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This book was read as part of the UK Book Tours. If you are interested in being part of a book tour, then do go over to the site and have a look at the tours on offer. I have to say a big thank you to Lynsey for including me in the tour.
Pages - 308
Published in 2010 by Oxford University Press
The car drew away, leaving the little girl on the verge. Shaking with cold in her thin cotton T-Shirt and shorts, she sat down, arms locked around her knees, her light blonde hair blowing messily in the wind, pale as a dandelion seed head. 'Be quiet freak, or we will come back and get you,' they'd said. She didn''t want them to come back for her. She knew that for a fact, even if she couldn't remember her name or where she lived.
Sky has had to move to America with her adopted parents as they embark on a new artistic contract. She runs into a bad boy who she can't get out of her head. She doesn't think she stands a chance and then he begins to speak to her through her mind. He can read her every thought. He is destined to be her soulmate for the rest of her life and their is nothing she can do about it. Their relationship won't happen easily. There are dark forces out there intent on destroying her boyfriend and his family. Sky must face these forces alone and come to terms with her past that she has kept hidden most of her life.
I loved this book!
It is one of the most thrilling Young Adult books I have read in ages, leaving YA books flailing in the shadows. It is different from the present paranormal YA books available on the market and I couldn't help but lap it up. I picked this book up and just couldn't put it back down. Within two days I had read it and fallen in love with and I am having great difficulty sending it on to the next person in the tour to read it. It is not often that I buy a book after I read it, but I will definitely want to read this one again.
The characters are strong and interesting and you are on their side from page one. I dare you all not to fall for the charms of Zed, who sits quite nicely in an Edward mode for me. Or at least one of his six dark brooding brothers. This book is definitely like riding the ski slopes of Colorado where it is set. One minute you are standing at the top of the slope, waiting to fly and then you are down at the bottom, exhausted and ready for more action. The plot had me on my toes and I couldn't actually guess what would happen next.
This book is full of romance, the Edward and Bella kind of romance. It deals with love, friendship and family commitment and even though the book ends with an excellent finish, you are still left wanting more. Luckily I have read that Joss Stirling is presently writing a sequel. Yay!
Sky, Zed and his family are all savants, whereby they all have exceptional abilities using their minds. Each one has a different ability and I came away wishing I could have one too. I haven't read many books that involve using telepathy and mind reading, so this really was a breath of fresh air.
For a debut novel, I found the writing to be a breath of fresh air, littered with original metaphors and similies, I found myself quoting them to my friends. The book managed to produce a variety of emotions in me, which is definitely a first for me. If I ever reach a stage where my own book will be published, I want it to be as good as this one.
I predict great things for Joss Stirling and a very bright future in the Young Adult market. If this is her first book, I can't wait to see her next. Anyway don't sit there listening to me waffle on, go buy it and read it for yourself.