Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A Rocking Review of Arcadia's Gift by Jesi Lea Ryan

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Rating: 4 Guitars
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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...

Why It Rocked
So this starts off slow and sad but once it gets going, it really takes off! There is quite a bit of time setting up how Arcadia and her family deal with a tragic loss but it is through that loss that Arcadia discovers her unusual gift. As far as paranormal stories go, this was original and enjoyable. I've heard of empaths before, but seeing it play out in the middle of a tragic event was fascinating.  In fact, once Arcadia starts to learn how her gift works, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The love story was great and the ending is abrupt and leaves you wanting more. The good news is the sequel is just as good, if not better!

Keep On Rocking

This is the first book in the trilogy. Then next book is Arcadia's Curse and there is a short prequel called The End of the Line. The prequel is FREE and puts things into an entirely different perspective. This series gets better with each book and the teaser prequel has me chomping at the bit for more!