By Jesi Lea Ryan
Most people who experience death don’t live to tell about it.
When sixteen year old Arcadia “Cady” Day wakes in a hospital after experiencing what can only be called a psychic episode, she finds her family in tatters. With her twin sister gone, her dad moved out, her mom’s spiraling depression and her sister’s boyfriend, Cane, barely able to look at her, the only bright spot in her life is Bryan Sullivan, the new guy in school. When Bryan’s around, Cady can almost pretend she’s a regular girl, living a regular life; when he’s not, she’s wracked with wild, inexplicable mood swings. As her home life crumbles and her emotional control slips away, Cady begins to suspect that her first psychic episode was just the beginning…
Think high school sucks? Try being an empath who has to experience everyone else’s suckage on top of your own. (Literally.)
In the months since her family life imploded and her psychic gifts began to arise, Cady has struggled to figure out how she can fit into her normal life without going crazy from the constant presence of emotional energy. Her grades have tanked. Her best friend is afraid of her. And she begins to have doubts about why her boyfriend, Bryan, is really keeping her around. But a chance meeting with another gifted girl online opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Unfortunately, this new world comes at an awful price.
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Grade: B (Four Stars)
I thought this was a very good read. It connected with the reader pretty strongly and really kinda got you into the story. I thought the author did a great job making sure the story felt real (or as real as the genre can be), but the emotions and situations felt real to me, and I could really understand and relate to the character’s struggles. I thought for a YA novel, this book had a lot of depth, and was really an interesting read. I loved the twin magic, I thought it was a cool idea, and how it relates once you lose one of the twins. I liked that this book didn’t focus only on the magical elements but really held on to the story of Cady and her family/home life, and what a struggle that is. I liked how she managed to work both in, and allowed them to intertwine and work together, because a lot of times we sometimes glance over the bad once we’re presented with the happy magical things, and in real life, you’d have to struggle with both, nothing would be easy! Overall, wonderfully written book with gripping scenes, and a lot of emotional connection. Great job!
*I was given a copy for review.
Grade: B+ (Four Stars)
I liked this book much more then the first one. I think the story has a bit of a faster pace in this book, but that’s due to the fact you need less back story, and we can just right in. Cady ends up going to a institute to try to figure out her powers, as being in high school wasn’t working so well. I think this story work almost flawlessly, it grabs the reader with emotion and keeps hold of you through the book. First Cady sturggles in the real world, then she goes somewhere she thinks she’ll be accepted, and it turns out it’s a huge, giant plot that she wants no part of! It’s an emotional rollercoaster for sure, but the author does an amazing job with the characters, and developing the story, and I just loved it! I read it so quickly, because it just started and took off! This is one good series, that all ages should check out!
*I was given a copy in exchange for review
Jesi Lea Ryan grew up in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, IA. She holds bachelor degrees in creative writing and literature and a masters degree in business. She considers herself a well-rounded nerd who can spend hours on the internet researching things like British history, anthropology of ancient people, geography of random parts of the world, bad tattoos and the paranormal. She currently lives in Madison, WI with her husband and two exceptionally naughty kitties.
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