Saturday, September 12, 2015

Review: Lost by Donnielle Tyner

Lost (The Caelian Series #1) by Donnielle Tyner
Release Date: June 19, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Modern Fantasy

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?

This was a unique read for me.  I had some trouble classifying it in a subgenre, but that's not a bad thing... it just means it was a lot different than books I've read before.  I've been reading quite a few contemporary romances lately, so this was very refreshing to give me something new and different to try out.

I really loved the concept behind this story...the meteorite, the fact that it caused certain powers in people, and that there could be warring families amongst these talented people.  In the midst of this world of people with "talents", you have Sadie, who has yet to discover a "talent.'  In a way, this reminded me a bit of Lissa in Vampire Academy, but that's where the similarity ended.

I liked this character.  She's starts out being a bit quiet and a little bit of a loner, even though she does have friends, as she has pulled away due to her boyfriend's death.  It isn't until she meets Kian that things begin to happen, including the discovery of an extraordinary talent that has lain dormant in her up to now.

I don't want to give anything away so I'm going to start getting vague here.  Along with the discovery of her talent, quite a bit more is revealed that was very surprising.  In a way I expected one aspect of it, but another aspect shocked me.  I liked that I hadn't figured that out.  So kudos to the author for being able to spring something on me.

I loved Kian, as he was a really nice blend of nice guy, protective guy, badass, and a few other he wasn't a cliched bad boy or super nice guy. He and Sadie both were very well were the entire cast, actually. But I especially enjoyed Sadie's characterization because she gradually adapts and grows throughout the book, becoming stronger, selfless, and admirable.  I really liked her.

The book was very fast-paced, easy to lose yourself in, and the writing was very well done.  I'm looking forward to the next installment of the series!

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