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Book Review: The Lost One by L.G. Pace III

The Lost One Review at Quintessentially Bookish

Release Date: March 8th 2013
Publisher: Lobon Publishing
Series: Sahae (#1)
Pages: 254

The Lost One

From the book jacket:

There are things that go bump in the night, and things that do more than bump. Behind the world that we know is the world of the Sahae, a shadowy reflection of our own. Once the dominant species on the planet the Sahae fell from power due to infighting and left mankind to its own devices. In just a few short millennium man has risen as a power to thwart the Sahae and now they have returned to reclaim their place of power.

Eric Green is an unknowing part of this mysterious world. Half human, half Sahae he is lost between two worlds. One that would see him destroyed the other that would use him for their own ends. An orphan that spent his entire life feeling unwanted and fundamentally broken Eric has finally found a real home with the Greens in Seaverville, IA. No sooner has he settled in to his new life than mysterious things begin to happen. From his unexplained martial prowess to an unbelievable visitor from his past his world has been thrown into chaos..

Now faced with the truth of who and what he is Eric must survive long enough to figure out where he fits into this new reality…if a place exists for him at all.

Plot:

Left on the steps of an orphanage as a baby, Eric has never known anything about his past.  He spent his life being shuffled from one foster home to another, due to the night terrors and unusual occurrences that follow him.   When he met the Greens, he thought he had finally found a home, until a visitor from his past appears to inform Eric that, not only is he not entirely human, he’s in danger because of that.  Eric must learn how to protect himself and his family all white trying to figure out exactly who he is and what his past means.

Overall Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this story and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.   Pace takes the idea of Fey-like characters and changelings but expands it in a new direction by creating “hybrids” wanted by both species.   He manages to create a mythos for this species and their history with humans, but still ground the story in the action surrounding Eric.  This combination results in a a very compelling story that left me wanting more.

At times the story didn’t feel as modern as it was meant to, however.  The combination of the dialogue, the actions of the characters, and the way technology was presented and referenced felt a little old-fashioned.  This attitude worked for the Greens, but didn’t really feel authentic for the rest of the characters.  It wasn’t a consistent issue, though, and it didn’t really lessen my enjoyment of the story.  It was just something I noticed and found distracting in the moment.

Characters:

Eric is a very sweet boy who is much less flawed than he could be considering his past.  He’s special and powerful enough to make him interesting, but he doesn’t verge into Mary Sue territory.  The reader is really rooting for him to survive and figure out his place.

Martin is far more sympathetic than any of the other Sahae.  He manages to maintain the superior attitude that seems to be the defining characteristic of the Sahae at this point in the story without being unlikeable in any way.  The Sahae in general are really neat characters, especially since they are so diverse.  Including technology as their weakness was a neat little detail that really added to the mythos around them.The way their magic is interpreted as something external is also very interesting and I hope more of this will be explored later.

Setting:

I really don’t have much to say about how the setting was portrayed.  Aside from the brief descriptions of Sahae, the story could have taken place anywhere.  The presence of large amounts of technology was certainly important, but they were never really described in a way that was particularly striking.  With the exception of this extreme level of technology, the town in which Eric lives is very generic small town.  However, what little glimpses we got of Sahae really left me wanting more.  I’m hoping future books in the series will give us more of a look at it.

Writing Style:

Pace’s style is very clear and almost formal at times.  However, though he doesn’t use very flowery language, his writing is still very descriptive and the reader is able to really picture the scene.  He balances action, exposition, and dialogue very nicely, for a story that is smooth and engaging.  My only complaint would be that his formal style seems to extend to deeply into the dialogue.  It’s often structured so properly that an English teacher would certainly be proud, but it doesn’t read the way that people actually speak.  While it might work for the older characters, such as Mr. and Mrs. Green or Martin, it sounds unrealistic for the teenagers.  This is part of the issue that leads to the old-fashioned feeling I previously mentioned.

Extras:

The combination of magic and technology is really neat.

Favorite Line:

 To restore takes far more energy than to create which, in turn, takes for more energy than to destroy.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. I did not receive any compensation for this review. All opinions here are my own.

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Throwback Thursday: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

I thought if you could do Throwback Thursday on Instagram, Tumblr, or the Disney Channel, why not here?  So, Throwback Thursday here at Quintessentially Bookish is going to feature books I loved as a child or teen.  This week’s selection is:

 

 

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

True

A vicious captain, a mutinous crew —
and a young girl caught in the middle.

An ocean voyage of unimaginable consequences… Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago. Be warned, however: If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it

I loved this book as a child.  I read it over and over again, imagining running away to be a seas captain myself.  Charlotte is such an interesting character and I loved her spirit.  Even with all the terrible things that happen to her, she remains strong and true to herself.  This is a great book for any young girl (or boy) to read.

Link Round Up: March

Three Projects Librarians Should be Helping

This post from Hack Library School talks about three great projects that could really benefit libraries and readers.  Unglue.it, LibriVox, and LibraryBox all offer new ways to access materials and help connect patrons.

 

Libraries Offer Weird Things to Draw New Borrowers

In an effort to survive in a world that sometimes sees libraries are irrelevant, many are starting to offer new, nontraditional services.  This is a list of some of the more unusual ones.

 

Legacy Libraries at LibraryThing

This is such a neat project.  LibraryThing users have been curating lists of the books included in the personal libraries of hundreds of famous people. If you’ve ever wondered what books Marie Antoinette, Marilyn Monroe, or F. Scott Fitzgerald owned, now you can browse their libraries.

 

Sleeping Beauties vs. Gonzo Girls

In this essay, Maria Tatar discusses the ideas of the active female character – that is, the one who is having the adventure – versus the passive female character – the object or “prize” for the male character who is having the adventure.

 

  Wrapped up in a Book: The Role of Emotional Engagement in Reading

The psychology of reading is something I’ve always found really interesting; in library school I wrote a couple of papers that discussed reading and empathy.  This article talks about two newer studies on the subject.  If anyone ever questions your fiction reading, just point them to studies like these.

 

And some fun photo lists to enjoy…

  35 Bookplates Belonging To Famous People

  20 Awesome Examples Of Literary Graffiti

20 Embarrassingly Bad Book Covers for Classic Novels