being over the top, and I appreciated that. 5 stars.
Note: This is one series that you definitely need to read (or listen to) in order! Start with The Gifting (which seems to be perpetually free for Kindle) and go from there.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this free for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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