Monday, October 8, 2012

Review: Finding Sky by Joss Stirling

Hi all!



As usual, another YA review :)






Author: Joss Stirling
Title: Finding Sky
Series: Benedict #1
Release date: 7th of October 2010
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Paranormal, Contemporary, YA
Pages: 320 in Paperback
Source: Borrowed from a local library


Summary:

When Sky catches a glimpse of Zed for the first time, lounging against his motorbike at school, she is drawn to him just like every other girl in Wickenridge. But Zed sees something special in her that the other girls don’t have. Zed tells her they are both Savants – people with special powers like telepathy and the ability to see into the future. Not only that, she is a Savant too, and his soulfinder – meant to be together.

When a soulfinder speaks telepathically to her partner, it’s like all the lights coming on in a building. You lit me up like Vegas. But for Sky it’s just not that easy – she’s a mystery to herself, haunted by nightmares from her past before she was adopted, and riddled with doubt and insecurity. Just when Sky is slowly coming round to the idea of being with Zed she is kidnapped by a family of criminal Savants. In a chilling twist, Sky and Zed’s relationship is put to the ultimate test and the fate of those she loves lie in Sky’s hands. Will Sky have the strength to embrace her power and be brave enough to control her own destiny, or will the dark demons of her past prevent her from realising her true potential?

Review:

This book was on a basic lever your typical new-girl-in-small-town-meets-hot-bad-boy-enter-true-love-with-secrets-and-supernatural-elements. I’ve encountered this pattern on too many occasions already. Nevertheless, this was a charming and sweet book to the point that I mostly forgot about the overused plot devices it used.

I liked the idea of Savants and soulfinders even tough it wasn’t wildly original, but it worked fine. Another favorite aspect of the book was the whole dynamic of the Benedict family, I adored all scenes in their home where you could see all behaving, working together like in their everyday lives. Messing around with each other and just being themselves in this warm family circle. Sky’s parents while caring couldn’t even compete in my mind with the safe and loving atmosphere she felt within Zed’s home. Not to mention, she parents annoyed me a little, I can’t, however, completely pinpoint the source.

Characters:

Raise your hand if you loved the Benedict brothers? I’ll raise two feet in addition to my hands. What a scrumptious band of hunky siblings. I’d like to have one of those, they probably won’t even notice one missing with there being seven of them. The problem now is which one… Victor, Trace, Xav… I can’t decide but I can dream on.

Now that I have the most important behind (seven hot guys), here’s what I think about Sky. She was British equipped with a genuine English accent – I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a British accent be it in a man, a woman or whatever. That has and will always remain a plus in my eyes in a character. Aside from that, Sky was shy, sweet and grounded. There was no falling at Zed’s feet and declaring her endless love, she didn’t even like him THAT much in the beginning and after discovering about their connection, she was a far cry from throwing herself in his arms and walking into the sunset. Ok, Zed was a hot guy and as a woman Sky appreciated that, in addition, he transformed into a total sweetheart towards her but again, that didn’t sway Sky to the extreme. Her feelings and coming to terms with their bond took time to develop and when she was ready, she didn’t hold back but, generally, Sky acted as a rational adult. I was fond of that side in her but then again I have to admit that she came across slightly too weak, moody and self-sacrificing at times. Nevertheless, despite being a complete introvert all including a heartbreaking past, Zed, his family and her new friends made her come out of her shell and she was genuinely happy in the end.

Zed acted as your usual “friendly” neighborhood rebel bad boy who should make all the girls melt but when he showed his über nice and loving side to Sky after realizing they are soul mates I really did become weak in the knees. He was simply a great boyfriend; he didn’t smother Sky, gave her space and tried his utmost to understand that the situation for her wasn’t as crystal clear and that she required time and guidance before she could embrace the eternal connection they shared. Sporty, musically talented, knowing how to support and cherish, family centered without lacking a naughty humorous side – Zed is perfect boyfriend material! Also, he brought flowers and candy to her, extremely simple, but I found it adorably sweet.

Overall:

A cute read with a cute love story. Sit down, take a cup of warm tea, have some cookies and enjoy this pure ball of fluffy fluffyness. Sweet and simple.
P.S I’m so looking forward to reading Xav’s book! There was just something hooking about him.

 


4 stars!

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2 comments:

  1. I like the cover! And the blurb sounds great too. Regardless of the overused plot, I am one who is up for a good paranormal setting anytime. I love the sound of the word "soulfinder". Plus, it looks like there will be some intriguing characters in this book too! Definitely going on my TBR list ;)

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  2. Thank sofr the feedback!
    I found this book totally by accident and decided to give it a shot at first only because of the cover :D But yes, the soulfinder theme is really cute in the book and not so obsessive/stalkerish/no privacy or independence as you'd initially think.
    Enjoy! :D

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