Arcadia's Gift

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"Cady--short for Arcadia--is an appealing heroine, and I enjoyed cheering for her as she confronted the tragic death of her twin sister, the collapse of her family, the vicissitudes of teenage romance, and the amazing discovery of her gift." --Mike Mullin, Author of ASHFALL.

"Arcadia's Gift" is a poignant story of loss, love and hope. A must read for all young adult paranormal romance fans!" -- Charlotte Abel, author of Kindle bestsellers, Enchantment and Taken

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Overview

"Cady--short for Arcadia--is an appealing heroine, and I enjoyed cheering for her as she confronted the tragic death of her twin sister, the collapse of her family, the vicissitudes of teenage romance, and the amazing discovery of her gift." --Mike Mullin, Author of ASHFALL.

"Arcadia's Gift" is a poignant story of loss, love and hope. A must read for all young adult paranormal romance fans!" -- Charlotte Abel, author of Kindle bestsellers, Enchantment and Taken

Most people who experience death don't live to tell about it.

When sixteen year old Arcadia "Cady" Day wakes in a hospital after experiencing what can only be called a psychic episode, she finds her family in tatters. With her twin sister gone, her dad moved out, her mom's spiraling depression and her sister's boyfriend, Cane, barely able to look at her, the only bright spot in her life is Bryan Sullivan, the new guy in school. When Bryan's around, Cady can almost pretend she's a regular girl, living a regular life; when he's not, she's wracked with wild, inexplicable mood swings. As her home life crumbles and her emotional control slips away, Cady begins to suspect that her first psychic episode was just the beginning...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615718859
  • Publisher: Jesi Lea Ryan
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet 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. This is her second novel.
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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    I was offered a free e-book copy of Arcadia┬┐s Gift by the author

    I was offered a free e-book copy of Arcadia’s Gift by the author in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this story enough that I went ahead and purchased a copy of my own to support the author. This is a story filled with love, loss, and a nice paranormal twist that went in a direction I was not expecting.

    Starting with an emotional prologue, where Arcadia (or Cady) describes the hell she is going through, we are then taken back to the events leading up to the “psychic episode” that starts the story. Cady and her twin sister Avalon (Lony) are having a normal day with normal teenage problems. As we follow Cady through her day in this first-person narrative, we get to know these characters so that when tragedy strikes the next night we can experience the loss the way they do.

    The story moves smoothly as Cady and her family react to the loss of Lony and try to cope with it the best they can. I thought this section of the book was handled realistically, and could totally empathize with the grief Cady was feeling; I was pretty emotional myself. Everybody handles loss differently, and some handle it better than others, which Ryan is very careful to show. We work through the grief with Cady and come out the other side as she slowly puts her life back together again without her twin and is changed irrevocably by the tragedy.

    Character development is strong. Ryan takes the time to show the strengths and weaknesses of each character. They were all very distinct, with plenty of personality and layers. I may not have liked the choices some of them made, but nothing ever came out of left field and left me wondering why someone would act the way they did. Not everyone had a lot of page time, but when they were present they made an impact.

    I did find it convenient that Cady was able to find an information powerhouse next door to help her learn more about her gift, but this was a small niggle in the big scheme of things. The only other small issue I had was a bit of predictability in how events played out once Cady put a name to her ability; it seemed inevitable that she would end up needing it to assist Bryan due to his family history. What I did not expect was the amazing way Cady took her ability to the next level in an exciting finale, and how nicely it set everything up for the next book. Happily, the final chapter actually ties up some threads so that it doesn’t feel like a cliff-hanger; there is definitely more to the story, with plenty of threads still left open, but the ending felt balanced and satisfying.

    Arcardia’s Gift is an emotional YA paranormal story that takes a well-balanced approach to love and loss. Pacing starts off smooth and steady, then speeds up as Cady works past her grief and realizes how her life has changed. Cady’s psychic ability takes a back seat to her tragic loss for the first half of the book, but then is gradually worked into the story until things take an exciting turn in the climactic finale. Characters are relatable and feel realistic. Nobody here is perfect and everyone makes mistakes – some bigger than others – but the characters recognize their errors and try to correct them. While there were a couple of moments that felt a bit predictable or a little too convenient, they were easy to overlook and forgive since everything else was handled so well. Ryan has packed a lot of story into just over 200 pages and gotten Cady’s story off to an extremely promising start.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

    Great Start to the series!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Great beginning to a new series!

    I was super lucky to be asked to read and review Arcadia's Gift for my blog by the author. Once I started reading this book I couldn't stop. I literally read it in a day. The prologue was very intense and drew me in instantly. I wasn't sure what to expect after that! Arcadia (Cady) and her sister Avalon (Lony) are identical twins but, very very different people. Cady an academic and Lony the cheerleader. Everything changes after the death of Lony. Sadly Cady had front row seats to the accident. Then everything changes. Her family is falling apart and Cady has a very hard time dealing. Going back to school was really hard too. Bryan is like the light in the dark for Cady. He helps her get through the day. Things start to get weird after Cady goes back to school. Her emotions are all over the place. One day her neighbor Jinx approaches her and her life after that will never be the same. I loved the paranormal aspect. The story flowed so well. I never felt like the book as jumping around to different things. It was well written.

    Bryan isn't your typical un-flawed "god like" hotty that girls swoon over. Which I love. He is your average good looking guy that has a heart of gold. To Cady he is the best thing that she could have wished for. It was not your typical teen angst relationship. In fact the whole book didn't have that feeling at all. Cane's story went in an interesting direction to. I have a feeling things his story is just beginning.

    This was the first book in a planned trilogy and I am so glad of that!! As soon as I finished I the author to ask if there would be more books. I had to know! The story ended in such a way that I was hoping there would be more to the story! I'm glad there will be more and I intend on reading them. I would highly recommend this book!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Absolutely Awesome! Can't Wait for More!

    I have been seeing this book everywhere for the past couple of weeks, and I knew when I saw it that I wanted to read it. There was something about the cover and the blurb that drew me to it. So imagine my glee when I was offered the opportunity to read it and review it for our blog?!? I think I literally jumped for joy.

    So, this book is about Arcadia (Cady) Day, a twin, whose sister is killed on accident by a train, while they are out with friends. Cady and her twin, Avalon (Lony), are the complete opposite of each other. Cady is the studious type who prefers to be natural, instead of all done up in the latest fashions and make-up trends, while Lony is the popular cheerleader with the amazingly handsome boyfriend.

    When Lony is killed, Cady experiences everything that Lony felt at her time of death, causing her to slip into a coma. Upon waking, everything in Cady’s life begins to slip, including her mother’s mental well-being. Her parents have separated (right before Lony’s death), she is having trouble adjusting at school in her sister’s shadow, and her whole life feels like it is falling down all around her.

    There’s an upside to all of this: her newly-acquired gifts. These gifts turn her life upside down, causing her more trouble than she wants most of the time, but also have the ability to save those around her. I’m not going to tell you what her gifts are because, well, this is one of those that you need to read to fully appreciate. Her gifts are exciting and awe-inspiring, but I doubt that I, personally, could have dealt with them.

    So, here’s where I throw in my two cents. J I loved the story and the characters within this book. Jesi Lea Ryan’s ability to pull you in by your toes and leave you hanging there is exceptional. I’ll admit, the ending made me want to throw my iPad through the window, but that’s a good thing! I was hoping for more at the end, but it seemed to end quite abruptly, leaving me complaining to my four year old that I don’t have the next book. J If you’re looking for a book that is fun, exciting, and intriguing, this is the book for you. I would definitely recommend this to all of my friends....which is what I’m doing here!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Review: This book was an emotional roller coaster that I could n

    Review: This book was an emotional roller coaster that I could not get off of. It was almost like seeing a car wreck on the highway and being drawn into it.
    I was drawn into this book and it would not let go. Even now, I am not sure if I wanted it to let go of me. Since I’m done with the book, I feel something is lost. An attachment was severed from me, I wonder what other book lovers call this? A book high? It feels like a book low for me. I want to reread the book so I don’t lose the attachment that I have with it.
    I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.




    5 Stars
    Quote: “My hands burned from the freezing pain. Instinctively, I threw up my mental shields and began to press back. That’s when I noticed warmth flooding down my arms into my hands and radiating out from my fingertips. I let my heated hands hover directly over the wound, focusing all my energy on willing it away. The trickle of blood began to slow to a stop, and I feared it meant the end, but Bryan was still conscious and breathing thick wheezy breaths. Determination and love swelled in my chest, as I concentrated on that open wound. Bryan sucked in a sharp gasp.”

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    When I was first introduced to Arcadia's Gift, I'm not going to

    When I was first introduced to Arcadia's Gift, I'm not going to lie, I wasn't blown over by the idea. Not to say that I didn't think it was an interesting concept, it's just that I didn't think it would be the kind of book that I would be completely enamoured with.
    I was wrong.

    I sat down to get through a few chapters, just expecting to dip my toes into the story, and I got up with a finished novel. I devoured this bad boy, and loved every minute of it. Thankfully I have never lost a sibling myself, but I have lost other family members and I have to say, the grief and the way that Cady's voice was written as she dealt with it was so true to reality that I found myself crying more than a few times. I was drawn into the story immediately and found the characters very easy to identify. They felt very natural, to a point where I could easily have believed that these were real people I could have known in high school.
    There is also a paranormal element to the story that I will not elaborate on to save myself from giving away spoilers, however I will say that it is also not what I expected, but it worked very well with the story. I really do not want to give anything away so I will leave it at that for now, however I will add that I loved the particular gift Cady develops, as it makes perfect sense with her situation. I'm stopping myself there, though... you'll have to read it for yourself to discover more. ;)

    My only complaint is that I really wish we had learned more about Cady's brother. I feel as though his story was only touched on, and while I understand why, I still wish we'd seen his side of the story a little more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 16, 2012

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