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Lost in Thought - excerpt from 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry [Kindle Edition]

Cara Bertrand
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Book Description

What if you could know how someone died—or was going to die—with only a touch? Would you believe it? Lainey Young doesn’t. She just thinks she’s going crazy, and at only sixteen it’s a little early to be worrying about her mental health. But after years of migraines and fainting, culminating in a shocking vision of her parents’ tragic deaths, Lainey’s doctors insist she is mentally exhausted and must settle in one place for her last two years of high school, abandoning her beloved lifestyle of constant travel with her aunt. An even bigger surprise is that there’s already a school awaiting her arrival.In only days, Lainey becomes a student at Northbrook Academy, an elite private school in Northwestern Massachusetts. And she’s not just any student, but a Legacy, with an anonymously funded full scholarship. Her father left instructions in his will for how, and when, to claim it, but nothing more. Lainey doesn’t understand the mystery of her placement, but she loves Northbrook, and especially Carter Penrose, the gorgeous graduate whose family owns the school bookstore. Even so, she immediately gets the impression that there’s something unusual about Carter and the other students. Soon she learns that she was right.A vision of another student’s impending death leads to the revelation that Lainey is one of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted, as are most of the Academy students and staff. For the rest of the year, Lainey and Carter work to develop her unique gift and uncover the shocking truth about her heritage. Little do they know how much danger this will put Lainey in or how far she will have to go to save her own life.LOST IN THOUGHT is the first book in Lainey’s exciting story.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

I love paranormal novels. This one is right up there with the best if this excerpt is any indication of the final product.

Amazon.com Review

Overall this is a wonderful example of a Young Adult Speculative Fiction novel and I would be very anxious to read more of it. It brings to mind the style of Kelley Armstrong or Richelle Mead.

Product Details

  • File Size: 25 KB
  • Print Length: 13 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TEYSMY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stuck on the info-dump May 12, 2011
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The prologue was interesting but I felt it didn't really fit with the chapter one. I think chapter one could've started the book. But I got a bit bogged down with the lengthy info-dump at the beginning of chapter one. I really just wanted to get into the story and learn all the character information as I read. It's an interesting concept and I'm sure all it needs is a good editor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting concept March 28, 2011
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I enjoyed this excerpt thoroughly, the author goes into great detail describing Northbrook so I have a clear picture of it in my mind. I'm already wondering where the story will go, and if Lainey's fascination with antiques is related to her gift, which I'm sure will be revealed in time.

My only sticking point on this one was that the scholarship had never been heard of before. It seemed a little strange, considering how detailed the setup was for the trust fund, to suddenly have a scholarship pop up into the equation. Hopefully the mystery of this and why it was not revealed to Lainey and Aunt Tessa earlier on will be revealed later in the story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars lost in thought June 6, 2011
The concept of a protagonist who is able to touch antiques and determine how people died was fascinating. However, the pace of the excerpt became bogged down by uneccesary info dumping. I also believe that yadults will be able to identify with the main character. Some judicious editing would improve this piece. I wanted to read more and this author has created an engaging world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to more! June 1, 2011
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This is a book that you won't be able to put down- very well written and interesting.
Also, I think that the theme will interest both young and "old" adults :)
I am looking forward to reading more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Involved, entertaining and thrilling! May 24, 2011
I was hooked from the get go. Lainey's character is complex, deep and yet entertaining all at the same time. I'm sure that this novel will do well.
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