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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  56 reviews
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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
Paperback, 209 pages
Published June 19th 2015 by Self
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I think Donnielle Tyner has a hit for YA fantasy readers! Meteorites hit Earth all of the time, but what if when one hit, its fragments altered the DNA of some people, giving them a special talent? Totally possible, right? Fast forward about a century and meet Sadie, an orphan whose talent has not manifested yet. In a world now divided into “Norms” and “Caelians” (the talented). Where does Sadie fit in? Suffering from a tragic loss, she is vulnerable, alone and lost at the orphanage she has call ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faves
I was a little bored reading at first, but the story flowed and there's still a lot of questions to be asked about Kian and who he really is. I like his character but I want to know what's driving him also.
Sadie annoyed me at different times, but I liked her discovery of her back bone at the end of the book. The loss of Michael made me cry and cry. I do wonder what Lacy and Michael's father is up to, I understand he's upset but I think it's a little bit more than that.
I heart Madison loads. Rebe
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-ya, paranormal
( When I started this book I really didn’t know what to expect. A simple story about a girl with a power has been done over and over again. That is absolutely not what I got. Instead this is a story about a new race of humans, a new type that was born of a meteorite striking earth. When it struck during World War 1, a mysterious substance sprayed out and covered a huge number of soldiers. Those soldiers ended up with what they call a “talent” and also with altered DNA. Now the ...more
Mikayla Gray
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review, however this is no way influenced my post.

I love a good YA dystopian read, and this book did not disappoint! From the opening prologue hinting at Sadie's heritage and how she became an orphan, I was hooked. Sadie was a fantastic protagonist. Even when she's mourning the loss of her boyfriend or standing out as the only Caelian in her class without a Talent, she doesn't wallow in self pity or sit around moping. A
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading Dystopian books every one in a while (I loved The Hunger Games and I have Divergent somewhere in the depths of my TBR pile) so Lost was a wonderful find for me.

Set one hundred years after a meteorite crash during WW1 some of the population have now developed Talents (special skills) due to a mist changing their DNA and are known as Caelians, whilst others have remained unaffected and are known as Norms. There is conflict between the two and their society is divided.

Sadie is a 17
Iffix Santaph
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
While Sadie's talent is slow to reveal itself, Donnielle Tyner's talent leaps off the page right from the first page.

I will not go into great detail regarding the story in this review. It is my hope that others will approach the story with an open mind like I did. But I will say one thing about her story: as a man, there should be something about a mother experiencing labor pains that shuts down my interest from page one, and yet, the way Donnielle shrouded Sadie's birth in a mystery about her f
Amber (Cosying Up With Books)
DNF at 40%

This story had a ton of potential and I was very excited to get a review copy! Unfortunately I just couldn't get in to the story, I didn't particularly enjoy reading about any of the characters and the love interest fell flat for me.

I love reading this genre but along with new species come a lot of unexplained background which I like to be eased in to. I found it hard to keep up with all of the new terms in LOST and had to keep stopping to remember which stilted my reading experience.
C.P. Cabaniss
*I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.*

When I agreed to review this novel I had no idea I would enjoy it as much as I did. It had me hooked right from the beginning and was a fast paced, action packed read.

The story was original, well written, nicely developed and not over the top. Sadie was a likable main character and all of her friends added something essential to the story. I definitely recommend this novel.

You can read my full review here: http://courtneysreads
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA readers /Paranormal readers/ANY AGE
*** Gifted in exchange for an honest review ***

I wrote a great review and then Goodreads ap on my phone lost it all!
talk about frustrating but here we go again.

This is Book 1 of (I dont't know how many books there will be, but I do want to know what happens next) It is one I really enjoyed, the Main protaganist is Sadie, and I look forward to seeing how she grows as the series continues. Ms Tyner has created a character that actually acts 18 (some YA books have their female leads so immature the
Tonja Drecker
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story is set in a different reality, where a meteorite crash during WWI has left a portion of humanity with special Talents (a type of magical power), while the other portion has remained normal. This has not only started a distrust between the two factions, but the talented themselves are divided a bit like mob families (but supposedly a kind type). This world has many similarities to our own, which made it easy to get caught up in despite differences such as colored skin.

Sadie is a senior
Michael  Thal
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I find that many authors of YA series books fail to end their novels. They tend to leave the plots up in the air hoping a reader will plunk down a few more bucks to buy book 2 or 3.

I hate that!

So when I wrote the Koolura Series I made sure each book had a satisfying ending. However, I also made sure a few strings tied the novels to nudge readers gently to pursue reading book 2 or 3.

Donnielle Tyner understands this way of thinking. In Lost: The Caelian Cycle (Book 1) she builds an excellent plo
Esther Haddie's Haven
I received a copy of this book from the author for a review.

Reading the prologue left me with oodles of book feels! I could not "shake it off"! The story starts off the pace with the birth of the main protagonist. As Sadie is born, she is drawing her mother's Talent out of her in the process, thus leading to her mother's death. Her mother even feels that her baby is taking her Talent as she is being born. Now, Lucinda, Sadie's mother, has known that this would happen, because she saw it take pla
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, ya, sci-fi, fantasy
Lost by Donnielle Tyner introduces us to an alternate earth where Sadie, an apparently untalented “talent” , discovers her latent abilities in a most unfortunate and public way. As a result, she draws unwanted attention to herself both by people who wish to do her good and those who wish to do her harm. She must learn to navigate the grief and loss of her boyfriends, new relationships in light of her talent and emerging enemies who are either threatened by her or wish to use her abilities for th ...more
Andria Potter
This book was interesting. On the one hand, I liked it. On the other, it felt a little…juvenile. As though it were obviously meant for a younger reading group. While the writing was decent, the plot was okay. I didn’t like how the book ended (more killing and death) and I would have liked a bit more detail about Sadie’s grandfather’s family, but overall it was a fun short read that I devoured in two hours.

There also was only snippets of the orphanage that Sadie lived at. In the beginning of the
Chris B. (1 More Chapter)
Apr 09, 2016 marked it as gave-up-on
DNF 60%
I tried soooo hard with this one. The concept is amazing. The author has a wonderful imagination and I can tell from her writing that she is probably is an introvert with her heart on her sleeve. But, I just couldn't connect with her writing style. This happens to me sometimes when I pick up self-published books. I always give indies a bit more slack than I do a published author (which is why I pushed myself to make it through 60% of the book), but I reached the point where I had to throw
Jenni Crawford
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***Review has been gifted in exchange for my honest opinion and on behalf of Kats Book Promotions/ Katsindiebookblog.*** So I’m normally not one that will even look at the synopsis of a sci-fi book. Holy cow, this book has changed my thoughts on it. It definitely was not what I expected at all and I love it! Sadie is a really great character and you will fall in love with her quickly. She is an orphaned Caelian, who not only develops her talent late, but is going through a lot in her life espec ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
*I won this book from the Goodreads First Reads program*

In Lost we learn about what are essentially aliens. I think these aliens are pretty cool, though. They are often discriminated against in society because us humans don't like anything or anyone who is not a part of the norm. These 'Caelians' have Talents that differentiate them and prominent physical features. In the middle of the mix is Sadie. Sadie is an orphan Caelian without a Talent. She badly wants to fit in, especially after previous
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received this book from Sparkle Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.

This book starts off in a sad place as Sadie deals with the death of her friend/boyfriend, Liam. Her other friends are trying to bring her back to the 'land of the living' as she grieves for her loss. Her friends also include the older brother and also the twin sister of Liam, Michael and Lacy. Sadie is a rare one amongst the Caelian's, in a physical way with her lack of colouring, but also in that she doesn't ap
Teri Erickson
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-signed
What a wonderful debut from Donnielle Tyner! I found this book to be well written and the story flowed so nicely I never once got bored or confused even with all of the information given on the Caelian characters. Very descriptive and I could picture the characters perfectly I LOVE that!I thought the plot and characters were amazing and I loved all the little twists. I fell in love with Sadie and Kian and simply can not wait for the next book in this series! The only thing that bothered me about ...more
Elizabeth Jane
Jun 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could not get into it...

I tried. However, the dialogue was immensely juvenile and bored me to tears. This goes into the category of "so many books, so little time". Sorry!
EJ Roberts
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Born amongst secrecy, Sadie is spirited off to live in an orphanage just hours after her birth. It wasn’t usual for Caelian’s to be forsaken and turned over to family sponsored orphanages, so she was able to grow up without any interference. While most Caelian’s learn what their Talent is as they go through puberty, Sadie’s remains elusive. However, when her Talent manifests at the worst possible time, her life is in danger.

Lost is a fairly short book in the grand scheme of things. However, Donn
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
The first of a dystopian YA series that I got because the 3 book package was offered for a dollar or something on my BookBub emails for Kindle. The story is good- the futuristic world interesting with the Caeliuns being oddly marked by weird hair, skin and eye colors and all possessing an unrealistic/supernatural talent, but still being pretty rare amongst "norms", or regular humans is a cool creation. The protagonist is an "orphan", as many of the children born as Caeliuns are left to orphanage ...more
Cosmic Belle
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: given-to-review
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Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hooks you quickly....

A very good read that sucks you in and keeps you reading straight through to the end. Thanks for writing this great book!
Mandy Stump
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book held so much suspense and drama. A lot of this book is basically about unwanted children with amazing talents. Such a great book.
Short Story

This book was different from my usual reading choices. A bit slow and not too exciting. Some fighting with other Caelians. A bit like Hitler.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved the story line of the book very consistent. An also love the intensity an chemistry with the two MC. A great read
Readiculously Peachy
Check out my original review on my blog: Readiculously Peachy

My Review:

I received a copy from the author to read and review in return. 

YES! I can finally give away my 5-stars again! Finally a book which completely thrilled and excited me! This book was a proper addiction, and as I had mentioned in my previous Teaser Tuesday, if it weren't for my full time job, this book would have been finished within a day! I absolutely loved everything this book had to offer.It had such a nice flow to it,
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review posted here...
Lost is the first book in The Caelian Cycle series and straight off the bat we have the mystery of who is Sadie?
We are brought into a world where a meteorite had crashed to earth and released particles that changed the DNA of those exposed. It’s now a century later and there is a clear divide between the ‘Norms’ – normal humans – and the Caelians – altered humans – because the Caelians have ‘Talents’ that have passed on through the
Sam Mirza
I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.

To start off, I want to say that I really enjoyed reading this book. It was better than I anticipated it being. I have to say, I have never read a book quite like this one. It was an adventure. I fell in love with the characters, felt what they felt and really understood them and their struggles, especially the main character’s: Sadie. Sadie, and other people at the Orphanage are Caelians. Caelians are peo
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Hello! I’m Donnielle Tyner, writer of Science Fiction for young and new adults, reader of just about anything that catches my interests – mainly books with science fiction, paranormal/ fantasy, and romantic themes, and lover of science, tabletop games, anime, comic books, and crude humor.

I grew up in north Texas on a cattle ranch and although I have travelled extensively, I cannot seem to find my

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