You have half our gifts, I have the other . . . When English girl Sky, catches a glimpse of bad boy Zed in her new American high school, she can’t get him out of her head. He talks to her with his thoughts. He reads her mind. He is the boy she will love for ever. Dark shadows stalk her past but a new evil threatens her future. Sky must face the dark even if it means losing her heart. (From Amazon)
Joss Stirling’s debut YA novel caught my interest with its vague and intriguing blurb. It screams Paranormal Romance, yet there’s not a vampire, werewolf or angel in sight. The fact that its main character, Sky, is an English girl relocating to America made it all the more fascinating and appealing, having spent many a time dreaming of doing the same during my own school years.
I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Finding Sky is unique and offers something very new to the genre- savants. When Sky moves with her adoptive parents to America for a year, she isn’t expecting to catch the eye of the local hot bad boy, Zed. Yet she does, and more bizarrely she just can’t get him out of her head, literally he is there talking to her in her mind. But Sky is no pushover despite her startled rabbit appearance and refuses to believe she is a mysterious Savant, the same as him. More alarming Zed is claiming she’s his Soulfinder and they are destined to be together for life. But Sky is about to get caught up in a battle involving Savants from both the good and dark side and she needs to work out which side Zed and his family are on quickly to save herself.
Joss Stirling has created in Sky one of the most likable characters I have come across recently. She’s incredibly ordinary with typical insecurities and while she sees herself as weak and small it’s clear to the reader there’s far more to her than appears. She questions things and doesn’t accept what she’s told easily and her development throughout the book from scared, nervous mouse to kick ass heroine defeating evil is fantastic. There’s also a real air of mystery to Sky as well, as she can’t remember anything about her early childhood. Adopted at ten by Sally and Simon Bright, her murky past holds the key to many of the secrets being unravelled by Zed, if only she could, or was willing, to remember them.
Zed is also an intriguing character. He first appears as something of a bad boy with a reputation at school. His pursuit of Sky leaves you wondering what his motives are but it soon becomes clear that despite the image there’s a good heart. I was glued to the book desperately wanting to know exactly what a Savant was with Stirling trickling information to keep me reading. I also adored his family of savants with not one but six hot brothers, all with extraordinary gifts and I’d love to know more about the other guys in the delicious Benedict family. I’m not sure if there are any sequels planned, but there’s certainly scope for a fascinating series and I’d definitely follow it.
Finding Sky is a very readable book. There’s nothing particularly challenging about it and the pace is steady making it a very enjoyable and easy read. There are a few edge-of-your-seat moments where the action really picks up as well as some very moving scenes regarding Sky’s past. I was a little disappointed that the romance in the book wasn’t as intense as I’d anticipated, although it was incredibly sweet. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Finding Sky and would recommend it to fans of the genre looking for something a little bit different and will certainly be looking out for more from Joss Stirling in the future.
Published in the UK by Oxford University Press October 2010
Thanks to the publishers for sending me this book for review.
I’m also taking part in the UK blog tour for Finding Sky and am really excited about my stop! I can’t wait to visit the others too…here’s the details!