The Unsacred Gift (A Young Adult Paranormal Novel)

The Unsacred Gift (A Young Adult Paranormal Novel)

by C. S. Dorsey

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BN ID: 2940012240118
Publisher: C. S. Dorsey
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,066,521
File size: 120 KB

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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Unsacred Gift 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Sicily (Sissy) has been plagued with a particular psychic gift since childhood: she foresees death, both of her loved ones and of strangers, or acquaintances. At age six she dreamed her younger sister’s disappearance, reported the dream and terror to her mother, and was ignored. But it actually happened, in front of Sissy, her mother, aunt and twin cousins. Later, in high school, she met a teacher and foresaw her soon demise, and in college, a flight attendant; then her Grandmother, who also predicted she had not long to live. Raised as an only child by a single mom (once her sister “disappeared,” it was as if she never existed), Sissy has avoided touch, friends, boyfriends, anything other than the most casual contact. But we live in a society that doesn’t value personal space, so more often than not, strangers and acquaintances take her hand, or tap her on the shoulder, or bump her-and at any time visions might recur. When she returns home for a visit and encounters her old high school crush, discovering he too had a crush on her, she wants to blaze ahead into a relationship; but does she dare? Or could foreseeing the death of someone she cares for shatter her heart and her sanity?
MurryLindal More than 1 year ago
What do you do when you wake up from a dream that felt so real that you can smell the salt from the water and you reach up to touch your hair and find that it wasn't just some random dream because there is a real leaf tangled in your hair? What do you do when you realize that the "visions" you have when someone touches you is the "vision" of their death? How do you tell your friends, your family, and even have any type of real life? Is it even possible to have to struggle through so much alone? Have you been blessed with a gift or a curse? So many questions. C.S. Dorsey weaves a tale of a girl that is lonely because she is afraid of being close to anyone. Sissy has even pushed her family away for fear of their lives and not her own. Dorsey uses God, love of family, and the bonds of friendship to create a world where her readers can escape to. She allows you to learn not only about her characters but a little about yourself as well if you know where to look or have your heart open enough. The Unsacred Gift is a wonderful story that should be read and shared with others. It is too good to pass up and earns Five Stars from this reviewer! Please take a few and check out her blog and Facebook pages. I know you will be as pleased as I was!
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
"The Unsacred Gift" is truly a suspenseful, intense paranormal novel that grabs you from the start. Ms. Dorsey pens her characters well developed and totally fascinating within this well written story. I found it to be a quick read, but one that I enjoyed totally. Highly recommended for all paranormal lovers! This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
Ok, I just finished this book, and am still sitting here in shock. How could it end like that? That last page ending was just wrong. I still enjoyed this book, I did find issues with Sissy’s instant relationship with Chris, from HS after 4 years of no contact, he also seemed unreal, like there is no way he would be THAT understanding, and talk like he did. BUT, after you read that last page, it all falls together and makes sense, sort of. I will say, I could not stop reading, it had me hooked, that is for sure. This book is about a college age girl, Sissy, that has visions of people’s death, she has kept to herself, afraid to touch anyone. What I didn’t like about Sissy, is she didn’t even try to help someone she knew was going to die, or anything of the sort. I mean, sure they may have thought her crazy, but she could have gotten creative and found a way to help them, it may have helped her sanity. I found it hard to like Sissy, she sure was selfish at times, it was all about her, and how she felt. How she treated her mom when she found out her mom has a wonderful boyfriend. She should have been happy that her mom found someone to make her happy. This book had a Sixth Sense movie feel too it, with the scary visions, that seemed she was in touch with the dead. You will know what I mean when you read it. Overall, if you like a suspenseful story, with a bit of paranormal (not much) and don’t mind there being NO romance at all. Only a few kisses, that’s it, and that even felt rushed to me. But then again, that all makes more sense after that last page is read. The writing was good, a few formatting issues, but I have a PDF that had been converted to another format, so it came out crappy, and I can’t really judge it on that copy. Its worth giving it a try, it’s a major page-turner, and you will not see that ending coming (it’s not a series, just FYI) For sure is not like anything else I have read. It will hook you, that is for sure! I give it 4 ½ stars but most places I post I can’t select that, so will be a 4 at those places. I received this complimentary copy for a book tour, and for my honest review.
ColleenMBratley More than 1 year ago
Reading 'The Unsacred Gift' was absorbing and intriguing. The main character's search for the sanctity of her soul was riveting and self identifying as we all search for the same things. I really didn't want to put it down until I found out what happened. Finding your path, defining your personality and place in the world is a continuous challenge, especially for teenagers and young adults. Adapting to changes, new situations, and traumatic experiences change who we are and what we think. That certainly was the case here. Sissy, couldn't identify with the real world for the fears she had of what would happen if she actually interacted with others. Trying to stay separate, aloof and noncommittal comes with a cost. Even as she discovered the huge consequences, she still had a hard time letting the emotions rule her heart while she guarded her secret, believing she was protecting not only herself but all those she cared for. As with anyone, our internal fight for being happy, and achieving inner peace and contentment with who we are and how things in our life are, become a daily event. For Sissy, the event started when she was six, and continued up through college. She seemed to be stuck in a one track, one verse song, that she couldn't get past until she saw the one person she cared so deeply for move into the next realm. What she saw in that realm made her realize that life without certain things, and certain emotions, wouldn't be worth all the riches in the world. This is when things started to become clearer in her mind. Her soul had been trying to tell her things for some time, she just hadn't been ready to hear it. Emotions have a way of changing everything in the blink of an eye. Events change things, but the emotions attached to them are much, much more powerful. The funny thing is, as I kept reading, and contemplating the ending, I was very surprised. That ending hadn't even entered my mind. It's a very good story, everyone would truly enjoy reading.
Andrea_C More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. From the opening scene where Sissy has her first vision and is helplessly watching her sister drown, you are drawn into her painful story. Fifteen years later, it is still haunting her in the middle of the night, in her dreams, and almost ruining her life. If someone touches her, she can see their future death. Those deaths often occur shortly after their encounter. Each one rips a new hole inside of Sissy. She doesn't feel that she can talk to anyone about her "gift," because no one will believe her. In fact, no one ever even talks about Misty anymore, nor are her pictures anywhere to be found. This just tears her up even more and hurts you almost as much. She leaves home for college and doesn't return. She gives in to her mother when her mother begs her to come home for her grandmother's birthday weekend. Four years of staying away means a lot of changes are taking place back home. Everyone is getting older and making new life decisions. She is filled with even more conflict and confusion. She dwells on mundane details, such as how much food her mother is making for her or how many clothes she has bought at the mall. She is so sad that it is hard for her to focus so intently on the bigger picture. One of the best things for her is reconnecting with her old crush, even though that part felt quite rushed for the length of time in which this story takes place. She hasn't seen him in over four years. She is only home for the weekend at that point. They didn't speak much in high school. At the same time, you are cheering for her to find some kind of happiness in the middle of her turmoil. Sissy's journey toward self-discovery is quite painful and strikes a chord in you. It is much darker than traditional teen angst, making it even more heart-wrenching. The ending may surprise you. It is quite abrupt, but leaves a wallop of an impact on you. Though I had an inkling, I still yelled out loud and made my furry kids jump. You may also be compelled to immediately return to the start and re-read, so that you can find all of the clues that you have missed the first time around. It's an excellent read and a great first attempt by this author. This review also appears on Andi's Young Adult Books. I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review.
BillyB More than 1 year ago
In the tradition of the 80s and 90s Point Horror teen books, comes The Unsacred Gift by C.S. Dorsey, where a young woman, Sissy, carries a terrible secret - she has visions of someone's death just by touching them. Her grandmother's birthday is approaching and Sissy returns home, after leaving her small town for several years, to attend the party. To her surprise, her mother has been engaged to a man for over a year. Sissy continues to have nightmares of her sister's death from when she was a child. She recalls trying to warn her mother of what was going to happened, but it was too late. It seems her family has gotten on with their lives ever since Sissy left for college. Just as she is adjusting to the new family changes, the dark twisted visions return - ones that may reveal the truth about what happened to her sister. Sissy from The Unsacred Gift reminds me a lot of Johnny from Stephen King's The Dead Zone, only here Sissy cannot predict the future, and she can only predict death. Some people may call this a gift, but it is a curse for Sissy. Who would want the power to see how someone would die? But then again, maybe you could try to stop death from occurring. The Unsacred Gift was a nice change for the Young Adult genre, which has way too many vampire/werewolves titles out on the market. The author, C.S. Dorsey, uses great pacing and creative dialogue to tell Sissy haunting tale. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Unsacred Gift and it was a breath of fresh air. Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
SomaRostam More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully written, young adult paranormal fantasy. This book will make your skin tingle and your heart pound. Although it's a very quick read, it''s still something you will enjoy... Sicily "Sissy" remembers the day her sister "Misty" disappeared right before her eyes. All Sissy wants is to live a normal life, but that's not meant to be. She might end up in a mental facility if anyone know about the gift she has. Well, Sissy can't even decide whether it's a gift or a curse. Having visions of people' deaths is definitely not very pleasant, specially if the visions are triggered by only a touch. That's why Sissy will not let anybody touch her, even if it's somebody she loves. After going to college, far away from home, she has to go back for her grandma's birthday. Things get much worse at home. Sissy's visions seem to come alive and more terrifying, as she finds her hair soaked in salt water, or her hands covered in mud or a little girl's body who looks a lot like her lost sister. Even with all that, nothing can prepare Sissy to suddenly find love with her high school crush, or to see her grandma's death. But there's still much more to come... Will Sissy finally understand how to control her gift "a.k.a curse"? Will the girl in the visions leave her alone? Find out the astonishing conclusion to this intriguing, thought-provoking story, The Unsacred Gift... This book is captivating, you will find yourself so emerged in the story, you won't even notice that you almost reached the end. Well, let's say that I was pretty disappointed that this is a standalone, I wanted more explanation, MUCH MORE! But still, this book was enjoyable, the pace is quick, the description are very little, but they leave a huge room to your imagination. The characters are all pretty normal, Sissy is an average main character, and I liked her , although she was a bit moody sometimes! You might notice the three & half cupcake rating, well that's because the end of the book left me hanging in mid-air, as I said before "I wanted more explanation" but I didn't get more! This book will make a great read, it's an intriguing, fast-paced, paranormal novel, that will make your stomach do flip-flops. If you want an enjoyable piece, then read The Unsacred Gift...
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
This book is about Sissy, who has visions of what is going to happen to people, specifically when they are going to die. Her sister drowned when she was six and her family never mentions her again. Sissy knew she was going to drown and no one believed her. She avoids touching people so she will not have visions about them. When she turns 18 she leaves town and doesn’t return for 4 years. 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. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
Sissy Monroe has an amazing gift that she considers a curse. So much so, that she keeps to herself and avoids relationships with everyone, including her family, until she returns home for her grandmother’s birthday party. There she’s reunited with Chris, the young man she had a crush on since high school. As their relationship blossoms, she feels the need to share about her gift with him. Will he stay with her, having this new knowledge? Or will he think she is really losing her mind? This book was really great, with a very unexpected ending I never saw coming. I kept reading to try to figure out what would happen next, and the ending was quite a surprise.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
"The Unsacred Gift" by C. S. Dorsey would quite a page turner... keeping you interested in this quick read...just wanting to know what was going to happen next. Was this a curse or a gift that this young girl was able to see the death of anyone that she touched? This poor little Sissy had to deal with this situation all doing her young school years until she was able to leave home. Sissy was lead through a horrible life even during her college years in that she would often isolate herself from people due to the visions. Upon returning home after several years for her grandmother's birthday...Sissy is able to find out more about herself and it seems for a short time that she was able to handles things better, however things change quickly when Sissy finds out that her 'Ma' has had a finace for a year, her grandmother had secrets too and then the nightmares that seem to be real have now started up again. All of the characters were well liked...maybe not the twins....but Sissy is very smart determined and committed to her family. Sissy's 'Ma' and grandmother were very nice and likeable showing that good old southern feeling and the rest of the characters were very fascinating group of people...especially those twins. The plot was very well written and the story flowed very well. Quesions would be asked and answered...like just what was up with Sissy and Chris? "The Unsacred Gift" may will leave you wondering at some part of this novel ....asking what?? When you think you have it all figured out... don't be surpised if you don't! But, if you can just stick in there to almost the end this author really has a big surpise for YOU (the reader) and you will be left saying OMG! Who knew that this exepected trip home would come to such a ending. This novel is one that will have you thinking long after you have finished this good read. I would definitely not only recommend to YA but to anyone who would be interested in good reading that has a fantastic ending.
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StephWard More than 1 year ago
The Unsacred Gift is a great young adult novel that deals with a teenage girl's ability to have visions of people's death. There aren't that many books dealing with this topic in the YA genre lately, so it came as a nice break. I thought that the story flowed wonderfully and the characters were realistic and easy to identify with. The dialogue of Sissy and some of the other characters felt a bit too formal and forced to me - it didn't feel like the language a teen would use. The story was unique and had interesting twists and turns that kept you wanting to read more. I enjoyed reading this novel and I recommend it to any reader that likes young adult & paranormal stories. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It looks really good but what i really cant wait for is the next short story after Blood of a Wolf. It is a really good book and i totally recommend it!!!!