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Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite
In M. Ainihi’s second book, Lost, from her Blood Inheritance series, Amanda is plagued by visions and a monster that invades her sleep and wakes her with bruises. She doesn’t know what the visions are trying to tell her, so she tries to find the connection between them by focusing on the two that draws her in the most: Emily and Kiami. Emily thinks her healing powers are a curse but she uses them anyway to save her best friend. She runs away afterward, not wanting to be confronted by her parents’ hatred for what she had done and afraid of what other people will do if they find out about her. Kiami, on the other hand, had been loved by her mom and aunt. They both tried to understand and nurture her magical abilities, and never questioned her intentions, focusing instead on teaching her right from wrong. However, a tragedy broke apart her small family and she finds herself alone and desperately looking for people like her and anyone that would not be affected by her powers.
M. Ainihi has outdone herself again with the sequel of Amanda’s trials and adventures. In Lost, Amanda continues to search for her mother, frightened about the truth she may uncover. I love how in the very first part we delve into the thoughts that go through Amanda’s head and how, despite the confidence she projected on the outside, deep inside she was as unsure as you’d expect a teen her age would be when faced with all these complicated and impossible situations. It made her seem more humane and drew me further into the story. Another thing that really grabbed and twisted my heart was when Amanda wrote down: ‘Am I a hero or a villain?’ It showed how conflicted she was about the choices she had made and was currently making and it just made me see how amazingly this character has progressed throughout the series. Emily and Kiami are two new wonderful additions to this amazing piece of work. They’re each powerful in their own way and have experienced hardships that just make me want to wrap them up in a blanket and protect them from any and all monsters. Honestly, this book is everything I never thought I needed in an epic fantasy plus more! It’s an enjoyable read with creative twists on mythology and I won’t be surprised if it captivates all who decided to read it. It definitely caught me, hook, line, and sinker!