The Lovely and the Lost
Kira Bennett’s earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her perfectly. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search-and-rescue. Along with Cady’s son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world’s most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home.But when Cady’s estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child—one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months—the teens find themselves on the frontlines sooner than they could have ever expected. As the search through 750,000 acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it’s like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone.But this case isn’t simple. There is more afoot than a single, missing girl, and Kira’s memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past.

The Lovely and the Lost Details

TitleThe Lovely and the Lost
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 7th, 2019
PublisherFreeform
ISBN-139781484776209
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Contemporary

The Lovely and the Lost Review

  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Cady Bennett found Kira in the forest when she was just a little girl. That's what Cady does. As a Search and Rescue (SAR) professional she has found countless lost peoples. When she came across Kira, it was clear she had been on her own in the woods for weeks. Dirty, scared and practically feral, Cady took her in and raised her as her own. Questions lingered, how did she survive on her own? What did she have to do to survive? Luckily, Kira has blocked most of the answers from her mind.Now in he Cady Bennett found Kira in the forest when she was just a little girl. That's what Cady does. As a Search and Rescue (SAR) professional she has found countless lost peoples. When she came across Kira, it was clear she had been on her own in the woods for weeks. Dirty, scared and practically feral, Cady took her in and raised her as her own. Questions lingered, how did she survive on her own? What did she have to do to survive? Luckily, Kira has blocked most of the answers from her mind.Now in her late teens, Kira has been in training, along with her brother Jude and closest friend, Free, to be a SAR professional herself. Although she still has a hard time trusting others and has a fuse as short as a fingernail, when it comes to tracking lost things, she's a natural.When a call comes in about a missing girl back in Cady's hometown, the whole family, including their trained SAR canine companions, load up and head out to help. They end up staying at the house Cady grew up in, along with her estranged father, Bales, and his companion, Ness.Cady has not spoken to her father for years and tensions are running high. That paired with the pressure of the search for missing girl, Bella, makes for a ticking time bomb. The kids begin to discover some long held family secrets and what unfolds answers questions about all of their pasts, including Kira's which has remained locked in her mind since the day she was found.I really enjoyed this book. The mystery, the tension, the drama, the high stakes search and rescue, the DOGSSSSSSS!!!!!The human characters were super enjoyable as well. I loved the themes of found families and loyalty woven throughout. Cady's son, Jude, is such a precious popsicle, his witty banter made me giggle pretty much nonstop. I also enjoyed Kira so much. The way she connected with the dogs and her strong-willed spirit had me rooting for her the whole way.In my opinion, this is a great YA mystery/thriller, that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. It was completely unique, I have never read anything quite like it, and I was really impressed with Jennifer Lynn Barnes writing. She drew me in and had me needing to know what the heck was going on.I would definitely recommend this book and plan to pick up more of her books. I would also be totally stoked if there was a continuation to this; whether a companion novel, a prequel or a direct sequel. I am so not ready to be done with these characters.Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney Book Group, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I truly enjoyed it and appreciate the opportunity!
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a little conflicted about THE LOVELY AND THE LOST.This book centers on Kira who, as a young girl, was found in the woods after surviving weeks on her own. She's later adopted by one of the people who made up the Search and Rescue team and, now sixteen, Kira helps her foster mother, and her foster brother, train dogs for SAR work. There's a lot of dogs. This made me very happy.Part of me would never leave the forest. Part of me would always be wild and half-dying in that ravine.What also made I'm a little conflicted about THE LOVELY AND THE LOST.This book centers on Kira who, as a young girl, was found in the woods after surviving weeks on her own. She's later adopted by one of the people who made up the Search and Rescue team and, now sixteen, Kira helps her foster mother, and her foster brother, train dogs for SAR work. There's a lot of dogs. This made me very happy.Part of me would never leave the forest. Part of me would always be wild and half-dying in that ravine.What also made me happy was Jude, Kira's brother. He was.. I don't even have words to describe him. Hilarious. Precious. Relentlessly kind and understanding. The comic relief, the breaker of tension, first of his name. Barnes has written characters like him before in her other series and I've always loved them for all the reasons listed above. Jude is no exception. Kira, though.. this is maybe where things kind of stretch the limits of my disbelief.Men like the park rangers looked at a picture of a lost little girl and saw an innocent, a victim, someone helpless and fragile and small. They had no idea what a child was capable of -- really capable of -- when the civilized world melted away and nothing but instinct remained.Kira is just barely sociable. Her instincts are much like an animal. Her time alone, as a young child, has marked her. I don't dismiss that those weeks, that experience, would have changed her or haunted her. I don't doubt that she'd have flashbacks or nightmares. I just wonder.. after fourteen odd years, wouldn't she have left some of that animal, some of that fear, behind? Particularly considering the socialized years far outweigh the others? How long does it take for a person to change so drastically, to be so altered by social norms? I don't know. For all I know her behaviour is totally accurate to her circumstances. And if I accept that, I can love it. Well, more to the point, I can understand it. Hurt for her. Either way I do. That kind of trauma is horrifying. But, again, the not knowing.. I wasn't sure sometimes about her lack of understanding sarcasm or jokes or facial expressions. After all that time, particularly after all that time spent with Jude and their other friend Free, it didn't make me more likely to believe it, I guess. "I understand now. The three of you share a single iota of common sense. I'm just a little unclear on which one of you has custody of it now."But anyway. That aside, this was a rather tense whodunnit, complete with a missing child, lots of dogs, family secrets, and a total lack of a shoe-horned-in romance (ten points). There's angst and tragic backstory and family reunions of a few kinds.. and also dogs. I loved the dogs. Can you tell? There was also.. something.. at the end. It makes me wonder : is there more to come? Is this just open ended? Or will I get more dogs? This reader wants to know.I've enjoyed, and outright loved, quite a few of Barnes' books (forever crying about the lack of more Fixer books; woe is me). I so enjoy her writing and her characters. So if the plot intrigues you, THE LOVELY AND THE LOST, despite some of my uncertainties, is definitely worth picking up. 3.5 stars** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **---This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    A captivating novel about the child, Kira, who was rescued and adopted by Cady Bennett. When rescued Kira was just a little girl and was living alone and wild in the woods. Once rescued she didn't talk for about a year. Cady Bennett trains search and rescue dogs and has taught Kira, her natural son Jude, and their friend Free to also train them. This story follows a search and rescue operation; the recovery of some memories Kira has suppressed; and the revealing of some secrets Cady has kept hid A captivating novel about the child, Kira, who was rescued and adopted by Cady Bennett. When rescued Kira was just a little girl and was living alone and wild in the woods. Once rescued she didn't talk for about a year. Cady Bennett trains search and rescue dogs and has taught Kira, her natural son Jude, and their friend Free to also train them. This story follows a search and rescue operation; the recovery of some memories Kira has suppressed; and the revealing of some secrets Cady has kept hidden.This is a quick and intense read. I really enjoyed the story and the dogs especially - their loyalty and protectiveness shines throughout the book. The writing was very well done and I like the way the story unfolded - the the right amount of tenseness.Thanks to Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Disney Book Group Freeform through Netgalley for an advance copy.
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    this has been moved to summer 2019!---rescue dogs + jennifer lynn barnes = perfection
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes' writing simple because not only is she an amazing author but she always writes stories that are captivating and unlike most stories in their genre. It doesn't matter what genre, the woman can write it and write it well. And while this maybe wasn't a favorite of mine, it was well written, engaging and had a story line that stuck out and wasn't the norm, which I absolutely loved. A story that I think both fans of Jennifer's writing and mysteries will really enjoy. *ARC I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes' writing simple because not only is she an amazing author but she always writes stories that are captivating and unlike most stories in their genre. It doesn't matter what genre, the woman can write it and write it well. And while this maybe wasn't a favorite of mine, it was well written, engaging and had a story line that stuck out and wasn't the norm, which I absolutely loved. A story that I think both fans of Jennifer's writing and mysteries will really enjoy. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve enjoyed all of the books from Jennifer that I’ve read and was fairly excited to get to this one. I liked Kira well enough. The dogs were legit the best part and they might have been tied with Jude. I feel like we didn’t really get to know anyone in this group of characters and I think it was an effective way to show how Kira still struggled. Plot wise...I don’t know. The story started out so strong and then at about the halfway part, I found myself getting bored. Everything started to feel I’ve enjoyed all of the books from Jennifer that I’ve read and was fairly excited to get to this one. I liked Kira well enough. The dogs were legit the best part and they might have been tied with Jude. I feel like we didn’t really get to know anyone in this group of characters and I think it was an effective way to show how Kira still struggled. Plot wise...I don’t know. The story started out so strong and then at about the halfway part, I found myself getting bored. Everything started to feel drawn out and repetitive. There were several threads of plot and maybe all of them weren’t needed. By the time I got to the ending, it seemed underwhelming and lackluster with parts still being unclear. Overall, I loved the idea of it and the family dynamic kept me reading, but story lacked tension that I was expecting. **Huge thanks to Freeform for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Allison Brennan
    January 1, 1970
    The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a fantastic YA thriller that will appeal to anyone of any age. I’m a long, long way out of my YA years, but I enjoyed this story of a girl and her dog and the search for a missing girl in the Colorado wilderness.It’s no surprise that I enjoyed this book. I loved Barnes’s Naturals series about teenagers with special skills working with the FBI. They reminded me of my early love for Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys back in the 1970s when there were f The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a fantastic YA thriller that will appeal to anyone of any age. I’m a long, long way out of my YA years, but I enjoyed this story of a girl and her dog and the search for a missing girl in the Colorado wilderness.It’s no surprise that I enjoyed this book. I loved Barnes’s Naturals series about teenagers with special skills working with the FBI. They reminded me of my early love for Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys back in the 1970s when there were few YA books for avid readers like me to devour.As an aside, my youngest daughter and I love YA thrillers and often read them together. Mary was supposed to co-write this review with me, but since she has finals and an AP test she’s preparing for, she hasn’t had time for pleasure reading. But a big plus is that this is one of the few YA books we’ve found that writes in first-person past—not present tense. Both Mary and I dislike present-tense books, but so many YA books are written that way (and now a few adult thrillers). A big KUDOS to Barnes for sticking with a tried-and-true writing tense.In TLTL, Kira Bennett had been abandoned at a young age and found—after living alone in the woods for an unknown length of time—by Cady Bennett, who trains search-and-rescue dogs. Cady, a single mom of a boy, Jude, adopted Kira and taught her the family business. Now, more than a decade later, Cady is asked by her estranged father to help find a girl who went missing while her family camped.Full Review here at Criminal Element http://bit.ly/lovelyandthelost
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARS 5 STARS if this is part one of a series 4 STARS if notKira, once found in a forest living among the animals, now trains rescue dogs with her adoptive mother Cady and brother Jude. When a call to help find a missing young girl brings them back to Cady’s hometown and her estranged father, Kira realizes how little she knows about her family and herself.I didn’t jump into THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (great title) or embrace Kira as quickly as Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ other books , but soon I was 4.5 STARS 5 STARS if this is part one of a series 4 STARS if notKira, once found in a forest living among the animals, now trains rescue dogs with her adoptive mother Cady and brother Jude. When a call to help find a missing young girl brings them back to Cady’s hometown and her estranged father, Kira realizes how little she knows about her family and herself.I didn’t jump into THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (great title) or embrace Kira as quickly as Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ other books , but soon I was hooked. The major and minor characters were complex, flawed and not always forthcoming with the truth. Because Barnes is also a psychologist, she was spot on with Kira’s PTSD and therapy she had received. Cady was a great mom in the moment, yet held so many secrets from those she loved. Jude and Kira’s friend Free (a nickname for Phoebe, I wonder if people called her Phoebe Freebie lol) added a sounding board outside the family. I was so glad that Gabriel, who assisted in the search, wasn’t a love interest and Barnes avoided the Boy Saves the Day and Heals Girl. Kira kept rising to the challenges she faced, pushing herself out of her comfort zone.THE LOVELY AND THE LOST didn’t answer all the story’s mysteries, which leaves open a sequel or series. I sincerely hope this isn’t the last we hear from this crew.
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  •  ⇝LEAH⇜
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 STARS Rounded Up to 3 STARS...because she is one of my Favorite Authors๏  Highlights ๏ YA ContemporaryRescue DogsFamily DramaMystery๏  My Thoughts ๏ I love The Naturals Series and The Fixer Duology by JLB, I love how smart her writing is and how believable they were, despite having crime-solving teens.  I wanted to love this too...I mean, it's written by Jennifer and it has dogs...two things I love.  Sadly, though, I was ultimately disappointed.  I feel like she lost her mojo...and I really 2.5 STARS Rounded Up to 3 STARS...because she is one of my Favorite Authors๏  Highlights ๏ YA ContemporaryRescue DogsFamily DramaMystery๏  My Thoughts ๏ I love The Naturals Series and The Fixer Duology by JLB, I love how smart her writing is and how believable they were, despite having crime-solving teens.  I wanted to love this too...I mean, it's written by Jennifer and it has dogs...two things I love.  Sadly, though, I was ultimately disappointed.  I feel like she lost her mojo...and I really hope she hasn't.The characters all felt off, kind of over-the-top unbelievable, none more so than the character of Jude...he was cringe-worthy annoying.  The family drama was all over the place and kind of difficult to follow.  The mystery of the missing girl was also a complete letdown, seriously, I just didn't buy it.  The blurb led me to believe that it had all the makings of a super-good story, but it just didn't deliver.  This is probably more of a two-star read for me, but my love for her stories wouldn't let me rate it that low... ๏  MY RATING ๏ ☆2.5☆STARS - GRADE=D+ ๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ Plot⇝  2.5/5Characters⇝  2/5The Feels⇝  2/5Pacing⇝  3/5Addictiveness⇝  2.5/5Theme or Tone⇝  3/5Flow (Writing Style)⇝  2.3/5Backdrop (World Building)⇝  3/5Originality⇝  4/5Ending⇝  2.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ ???๏ ๏ ๏Book Cover⇝ Could be better...Setting⇝ Hunter's Point & Sierra Glades National ParkSource⇝ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review๏ ๏ ๏
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  • rin 눈_눈 WATCH GOOD OMENS
    January 1, 1970
    im going to read everything by JLB idec what it is about
  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*The story follows the Bennett family Cadence (Cady), one of the best search and rescue dog trainers in the country, her son Jude, her adopted daughter Kira, who she found in the woods 11 years ago, and Phoebe (Free) Morrow who has inserted herself into the family dynamics and refuses to be left behind when the family is asked by Cady's father Bales, to help search for a missing girl who disappeared in Sierra Glades National Par *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*The story follows the Bennett family Cadence (Cady), one of the best search and rescue dog trainers in the country, her son Jude, her adopted daughter Kira, who she found in the woods 11 years ago, and Phoebe (Free) Morrow who has inserted herself into the family dynamics and refuses to be left behind when the family is asked by Cady's father Bales, to help search for a missing girl who disappeared in Sierra Glades National Park. With its lush mountain setting, pulse-pounding intrigue, cast of unique characters -including a troop of rescue dogs-this book makes a great pitch for television and film. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Gripping, intense, and utterly captivating! A little girl lost in the forest brings a family together on a search and rescue mission. For Kira, the search brings back chilling memories before her foster mother Cady found her in the woods as a child -- dirty, feral and unable to speak. Now a teenager nurtured by Cady and her son Jude, Kira works with rescue dogs to search for missing persons. While the story explores familial relationships and secrets, it's also a glowing tribute to the people an Gripping, intense, and utterly captivating! A little girl lost in the forest brings a family together on a search and rescue mission. For Kira, the search brings back chilling memories before her foster mother Cady found her in the woods as a child -- dirty, feral and unable to speak. Now a teenager nurtured by Cady and her son Jude, Kira works with rescue dogs to search for missing persons. While the story explores familial relationships and secrets, it's also a glowing tribute to the people and dogs involved in search and rescue as they are a huge component of wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating the lost. I totally wanted to hug Silver, Saskia, Duchess and NATO just because of JLB's portrayals of these dedicated and lovable canines! It's not lost on the reader that Kira's intuition and close relationship with Silver and Saskia has much to do with her survival in the woods as a child and her honed animal senses.There are lots of layers to this story, from the relationship between Cady and Kira; Kira and her foster brother Jude and best friend Free; Cady and her dad Bales; Cady and her friend Mac; and Kira and Gabriel, another teen with a mysterious past. Keeping it all straight was actually not that hard, and in fact, it kept this story moving at a fast pace to the inevitable yet still surprising conclusion.Many thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher #Freeform for the advanced reader copy in return for this honest and heartfelt review!
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Guys. I couldn't put this one down. I didn't know what to expect going in, I hadn't read the synopsis, but I've loved JLB's books before so I just went for it. And I was hooked! It's not perfect but the story and the characters and the intensity and emotions kept me glued to the pages. I needed to know what happened to Bella and I desperately needed to know what Kira's story was and if she was going to be okay. Add in the Search and Rescue aspect and the K9s and this was definitely a book for me Guys. I couldn't put this one down. I didn't know what to expect going in, I hadn't read the synopsis, but I've loved JLB's books before so I just went for it. And I was hooked! It's not perfect but the story and the characters and the intensity and emotions kept me glued to the pages. I needed to know what happened to Bella and I desperately needed to know what Kira's story was and if she was going to be okay. Add in the Search and Rescue aspect and the K9s and this was definitely a book for me. So keep your eyes open for this one!
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Jennifer Lynn Barnes is one of my favorite writers. She’s talented and her stories keep you on the edge of your seat. But The Lovely and the Lost was an anomaly. The writing differed from her other books to the point where it seemed like she passed along this idea to someone who wrote the book for her. My review to follow has nothing to do with Barnes or her writing skills. It has everything to do with this story and the characters portrayed. The Naturals series was intriguing and comical. The F Jennifer Lynn Barnes is one of my favorite writers. She’s talented and her stories keep you on the edge of your seat. But The Lovely and the Lost was an anomaly. The writing differed from her other books to the point where it seemed like she passed along this idea to someone who wrote the book for her. My review to follow has nothing to do with Barnes or her writing skills. It has everything to do with this story and the characters portrayed. The Naturals series was intriguing and comical. The Fixer duology was amazing and suspenseful from start to finish. The Lovely and the Lost is a Lucifer fanfic with an overload of drama and nonexistent action or mystery. I’m unsure whether the correlations between the TV show and this book were intentional, but the similarities are on the same level as what Cassandra Clare did for Mortal Instruments which makes me think it wasn’t a coincidence. Kira is Chloe. Jude is Lucifer. Free is Ella. Gabriel is Cain. Cady is Mum. And her estranged father is no other than dear old Dad. I adore Lucifer and reading a fanfic is something I am open to. That is, a fanfic that is written well. And as someone who has been mercurial lately, I read this novel during a problematic time and will now bestow everything that is wrong with it.Kira is our protagonist and an unhinged Chloe Decker. She’s 16 years old, 4 feet 11 inches in height, stoic, ordinary looking in attributes, and rarely speaks. She has an aversion to food (since she’s always skipping meals) so I doubt she weighs more than 90 pounds which puts her as underweight for a growing teen. She was found wandering in the woods for weeks back when she was toddler and doesn’t have any memory of it. At least that’s what she claims besides the random memory intrusions in each chapter. She thinks she’s a dog and needs to be institutionalized (not for thinking she’s a dog, but because she’s a danger to herself due to untreated PTSD, anxiety, and suicidal tendencies). More on her later.Kira’s foster brother Jude is Lucifer Morningstar with a hint of Ella. The first sentence of the book compares him to Saint Jude which is the first connection to the show Lucifer. Saints, angels, and devils, oh my. I adore Lucifer for his personality, but Jude is over the top where he comes across as immature, annoying, pompous, and dramatic. I cringed every time he spoke, and he does a lot of talking. A lot of unnecessary talking. He even says some of the same words phrases as Lucifer (miscreants, for example). Lucifer’s character works because he knows when to act selfless and serious in grave situations. He can focus. Every sentence Jude says is a joke despite the tone of whatever is happening. Remember that scene in Lucifer during season 3 where Ella is rambling on and on and on to Cain about absolutely nothing and you can see him growing frustrated until he finally blows and tells her to shut up? That was me every time Jude opened his mouth.Free is half Ella since she’s annoying in a different way from Jude (hers is dialogue plus actions), and she’s also half Rose from Two and a Half Men since she uses windows when entering and leaving houses. Free is the opposite of Kira. She’s tall, beautiful, curvy, intelligent, and has boys drooling over her. This is an overused theme in YA books that I’m sick of reading.Gabriel is the tall, dark, and brooding Cain who is also mysterious and tough. Cady is Kira’s foster mom and Jude’s biological mom. She was the one to locate Kira in the woods when she was a toddler. She has fostered her since and welcomed her into her life with her son and dogs that she trains for SAR. Like Mum, she’s intimidating, tall, and endured a falling out with her father (God). She has many lovers and also isn’t a good mother since she should have forced Kira into counseling from day one. It’s mentioned that they attempted it, but Kira’s mindset is so screwed up that she’s a suicidal.Remember reading the scene in Jodi Picoult’s Lone Wolf where the father acts like the wolves? This is Kira. She has classified herself as a dog since she was a toddler and hasn’t evolved from that mindset. She thinks to herself like how a dog does. Listen. Obey. Stay. Alpha. Play. Human. Girl. Danger. Freeze. Threat approaching. She has to restrain herself from growling at people, snarling, and snapping her teeth. She reminds herself to go for their throat if a fight breaks out. (Why does everyone want to fight her?) This thought process isn’t normal and should have been fixed years ago through therapy. Does Cady, Jude, and Free ignore her dog tendencies?Besides pretending to be a dog, Kira trusts no one and is either angry or scared of new people she meets. In all scenes of meeting someone new she either tenses up, labels them as a threat and prepares for a fight, or she cowers behind Jude while he and her SAR dogs protect her by diffusing the situation. This also isn’t normal behavior and brings me to another point. If Kira is so terrified and wary of people and constantly pugnacious to them, then how does she manage school? Is she homeschooled? Cady wouldn’t have time to homeschool her since she trains SAR dogs 24/7 so does she pay a tutor to teach Kira? How does Kira cope with being near a tutor if she doesn’t like people? And why is Kira at a high school party with alcohol and blasting music in the beginning chapter if she views people as a threat?Dogs are known for their keen abilities. Sight. Smell. Hearing. Intelligent. Kira claims her senses are improvised like a dog’s, that she can hear things normal humans tune out. That she notices things out of order. But that’s false since she regularly zones out during conversations, doesn’t put obvious clues together, debates with her irrational and erratic mindset, refuses to think things through, makes stupid choices repeatedly, and is horrible at stealth.Everyone around Kira is nonchalant over how delusional and deranged she is. She claims to not remember anything from roaming around the woods for weeks as a toddler. Despite somehow remembering but not remembering this traumatic event (I will get to the remembering part in a second), she is plagued by nightmares, is terrified or views new people as a threat, acts like and thinks she is a dog, has PTSD and anxiety from the trauma, has suicidal tendencies, and has a fear of being trapped. When Cady first brought Kira home, Kira refused to sleep in a bed because she felt boxed in. So she slept in Silver’s (the SAR German Shepherd dog that found Kira in the woods) crate…which is boxed in and tinier than a bedroom. After all these years, she still feels trapped while in a house or car (back to the school issue, how does she manage school for 8 hours a day? Does she regularly ditch class to run around outside when feeling constricted?) and sleeps on the floor one night before relocating outside and sleeping against a tree. Okay. Where is the logic in this for someone who claims to be terrified/pugnacious with people and the unknown? She feels trapped in a house and needs fresh air and decides to sleep outside in a town where she knows no one and where anything can happen to her. With a missing girl on the loose who was kidnapped. Yes, she has her dogs by her side, but her and her dogs are vulnerable to wild animals and crazy people roaming around. They could be taken out in seconds by someone experienced. For someone who is so concerned over the unknown, Kira is hypocritical throughout the story. Her logic is all over the place, insinuating that she desperately needs therapy.Her thought process regularly puts her in danger. For example, when searching for the missing girl, Kira debates turning off the radio so no one knows where she is. That way she can continue searching for the girl during the night with her SAR dog Saskia. Can everyone see how this is a dreadful idea? Her and the dog are 5 hours away from home and hiking through a national park that they’ve never been to or studied. They haven’t eaten anything since dawn. They haven’t rested since dawn. Kira yearns to go radio silent and find the missing girl without considering what would happen if she did. Cady would freak out, thinking something happened to Kira. The SAR team and rangers would have to split up (taking away bodies and time from searching for the missing girl) to find and locate Kira. She’s in unknown terrain at night and can easily injure herself or her dog. Kira isn’t aware of anything; she has tunnel vision and never thinks ideas through.If you’re still reading at this point, I applaud you for your dedication to my rant. Anyway, this all brings me to the main point which is that Kira is a bipolar and demented individual that needs immediate aid. She should have been shipped to a psychologist when Cady took her in, especially since she was snarling and biting Cady when she attempted to care for her. Even now she hates being touched and tries not to wince when Cady shows affection. This girl needed therapy years ago and instead the lack of it escalated her into a walking bomb seconds from self-destructing. How does Cady, Jude, and Free not see how unstable Kira is? She is too far gone for weekly sessions. Kira needs to be institutionalized because she’s so lost in her one track and self-absorbed mind that she’s suicidal.I’m on the fence about Kira’s memory. It’s rare for someone to remember much from their toddler years. I don’t even remember anything from that age. Some can argue that Kira has a good memory, but the examples above prove she isn’t an Einstein. I refuse to believe that based on her current mindset and irrational thoughts, that she can recall snippets of adult thoughts that her 3-year-old self was having. How does a toddler survive this long in dangerous elements? How does she know to seek shelter, food, and water? What toddler thinks like an adult? PTSD is a factor that plays into this and Barnes elaborates this by putting triggers into the story. But memory isn’t 100%, even years after an event. Another issue is Cady’s nonchalance to minors participating in the SAR of the missing child. Kira, Jude, and Free are all 16. They aren’t certified. But then again, there is much emphasis that Cady is the best SAR trainer in the world, so I guess she has the power to certify the three teens and make her own rules. We’re expected to assume that these three have the same experience and training history as adults in SAR. I don’t know anything about SAR except for what I’ve read in this book, but I’m all for a minor who has had sufficient training to participate in a SAR. I draw the line for personal connections. Cady should have prevented Kira from participating in the SAR. First, she’s a minor, and second, she was once a child lost in the woods so what do you think is going to happen as she’s hiking on her own in an unknown terrain? Cue the flashbacks and anxiety. She is already unstable, and her emotions tied to her past cloud her judgement for every second she spends searching for this child. She should not be working or interfering with this mission. Cady should have realized this instead of letting her unhinged foster daughter roam around the woods with her fragile mindset. On the other side of this argument, Cady doesn’t want Kira, Free, and Judge to participate after they search for the first time. Why did she bring them if she didn’t want them to participate? She tells them to stay at the house, but they never listen. Based on their track record, why is she confident they will listen to her and not sneak away and get into trouble?The town Cady, Kira, Free, and Jude go to to search for the missing girl is where Cady grew up and ditched her estranged father. Everyone we meet in this town has drama with everyone else, and they all grit their teeth and speak tersely with each other. I’m perplexed on why the residents don’t vacate since they all hate one another. They also have a frustrating habit of tacking each other’s names to the end of a sentence while conversing with someone. For example:Person 1: How are you today, Jane Doe?Person 2: Upset with the world, John Deer.Person 1: What could possibly be wrong? You have the perfect life, Jane Doe.Person 2: That is untrue, John Deer.Person 1: Then further explain to me. I want to help you, Jane Doe.Person 2: If you insist. I broke my newly painted fingernail, John Deer.Is this really necessary? Who talks like this in real life? No one I know.Let’s move on to the dogs for a bit. Silver is a thirteen-year-old German Shepherd (Kira later says she 12 so which one is it?) and also the dog that found Kira many many years ago. Kira makes a comment at one point, saying that Silver walks stiffly for a second and hates to think about her getting old. 13 years for a German Shepherd is ancient. It’s rare for one to live that long, especially since hip dysplasia sets in around 6 or 7. I’m amazed that this miracle dog is prancing around like a puppy without any difficulties except occasional stiffness. As someone who has owned four German Shepherds to date, I have yet to see mine live past the average lifespan of 11. One passed away at 8 which is young when compared to the average lifespan. Kira’s personal SAR dog is a Husky named Saskia. This dog is unfriendly and somewhat aggressive to people and animals that she doesn’t know. Kira doesn’t think there is anything wrong with certifying Saskia as a SAR dog. Sure the dog is trained exceptionally well, but it has behavioral issues. If the dog is aggressive towards humans and animals, then it doesn’t need to be in that kind of environment. Certifying it is a bad idea, especially when a dog that doesn’t like people is paired to a girl that also doesn’t like people and they both are set loose in the wilderness. Saskia growls and snaps at the sheriff when he tries to grab her collar. Yes, the sheriff should have let Saskia sniff his hand before making a move, but what happens when you’re in public and a screaming toddler runs up to the dog in excitement and sticks its hand in the dog’s face? A SAR dog must be accepting to unfamiliar situations and traipsing around a multitude of people. After spending a few days away from this story, I begrudgingly grabbed my kindle with a clear mindset. And right away we’re introduced to more craziness. Remember how I mentioned that Kira needs to be in a psyche ward due to her unhealthy love for putting her life at risk? Kira and Gabriel are searching and hiking on a very step and jagged cliff. She decides to creep close to the side and look down at the thousands of feet below her. Her dog has to bite her hand to prevent her from tumbling off the cliff. And Gabriel just watches her attempt to commit suicide/unintentional suicide because I guess he’s even sick of her personality. Then Kira slips on a loose rock and Gabriel catches her arm to prevent her from falling to the ground. Kira automatically gets swept back into the past with her memories and lashes out on Gabriel, scratching him until he lets go of her. Like I mentioned, how has no one noticed after all these years that Kira has PTSD from a childhood trauma? Why has Cady not gotten her therapy to help her in life? Why is someone with a personal connection to this case involved in the SAR?It begins storming while they are searching on the jagged mountain cliffs. Kira and Gabriel decide to continue searching instead of temporarily taking cover until the storm passes because like Kira says “it’s just rain”. Rain isn’t the issue. Lightning is the danger, especially when you’re in a forest with huge trees to one side and a cliff on the other side of the trail. They can easily be struck by lightning by being out in the open.Gabriel also calls Kira by nicknames. Princess is one of them. Not sure why he calls her princess all of a sudden after they’ve exchanged maybe three sentences with each other. This is just an overly common theme in many young-adult books that is overused. Shortening names are fine. Calling someone “Princess” and “Broody McSmirkpants” (Lucifer, I mean Jude, calls Gabriel this) along with other random words is a fad that sailed years ago.Kira whines the whole book about how Cady doesn’t let her search 24/7. You can’t search 24/7 while neglecting food, water, and sleep. Your body won’t allow you to go on with these three necessities. Kira and Saskia wouldn’t not have lasted in the wilderness without sleeping, eating or drinking. The common sense is nonexistent.Apparently the SAR dogs in this story are also trained emotional support dogs, trained therapy dogs, trained service dogs, and trained attack dogs. Cady only trained them for SAR so how do they somehow know all these other things? The dogs look someone over, like Kira, when they first meet a new person to see if they need to attack them. Silver and Saskia can also communicate with Kira telepathically. They know what she is thinking and how to comfort her based on her thoughts and thoughts alone. Body language isn’t factored into this.I’ve spent too much of my miniscule free time on this review so a summary of the remaining 55% follows: Kira, Jude, and Free play hide and seek with their SAR dogs. Kira hides then sees shady Gabriel hiking in the woods. She follows him without telling anyone and forgets that’s she’s in the middle of a game with people and animals looking for her. Despite her always bragging on her observance and stealth skills, Gabriel knows he’s being trailed. They end up in a cave and Kira stands on the edge of a waterfall. An earthquake hits and Gabriel grabs Kira’s arm to prevent her from tumbling down the waterfall. Once again, this unstable girl was doing something stupid and had to have someone save her from committing suicide. The earthquake caused a rock slide that blocked off their exit so they find an alternative way out and are gone for hours. Free, Jude, and Cady are frantic that Kira vanished into thin air. It’s not like there’s a missing child somewhere in the woods. Free is mad at Kira for not including her on her disappearing act to trail Gabriel. Cady orders the four of them to lay low and keep out of the woods and they ignore her. They battle a mountain lion, find dead bodies, and Kira has more flashbacks and becomes even more unhinged. She is enraged that Cady and Jude withheld information about her past from her. They withheld it because Kira is unstable. Kira claims she doesn’t need protection and can take care of herself and is her own savior. Sure. As if people and animals haven’t been her personal bodyguards from page one. Kira affirms she would have handled the truth without difficulties, but her delusional self seems to forget her harrowing flashbacks that leave her trembling, gasping for breath, and seething in fear. The end was impossible since this tiny, old character managed to carry another tall and fit character through the woods for many miles. Not sure how they managed to do this. Despite the summary mentioning the missing girl, that was a minor detail with the family secrets and drama taking up most of the lack of plot. Everything was predictable and all characters were carbon copies from Lucifer or other cliché characters in many teen stories.Despite me not agreeing with how this was written and pointing out all the inaccuracies and common sense, thank you for giving me the chance to read this, NetGalley.
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  • Erin Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the second book I’ve read by her and I have to say, I enjoyed the story and based on both books I will definitely be checking out more!I wasn’t really sure where this story was going to go based on the summary, but I don’t mind a darker storyline in the books I read and Kira’s story isn’t all rainbows, that’s for sure. There is no question in my mind that Kira is a survivor and I’m convinced that Cady Bennett came into her life at exactly the ri The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the second book I’ve read by her and I have to say, I enjoyed the story and based on both books I will definitely be checking out more!I wasn’t really sure where this story was going to go based on the summary, but I don’t mind a darker storyline in the books I read and Kira’s story isn’t all rainbows, that’s for sure. There is no question in my mind that Kira is a survivor and I’m convinced that Cady Bennett came into her life at exactly the right time. Kira’s memories go back to a point where she was living alone and wild in the woods and she has no idea how long she had been trying to survive that way. When Cady and one of her rescue dogs find her, she immediately becomes a part of her family. Although that is great, it is clear that Kira still struggles being “normal”, but she has Cady, her adopted brother Jude, and their neighbor Free to help and support her.I have to say, while I enjoyed the characters in this book, my absolute favorite person was Jude. He brings the right level of optimism and levity to this story to balance out the pieces that could really make this a tough read. He loves his family and is extremely loyal and I love that about him. There are several things in his story that could have made him an angry teenager, but I appreciate that he is the type of character to challenge everyone around him to see things in a more positive way. Cady was an interesting character for me. She has some secrets and by agreeing to her father’s request and going home, she is opening some old wounds. Not only that, her decision has created some challenges because of the secrets she has kept and Kira’s history. I loved her relationship with Kira. She wasn’t forcing her to be someone she wasn’t and while she was protective (as any parent would be), she gave Kira the space needed to come back to the human world on her terms.So, to get to the story, when Cady’s estranged father tracks her down and asks her to help locate a missing girl, she agrees and brings Jude, Kira, and Free with her to the Sierra Glades National Park. As I mentioned, this has brought back some tough memories for Kira and she becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. What they don’t know is that this search will put them all in danger and those secrets I mentioned will force everyone to face some things that they probably would have rather left uncovered.I can’t say much about the story for fear of giving something away, but I will say that I loved how Barnes developed the relationships amongst the characters, including the search and rescue dogs. They were integral to the story and the secondary characters were just as well done and are the catalyst to several things that happen in the book. Overall, I enjoyed this book. This story kept me turning the pages because I had to find out what was going to happen next with everyone and while I wanted a bit more at the end, I thought this was well done and only solidified the fact that I need to read more books by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. If you are looking for a story with a bit of a mystery and some interesting characters, check this one out!Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    I have wanted to read one of Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ novels for quite some time now. I always find the concepts to be really interesting. The Lovely and the Lost seems as though it is going to tug at my heart strings while I am on the edge of my seat!
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my heart. I fell in love with the characters and the amazing search and rescue dogs ❤ Oh my heart. I fell in love with the characters and the amazing search and rescue dogs ❤️
  • Bea Charmed
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes dark, and full of coincidences, but engrossing. Full review to come.
  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    The Lovely and the Lost is the first book by Jennifer Lynn Barnes that I have read and it was pure joy. I love her writing style, and her character development is well done. The plot is fast paced, with plenty of twists and turns, secrets and deception all of which makes this book hard to put down. “Bad things happen to bad little girls, a voice whispers from the dark place.”The main character, Kira, has a past that she can't remember, a history that plagues her with horrible flashbacks. Through The Lovely and the Lost is the first book by Jennifer Lynn Barnes that I have read and it was pure joy. I love her writing style, and her character development is well done. The plot is fast paced, with plenty of twists and turns, secrets and deception all of which makes this book hard to put down. “Bad things happen to bad little girls, a voice whispers from the dark place.”The main character, Kira, has a past that she can't remember, a history that plagues her with horrible flashbacks. Throughout the book, the author gives us snippets of Kira’s past, not too much, but just enough to keep me reading and wanting more.Cady and Silver, one of Cady’s search and rescue dogs, find a wild and broken Kira who has been living alone in the woods for an undetermined amount of time. Even though Kira has lived with Cady and her son Jude, she still struggles with people outside her adopted family. However, Kira has no problems relating to and loving the dogs she helps train for search and rescue. Jude, Kira and their friend Free all aspire to be part of a search and rescue team. Cady is pulled into the rescue effort to find a lost little girl, Bella; the three friends are about to find out first hand how quickly, dangerous and out of control a situation can become in the wilderness.There were so many levels to this book, not just the missing child aspect, but how the heroine, Kira, relates to the missing child and how she was able to grow and come to terms with what has happened in her past. This book is about love and the sacrifices that are made in the name of love. Romantic love, a mother’s love and the love that friends share. Also, coming to terms that you are worthy of the love your “family” freely gives is a significant theme in this book. Family comes in many forms, and this book explores some of them, whether it is between humans or between dogs and humans. I especially enjoyed the bond that Kira had with her dog Saskia. The author does an excellent job in interweaving the feeling that Kira is experiencing while searching for this child with what is lurking just beneath her subconscious. I enjoyed this book very much, but I was left with wanting a bit more. I wanted to know more about Kira’s past and how she came to be in the woods. I would have liked a little more “Jude” in this book. Also, there is a little twist at the end of the book, the kind of twist that left an opening for a follow-up book. So, I have to wonder, does the author has a plan for a second book which I would be totally up to reading. ***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    I've never read a Jennifer Lynn Barnes book until now, and must immediately rectify this! The Lovely and the Lost was a compelling read with a sub-culture I readily fell into and characters I cared for. I could tell I was in the hands of a skilled writer from the first chapter.Probably my favorite aspect of the book was the deep dive into the sub-culture of search and rescue, and the mountain town setting. I loved every single second of the dogs--loved their names, their personalities, how they I've never read a Jennifer Lynn Barnes book until now, and must immediately rectify this! The Lovely and the Lost was a compelling read with a sub-culture I readily fell into and characters I cared for. I could tell I was in the hands of a skilled writer from the first chapter.Probably my favorite aspect of the book was the deep dive into the sub-culture of search and rescue, and the mountain town setting. I loved every single second of the dogs--loved their names, their personalities, how they interacted with the humans. The whole book has a level of specificity of world and character that really makes it stand apart for me. I was so happy to lose myself in a YA book where I truly got to slip into a total stranger's shoes and experience this other world with them.I must share a dog-shaped spoiler because I know these things are important to many readers: (view spoiler)[One dog does die, but not from violence, but old age. It's upsetting, but tastefully done. (hide spoiler)]Probably my only note, hardly a quibble, but notable is that I found the backstory with the adults in the story to be really juicy, but felt almost out of place at the end? I felt like I kind of wished that had been a novel, or even an adult thriller from Cady's POV so we could get deep flashbacks to when they were younger, etc. I just found those characters and dynamics so interesting, whereas the teen characters in this YA, for good reason, don't have any romance or complex dynamics along those lines. So the juicy bits were about the adults. But, to that end, the book is a great example of a complex YA with a dynamic female lead who has no romance--I know many readers are looking for that kind of story.I'm also left with a few questions about the disappearances in the town, and some threads that feel almost dropped, but it's nothing major. It's not a book where you get all the answers.
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    I was completely engrossed in this book from beginning to end. I loved every single one of the characters. (OMG, Jude, I loved him so much - we all need a Jude in our lives!) I loved how all of these characters interacted with each other and I was totally invested in their relationships and history. The search and rescue aspect was very interesting to me and I loved that these teenagers had been training for it all of their lives. I could feel their connections to their dogs, and to each other, I was completely engrossed in this book from beginning to end. I loved every single one of the characters. (OMG, Jude, I loved him so much - we all need a Jude in our lives!) I loved how all of these characters interacted with each other and I was totally invested in their relationships and history. The search and rescue aspect was very interesting to me and I loved that these teenagers had been training for it all of their lives. I could feel their connections to their dogs, and to each other, and I teared up in several places from that (unusual for me). I found the heroine, Kira, so very intriguing with her mysterious past and the painstaking work she had to do to get from how she was when Cady found her to where she is in the present. (Deliberately vague to avoid spoilers). The suspense of the missing girl and Cady's past had me flipping page after page, anxious to get the answers. When the answers came they weren't mind-blowing, but they were completely satisfying, especially that surprise bit at the end between Bales and Kira. This book tells a complete story but does set up possibilities for future stories, which I am clamoring for wholeheartedly. I very much want more about these characters so I really, really hope the author has plans to gift us more adventures. 4.5 StarsI read an uncorrected proof of this book that I received from NetGalley
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  • Sofija
    January 1, 1970
    Well, it's official - I would read anything Jennifer Lynn Barnes would write!This book was soooo good!"The Lovely and the Lost" reminded me a little of my of my most favorite book On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Both books have three generation family drama and a lot of family secrets. I loved the main mystery in this book and I also loved uncovering these family secrets.What makes Jennifer Lynn Barnes books so interesting and different are the psychology and psychiatry aspects. Becaus Well, it's official - I would read anything Jennifer Lynn Barnes would write!This book was soooo good!"The Lovely and the Lost" reminded me a little of my of my most favorite book On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Both books have three generation family drama and a lot of family secrets. I loved the main mystery in this book and I also loved uncovering these family secrets.What makes Jennifer Lynn Barnes books so interesting and different are the psychology and psychiatry aspects. Because she is a cognitive scientist, her characters always has so many layers... It is very interesting to learn more about human behaviour and people motives. Her books are in some ways educational for me. And "The Lovely and the Lost" also focuses on Search and Rescue dogs, so I was also very enlightening to learn about training techniques for these dogs.I would highly recommend "The Lovely and the Lost". It was fast paced and entertaining. Every character was excellent in its own way. And the mystery was gripping. I only wish for this book to have a little romance in it. Otherwise, it was perfect!
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  • P.M.
    January 1, 1970
    I have read several other books by this author. Some I have liked - others not so much. I did like this story of a feral child learning to be a part of civilization and the abused husky that she is training as a search and rescue dog. The best part of the story was her foster brother Jude and his gift of repartee - his sense of hopefulness no matter what. I find it fascinating how one trains a dog to do this work. I'm not sure but do I sense a sequel?
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Another five star read from Jennifer Lynn Barnes! I literally need the next book RIGHT NOW.
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusKira has a tenuous existence with Cady and Jude, her foster mother and brother. The family trains service dogs, as does Kira's friend, Free, and Kira finds it easier to deal with the dogs than with other people. Kira was lost in the woods when she was very young, and Cady is the one who found her and took her in. When Cady's father, Bales, shows up asking for help with a lost girl, Cady reluctantly takes her family to join the search. Being in the woods, looking for the E ARC from Edelweiss PlusKira has a tenuous existence with Cady and Jude, her foster mother and brother. The family trains service dogs, as does Kira's friend, Free, and Kira finds it easier to deal with the dogs than with other people. Kira was lost in the woods when she was very young, and Cady is the one who found her and took her in. When Cady's father, Bales, shows up asking for help with a lost girl, Cady reluctantly takes her family to join the search. Being in the woods, looking for the lost girl causes Kira some anxiety. She has flashbacks to her own experience and confronts some hard issues that have never before surfaced. She meets Gabriel, whose stepfather is the sheriff, but who is in the care of another searcher because the sheriff is abusive. Gabriel's brother was a woods survivalist, but has been missing for several years. The lost girl's trail keeps getting picked up, even though she falls into rivers and ends up in cave's. When Kira and her team find some clues in a hard-to-reach location, they become a bit suspect, and when Kira finally locates the girl, there are even further problems. Bales has his own reasons for wanting Cady to join the search, Kira finds out more information about her past before she was lost in the woods, and the saga of the missing girl is fraught with twists, turns, and drama from the past. Strengths: This had a lot of good surprises, and I don't want to ruin them. I thought that Kira's story was dealt with realistically, and the search for the missing girl has lots of good details about using the dogs, following the trail, and tracking through the woods. The characters are all multifaceted and interesting, with enough bad choices to be intriguing. Barnes does a good job of writing books that have a high school level of character development and plot complexity with a middle school level of action and appropriateness. Very well done. Weaknesses: A sad dog moment is included, but it's nicely done. I am not a fan of the cover or the title, though-- they really give us no clues as to what the book is about. What I really think: I love Barnes' work, so will definitely purchase, but this will take a lot of hand selling because of the cover.
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  • Brittney
    January 1, 1970
    *Thank you so much Disney Book Group for providing me with an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Kira Bennett was found alone in the wild at a young age. Kira was found by her now adopted mother, Cady Bennett. Kira is still haunted by memories of her life in the wild, and by the looks that others often give her because of how she was found. The mystery of Kira’s previous life before becoming a Bennett gives her confusion on how the young feral girl came to be alone in the wild. *Thank you so much Disney Book Group for providing me with an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Kira Bennett was found alone in the wild at a young age. Kira was found by her now adopted mother, Cady Bennett. Kira is still haunted by memories of her life in the wild, and by the looks that others often give her because of how she was found. The mystery of Kira’s previous life before becoming a Bennett gives her confusion on how the young feral girl came to be alone in the wild. Memories begin to resurface as now as a teenager Kira works with her adopted family to find a missing girl trapped in the wild.I really appreciate how fleshed out all these characters are. Each character brought something to the table for their little family. I love how close of a friendship Kira has with her adopted brother, Jude, and their friend Free. Free has also been adopted in to the Bennett family in a way. I love how supportive all these characters are as they do their best to love and understand each other. The exploration of animals being family is also included which made my heart full of joy to see. Kira’s bond with her dog was so mesmerizing and well done. Kira's representation of PTSD was a well-developed inclusion. These characters are truly a jem to read about. Jude was definitely my favorite character with all of his love, support, and comic relief.I enjoyed the plot with the missing girl but I did find it a bit lacking at times. Overall, this plot was fairly well done and the characters were very well fleshed out. I did find the ending to be a bit underwhelming but I do see its purpose. I would recommend giving this a try if you want to read more of an emotional familial supportive read with a bit of mystery.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    There was something about this book that quickly drew me in. From the quirky kids, that come off flip at first, but later you realize are very deep to the dogs and how the kids work with the dogs. The job alone, search and rescue, leaves the kids doing things most adults never do. Then there is Cady, the one adult that manages to wrangle the kids and dogs, giving them all a safe place. It doesn't matter to her that Jude is only her blood child, Kira and Free are treated like hers too.When Cady g There was something about this book that quickly drew me in. From the quirky kids, that come off flip at first, but later you realize are very deep to the dogs and how the kids work with the dogs. The job alone, search and rescue, leaves the kids doing things most adults never do. Then there is Cady, the one adult that manages to wrangle the kids and dogs, giving them all a safe place. It doesn't matter to her that Jude is only her blood child, Kira and Free are treated like hers too.When Cady gets manipulated to go back to her home town things seem to spiral out of control. Kira is in a situation that hits a little to close to home, learns things her mind has forgotten/hidden to keep her safe. I was torn here, does she have a right to know, absolutely, but honestly after learning what we did, she was better off in the dark. In the end, it's a good thing Kira is with Cady, Cady who has provided her a safe haven because she will need it to process all she has learned, especially the one thing she thinks happened.Jude has his life rocked a bit, but being the go with the flow guy he is, will recover and even thrive with the new person in his life.Free will go on being Free, supporting her friends.Cady now has all of her secrets out there and has to face what she ran from and why. I have a feeling she will be ok, mostly because she has to, she has the kids to think of and maybe even one more to add to the mix, one who intrigued me greatly.I would love to see more in this world, to see what happened to them all in the aftermath of this book, but most importantly I want to see all of these characters living their lives and thriving!
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  • Susan's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Kira is a feral child who was rescued and then adopted by Cady Bennett. Cady trains dogs to aid in search and rescue operations.. This YA story is the type of story I have always enjoyed: surviving out in the wilderness with little else other than your wits and stamina to get you through. As a child, I loved nature and animal themed stories, although I am an unrepentant city dweller! Th My thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Kira is a feral child who was rescued and then adopted by Cady Bennett. Cady trains dogs to aid in search and rescue operations.. This YA story is the type of story I have always enjoyed: surviving out in the wilderness with little else other than your wits and stamina to get you through. As a child, I loved nature and animal themed stories, although I am an unrepentant city dweller! This is such a great story, with quite a few twists and turns along the way.I had never heard of Jennifer Lynn Barnes, but her books are now on my TBR stack. This was a very well written, visually appealing novel: her words evoked the magic of the forest and I could almost feel Kira, Silver and Saskia's silent communication.. Kira is a very strong "badass" female character, which I always applaud and enjoy seeing in YA and Contemporary fiction.Jennifer Lynn Barnes tends to write series novels., so I suspect that a few of the open-ended plot issues in this book will be resolved in the next few years in books to come! I look forward to them! Highly recommended!
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    Kira was adopted by Cady, the woman who trains Search and Rescue dogs, and the person who found her lost in the wild. When Cady's estranged father shows up demanding that Cady join the search for another missing girl, Kira, her brother Jude and their best friend Free are eager to find the girl and answers.Why I started this book: I love Barnes style and characters, and I was eager to read another.Why I finished it: Search and rescue has a very dramatic time crunch, and I did my part to help them Kira was adopted by Cady, the woman who trains Search and Rescue dogs, and the person who found her lost in the wild. When Cady's estranged father shows up demanding that Cady join the search for another missing girl, Kira, her brother Jude and their best friend Free are eager to find the girl and answers.Why I started this book: I love Barnes style and characters, and I was eager to read another.Why I finished it: Search and rescue has a very dramatic time crunch, and I did my part to help them find the girl by reading this book in two big gulps. I hope that this is a series... while the ending was solid, I just want to spend more time with these characters.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to receive an advanced copy of Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ new book. I am a huge fan. This book does not disappoint. I loved Kira and her family including the dogs! Jude was absolutely delightful. I like how Barnes always writes about broken people. They are never perfect and often struggling with some really hard stuff. I am hoping this book will turn into a series because I would love to know more about these characters.I received an advanced copy of this book by the publisher via N I was so excited to receive an advanced copy of Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ new book. I am a huge fan. This book does not disappoint. I loved Kira and her family including the dogs! Jude was absolutely delightful. I like how Barnes always writes about broken people. They are never perfect and often struggling with some really hard stuff. I am hoping this book will turn into a series because I would love to know more about these characters.I received an advanced copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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