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Arcadia's Gift (Arcadia Series Book 1) by [Ryan, Jesi Lea]
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Book 1 of 3 in Arcadia Series (3 Book Series)
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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: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061571885X
  • Publisher: Jesi Lea Ryan (August 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008S6K3OG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Where to start? Arcadia or Cady for short is the quiet twin, the one who blends in with the crowd rather than stands out. But with the death of her sister, Avalon, Cady is suddenly dealing not only with the grief of losing her twin, but the strange ability she's been gifted. The ability to feel other people's emotions.

Things I loved about this story- well written, believable teenage characters. From their music choices to the foods they were eating, dialogue and interactions, all of it was spot on.

I agree with the other reviewer who said that the love triangle was done in such a way that it was not only plausible, but DANG, I can't wait to find out what happens in the sequel. And I have to say that while the book was not a cliffhanger, I think a lot of readers are going to be chomping at the bit when it comes to waiting for the next book.

This is an excellent read regardless of whether you are a teenager, young adult, or all grown up. The issues that the characters face can be applicable to any age. Grief, anger, guilt, love, angst, and making hard decisions. Well done to the author, I truly look forward to the next book!
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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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