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The Gifts by Patria Dunn-Rowe

The Gifts: (Vol 1-The Gifts Trilogy)

Nine gifts were stolen from a mythical man with wings ages ago. Those nine gifts found themselves transferred into human eggs, delved out through in vitro fertilization. These newly made beings were born into the world unbeknownst to man. There are dark spirits searching for those gifts, ready to reclaim them from the humans who have been created to bear them...

When twenty-one year old Nahla Marks decides to start her junior year at Wake Forest university as an education major instead of continuing on the path to pre-med, everything seems to fall apart. Her world is turned upside down as this strange "thing" begins to manifest within her. Nahla fears she is loosing it until she meets Gideon, the man with the silky smooth voice and chocolate brown hair, who seems to understand exactly what Nahla is going through.

Gideon knows the answers, but can Nahla trust him as her body begins to betray the fact that she may not be quite as human as she thought? Will Gideon be able to save Nahla from the dark spirits that are hunting them both?

Three months ago no one even knew her name, but now, bound by a curse and on the run, there was no one else she could trust...but him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461046837
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/18/2011
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Patria L. Dunn hails from the small town of Louisa Virginia. Born in 1981, a true child of the 80's; her interests range from classic to unimaginable. A young woman with many talents and many titles such as: Pianist, Author, Poet and most importantly Mother, if you ask her about her accomplishments she will tell you: "The best is yet to come."

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Gifts 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Fantasybkgirl More than 1 year ago
I have had this book for a while and finally got around to reading it. I now wish that I would have read it sooner. I would have given it more than five stars if possible, I LOVED it! I was thinking in the beginning this is going to be like two other books that I read. I was so wrong. Nahla's story goes from simple college student trying to make it on her own without her parents help to such an amazing young woman with a supernatural gift or a curse as she sees it. Oh yeah and then there's Gideon. He is the way hot guy she meets one day at college, gotta love that. Nahla has been having things happen to her that cause her to see colors and then pass out. When she finally finds out from Gideon what they both are she is scared and wants to get rid of her gift. She sees it as a curse. Add to that the story behind Nahla and Gideon's unnatural births and how the gifts came to be about. Throughout the book the author makes the entire story seem so real. Two young adults who find out they are more than human. While they have gifts they dealt with everyday life and struggles. They have normal human friends and family. I found it interesting how Patria brought in religion, medical background and supernatural and mixed it all together and made it work so well. The story flowed really well and I couldn't stop reading it. There were a few times when something happened that made me almost dropped my kindle. I loved how they fell in love, it's so romantic. I personally found their gifts just that gifts not a curse. All the good they could bring to the world. At the same time though I understand how they could find it a curse and want to give back the gifts where they belong. I was left wondering about the side characters when it ended. I liked the ending with the tribe and that part of the book. This is a spectacular and well though out book. I suggest you purchase all three in this trilogy cause you will want to read all of them. I am excited to get started on the next two books. This book was given to me by the author for review, it did not affect my review in any way.
Christine_M_Butler More than 1 year ago
I was immediately drawn into Nahla's story, from her unusual birth and upbringing to the secret she can't seem to keep hidden. Nahla's story, while superbly entertaining and engaging, was not the only one told. I was swept away by the back story of how the Gifts came to be and how they got to where they ended up. I absolutely love to read novels that have multiple layers, as this one does. The author did an amazing job pulling the stories together in a smooth, easy read that keeps you turning pages. Aside from the story within a story there are the multi-dimensional characters. Even as certain characters discover more about themselves than meets the eye, the author also keeps them very human. Their hopes, dreams, concerns and fears all have that human edge to them that some authors tend to loose when they start giving out powers to their characters. There are a few issues in the book that can be attributed to e-book formatting problems, however; Patria Dunn Rowe is such an amazing storyteller that they are easily overlooked. The tale she tells is simply too captivating to put down. One final note, while I wouldn't call this book a YA novel, I will say that I wouldn't be opposed to my teenage daughter reading it. I think, this book in particular, is great for high school age and beyond. I already have the second book in this series, Signs and Wonders. I can't wait to get started on it, because The Gifts will definitely leave you wanting more... more answers, more romance, and more Gifts!
MzShae More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story development here. I typically don't read fantasy fiction, I actually made a promise to myself not to this year (Trying to buff up on my non fiction these days) , but I ran across this book at the publishers bookstore. I think that's right, but anyways the blurb sounded interesting enough. I was kind of wary of spending the $3.99 especially breaking a promise to myself, but I can say that I just finished reading the ebook and it was a pretty well spent $3.99. I loved the cliffhanger at the end, and now halway mad at myself for purchasing it in the first place as I HAVE to go and buy the second book now. My brain can not handle cliffhangers. So let me save you the trouble of having to go back and make two purchases. If you buy book one, go ahead and buy book two! You will want to read it! Happy reading everyone....
Sheila_Meyers More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days and didn't want to put it down! The last book series I read was the Twilight series, and I didn't think anyone could top that one. The vampire thing has been so overdone lately it makes me almost want to gag when I hear about another vampire story. THIS was a breath of fresh air for me, and has NOTHING to do with vampires!!!! I haven't had much time to read lately, with a new baby in the house, so when my honey bought me a nookbook and suggested I check out a book that a girl from his office had written I was skeptical to say the least. The prologue and the first chapter grabbed my attention, and by the 2nd and 3rd chapter I was hooked!!! If I hadn't had baby duties to attend to I would have probably finished it in one day. I can't quite figure out how to add the second book of the trilogy to my nook yet, but as soon as my honey get home, I have plans to curl and start reading again tonight LOL! Love, Love, Love the way the story is told, I don't feel like there are any unecessary scenes, and even though its in the fantasy genre it made me feel like I was in college again, living the adventure with the characters. I know I'm rambling so...let me stop, but please check out this book if you can!
lininindy More than 1 year ago
Half Angel and half human!  Wonderful book!  I enjoyed this and the next two!  A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was about time..... I am done with all these vampires and wolves books. I have only read book 1 but cant wait to read the other 2. Suggestion.... they have the 3 books in one and is cheaper than to buy them individually.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The fallen angel powers are overdone, though the problems they caused were realistically portrayed - till the girl found out about her powers. Then it turned to angst. There is good self expression in this story, but bland vocabulary words make emotional description dry sometimes. Also, the narrative voice can be awkward and somewhat unvarying in places. The acceptance of the "common people " of her powers was unrealistically immediate and hasty, and her only reaction to it was to angst. Still, it has potential, and with improvement could be a great book. :)
ThatGurlthatlife More than 1 year ago
Excellent Read! Can't wait to buy the second one!