A Diamond in my Pocket

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Fantasy and Science Fiction. When Calli Courtnae breaks the world record for the 100-meter, she's invited to Montana to prepare for Olympic tryouts. Upon arrival, she realizes she’s been lied to. She's actually a superhuman, a Runner, and her new world includes transporting packages for other supernatural groups. The next package is a rare magical diamond that will change Calli's life forever. More
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About Lorena Angell

Lorena Angell entered the Indie Publishing world in 2011 in the Young Adult genre. In August 2011, A DIAMOND IN MY POCKET found its way to Amazon's Movers & Shakers list. February 2013, A DIAMOND IN MY POCKET was named a Breakout Book by Apple's iBookstore. The book has remained on the Barnes&Noble Teen Bestseller list since May 2012. In December 2013, book four released, hitting the Amazon and Barnes&Noble bestseller lists. All four books in the series are bestsellers. February 2014, book two, A DIAMOND IN MY HEART, became an Amazon #1 bestseller.
Lorena lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA, where she enjoys the outdoors with her family.

Other authors that inspire Lorena are: J.K. Rowling, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Suzanne Collins, and Veronica Roth.

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A Diamond in my Pocket
When Calli Courtnae breaks the World Record for the 100m, she is invited to Montana to prepare for National tryouts. However, upon arrival using her lip reading ability she realizes she’s been lied to, or at least not told the whole truth. She's a superhuman, a Runner, and her new world includes transporting packages for other supernatural groups.

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Review by: Kristy Y on June 24, 2014 : (no rating)
Excellent book. The characters are very well defined and their special powers are very believeable. The only part of the book that was a little weak was the section after the plot had finished. That part of the book went on a little long but it surely didn't detract from how good the book was. I will be getting the 2nd book as soon as I finish writing this review.
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Review by: Sabrina C on Jan. 05, 2014 :
I loved the fast pace and the style in which the series the written, not to mention the fact that it felt realistically portrayed for a story with such an intriguing plot. The method in which Lorena Angell was able to describe the world of her story and give it such a believable and in depth feel made this one of my favorites. It is true the title doesn't give much credit to the action-filled story that this is, but i like that it zoned in on an simple aspect of the story that is the main reason, really. It gives it a quirky feel that doesn't anything away to the adventure of the story line.
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Review by: Lynette Russell on Dec. 20, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I received the first one free but will buy the next book. I highly recommend this for YA.
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Review by: August Westman on Oct. 03, 2012 :
I throughly enjoyed the universe Lorena Angell set up for her characters - the differences in abilities between supernatural groups is interesting and adds a unique depth to the story. The characters had good depth to them, and the internal struggles Calli deals with make the story engaging from beginning to end.
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Review by: Christine Dorval on July 27, 2012 :
cant we have a proper ending between the lovers? but awesome book
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Review by: Anna Dase on March 25, 2012 :
Our heroine in this book is Calli. A normal teenage girl so she thought. Never popular in school she only had one true friend Sue, but that is all about to change at a track meet where she was enchanted. That track meet changed everything in her life for a short while. During the track meet she was discovered and believed to be a superhuman one with exceptional speed. And was whisked away to become a runner for the Runner Clan.

This is the first book in the Unaltered Series. It is unique in many ways. I enjoyed this read. Lorena has wonderful world building skills. The characters are awesome and flawed in there own little way which makes for a good read. Calli is a heroine with mixed emotions throughout the whole book. Who manages to make a enemy real fast but also manages to make a few friends also. Calli is thrown into a world of super-humans in which she would have never imaged to exist. She is set on a journey where she later learns that she was especially selected to be on. On this journey she faces many dilemmas and emotions that she never expected to have. Being an unaltered human she developes special skills. With the help of a diamond that posesses the skills of all the super-humans. She and a few others from the Runners Clan a part of the Super-humans are to deliver this diamond to the Death Clan in return for the hostages the Death Clan have taken. Little do the Death Clan know that once they come in contact with this diamond that it will be the death of them.
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Review by: Lovey Dovey Books on March 21, 2012 :
A Diamond in My Pocket doesn’t just have a cleverly named title. In the midst of an action packed, super powered plot, Lorena Angell introduces readers to Calli Courtnae, a determined 16 year old girl with a lot to learn about life.

After breaking a world record in track, Callie’s escorted to a compound housing people with the ability to run faster than normal humans, Runners. Calli not only stepped into this world of powerful beings without any knowledge, but at a time when three Runners are being held hostage. Her journey really begins when she’s recruited to the rescue team and charged with a dangerous mission and powers.

I really liked the idea of the story. Cosmic energy blasting humans and giving them abilities is not what I’ve seen in YA lit, so it was a fun read. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the different clans of powers, so prepare for many surprises throughout the story!

Angell has a knack for creating dynamic female leads. Calli is a strong character from the beginning but as the story progresses, she becomes fearless and selfless. She even comes to accept herself as more than an average ‘muck’. The minor characters kind of faded into the background even though they were with Calli through most of her task. Calli was so independent and hardly ever needed anyone else, except for advice. Most decisions she made were based on what others advised her on, so she wasn’t impulsive or foolhardy.

If my life depended on Calli Courtnae to swoop in and save me, I’d be totally fine. She learns to exercise self-restraint in a world filled with pain and death even when she may be able to help. With A Diamond in My Pocket’s ending, I don’t know exactly what to expect will happen in the next book in the series: A Diamond in My Heart.
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Review by: yolandi on May 31, 2011 :
Brilliant, would love to read a sequel...or more
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Review by: Rikki K on May 30, 2011 :
I absolutely loved this story. It is very well written, captivating, and contains a believable plot. This one was easy to shuck off reality and fall into the world that the author created. Great job and thank you for a wonderful adventure to escape into!
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