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Well written young adult fiction. As an adult reading young adult fiction (usually to review for a tween with a high reading level)--I don't always find the novels well written and believable. Paranormal or fantasy books concerning high school aged girls are often so focused on misguided love interests or dramatically transform a normal teenager into a totally different character with opposite personality traits after a few chapters once a power or "gift" is realized. Ryan doesn't do that with Cady. While teen dramas occur in the book and the character does have a romantic interest--the book isn't written around the love interest and has a real plot and character dialogue.
Would I recommend Arcadia's Gift? This book was really good--and was one that I would let my middle school daughter read as well. It's well written and leaves just enough of a cliffhanger to leave readers ready and waiting for book 2--Arcadia's Curse. It's a nice break from the vampires, witches and mystics so often featured in young adult fiction!
Quick Summary of Arcadia's Curse. Think high school sucks? Try being an empath who has to experience everyone else’s suckage on top of your own. (Literally.) In the months since her family life imploded and her psychic gifts began to arise, Cady has struggled to figure out how she can fit into her normal life without going crazy from the constant presence of emotional energy. Her grades have tanked. Her best friend is afraid of her. And she begins to have doubts about why her boyfriend, Bryan, is really keeping her around. But a chance meeting with another gifted girl online opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Unfortunately, this new world comes at an awful price.
Arcadia's Curse is even better than the first. I really liked Arcadia's Gift--and was really excited to read the second book. Sometimes, though, a second or third book in a series just lacks something. I so hoped that Arcadia's Curse would be as well written as the first--and I actually found that I liked this book even better. Ryan's writing style continued as evenly as the first book with her plot and character development flowing easily. As with the first, the reader isn't left hanging for another book--but wanting to read another Arcadia story.
Would I recommend Arcadia's Curse? I would recommend both books in the series--and I think that it is worth the reader's time to read both books in the series. Book 2 could certainly be read without the first book--but, if the description appeals to you--read both!
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About 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 exceptionally naughty kitties.
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