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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From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

Lucas is dying. He has cancer, and everyone, including his family and friends, has given up on him. Except his girlfriend Emma. She prays day and night, knowing that Lucas will be all right and one day, he wakes up from his comatose state. Everyone is relieved and joyful, but Emma knows there’s something wrong with him. Something that has got to do with the object that landed in the fields outside.

We don’t get to know Lucas much in the story, but an overall idea of him is given by Emma. She’s an okay lead, but she didn’t really have the spirit in her that makes the reader feel something for the characters or the book.

Scout, the alien from the other planet, was really sweet and innocent, despite being very intelligent. He was made believable, but there wasn’t much insight about his feelings and other than what he told everyone else. He had a very short point-of-view in the book, yet it seems like I know him better than I know the main character, Emma.

I felt that the story was a bit too short and under-developed. I needed some more time with the characters to get to know them properly and actually relate with their problems. It was not the best sci-fi book, as I would have liked to know more about the alien planet. It was really interesting and it felt like the show ended right at the peak. However, it has been a while since I’ve read a science fiction book, so I might be biased.

In my opinion, science fiction lovers would enjoy this book, but only if you don’t pay attention to the little details that were slightly amiss. The age range for this one would be around 14-15 years old, because older readers might not like the vague answers and explanations.

“This is a very confusing planet. People believe things that aren’t true about other people just because of how they look and what kind of vehicle they drive. Why can you not wait and see who they are inside before you make a decision?” “Because we’re afraid,” I said.

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*Thanks to NetGalley and Karen McQuestion for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

From a Distant Star