Title: The Unsacred Gift
Author: C.S Dorsey
Publishing Date: April 9, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Series: Stand Alone
When Sissy was six, she had her first vision of her sister’s (Misty) disappearance. Her mother (Tina) said she had a bad dream, but not long after that Misty vanished before Sissy’s eyes. No one believed her, so Sissy pretend to act like everyone else, like Misty never disappeared and never existed. For the past fifteen years Misty’s disappearance has haunted Sissy’s dreams. She could hear the ear piercing screams at night of her sister begging for help. Sissy tries to help her, but never succeeds.
Sicily “Sissy” Monroe attends the University of Washington and is in her senior year majoring in Psychology. She has all the makings of a perfect young lady, ageless skin, flawless long black hair, full kissable lips and eyes that are shaped like almonds. She is almost where she wants to be in life. But laying deep in the pupil of her eye’s hold something that she cannot get rid of, which interferes with her plans.
In addition to the nightmares, Sissy has found that as she gets older her visions became stronger and more vivid than before. Because of the first vision of Misty, and the second of a teacher in high school, Sissy wants no part in another person’s death. For years, Sissy tried to avoid having friends and relationships because she feared their fate. Most importantly she tries to avoid her family. She has no plans of ever going back home to California. When her mother calls her to tell her about her granny’s birthday party, she is reluctant to go. Going back home was not on her list of priorities, but she is going for her mother. Little did Sissy know she cannot run from her past.
During her weekend at home, new developments surface. Her mother has been dating (Mark) for the past two years; her grandmother has the same gift she does; an old high school fling (Chris) comes clean about his love for Sissy; and an unknown girl from the grave begins stalking her dreams. Sissy begs for someone to admit her to the hospital, but she can’t get the words out. Her grandmother is the only one who can help her, but even then it’s too late. Two days after her birthday party, Sissy’s grandmother dies. However, it’s no shock to Sissy, because she knew death was coming for her grandmother—leaving Sissy alone once again. But she will soon discover that her sister Misty, the visions, and the dreams of the unknown girl were just a mere image of herself.
I was really looking forward to reading this book and couldn't wait to dive into it. The synopsis sounds very interesting and fresh. Once I started this book I was hooked.
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.
Author Interview with C.S. Dorsey
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.