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Lost in Thought

(The Sententia #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  425 ratings  ·  89 reviews
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
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Published September 21st 2012 by BookBaby
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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,
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
Stephanie Herman
Lost in Thought, First Book of the Sententia by Cara Bertrand was an absolutely wonderful read. This was the authors first novel and one of the three finalists for the Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the Young Adult Category. Always with a new development just waiting around the corner to shock you, this first installment was extraordinary! I literally could not put it down and gladly lost a great amount of sleep. The story taking place in a boarding school is enjoyable and the cast ...more
Tiffa (The Readers Lair)
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
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book left me with some questions and I can't wait to read the next to figure out what happened to Lainey and Carter! It was a fast, engaging read It has me wishing for magic powers and a boarding school! The last paragraph though?????? I can't wait to read the next, the suspense is killing me!!!
Becky Van Daniker
Let’s just be honest, I was automatically drawn in by the cover. It’s gorgeous and makes you wonder what it’s about. I enjoy books that have young teens feeling different from the world and discovering they have powers. Lost in Thought is very different from most books because while it does take place at a boarding school with teens who have too much freedom and money, that isn’t the sole purpose of the book.

Cara Bertrand is not an author that I was familiar when first starting out the book and
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
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
Emma Michaels
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
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 ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you start a new series you never know what to expect. Lost in Thought is book one in The Sententia series by Cara Bertrand. I love a good paranormal story and was hoping this would be exactly that. I am happy to report that it is! Lost in Thought is a YA Paranormal story that has everything I was hoping for and more.

The unique part of this story is that there is no mystery as to who is paranormal and who is not. Cara Bertrand starts the book out giving the reader the information needed to
Annie Li
Feb 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*sigh* What can I say?
Honestly, I don't want to even write a review this because it was so disappointing, but I hope it'll keep people from reading this. I have nothing against the author, but the only thing I can really say that was good about this book was the descriptive writing and I'll say that the last 30(ish) pages were the only ones that really kept me interesting. Like I don't usually rate books fives, I don't typically rate them ones either, but I guess this was the exception. I'll
Aug 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to check this book out by this fabulous promotion of the book "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."

This book did start out fine. I was very intrigued by Lainey's abilities as a sentenia. Yet, I got a glimpse of her abilities before the story went on to just conversation. I kept reading hoping that
Kelly Hager
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Meagan Bojarski
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Yvette Hendry
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it

slow beginning, but once it gets going it is really good.
Paige P
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book, it was a different type of book however it really made sense. The book is about the Sententia which is like people with "powers", the "powers" I'm talking about are the ones like the luckiest person, can tell if someone is lying, moving something with your mind and so on. I really liked the author's form of writing, it was very detailed (at points) and not at others. The only thing I didn't care for about this book was sometimes they didn't explain everything very well. It had ...more
Erica Warner
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finally finished this book after a week, I took a long break from reading. I really want to read the next book, it definitely keeps you on your toes, especially the last sentence! It has the fantasy/magical effects but also the teenage love story, that’s not cringy or basic! I highly recommend this series/book!
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it's a shame it cost so much to buy & get this book series delivered to the UK. I loved this book and would really like to read the 2 other books in the series. an easy read which I couldn't put down and would recommend. I didn't see the ending chapters coming which makes it a million times better and it also got you thinking about the odd things you see every day.
Not the worst thing I've ever read, but I definitely had to force myself to finish despite how short it was. The beginning and middle sections dragged terribly with lots of fluff thrown in and not much plot/substance. Lainey and Carter are both borderline Mary Sue types, which didn't help, and for me, the big twist wasn't worth the effort and time it took to get there.
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
Katherine Paschal
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
This made it onto my to-read list because boarding-school books tend to do that, but I'm afraid Mary Sue Lainey didn't do much for me, and neither did the plot.

It's a fun, if not especially unusual, premise: Lainey ends up at a school where a large proportion of the student population has some sort of...talent. They're Sententia. Lainey can, through objects, see people's deaths in both the past and the future. Other students have gifts that seems less grim but could arguably lead to more complex
T.M. Smith
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*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
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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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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.

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