Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Finding Sky by Joss Stirling (Young Adult, 10E/10E)

7th October 2010, Oxford University Press
320 pages, Paperback 
Review copy 

Mystery, mild romance, lots of danger and secrets, telepathy and other special abilities

Most of us are doomed to knowing there's something better out there but we can't discover it. 

What would you do if the hottest guy in school turned out to be your perfect match - your soulfinder? 
Sky is the shy English girl, new to the American high school in Wickenridge, and she's about to surprise everyone - most of all herself.

Nayuleska's thoughts
You see the design on the cover? Well that same design is at the start of every chapter - I liked that. I really enjoyed the book. Sky has a dark past that she can't remember - one which I promise you will make you think 'wow' and want to re-read the book again. I liked her life. I liked how out of place she felt. What I enjoyed the most was that she was an English girl in an American town. I related to her because the little parts of American culture got explained fully. Some of her memories are involuntarily shut off, but she does a fair amount of shutting people out of her life. Including her soulfinder. 

There are elements of the book which echo elements of other books in this genre, and yet I still loved the book. I wanted to know what Sky's awful past was. When the enemies of the story were made known, my heart skipped a lot of beats. I smiled a lot too - Sky has a type of humour which mirrors mine. I particularly liked the Vampire Brides! (no blood involved). The pacing of the story is spot on - just as I started thinking 'if nothing happens soon, this is a bit slow), something happened. Admittedly I would have liked the intense danger to begin earlier on in the book, but the story build up was important. Zed has a likeable family - one who you wouldn't want to cross paths with. Equally formidable are Sky's adoptive parents - they also know how to stand their ground. But then, so does Sky. My heart went out to her when she was confused, unsure what to believe. I really hope there may be more stories involving Sky and Zed. It feels like this book only scratches the surface of an intriguing concept. 

Final conclusion
She looks sweet, she is vulnerable, but she has more strength than she knows to face the danger in the present and confront the horrors of her past. 


I Want To Read That said...

I really enjoyed Finding Sky and am hoping for it to be a series. Great review:)

The Slowest Bookworm said...

I just finished this one too and loved it. There is going to be another, but from the pov of a different Benedict brother. Sky and Zed will be there in the background tho :)

Bookworms 4 ever said...

I just got it out of the library. It was so good I had to read it again and again. It is an amazing story weaved with fantasy and a destined romance. I loved it. I recommend it to all of you out there who are looking for a brilliant book that you just can't put down, then this is the book for you!

Nayuleska said...

I'm so glad that you enjoyed it and commented here. Here's to the sequel!