Sunday, November 2, 2014

Lost in Thought by Cara Bertrand

Title: Lost in Thought
Author: Cara Bertrand
Publisher: Luminis Books
Publication date:  April 25, 2014
Pages: 288
Source/format: Purchased, hardcover

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Perfect for readers who love books and series such as Vampire Academy, Spellbound, and Sweet Peril, Lost in Thought is a sure winner for young adult readers interested in the paranormal, romance, and action-packed twists

Lainey Young has a secret: she’s going crazy. Everyone else thinks she has severe migraines from stress and exhaustion. What she really has are visions of how people died—or are going to die. Not that she tells anyone that. At age 16, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey’s game to spend two years at a private New England boarding school. She doesn’t really think it will cure her problem, and she’s half right. There is no cure, but as she discovers, she’s not actually crazy. Almost everyone at Northbrook Academy has a secret too. Half the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted. A vision of another student’s impending death confirms Lainey is one of them. She’d like to return the crappy gift of divining deaths with only a touch, but enjoys spending time with Carter Penrose—recent Academy graduate and resident school crush—while learning to control it. Lainey’s finally getting comfortable with her ability, and with Carter, when they uncover her true Sententia heritage. Now she has a real secret. Once it’s spilled, she’ll be forced to forget protecting secrets and start protecting herself.

My Thoughts:

Lost in Thought was a fun read. Cara Bertrand does an amazing  job with this paranormal fantasy. Lainey Young has never had the typical life. Her parents died when she was young and she ended up being brought up by her aunt. Lainey transferred from school to school due to her aunt's artist lifestyle. During her junior year, Lainey transferred to a prestigious boarding school in Northwestern Massachusetts called Northbrook Academy. Little did she know is that the academy also has a group of the gifted called the Sententia. Lainey meets a guy named Carter who helps her control her gift as well as helping her discover her true heritage. 

I loved reading about how Lainey adapted to Northbrook. Although half the students are Sententia, her everyday life was pretty much of a typical teenage girl. She finds romance with Carter, has an awesome roomie and friend Amy and has some archenemies. During certain parts of the book, I was caught off guard about certain actions. However, most of the plot is pretty predictable. I love how the book has a lot of well developed characters and how there was no instalove between Lainey and Carter. Sure, they were smitten with each other when they first met, but they took the time to know each other.

I am a huge fan of paranormal fantasy, boarding schools and books that have a lot of fun twists. Lost in Thought did not disappoint. 

I am looking forward to reading Second Thoughts.

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