Review- Arcadia's Gift

Arcadia's Gift
Title: Arcadia's Gift
Author: Jesi Lea Ryan

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…

So… let me first start by saying that the author gave me this book in return for an honest opinion.
Thank you Jesi! You can find her on Twitter at: @Jesilea
On Face Book HERE
and Go check out her blog

BUT – we had some serious technical issues and it took me a while before I could ever actually read it!
(Curse broken Kindles and lack of money!! I don’t think I will survive much longer without a Kindle!!! Im pretty sure part of my soul was destroyed when it broke! )

Finally Jesi was able to get me a PDF file, and I started reading Arcadia’s Gift today!
Then I finished it a few hours later!!

OMG- I was completely blown away by this book!!

So… Arcadia, aka Cady, is a twin, and then witnesses her sister die! I LOVE my sisters, and though they are a few years older than me, I could completely imagine how Cady felt to have her bestfriend, sister and twin die!!!

Then her whole family is falling apart, and on top of everything, she starts having these psychic type abilities- AND she is a teenager!

Crappy life, if you ask me!

And I totally could relate to her! I felt her emotions, and those of the other minor characters.
Im pretty much in love with Bryan, which is bad because not only is he a fictional character who has a serious medical condition, but he is only a teenager… Lame

So anyways, you follow Cady as she tries to deal with her family issues and the loss of her sister, and as she gets these new abilities. Epic journey and finale!!!
There was some crazy excitement going on… the romance was cute and fresh. The characters all felt real. (even though I didn’t like all of them) and The whole story was great!!

Things to mention:

1. The prologue was AMAZING and graphic and SO real!! Props to you, Jesi! I dont think I could have described what it would feel like to get run over by a train!!

2. The plot and pacing of this book is perfect. You start out strong- with the prologue, then moe steady to Lony’s death, then you follow Cady as she tries to deal with everything, until a conclusion of epic proportions. (Though- I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen, until THAT happened afterward. Total shocker! LOVED this finale!)

3. Great job SHOWING us her gift before telling us what was going on!

4. One thing I didn’t like, was near the end, the issues with Cane (I don’t wanna spoil anything… but I HATE the way things are going with him. It was better when he was depressed and angry. That was believable. Triangles Suck, just saying...)
Anyways, That last thing… that’s the ONLY thing I don’t like.

Overall- AWESOME book that I highly recommend to anyone who likes a good YA paranormal romance!!
Rating: 4 stars  (would have been 5, except I fear a triangle in the future, and I already love Bryan!)


  1. somedays I'd love to have some abilities... other days I think I have enough problems already. LOL


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