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Arcadia's Curse (Arcadia Series Book 2) by [Ryan, Jesi Lea]
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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 exceptionally naughty kitties.

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  • File Size: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jesi Lea Ryan (August 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ET6A2FY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,287 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are few truths I must now impart. One. Jesi Lea Ryan is a phenomenally talented writer for our generation. Two. Arcadia's Curse rocks it with the best of the YA Fantasy's out there. And in my opinion, easily surpasses them. Three. Re-read points one and two.

With an unparalleled talent that draws her readers into her stories and her characters lives, Ms. Ryan gives us the smashing sequel to Arcadia's Gift. Again, each character is well rounded, to the point that I truly feel like I could take a turn on the street corner and meet any one of them. Better than that to me though, was how the plot line of AC was put together. The build of the story is a slow burn, like a fuse curling through an empty storehouse ONLY to find out that the fuse is attached to ten tons of fireworks. Holy Climax, Batman!

Arcadia is learning about her gift, learning who she can trust and who she can't, making new friends and new fantastic enemies. Though the story is built around Arcadia and her psychic gifts, the way Ms. Ryan has written and explained the story, it all seems not only plausible, but highly likely. A fantasy that is real is something every reader wants. And Arcadia's Curse does NOT disappoint. Well done, and hurry up, I cannot WAIT for the third book!
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I read this and Arcadia's Gift in pretty much one straight sitting, so needless to say, I LOVE these books. The second book was even better than the first...and I was completely riveted to the whole idea of the school where Cady ends up, and the new characters introduced, as well as some of the intrigue provided by her being more "visible" for her special gifts as well as some of the conflict and confusion in her love life. I finished book 2 even faster than book 1, and if the third book had been ready yet (come on, Jesi! lol) I would have bought it on my kindle on the spot.

In general, I'm realizing there's a certain quality to books I really love, that's difficult to put into words. I know part of it's voice, but it feels like more than that to me. It's more like a kind of presence inhabited by the books, that tip the fictional worlds into the quasi-real for me...where I believe in the characters in a whole different way/level. Unfortunately, this is a difficult thing to pass in a review (or a sales blurb, for that matter), but it is the one thing that tips a book for me from a "yeah, it was good" review to "HOLY CRAP I LOVED THIS!!"

I need to find some way to articulate that "thing" whatever it is, because to me, it's what I"m constantly in search of as a reader and seemingly never find as often as I would like.

Anyway,...all of that being said, that "thing" is definitely in Jesi Lea Ryan's writing and books. I LOVE this series...she's made a life-long fan of me already
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If I loved "Arcadia gift", I loved even more "Arcadia curse", couldn't put my Kindle down, I just wanted to keep on reading..There are new characters, some I like and other I really wanted to kick a**...Like the 1st book Ms.Jesi Lea Ryan didn't leave us in a big cliffhanger, but enough to leave me screaming for more..I highly 100% recommend this series..Well done Ms.Ryan for another joy ride, that left me wanting more..
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I really enjoyed Arcadia's Gift but I LOVED Arcadia's Curse! Jesi Lea Ryan has created an awesome world full of interesting characters and fun paranormal abilities. It was great to see Arcadia continue to embrace her gift and also meet others with paranormal abilities. I liked that her gift has downsides to it and I could have never predicted how awful things could really get for Cady because of them. The last 1/3 of the book was absolutely riveting and I cannot wait for another book about Cady and her friends!
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I loved the concept of the institute. Poor Cady, she's been through hell and back and it was nice to see her meet others like her and get some help coping with her new found ability.

Merrick. Man, I wanted to reach into my Kindle and strangle him for Cady. What a terrific bad guy. And by terrific I mean well written. He was creepy, and very hate-able. Bryan was also up there on my hate list. He was right there with Monica. I hated that whole thing, but I'm trusting Ryan with the way she is taking that story line. However, I really do hope Cady can see through Bryan, because I feel like he's using her for what she can do for him. That mostly stems from his reaction to her leaving for the institute. Then he called himself a "jackass" over it. But, for me, it felt more like he was sorry that he got caught, not that he reacted that way. We'll see. I'm also narrowing my eyes at Cane, but at the same time I like him. Honestly, I'd love to see something develop with Bastian. So looking forward to the next!
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Aaaaaah this book was so good!!! I read for great characters first, great plot second, and this novel does brilliantly in both areas.

Cady is a fantastically strong female lead, and I greatly admire her. She grows immensely as a person in the novel - beginning as someone who can't stand not to take care of those she loves, no matter the cost to herself, and ending as a young woman who is putting her health (both mental and physical) before others. After all, you can't take care of other people until you can take care of yourself.

But, like all good characters, Cady is also flawed. She has massive communication issues, but when you've been through what she's been through, you can hardly blame her. Also, her strong desire to protect her loved ones is a strength and a weakness, and this quality is woven into the story very well.

Cady's brother, Aaron, plays a bigger roll this time around, and I really love their sibling relationship. I feel like these relationships are often ignored in most books, so it was nice to see them grow closer after the loss of their sister.

Arcadia's Curse also introduces a few new characters, and I was pleasantly surprised that I instantly liked all of them. I was used to the cast from Arcadia's Gift, but Bastian and Alejandra were brilliant, and I love the way these new friendships developed.

The story picks up not long after the first book dropped off, and Cady is pretty miserable with her new empathy abilities. She selflessly allows her boyfriend to behave recklessly since they both know she can heal any injuries he gives himself, despite the fact that healing him completely drains her. In his defense, he doesn't really know this, but these two have communication issues.
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