by Christina Leigh Pritchard


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The Doctor said I should be dead.

My heart beat furiously. I looked up at the flashes of lightning in the sky. Yes, I should be dead.

Why wasn't I?

Seventeen year old Lisa Brown's life is falling apart. First, her mother and father divorce, then their house forecloses and now, her mother has decided to commit herself to a psychiatric hospital.

If that weren't enough, she must leave sunny south Florida to attend a boarding school full of geniuses in cold, Lynn, Massachusetts. The city where the locals chant "Lynn, Lynn, city of sin; you never come out the way you went in."

And, they aren't kidding. Lisa must live in a tiny shack with two strange teenagers, a dog named Pig who growls when you look at him and a cat named Rat. "Mind the cat," everyone says. What the heck is wrong with this place?

Lisa thinks she's landed in her own house of horrors with the anti-social Alex and his facetious sister Ally. But, the real drama begins the day she is struck by lightning...

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ISBN-13: 9781451539585
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/13/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Voted "New and Noteworthy" by USA Book News, Christina Leigh Pritchard was born and raised in South Florida where she's penned over fifty stories.

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C I N 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
CherylC More than 1 year ago
C I N is an intriguing book. I found myself constantly trying to figure out what type of people Ally and Alex were in that they had some type of supernatural powers. And they weren't the only ones. The basic premise of the story finding out who you are and where you belong is one that young adults can relate to in their own lives. It isn't until late in the story that the reader forgives the author for starting the story in such an abrupt manner. A good read and one that keeps you guessing throughout. Some steamy scenes in the latter part of the book make the readership for this novel 14+.
Artemis_25 More than 1 year ago
Hmm, yeah, well, what can I say? I really don't like to give low ratings, but, in this case, I simply can't help myself. Perhaps starting with the good stuff will soften the blow a bit. The cover fits the theme of the story quite well with the lightning and Lisa as the main character. It's not too much but pleasing to the eye and has a certain dark and mysterious touch to it to make me want to pick up the book and read the blurp. The beginning of the story has been pretty captivating. You get to know Lisa and that there is something wrong with her mum psychologically, hence the reason why Lisa is moving in with her mum's mother-in-law plus attending this special school in Lynn in the first place. I started sympathizing with the poor girl whose parents recently divorced and who doesn't want to leave her mum, friends and familiar surroundings. I even liked her first meeting with Michael, the boy who is taking her to her new home. He seems to be quite nice while he is introducing her briefly to the quirks of Lynn and their conversation has a nice flow. If only the quality had been held up on that level. Sadly, this hasn't been the case the moment Lisa moved in with Ally and Alex. Weird, that's perhaps the best way to describe what is happening further on. Everyone is acting weird. Some of it can be explained because it is part of the story, the people living in this Lynn are far from normal and all in all, there are strange things happening there, no complaints about that. But I have a problem with the high amount of exaggerated reactions of the characters. Sudden door-slamming, running out, screaming, crying and throwing a fit with barely an incentive made me go all frustrated as well because I couldn't understand why they were acting that way when practically nothing happened to warrant such dramatics. Bipolar, that's what they are, Lisa being the best example. One second Alex is practically a hero to her although she has deeply mistrusted him for a long time, and the next second she wants to kill him??? It would have been better to tone it down a notch or two because the interaction between the characters doesn't feel natural at all like this. On the other side, and it might sound odd, but I missed feelings. The characters go from one extreme to the other, even barely reacting at all when it would be human to do so, rape being the keyword here. There is missing the in-between, the things that make a person special, individual. The connection I had with Lisa was lost pretty soon because of that. The whole secret of Lynn's people has been pretty foreseeable and gone over too shallowly. The story goes forward too quickly. It feels like some vital parts have been left out, the little significant ones that let you in deeper, that leave room and space and time to grasp what the hell is going on and why and how. In the end you feel as if barely anything worthwhile has happened at all, like this was some fleeting idea which has been jotted down quickly to think about more thoroughly later. So that's how my reading experience looked like with this book. Someone else might have quite the opposite one. Give it a try and see for yourself. I will read the sequel because I received a free copy of it via netgalley in exchange for an honest review just as has been the case with this book. Hopefully, it will be a much better read.
InkandPage More than 1 year ago
Lisa lives with her mom, Amber, in sunny Florida. Unfortunately, due to Amber’s lack of job-keeping skills, their house has been foreclosed upon and Amber is sending Lisa to Lynn, Massachusetts to stay with an aunt she has never met while Amber tries to spend time pulling her life together. Lisa throws a few meager possessions in her suitcase and takes the train to her new destination. She is met at the train by Michael, a student at CIN Boarding School. Her aunt watches over and lives next door to a brother and sister who, according to Michael, are not super friendly. There’s a dog named Pig that doesn’t like to be touched and a cat that Lisa’s supposed to avoid. Hopefully there are others that Lisa can be friends with. Lisa is the product of a rape, so that’s why she thinks that her mom doesn’t want her around. Lisa’s step-dad left them five years before, and she really misses him. Amber can’t stay away from Lisa long, so she shows up in Lynn not long after Lisa gets there. Lisa is so happy to be going home. The next thing she knows, though, Lisa is waking up at the hospital, being told that it is a mystery as to how she escaped death when she was struck twice by lightning. Lisa remembers none of this, and even thinks that her mom hadn’t come to take her home. What is going on in this town? School is about to start, and that’s when Lisa finds out the strange secret of the school and its students; why they stay almost year-round on campus. Then she begins to learn the extraordinary story of Alex and Ally and their family’s connection to Lynn. Then Lisa has to make a decision about either staying in Lynn forever or leaving and never returning. The idea behind this story is an interesting and compelling one, but the storytelling does not reach its full potential. There are way too many “easy answers” and conveniences for the writing to ring true. One of my pet peeves is when melodrama is mistaken for drama. Sure, if you are writing a gothic romance, this would be appropriate; but here, it just seems to be done for the sake of drama (“insert here”) and to move the plot along immediately. There is no building up of the plot from a solid foundation. People just don’t behave like they live in a soap opera, and that’s how the main characters seem to act here. The tension, secrets, relationships, conversations and conflicts need to be more fully fleshed-out and believable. For example, it  made no sense as to why Ally is so mean, other than to create drama. She sure seems to back off of it easily, too. There’s also so much going on here that it’s bordering on too much. There’s a lot to keep track of, especially during that part of the story where you don’t know the “secret.” Some of it seems superfluous, like having to get up early to feed the chickens. They live in a town with a grocery store - why does Lisa have to earn money by taking care of chickens? Homeless guys, Alex and Ally prefer to eat their meals in their rooms, the rooming situation...plus, there is a part that is very confusing when the mother comes to visit. I think it is purposefully misleading, but until you realize that, you think that you’ve completely missed something or the book was misprinted. There are small things, too, that people just don't do. At the beginning of the story, it is the day that Amber and Lisa are to be evicted and Lisa is to leave for Lynn, and Lisa is not packed. She throws a few things in a suitcase and a box, but that’s it. Why didn’t she pack her toothbrush and other belongings? Her house was foreclosed upon, so she won’t be returning. Unless the character is being presented as forgetful or stupid, there doesn’t seem to be a point to this. Also, they supposedly don't have any money, so why would she leave things only to have to replace them in Lynn? The title of the book makes no sense (other than sounding like the word "sin"), especially since we never learn what CIN stands for. The photo on the cover seems to be designed to be merely provocative and eye-catching, yet has no connection to the story. And the continuous refrain of “Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin” that the author uses to give the story a dark edge and foreshadowing: what did it have to do with the narrative? Where was the real sin in the story? 2 of 5 Stars (Based on Ink and Page’s Rating System) Genres: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Romance Ages: 14 and up CIN by Christina Leigh Pritchard was published April 13, 2010 by CreateSpace. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review.
EchoingStar More than 1 year ago
Once I got this r2r, I started reading it because my sister explained how AMAZING it was to me. I completely fell under the CIN spell and kept reading, even during school in class! I just couldn't tear my eyes away from my phone for even one second! I meant to do this review a few days ago but my headache kept getting worse. The characters were welly developed and all the secrets were kept quiet till the end of the book, which made me really want to keep reading. I love the way the book is written and it's structure. There is absolutely nothing I would change about this book if I were the author.
KtTurner More than 1 year ago
C I N is a wonderful beginning to the series. It’s an introduction into the life of Lisa Brown and the strange life that she begins with her Aunt Millie. This is a very fast paced read, easy flow with a great variety of characters. It is a very enjoyable young adult read and a mystery from the start. Lisa Brown is having it tough, first of all her parents separate, her mother is unstable and cannot hold down a job, so their house forecloses and they are forced to move. Lisa’s Mum is admitting herself into a psychiatric facility and Lisa is forced to stay with her Aunt Millie. She has never met this woman and has only ever spoken to her once. Lisa is anxious about the whole thing and she has right to be. Her Mother is eager to get Lisa on the train and out of her life, why can’t her Mother say “I LOVE YOU”? It would be really painful that your own mother couldn’t say those three little words. What has happened to her mother? Lisa arrives at the train station and Aunty Millie is nowhere to be seen. A young boy is lounging around and starts yelling out her name. Aunty Millie had a meeting and sent Michael to collect Lisa from the train. This is the beginning of their friendship and the start of the strange behaviour of Lynne. There are 2 cottages near the lake with two kids living in one and while their parents are apparently away, Aunty Millie watches over them and she lives in the other. They have a cat, Rat and a dog, Pig. Rat and Pig are two of the strangest animals alive. They will not allow you to touch them and have personalities of their own. Rat eats at the kitchen table like a human. Right off the bat, these two kids are not likeable. Alex and Ally are the strangest kids she has ever known. They are hateful, paranoid and weird in their behaviours. Lisa cannot stand living with them and can’t wait for her mother to come back for her. Lisa is to start attending the school that Aunt Millie is headmistress of, C I N Boarding School. This is a special school for gifted teens with high intelligence levels. She is not looking forward to it at all. After a few days of enduring these horrible teenagers, her Mother does come back and they all go to lunch. Lisa was leaving with her Mother and not going to look back. Alex and Ally didn’t want this to happen and they all went out into the street as they left. A huge lightning bolt struck the Lynne sign and a huge hole is in the road, trying to find a way around, Lisa and her Mother get out of the car, big mistake. Lisa looks up into the sky and BAM she is struck by not one, but two lightning bolts. Lisa wakes up in the hospital and feels amazing. She has never felt this alive, this energised or this healthy. What happened and why isn’t she dead? How could she be struck by TWO lightning bolts? There is a massive secret that Ally and Alex are hiding and Lisa is the only one that doesn’t know. What is this huge secret? Why do Alex and Ally speak as if they are centuries old, but are only teenagers? Where is Lisa’s Mother and why hasn’t she come back for her daughter again? Where does Aunty Millie disappear to every night? Where are Alex and Ally’s parents, why don’t they return? Why is she starting to have feelings for Alex? There are so many questions that Lisa has and she is determined to find the answers. I loved the original story in this book and cannot wait to read book 2. And don’t you love the tag line? “Lynne, Lynne the city of sin, you never come out the way went in.” I didn’t want to give away the secret so you can all read this fantastic book and find out for yourselves. The characters are fantastic, just like typical teenagers, annoying, self-absorbed and their moods changing every minute. The easy flow of the story and the lovable Lisa Brown will make the reader want to find out all of the answers for her. It is quite addictive and I recommend it to everyone who wants to read something different from the normal young adult paranormal books.
Andrea_C More than 1 year ago
[This review appears on Andi's Young Adult Books.] The concept of a young girl discovering that she has supernatural powers of some sort, including longevity, seems to be a hot topic in YA books these days. This one stands out as being different because it doesn't include mythology like many of the others I have recently read. The origin of the powers is still somewhat of a mystery. Poor Lisa is a mess. She misses her parents, yet has a lot of unresolved anger toward them. She discovers some secrets about her past that seem to shed some light on her inner angst. She has extreme emotions toward people in her life, often lashing out and jokingly hitting at everyone. Something tells me there is a lot more going on there. Alex and Ally, the two teens who live next door to Aunt Millie and appear to be in charge of things, are quite strange. As I am reading about them, I can't help but think of kids who have Asperger's. They also remind me a bit of the brother and sister in Escape to Witch Mountain (the original, not the remake). I still haven't decided if I like them or if they can be trusted. Even Lisa goes back and forth through the entire story. The true situation going on at C I N is slowly unraveled throughout this first novel in the series. This one seems to be necessary to understand what is yet to come. I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review.
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story quite like this one. I enjoyed the character development as we learned more about each of the main characters. The idea that this group would go to all this trouble for a “normal” kid is amazing. The resiliency that Lisa shows is amazing. I’m not sure I could be as calm if it was happening to me, just saying. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds. A really good read.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
CIN is a great young adult paranormal story that has fresh concepts and ideas. The characters are unique and have their own personalities, which makes them seem like real flawed teens. It's easy to identify with Lisa because she's dealing with so many issues - the normal teen problems, trying to help her mentally ill mom, crushes on cute guys, going to a weird boarding school, etc. On top of these problems, she gets struck by lightning and begins a whole new life that she never even thought possible. She has to learn how to adjust to this new existence and just how she fits into her new life. I thought that the story was really interesting, but the dialogue of most of the characters didn't seem natural. That put me off a bit and pulled me out of the world the author was trying to create - I just kept noting in my mind that the dialogue and word usage felt scripted and forced. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story and it flowed well. There were some romantic parts in the book that I felt were cliched and pretty sappy, but it didn't hinder my reading or enjoyment of the story too much - it probably would appeal to most readers. I really love reading paranormal young adult books and I think that the author brought something new and different to the genre with this series. I'm excited to continue reading the series to see how things will go for the different characters and to see how things will turn out. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
Seventeen-year-old Lisa's life is quickly coming apart in folds: after her mother and father divorce, their house is foreclosed on, and her mother checks herself into a psychiatric hospital, which forces Lisa to relocate to a boarding school in Massachusetts, where she's housed in a tiny shack with two of the strangest teenagers ever to walk the face of the earth. To top it all off - as if things couldn't get any worse - she soon learns that her problems are only just beginning when she's suddenly struck by lightning... Based on all the aforementioned facts, you'd think that CIN was just another depressing tale of melodramatic teen angst; instead, the debut installment in author Christina Pritchard's intriguing new series takes quite a different approach to the typical challenges of contemporary young adulthood. In innovative fashion, Pritchard uses the effective combination of multi-dimensional characters and subtle subplots to expound on the universal theme of "adolescence-as-a-backdrop-to-learning-the-truth-about-one's-real-self." In Lisa, Pritchard has crafted quite the sympathetic protagonist, to which teens will easily relate: chronicling both her internal and external struggles with a genuine sense of the familiar, thereby inviting young readers to explore the depths of their own conflicted feelings. In so doing, they will find it easy to identify with the challenging - yet ultimately rewarding - journey she must take on the road to self-acceptance. A tough, yet rewarding read, CIN is strongly recommended for teenagers seeking to make sense of a world where logic and reason often seem like foreign, unattainable concepts. Chelsea Perry Apex Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, without spoiling anything I must say, the story had several twists to it. The characters dealt with real problems and there was even time for a few romantic encounters. I'd say it was a light sci/fi novel with some romance and even a little suspense. The characters were original and they all had their own voice. The lead -Lisa, I thought at first was negative and sarcastic with her mother but I guess if I was in her shoes-being evicted, having to move to a house with someone she didn't know, watching her mother sign herself over to a psychiatric hospital and losing her father well, I guess I'd be a little sarcastic too.