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Lost In Thought (The Sententia #1)

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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 sixteen, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey’s game to spend ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published December 2012 by Createspace (first published September 21st 2012)
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Jess at Such a Novel Idea
I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I personally love books about: people who find out they have psychic abilities, boarding schools, people who find out they have this long-standing destiny they never knew about, etc. And Lost in Thought is all these things and so much more!

At first glance, one may think this book is just like a typical ya paranormal romance book about teens with far too much freedom and money. And yes, those things are all there, b
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Mariah Belle
When I first saw this book I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it or not, but after I finishd this book.... I was thunderstruck. If want a paranormal book that's exciting but still has a little bit of romance than this is the book for you.Mystery.Adventure.Romance.

This is what you need to know

12 years ago Lainey Young's parents died in a car crash.

For the past 12 years she's lived with her mom's best friend

For the past 2 she's been called crazy

Lainey Young is special in more ways than she knows
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Emma Michaels
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!

This has been on my Amazon wish list for a while now and I don't actually remember how I found it. I think I was browsing and it came up in those recommendations at the bottom of the page. So when I saw there was going to be a tour I jumped at the chance! Let me start by saying I plan on buying this novel as I had originally intended, especially now that I know it will be worth every penny.

The internal voice of the main protagonist is really well written and while nor
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Amber
Jul 12, 2013 Amber rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, ebook
I wasn't going to read this book at first because I had too many reviews already to get done, however, I had heard and read so many good things about this book and was told how well it was written, so I just had to read it, especially when the option presented its self. First I must say this is probably the most well thought out and well written book I have read in a long time. Not once did I see any editing or grammar errors. The characters and imagination that went into Lost In Thought was ama ...more
Tiffa (TheBritishBookNerd)
I was sent a .mobi eBook copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I featured this book in one of my Friday Finds posts a few months back and the author contacted me not long after, offering to gift me a an eBook copy of her novel for review. I eagerly accepted and I can’t believe I’m only just now getting round to reading and reviewing it. I’m finding it hard to begin to describe how fantastic this novel was.

Lainey Young thinks she’s going crazy. Whilst everyone around he
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Pam
For years Lainey thought she was going crazy. Doctors can't figure it out and say it is caused by migraines due to stress and exhaustion. That doesn't explain why she see how people die or are going to. However that is something she tells no one. The doctors think it best if she has a normal life a while not moving around with her aunt. A gift she never knew about lets her enroll in Northbrook Academy. For the first time she feels normal and makes some great friends. Those friends include Carter ...more
Kelly Hager
I very much enjoyed this book.

I love weird goings-on at boarding schools, but this book is not as Lois Duncan as I was expecting. It's not particularly creepy and, even though it's definitely paranormal, it feels very contemporary, too.

Lainey is in an impossible situation: she knows something is very wrong with her but she believes she's actually---literally---going crazy. Because she thinks that if anyone finds out about her, she'll end up institutionalized, she's gotten very good at keeping h
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Lisa
I received a free ARC copy of this text through GoodReads in exchange for a fair review.

I feel terrible it has taken me so long to write a review for this book but I really enjoyed it! The book follows a young girl through her life at a boarding school as she learns more about her apparent "abilities" while also uncovering the secrets of her parentage and her anonymous legacy at the boarding school. It has danger, intrigue and love all entwined to keep the reader interested.

I look forward to the
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Sabrina
Lainey has thought she is going crazy for years. The doctors can’t find a reason why she is having migraines and passing out. They think she is just exhausted and needs to have a stable life instead of all the moving around she does with her aunt. But what Lainey doesn’t tell anyone is she can see how people are going to die or have died. With a gift she never knew she had she gets enrolled to Northbrook Academy. Lainey finally feels normal for the first time in her life and even makes some frie ...more
Once Upon
OUT's Review

This book by this author was really fun to read. I loved it from the beginning to the very end.

The book is about a young girl that lost both her parents in a car accident so she has been living with her aunt and uncle. But the thing with Lainey is that she ends up having these bad migraine headaches but they also show her visions of how people will end up dying. Well her visions do come true. She thinks she is nuts and goes to so many doctors to try and figure it out but they can't h
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Meagan Bojarski
I randomly saw this book at the library yesterday and felt compelled to read it. The instant I got home, I opened it, and I did not close it until I finished it. Yes, I stayed up half the night to finish it because it was one of those 'one more chapter' books where you never stop saying that until it's over. And even then, my immediate thought was 'when does the next one come out?'. Definitely a favorite. This is a must-read for anyone who is a fan of the paranormal.
T.M. Smith
4.5/5 stars...

Lainey Young is special. She has the ability to see how people have or will die. She suffers migraines and exhaustion, she believes she's quite literally crazy. The doctors know about the migraines, dizziness and fainting spells. What they don't know, what Lainey doesn't admit to anyone least of all herself, are the visions she has. Until she moves to Northbrook Academy where everyone has abilities similar to hers. Lainey isn't as crazy as she thinks, her ability is more commonly
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Kynndra
When I first began this novel, I was skeptical at best. However, as I delved further I became obsessed with this paranormal world that Cara Bertrand so masterfully wove. I think what made Lost in Thought so captivating were the characters. Lainey Young is our main character, an orphan teenager who lives with her artistic aunt. At the age of five she lost both her parents in a fatal car accident and has resided with her more than lovely aunt since then. Ever since childhood, Lainey has constantly ...more
Casey
It is the opposite of an angsty teen read which was extremely refreshing at first as I am not into drama for drama's sake but at some point it started to annoy me that everything was so perfect. Think you're crazy -- it's all good. Mysterious endowment to expensive boarding school -- it's all good. Learn you have special powers -- it's all good. Cute boy was lying to you -- it's all good (especially because he apologized and is such a gentleman and what a catch!) Also, instant BFFs with your new ...more
Jeracalea
Meh, this was an alright book. I liked the idea of it, but the writing didn't bode well for me and the main girl, Lainey, was not my most favorite person in the world.

I've read various versions of this story before, so I think I'm just tired of this storyline. Plus I totally called a main scene before it happened and was not surprised at all by it.

I know this is a series, but I'm not sure if I will continue to read it. I didn't get amazing feelings from this book, not even the "intense chemist
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Hmr28
This was an interesting read. The characters were well developed their "superpowers" were unique. The world building was well thought out and for an indie there were very few grammatical errors. I look forward to the next in the series.
Jennifer H
This book was a pretty good story. I had a hard time buying that this girl, or anyone really, would learn that they could see when someone would die and be cool with it - not want to do anything to try to change it. It just lessened her character to me and seemed like giving in to something she doesn't even understand rather than going with normal reaction and wanting to help. And it looks like the thing she doesn't understand (the Perceptum) might be a bad thing.

The characters are immature teen
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Yvette Hendry


slow beginning, but once it gets going it is really good.
Nicole
Lost in Thought was a fun read. Cara Bertrand does an awesome job with this paranormal romance. 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 gi ...more
Katherine Adams
16 year old Lainey believes she is going crazy. She has visions of other people's murders when she touches an item, also causing her to faint and have migraines. She has seen many medical specialists for her condition (minus the visions, which she has told no one about)with no answers forth coming. It is recommended that she give up her nomadic life style with her artist god-mother, and take an anonymous legacy seat at a prestigious boarding school. Lainey is excited for the chance to finally be ...more
Autumn
Lainey is gifted or cursed depending on how you want to look at it. She has the ability to see death, past and future. By an object or the person. She can see how they died or will die, shes had this ability for sometime now. In fact shes was unfortunate enough to see her parents death. They died when she was just a child in a motor vehicle accident, luckily Lainey wasnt with them but with her Aunt Tessa who took care of her from that day forward. Aunt Tessa isnt really her aunt but close enough ...more
Bianca
*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*

Hm… I have no words to tell you how much I loved this book! I’ve been interested to read it since I saw the beautiful cover and read the intriguing synopsis. It seemed like a very different book.

Which it’s true. “Lost in thought” is a very different book, with lots of new aspects toward the paranormal world. I loved the idea of The Senentia and everything involving it. I loved the Academy, the students, everything!

I was
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Kathryn
I love Cara Bertrand! What a gem! I'd never heard of her until I picked this book up in my library and I was so pleased with what I found! Lainey's voice is so clear and so smart and so delightful to read. There's just something magical about this book. Maybe it's the old bookstores with secret nooks and staircases. Maybe it's the lovely New England setting. Maybe it's the cute boy. Magic, I say. Magic.
Mandy Jones
This was a really good read. It's a young adult but adults will enjoy this book too. It's a great storyline that encompasses - a love story, a little paranormal, and some mystery. Lainey Young is a great character that you can connect with and follow along through the whole book. Great read. I give it 3 stars.
Tsubasa
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ShyleeJ
I don't even want to waste words or time on this overly average, painfully cheesy novel. I was contemplating stabbing myself with a fork or chucking this book out a window.

The single and only reason I gave this novel two stars is because of the last 10, maybe, 15 pages. Which are by the way, the ONLY pages with any action throughout the entire novel. So yeah. Good day.

Later lovers.. Xoxo
Jennifer Goins
THIS IS ONE OF THOES BOOKS THAT YOU JUST CAN'T PUT DOWN.I WAS TRULY AMAZED WITH THE BOOK. I GAVE THIS A 5 STAR RATING I HAVE A LITTLE LEARNIG DISABILTY READING AND THATS WAY IT TOOK ME A LITTLE LONGER TO READ. THANK YOU FOR THE BOOK.
AmberB
Overall Lost in Thought was a quick enjoyable read. The characters were well developed and the story was interesting. I guess one hesitation was that it was a little slow. There were quite a lot of people/abilities that needed to be explained. I understand why, but I felt that I wanted to skim over certain parts after a while since not much action happened. Also, the romance with the several additional girls vying for the attention and certain secrets was just ok. I wasn't too invested into the ...more
Lauren
The first chapter and a half started off slow and I wasn't super into it... And by the third chapter I couldn't put it down! Can't wait for the second one!
Ashley
Paranormal romance with a nice touch of mystery!
Awesome book, I couldn't put it down. This book was so well written, that even when nothing big was happening, I was still completely engrossed in the story. The story was fresh and flowed nicely. The author throws in a good number of plot twists to keep you interested. The characters were well developed and likeable, I had no trouble connecting with Lainey. The ending, holy crap! I'm really glad I won an ARC of Second Thoughts, that ending was a
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Cara is a former middle school literacy teacher who now lives in the woods outside Boston with: one awesome husband, two large dogs, one small daughter, and lots of words. LOST IN THOUGHT is her first novel and was one of three finalists for the 2011 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the Young Adult category.

Visit her online at www.carabertrand.com or on Twitter @carabertrand
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