4 star review: Arcadia's Gift by @Jesilea #scifi #ya #review

Arcadia's Gift

Cover links to Amazon

Written by Jesi Lea Ryan

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Book Synopsis

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...

JeNai's Rating & Review

The thing I noticed most about this book was its cover. Here is this normal looking teenage girl but the look in her eyes told me that I was in for something out of this world. I noticed they had a knowledgable yet secretive look and I couldn't wait to start reading. The prologue gave me just that. Drama, suspense, and so much intense visual stimulation I felt like I was there in the story myself. But I was a little sad to see that the book started off a little too slow after that intense prologue. I know, I know, that's what a prologue is for to reel you in, but come on guys, sometimes you need the thrill right from the beginning.

Once I got over myself (which took a while, sorry Jesi,) I was totally enthralled with the book. Arcadia, or Cady for short, is an average teenage girl with an above average gift. As an empath she can feel everyone's emotions around her and boy does she feel them. Jesi Lea Ryan writes in a way that you yourself are feeling right along with Cady and let me tell you in a few scenes, I needed to cool off from the intense heat between some of the characters. Cady is such a welcomed reprieve from the whiny Bella Swan's being written about. Nothing against Stephanie but how many times can one person whine in a book? Apparently a lot.

Cady, thankfully, is doing her best to get through her gift and experience romantic feelings with her new classmate Bryan, who by the way is written really well. For a male protagonist, I was extremely pleased. The chemistry between the two of them is so intense. I just LOVED it! I am super excited that Jesi is continuing the story with a book 2 and I hope against all hope that it is just as good as this book. Guys, this book will not disappoint and believe me when I say that it is a must-read! So go out and get it!!!

Review Disclaimer: Book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Content Disclaimer: The mother in the story starts to use prescription medication and checks herself into a rehabilitation center.