Talisman

Gifts of the Shavtal (Book One)

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Pub Date 24 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 13 Dec 2023

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“Revenge is never justified, and you’ll always be held accountable….”

When twelve-year-old Georgina Trabeck found her pregnant mother lying on the floor, unconscious, she did something she had never done before—she called 911. Step-Dad had warned her never to call the police or tell anyone about what happened at home. But this was the final straw. Her fear turned to anger, and, to her surprise, her ability to see people’s auras was suddenly heightened. 

Since the age of six, GiGi’s gift of seeing colors had warned her whether to hide in her bedroom and protect her three-year-old sister Chrissy or avoid the boys who bully her at school for being Filipino. 

More troubling now is a black cloud aura she has seen wrapped around Step-Dad’s neck. She can tell it plagues him, and she can mentally manipulate it—an ability that allows her to fight back against him. With the help of her best friend, Danae Jenkins, and as her aura reading skills strengthen, she attracts a Sidhe Fairy Irra, who confronts Gi-Gi with a talisman and the shocking news that they are related. The fairy warns Gi-Gi not to use it for revenge, but Gig-Gi can’t rest until she knows the truth about what happened to Denae’s parents, even if it means risking their friendship and enraging Step-Dad.

Talisman - Gifts of the Shavtal is a magical journey about a young girl born with a gift that’s only granted to creatures from the Other World. She must learn to use it wisely if she wants to save the people she loves.

“Revenge is never justified, and you’ll always be held accountable….”

When twelve-year-old Georgina Trabeck found her pregnant mother lying on the floor, unconscious, she did something she had never...


A Note From the Publisher

Toni Yap is an immigrant, and US Army Veteran married to her Veteran husband of over 27 years. She has three adult children. She currently lives with her husband and three cats in Snohomish, Washington.

Toni Yap is an immigrant, and US Army Veteran married to her Veteran husband of over 27 years. She has three adult children. She currently lives with her husband and three cats in Snohomish...


Advance Praise

"A magical YA fantasy with a serious undertone that makes it all the more enjoyable" -Independent Book Review

"Highly recommended for those in search of a gripping tale that effortlessly blends fantasy and real-world issues, Talisman: Gifts of the Shavtal is a promising start to what appears to be an enthralling series." -Literary Titan

"A magical YA fantasy with a serious undertone that makes it all the more enjoyable" -Independent Book Review

"Highly recommended for those in search of a gripping tale that effortlessly blends...


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ISBN 9781639888481
PRICE $15.99 (USD)
PAGES 252

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“Talisman” by Toni Yap was a good fantasy YA book for younger teens. I liked the cultural stuff with the book and the moral lessons and family issues. There was a lot of down time and verbally explaining way too much that slows down the book. I think it’s a good book for younger readers because of the cultural differences, the length of the book, and the fun fantasy aspects like the talking animals and stuff. I give the book 4 out of 5 stars.

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Gifts of the Shavtal is a magical journey about a young girl born with a gift that's only granted to creatures from the Other World. She must learn to use it wisely if she wants to save the people she loves.

This was a really interesting urban fantasy novel. I think it could have been fleshed out a little more, but I overall enjoyed it.

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Toni Yap does a great job in writing this opening chapter in the Gifts of the Shavtal series, it had a great overall feel to it and I enjoyed what was going on with that. It worked as a young adult novel and was everything that I was hoping for in a fantasy novel. The characters were interesting and they left me wanting to read more in this series.

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