Lost (The Caelian Cycle #1) by Donnielle Tyner (Review by Kat – #NerdGirlParanormal)

Lost

Title: Lost (The Caelian Cycle #1)

Author:  Donnielle Tyner

Published Date:  June 19th 2015

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

During WW1, a meteorite crashed, releasing a mist that changed the DNA of all who were exposed. One hundred years has passed and society is divided between the Norms and the Caelians, whose changed DNA awakened dormant gifts, called Talents.

Sadie is over it!

She’s an orphan, her boyfriend was murdered, and she’s the only Caelian at St. Vincent’s without a Talent. Once she turns 18, there will be no place for her in the world. That is, until a chance encounter with Kian, a Caelian boy who makes her feel uncomfortable and alive at the same time.

Secrets of her past are uncovered and Sadie’s latent, rare Talent is exposed. With great power comes the hunters, hired by an egomaniac who wants to use Sadie’s power to establish Caelian dominance. On the run with Kian and her friends, Sadie will have to decide: hide or fight.

Will Sadie accept her new reality or will she stay lost?

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***Kat – #NerdGirlParanormal’s  Review***
This is Book 1 of (I don’t know how many books there will be, but I do want to know what happens next) It is one I really enjoyed, the Main protagonist is Sadie, and I look forward to seeing how she grows as the series continues. Ms Tyner has created a character that actually acts 18 (some YA books have their female leads so immature they act like 12 yr olds!) she knows that for every action there will be a reaction, a consequence, and that was nice and refreshing.

Now I am not a teenager, but I LOVE reading YA Fantasy/Sci-fi/Paranormal stuff its is my FAVOURITE Genre, but some can be quite narrow in plot line. This book is not, there is a lot going on for you to think about, there is tension between the Norms and Caelians and these are about to get worse when Sadie finally comes into her powers after being without any hint of them since birth.

If you like the X-Men, then you will probably like this book, as we have humans that are genetically differen to the majority of the population. This is due to a meteor hitting the earth in WW1, and now we have the Caelian’s and the ‘Norm’s’ humans with no powers.

The Caelian’s cannot hide their differences, they have ‘talents’ – powers that can be anything from fire manipulation to healing. Each talent has a consequence – healing, may leave the person drained, sick from the symptoms. BUT the main thing that sets them apart is that their hair, eyes and even skin colour could be any colour of the rainbow.

Now I will pop in here and mention the thing I dislike about this book – THE Cover – Sadie is apparently golden skinned with Colbalt eyes and hair with no colour – and although the cover has bright blue eyes and blonde hair, I am disappointed that the cover artist did not give her golden skin, which is an easy thing to do with filters or a colour layer, Sadie looks human on the cover – I know its not a drastic problem but I do hate when book covers have a model that looks nothing like the character they are supposed to depict.

OK so on with the things I did enjoy…

The writing style, it is quite poetic within some of the descriptive passages

‘ She was girl-next-door beautiful, if your average girl next door had midnight blue skin, and pale yellow eyes and hair. She kept her hair short, but just long enough to show a little kink and curl. ‘  also this one I really enjoyed, I highlighted a few in this book.

“Guilt poured over me like boiling oil. I cringed as the joy and hope melted away, replaced by the sour taste of guilt, and a heavy pit of remorse opened in my chest, stealing my breath.”

I could really visualise Sadie’s pain from this passage.

This is Ms Tyner’s first novel, and although a wordsmith in her career as a freelance writer, I am sure that Ms Tyner will go from strength to strength and I look forward to reading the next installment of the series ‘Bound’ which is out Fall 2015.

I love reading YA, and this book will appeal to all YA readers young and old. There is a Love interest, Kian, he is a bit of a mystery, with Goldenrod Hair (Thats a bright yellow Flower
Sadie meets him at a party, and she feels something for him, but not knowing him very well, she is wary – I liked this as well, that she did not blindly fall for him and act all silly.

I could go on… but I won’t, I will just end in saying that there are a lot of questions yet to be answered, Sadie has gone through a lot in this book and in the second book, things are going to get interesting – Roll on Fall 2015!

If you are a YA Sci-fi Fan grab a copy now, I am sure you will love it as much as I did.

 

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GR

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