Series: The Sententia #1
Published on April 25, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Supernatural
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.
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 been on the move with her aunt – until she begins to get mysterious migraines, dizzy spells, momentary fainting, oh – and she gets visions of past and future deaths.
“Every one of my doctors tried hard to solve my problem, and in the end I felt bad for them. I wanted to stop the testing after the first two neurologists, but Aunt Tessa absolutely refused to let it go. The problem was not my undoubtedly excellent specialists. The problem was me. I wasn’t honest with them, at least not entirely, because I had hoped they could find a medical reason for my headaches without me having to admit the full truth.
The problem was that I saw dead people.”
Lainey comes to conclusion that she is in fact going insane. With the recommendation of her doctor that she needs to finally have a stable, normal life she agrees with her aunt to enroll at Northbrook Academy, a boarding school.
Here she doesn’t quite find normalcy; however, she does find people much like herself, along with an amazing group of friends. I think why I loved the characters so much was the fact that Cara Bertrand made them so realistic. She adapted to how real teenage kids behave and act, there is no ‘-sue’ characters, everyone has a flaw or two. Among Lainey’s new group of friends is her heartwarming, genuine bestie Amy. The scenes with these two were my absolute favorite, not only because Bertrand illustrates ‘girl’ talks so perfectly but because their relationship felt so real it’s as if it came to life as you read. This goes for Lainey’s other future relationships.
Though, Northbrook Academy is where the real mystery begins. It turns out that Northbrook is not all it seems, just as Lainey is not insane. Unknown to Lainey, some students and faculty alike also posses strange gifts. They are all part of a secret faction of people called Sententia. Amongst all this, she also has a unknown sponsor which ranks her with a Legacy status. It isn’t until Lainey meets Carter Penrose, a handsome eighteen year old who works at the local bookstore on campus, that she discovers who she is and what gift she has been bestowed. He is a mystery all on his own, and we all know a girl like a good mystery.
“I could have sworn that just as the whatever it was crashed downstairs, his eyes made a strange flash, becoming entirely dark in the center, surrounded by a pale, watery blue line.”
I must admit that Carter Penrose is now among my dozens of fantasy book boyfriends. He has everything and more, did I mention that he loves books, and he’s superbly attractive? That’s a real winner right there. He is also a very interesting character who has his own sheltered, heart-shattering secrets. Carter becomes a big fraction of Lainey’s life and helps her discover the mysteries of her family, the Sententia, and her gift. I could go on forever about the relationship dynamic between characters, and how they relate so well to how society is today (minus the paranormal) but then I’d be here all day. What I found ultimately captivating about this book was the foreshadowing that Bertrand would use, the way she wrote Lost in Thought was addicting and suspenseful, even if I wanted to stop (which I didn’t) I couldn’t.
“Welcome to Sententia, Miss Young. I hope we’ll be proud to call you one of us.”
As I got further into Lost in Thought, the story gets darker, and more disturbing – all the more to continue, right? The mystery of the Sententia really tugs the reader in: Who is Lainey’s sponsor and relatives? Are the Sententia people good? Who are the gifted? What’s Carter hiding? What does Lainey’s gift mean for her? All these questions enthralled me, I absolutely could not put this book down. Nothing ever comes simple for Lainey, there is always a wicked bump in the road which I enjoyed because not once did I grow tired or bored of the story.
Cara Bertrand tossed me into this twisted, winding labyrinth of a story which I cannot wait to continue in the second installment, Second Thoughts.
In all honesty, Lost in Thought should have come with a warning label. PROCEED WITH CAUTION: ADDICTION MAY OCCUR.