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Arcadia's Gift (Arcadia Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jesi Lea Ryan , Vicki Keire
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Cady--short for Arcadia--is an appealing heroine, and I enjoyed cheering for her as she confronted the tragic death of her twin sister, the collapse of her family, the vicissitudes of teenage romance, and the amazing discovery of her gift." --Mike Mullin, Author of ASHFALL.

"Arcadia's Gift" is a poignant story of loss, love and hope. A must read for all young adult paranormal romance fans!" -- Charlotte Abel, author of Kindle bestsellers, Enchantment and Taken


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…


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About the Author

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 fat kitties. On Twitter? Feel free to say hi! @Jesilea

Product Details

  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jesi Lea Ryan (August 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008S6K3OG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will leave you in anticipation for book two! August 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Arcadia's Gift is a great read. I normally have a hard time getting into YA fiction because so many feature obsessive, over the top love, and characters out of an Aaron Spelling TV show. But this book had none of that! The love story felt real, with genuine affection between Cady and Bryan. The characters aren't perfect and feel genuine - like kids I knew when I was in high school. And I really liked how her "gift" manifested and her search for an explanation of what was happening to her. Can't wait for the next book to see what happens next!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning: You will not be able to put this book down January 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked up the Kindle edition of Jesi's book when it was on sale for $0.99 and couldn't put it down for the rest of the day. From the very first page, I was drawn into Cady's world and didn't want to leave. Be warned though: If you like a good character-driven story, you will not be able to put this book down.

Cady is a refreshingly down-to-earth teen. Neither overly melodramatic, nor overly heroic, she feels like a realistic teen voice and someone I would have enjoyed hanging out with as a teenager. This book focuses on the relationships in Cady's life and how they are affected by the death of a family member, while she comes to terms with her new power and how to manage it. The pacing and characterization are good, the narrative draws you in. The plot felt a bit thin at a crucial point in the story where Cady discovers something new about her power, but the characterization carried me through.

I'm looking forward to the next book in this trilogy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! I loved it! August 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I knew I was going to like this story when I read the description. I was wrong. I freakin' loved it! I read the entire book in one go, even though it meant staying up until 2:00 in the morning to finish it. I could NOT put it down.

I was hooked from the beginning. I felt as if I were there witnessing the horrific accident that launches the story. Ms. Ryan has a gift for setting a scene through the characters' eyes, without resorting to a laundry list of descriptions (a pet peeve of mine).

Arcadia or "Cady" as she prefers to be called, felt very real to me. She was easy to like and empathize with.

The paranormal aspect of the story felt very organic and natural. The romance between Cady and Bryan developed quickly but realistically (it is a YA romance, afterall).

Bryan is such a sweetheart! My inner-teen is more than a little in love with the boy. He's hot but doesn't know it, sensitive but masculine, brave but not reckless, self-sacrificing but not self-righteous and absolutely perfect for Cady.

The only thing that bothered me was the introduction of a love triangle after I'd already fallen for Bryan. I'm hoping it's a result of a supernatural attraction and that Cady realizes she belongs with Bryan in the next book.

I was ready to dismiss Cane (Bryan's competition) as just another one-dimensional, self-absorbed super-jock, but the scene in the parking lot when he explains what happened the night of the accident and his resulting guilt turned him into a "real" person. I definitely empathize with him and hope he finds redemption -- as long as it's not in Cady's arms ;-)

The minor characters were developed perfectly. They felt real, without detracting from the main storyline.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story April 23, 2013
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I loved this story. It has great characters, great development, great pace and it is an easy read with consistant delivery. Started a necessary slow then took off and I needed to know what was going to happen next. I do not know but I really hope a sequel is coming soon. I will definately be reading more of this author's work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!! February 16, 2013
By Alisha
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved, loved, loved this book!!!! It was a great read and I can't wait for the next book to be available!! I would recommend this book to others!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! February 13, 2013
By momof4
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded this book on a whim and, boy, am I glad I did!! Cady's teenage angst is typical in some ways and very atypical in others. The book includes a little teenage drama, a little teenage love and a lot of great writing. This is one I will definitely allow my tweens to read as well. I can't wait for the next in the series!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fast jump into the paranormal February 28, 2013
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I don't usually read YA fiction, as those days were sixty years ago for me. But I enjoy a good story and also appreciate hearing how characters handle the paranormal in their lives. This book offers both and kept me engaged throughout. The love interests seemed to move a bit rapidly and the raging hormones seemed a bit overdone, but maybe that is just a grandfather's perspective. Perhaps kids jump more rapidly these days. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it a lot and look forward to the next installment. Well done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 12, 2013
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Great book, and an easy read. I can't wait to read what happens next! When is book two released ?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot Wait to Continue This Series
First, I would like to thank the author, Jesi Lea Ryan. This was the kind of story you can completely immerse yourself into. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Robyn
5.0 out of 5 stars a rare author
Wow. I'm stopping in the middle of chapter 16, out of maybe 25 chapters. I just have to tell you guys and gals this author is amazing. Read more
Published 4 days ago by laurel_pct
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome world, awesome characters, awesome book...
Man, I loved this book (and now series) so much! This has been one of my better finds, probably in at least the past year. Read more
Published 16 days ago by J. C. Andrijeski
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it!
A Really Great read. I really enjoyed this as fast moving, kept attention and had great dialogue. It was fun to read and has a palatable plot with believable characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vamparilla
4.0 out of 5 stars A really great read!
I received an audiobook version of this in exchange for a review.

I really enjoyed this book, there were loads of twists and turns that I didn't see coming! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars YA Fans Must Read This
This book reminds me why I love YA literature. Cady is smart, independent, and easy to relate to; a heroine I rooted for from the start. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie
5.0 out of 5 stars Go read it!
Love, love, love this book. It's fast paced and full of ups and downs. Once I got started I just couldn't stop til I finished. Now I'm hoping for a second book!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and enjoyable
The first book in what appears to be a promising YA trilogy, "Arcadia's Gift" introduces us to an everyday girl in middle America who struggles to dig herself out from... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jackson Spencer Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars arcadia
I liked the book because Arcadia is a very good character with special talents, although she is having a hard time she is helping others
Published 5 months ago by andtipper2
5.0 out of 5 stars Such insanely beautiful writing!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. My opinions are my own.

There are quite a few things that I absolutely LOVED about Arcadia’s Gift, aside from the plot... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nikki
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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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