Lost by Donnielle Tyner

After the meteorite crashed on Earth, it released a mist that changed the DNA of some soldiers in the second World War. They are known as Caelians and have different powers called Talents, and they live along with Norms- Talent-less humans. Sadie is an orphan and doesn’t have the ability to harness her talent yet. Until one day, she meets Kian.

It started off at a good, easy pace and I enjoyed it until around the middle. The beginning of the story was great and it felt like it was gearing up and a surprise would come later on in the book but it all just fell a little flat. I did like reading it but it wasn’t captivating or

The writing was simple but I found the conversations between the characters to be forced and even sometimes, awkward. Most parts of the book felt dull and I couldn’t bring myself to be as invested in the story. The plot line had great potential, though, and the history of the Caelian magic was very interesting even if there wasn’t a lot of it.

I didn’t buy the romance between Kian and Sadie, though. It might be because of the time in the story and how it spans over a few weeks, but it wasn’t convincing enough. They only met about two times before she started falling in love with him. I didn’t particularly connect with Sadie’s character either. She was likable, yes, but she is very ordinary and lacked the traits that makes a good main character. I found it hard to relate to her.

Despite all my little complaints, it was a good book with a great background story. I especially liked the prologue piece and it drew me in from the first page. I would have liked the book to be longer! I was just beginning to distinguish the characters and recognize them individually.

Please don’t be discouraged by my low rating for books. It was a good read. It is just that after book blogging, my rating and views have changed and I tend to unemotionally rip its different components apart when reviewing. 🙂

A copy of this book was given to me by the author for review.

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A Tale of Two Besties by Sophia Rossi | ARC Review/Rant

*Thanks to Penguin Random House for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

To be honest, I didn’t even want to finish this book because it was just so boring. But I kept going as this is an ARC and I didn’t want to disrespect the privilege of getting one by abandoning it. It took me some a few weeks to get back to it, but I’m glad I did because the story improved a little by the end.

This is going to be a bit more of a rant and less of a review, but hopefully I can get my points across to you. I’ll also try to keep it short. First, the story plot could have had a little potential, and the way it was executed wasn’t wrong but it wasn’t engaging at all. I didn’t feel immersed in the story or connected to the characters.

I liked that the group NAMASTE was about individuality and loving yourself no matter what but Nicole, the head of it, was just a very bossy, controlling leader and she sucked all the fun out of the book. A lot of the time I was hating her. and that is an indication of a good negative character.

A lot of the tenses and grammar was mixed up and mangled, and even though I’m not the best judge of this (I’m in high school), I haven’t seen worse writing in a book. Here’s a small example:

“This was the type of obsessive thinking that, combined with my Internet stalking tendencies would get me in big trouble. I stop myself from spiraling and turned an icy glare back to Lily.”

It could be just small mistakes, but they were present throughout the book, but I can let it go since it is an advance reader’s copy and hasn’t yet been properly edited. I really hope the finished copy doesn’t have these mistakes—they were really distracting and made the reading experience less enjoyable.

I liked Harper’s POV more than Lily’s because she acted her age and at least had her eyes open while Lily was always in her own little world and couldn’t even think for herself. I didn’t like Lily’s character at all and she was very annoying. The characters were really immature and although their childish antics could be considered “cute”, they are around 13 years old, and they should really grow up.

Overall, this book could have been much better if it was more refined to fix the little problems. The note on the back of it says Grade 7 up, but I think this book is suited more for nine to ten year old girls who have complaining problems.

Would I recommend?— No.
Age range— 10-11 year old.