Featured Review: The Lost Causes (Alyssa Embree Schwartz & Jessica Koosed Etting)

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They're the kids that no one knows --- or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they're out of other options. They're lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal. There's only one problem. She's not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power. Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price. Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover. But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm's way and makes them wonder who --- if anyone --- they can trust. Compulsively readable, The Lost Causes sweeps readers into the place where science fiction and mystery meet, ending on a drop-dead cliffhanger that will leave them longing for more. Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz have written extensively for TV and film. Their YA series Georgetown Academy was released in ebook format by interactive publisher Coliloquy (since sold to Vook) and has built a strong following on Wattpad, with over 1.3 million reads and over 12,000 followers.

 

 

*Review Contributed By Kristie Lowry Promotions Manager*

 

 

Romance, Humor, and Action!

Z is so depressed she can barely find the energy to get out of bed each day. Sabrina has taken to numbing herself with drugs to deal with her brother’s death and her parents’ resulting pain and indifference. Justin can’t control his anger, and although that serves him well on the football field, fighting is getting him trouble elsewhere. Gabby wishes she could let go of the rituals that help her get through her day, but she can’t stop herself. Andrew is convinced that every ache and pain is the start of a terminal illness, and his family and teachers have stopped listening to his complaints and demands for medical attention.

Five teens. All of them outsiders. Each has “issues” that make normal high school days exceptionally challenging. One day they’re invited to something that seems to be a group therapy session set up by the school counselor, but when they leave the session, their lives have been turned upside-down. 

Five teens. All of them with a new type of power that makes them invaluable to the FBI, and they’re set loose to use their new-found skills to try to find a murderer in their small town.

THE LOST CAUSES—the name of the book , and the name the teens give their group—is a fast paced and interesting story that gives readers the chance to imagine that being kind of a mess can actually be an asset. Z, Sabrina, Justin, Gabby, and Andrew are all solid characters, and their diverse personalities almost guarantee that every reader will find someone in the pages with whom they can relate. The mystery the teens are tasked to solve is an interesting one, and there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns to make up for the parts of the book that are transparent. 

With a little bit of romance, hints of humor, plenty of action, and compelling characters, THE LOST CAUSES offers a quick read and leaves readers with the hope that the kids will be back for at least one more book. I know I’ll be picking up a copy of any subsequent novels in a series!

My thanks to YA Books Central and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for my unbiased review.

 

Good Points

Compelling characters

A good mystery

 

 

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