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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 parents have practically disowned her, stripping all financial help and communication away. Then, there is this feeling, this color -as she calls it- that has begun to take oWhen 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 parents have practically disowned her, stripping all financial help and communication away. Then, there is this feeling, this color -as she calls it- that has begun to take over her body. She doesn't know how to control it, and the more it happens, the worse it gets. Gideon's bedroom, Gideon's apartment, Gideon had saved her, nursing her wounds. Nephilim was the word he used, but not quite, he cautioned as he told her a story -a story that explained what was happening to her, and why he now stood before her seemingly, an angel. She'd never asked for this to happen to her, and didn't want the chaos that seemed to follow her everywhere now. Not only was the media looking for her, but someone else wanted the gifts they possessed, at any cost....

Title : The Gifts
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ISBN : 9781461046837
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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The Gifts Reviews

  • jD
    2019-02-17 02:10

    The main character, Nahla Marks, is a student at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. This fact attracted me because I usually like stories with a southern setting. Nahla has quite a few things about her that make her unusual right out the gate. She is white and was raised by a black family from the midwest. It appears that her parents were victims of an invitro mix-up giving them the shock of their lives in the delivery room. None-the-less, they raised her to become a doctor and take over the family's medical practice. Once away from home, Nahla decided to go into education thus pissing off her parents and cutting off funding. This is imporant because Nahla starts out under stress working and going to school, barely getting by. She has a few close friends but she is mostly a loner because of her 'strange spells'. The spells were strange because the author didn't do a good job explaining what Nahla was experiencing. All I understood was that she was in pain, saw colors, then passed out. Gideon's is the hero and a fellow student that takes an interest in Nahla. He seems to understand what is happening to her but of course he keeps it on the downlow until she does something stupid with the powers she did not know she had. This all takes place in the first half of the book and was not very interesting to read. The book was salvaged once Gideon started spilling the truth of what he and Nahla were. The twist on Nephilims is new and unique. The back story of what is basically a curse, grabbed my attention and held it to the end of the book. The two discover many terrible truths including the fact that they only have until the age of 25 to resolve the curse otherwise it will be with them forever. The solution is basically something that will make the series long and painful for me. So I am out as far as reading another one. There is not a hard cliffhanger but it's clear this will be going forever.I am giving this one three stars for being very creative. I liked the writing style and the level of detail. The backstory of the curse was four stars on it's own but that was told in one chapter. I enjoyed the level of danger and the growth of Nahla's character. As a rule, I don't enjoy YA. It really has to be good and not be about grown people constantly thinking of sex but never going for it. I believe this one will find a following and maybe even a few five star reviews. I am impressed enough to try this author again but the series is done for me.

  • Jamie
    2019-01-21 00:06

    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.

  • Courtney
    2019-02-03 01:55

    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!

  • Grace Menter
    2019-02-13 04:16

    this book is about 21 year old Nahla Marks who is suddenly seeing "colors" and being thrown into fits of rage and tiredness. she meets gideon, who seems to have an interest in her. they connect right off the bat. (view spoiler)[turns out they're both angels--sorta. nahla has the gift of healing and gideon has the gift of miracles. too bad nahla wants hers gone (hide spoiler)]honestly, the reason i clicked on this book was because of the cover; it just draws the eye. i bought it on kindle because the love interest was named gideon. i LOVE that name. i read it becuase it FUCKING AWESOME!the gifts hooked me in from the first. it took me a little to get into it, but it really was amazing. the only reason i gave it 4 stars instead of five was because of the numourous grammatical errors. i'm guessing this book wasn't picked up by any big publishing companies, and thats why it's like this. i noticed a lot of extra commas. the story line was great. the character developement was the same. this isn't the normal "fallen angel" YA genre. it wasnt a smutty romance novel either, so i liked it a lot. i totally recomend this. to anyone and everyone.

  • Heather
    2019-02-16 01:52

    Entering the world of Nahla is like enjoying a cold drink on a hot summer day. Refreshing and relaxing at the same time. Nahla is just your average college student making a life for herself when she is inexplicably thrown in a situation where she finds that she has an extraordinary gift. This causes her to have a lot of inner turmoil until she accepts her gift. Drawn into the mix is Gideon whom she finds is a kindred spirit in more ways than one.I always find myself drawn into stories of ordinary people who become extraordinary and this lead me to write my own novel which explores this element as well. This story stands out from the rest with the intricate storyline and emotions that Nahla experiences as she travels down the road to self discovery.I would recommend this book to readers who are interested in ordinary people being caught up in their own circumstances. It would also appeal to those who enjoy a well written romance intermingled with a deeper storyline.Thank you Patria for allowing me to enter into Nahla’s world. I give you 5 stars for this phenomenal read and look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

  • Sheila
    2019-02-05 06:06

    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: www/ 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....

  • Sophia
    2019-01-21 00:02

    I had no idea what to expect when I received this book as a prize.What a beautiful prize! I found this paranormal romance so beautiful though bitter sweet because of the barriers the main characters have to surmount.The premise of the fantasy part was interesting, the plot kept moving well, the characters were well drawn not just the main characters, and the story unfolded little by little.This is a clean romance though there is some sexual tension.This is part one of a trilogy. I am eager to read the second part as this one closed on a question actually more than one question, but one fundamental question for certain.Highly recommend this book!

  • Esmeralda
    2019-01-24 23:55

    I just won this book and I finish this book in a day. The plot is unique and fresh. The characters are enjoyable and easy to relate to which I think is really important and extremely hard for a writer to do. I really loved Gideon ,why can't I win one of him. (sigh). I will be reading the series. Thank you Patria Dumm-Rowe for wrting the book.

  • Gerald Black
    2019-01-28 01:22

    A well conceived and interesting story.

  • Charla
    2019-02-01 02:13

    Enjoyed very muchI downloaded this book for two reasons it was free and the book description caught my interest. I will be continuing the trilogy. I really was caught up in the story.

  • Christine Butler
    2019-02-15 02:05

    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!

  • Patria Dunn-Rowe
    2019-01-21 01:01

    Just want to say thank you to everyone who has purchased and read my book(S)so far. Wow what a journey and what an amazing time I've had writing them. I hope that you will share with your friends and help spread the word for me. Keep updated at: check out my website at:

  • Connie
    2019-02-18 05:00

    Interesting premise, good character development but the work needed more editing - there were some very obvious. spelling and grammatical errors. I also thought that the relationship between the two main characters was a bit too juvenile. I do plan on reading the next one in the series.