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The Unsacred Gift Paperback – April 9, 2012
Review- Loved it!! Could not put it down until i finished it. first in a long time since i felt that way about a book. --Read For Your Future
We read this selection for our book club in June. Our book club rated this book a 5! WE BE BOOK'N BOOK CLUB really discussed this book. Ms Dorsey has done a wonderful job with her first book. She keeps you reading and not wanting to put the book down! At the beginning, you might say "Oh this is an teenager read", but after getting into the book, it's definitely a page turner. It has many twists and turns that will keep you wondering what is really going on, and at the very end you will be very much surprised. The Unsacred Gift will still keep you thinking long after you have finished the book. All our club can say is a JOB WELL DONE, MS. DORSEY!!!! Waiting and anticipating the next exciting book from Ms. Dorsey. --We Be Book'N Book Club
About the Author
C. S. Dorsey currently lives in Northern California. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with an Associate’s Degree in Financial Services, and is currently working for a financial institution. She never thought about writing until one day this girl started talking to her in her head and never stop.
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The Unsacred Gift
By C.S. Dorsey
What would you do if you suddenly was able to see deaths of people by their touch. Is this a gift or curse? Can you truly live your life as a normal person? These are all things that poor Sissy must deal with on a daily basis. She looks for that moment when she can finish school and leave home where she an avoid death. That isn't the way to go about it because she is escaping life in general. Ms. Dorsey takes you on a wonderful ride that doesn't let you off even if you scream. She draws you into the nightmarish life of Sissy and how she finds more about herself from her grandmother. You start to root for her when it seems lie things are going to look up. I highly recommend this book I could not put it down right up to the end. There is a really fantastic ending to this book that will really shock everyone it definitely had me. I was lucky enough to receive a copy for an honest review.
The story revolves around a young woman in college, Sissy, who has been able to see others' death since she was a little girl. Since she has been away at college, she has isolated herself because of the visions. One day she gets a call from her mother and a request to visit home for her grandmother's birthday. After much hesitation she decides to go. Upon arrival her world gets turned upside down. She finds that her mother has a new life, her grandmother has secrets of her own, and she starts to have nightmares that have an edge of realism to them.
I really liked all the characters in the book. Sissy is really easy to relate to. She's smart and determined. She is also very committed to her family. She has had an upsetting life and although she has isolated herself she seems to deal with her past and present issues pretty good. I also really like the mother and grandmother. The family is very close and has a real southern feel.
The book was a page turn and moved and a great speed. The only part that felt rushed to me was the romance. I do wish there would have been more to the relationship. I didn't feel much of an attachment to the emotion between Sissy and Chris. It was just a minor thing to me since it was a minor part in the story.
I do remember at one point asking myself where the story is going. I kept waiting for something big to happen. It's not until the very end and then I just sat there with my mouth hanging open. So the ending really made the story for me.
I enjoyed the read very much and will look for other books by C.S. Dorsey. I rated the book 3.5 hearts but I don't have the ability for half hearts... as that would look like a broken heart.... so I rounded up and gave it 4 hearts.
As for the story I found the main characters impossible to like. She had so much angst! It's a wonder she could get out of bed in the morning. There was an abundance of detail such as what she and her mother order to eat, how many pairs of pants her "ma" bought her, etc. More then I needed or wanted to know. And then this instant love springs up between her and a guy she hasn't seen in four years. The fact that he wouldn't associate with her openly in high school is glossed over.
While not a bad first draft it could use some polishing.
Sissy starts having visions when she is six years old and from there on she is really afraid of being touched by people because she might (or might not) see how they are going to die.
Imagine living with that gift or, in Sissy's case, curse. As a result, Sissy grows up hiding from the world (physically and emotionally), even from her mom.
Of course her mother and nobody else believed her when Misty, Sissy's sister died, and Sissy said she had seen her death in a vision. From there on, Sissy keeps her visions to herself and makes sure not to let that little secret out. Sissy never sees pictures of her sister and nobody talks about her. It's like if everyone wants to pretend that Misty never existed, so Sissy plays along.
Life goes on and Sissy goes away to college. One day she comes back for her grandmother's birthday and drama starts when she finds out that her mother has a boyfriend that she never heard of. And why isn't anyone still mentioning Misty?
Then she discovers that another member of the family also has her gift and she is not alone.
What I liked: I liked the ending very much, it was surprising, and the story as a whole was intriguing.
What I didn't like: Sissy just complains too much!
Unfortunately returning triggers memories of her sister startlingly vivid dreams that result in her waking up with visual reminders. While she tries to figure out what is going on she meets and falls in love with Chris, the boy she had a crush on in high school.
This book is just full of surprises. Every time I thought I had it figured out, we took a left turn (this phrase in my family means changing the subject or direction of conversation without signaling or alerting everyone else). I totally didn't see the end coming, so wow!
I give this book 5 out of 5 clouds, because it was well written and surprised me in a good way.
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