The Lovely and the Lost

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 fam...

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Title:The Lovely and the Lost
Author:Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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The Lovely and the Lost Reviews

  • Allison Brennan

    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

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    4.5 STARS

    5 STARS if this is part one of a series

    4 STARS if not

    Kira, 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 not

    Kira, 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.

  • megs_bookrack

    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!

  • Judy

    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.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    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.*

  • Stacee

    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**

  •  ⇝LEAH⇜

     

    YA Contemporary

    Rescue Dogs

    Family Drama

    Mystery

     

    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

     

    YA Contemporary

    Rescue Dogs

    Family Drama

    Mystery

     

    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...

     

    Plot⇝  2.5/5

    Characters⇝  2/5

    The Feels⇝  2/5

    Pacing⇝  3/5

    Addictiveness⇝  2.5/5

    Theme or Tone⇝  3/5

    Flow (Writing Style)⇝  2.3/5

    Backdrop (World Building)⇝  3/5

    Originality⇝  4/5

    Ending⇝  2.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ ???

    Book Cover⇝ Could be better...

    Setting⇝ Hunter's Point & Sierra Glades National Park

    Source⇝ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Hollis

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    3.5 stars

  • mith

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    rescue dogs + jennifer lynn barnes = perfection

  • rin 눈_눈 READ RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

    im going to read everything by JLB idec what it is about

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