Series: the Caelian Cycle #1
 Donnielle Tyner
 young adult, science fiction, dystopia, paranormal, fantasy
June 19, 2015
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During WW1, a meteorite crashed, releasing a mist that changed the DNA of all who were exposed. One hundred years has passed and society is divided between the Norms and the Caelians, whose changed DNA awakened dormant gifts, called Talents.  
Sadie is over it!  
She’s an orphan, her boyfriend was murdered, and she’s the only Caelian at St. Vincent’s without a Talent. Once she turns 18, there will be no place for her in the world. That is, until a chance encounter with Kian, a Caelian boy who makes her feel uncomfortable and alive at the same time.  
Secrets of her past are uncovered and Sadie’s latent, rare Talent is exposed. With great power comes the hunters, hired by an egomaniac who wants to use Sadie’s power to establish Caelian dominance. On the run with Kian and her friends, Sadie will have to decide: hide or fight.  
Will Sadie accept her new reality or will she stay lost?

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People with unusual abilities aka Talents. A world that absorbed me. What a nice heroine. Such great secondary characters. That romance though.

That moment when I pick up a book and find out that the characters have special abilities always pump me up especially when they're not some high fantasy book. I wanted an explanation. A clear and interesting one. Lost gave an attention grabbing idea - meteorite crash? Seriously? Seriously. I like it. How people reacted to it was expected but it's interesting to see how organizations/orphanage were established to protect people with Talents.

Sadie sounded like a typical heroine. She's among people with talents but can't seem to find hers. Her voice/narration isn't anything special but as I read on, I ended up becoming comfortable with her. I liked her. The way she dealt with initially being the only one without a talent to someone having that dangerous talent was really commendable. She's a strong and brave girl although her character may get lost in the sea of brave and powerful heroines.

The pacing was really good - thrilling. It started off with introducing Sadie and the world. It slowly go through Sadie's trouble and love interest (and ohgod we have insta-love right here). The story progresses into such thrilling pacing as we further get into Sadie's background - who she really is and what she can really do. The action starts picking up around 60% of the book - there's running, hiding, and fighting. It was an unputdownable moment that screams to be read in one sitting. 

In some ways Lost reminded me of Shatter Me - such brooding yet caring (???) romantic interest, such abilities while not completely accepted is undeniably present, the heroine holds such powerful Talent, a group of people fighting for their abilities or the their own safety, there's fight for revenge or some kind of grudge.

The only thing I seriously did not like in here is the romance. Aside from the fact that it's an insta-love (there really is just no denying it), I'm not a fan of brooding men who mysteriously care a lot (like a lot!), and stalks the heroine way too much. But really, this could just be my personal preference. Then there's Sadie who practically swoons over the guy way too much, thinks about him a lot, and immediately surrendered her trust to him.
I wanted to look as good as I felt, but I knew it was because of Kian. His mauve eyes gleaming with intensity and full lips begging to be kissed had been haunting me each night as I attempted to push his handsome, hypnotic, and powerful gaze out of my mind. Every cell in my body longed to see him again, and I was hoping he would show up at the party tonight.

OVERALL, Lost is a nice sci-fi, fantasy read. I like the background of how the Talents came about, I grew to love Sadie. I love her bravery. I love her friends. While I was not a fan of the romance, the thrilling pacing really makes up for it. It would make you want to read it in one sitting. Lost is definitely a recommended read! :D (and I'm definitely picking up the next book!)

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What I Like: (1) the Talents, how it came about, the world, (2) Sadie -her development, how she faced her rare Talent, (3) Sadie's friends, such supportive friends, (4) the pacing - really thrilling, all those action made me stay up late at night

What I Didn’t Like: (1) the romance - Kian, Sadie swooning way too much over the said guy, the insta-love

~I received this book in exchange for an honest review~

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