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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 14 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Finding Sky (Paperback)
I'm (unfortunately) no longer a teenager, but I loved this book and the next one too (Stealing Phoenix). In fact once I finished reading 'Finding Sky' I went back and read it again. I've never done that with a book and I can't quite work out why I like it so much.

It's the story of Sky, a girl that has a past so upsetting, that she has locked it away in head and can't remember her formative years. She also has some superpowers, but has also locked those away too and isn't really aware of what she can do.

Both this book and the next also centre around the Benedict family. A close-knit family with 7 sons, who are all gorgeous (of course), and all have a big secret to keep.

I agree with some of the criticism that the 'soulfinder' link and the effect that has on some people is a bit of a hard one to swallow but if you're up for believing that these things work differently for savants (savants are those with extra powers) than for non-savants, it is fine. Traditionally we think of couples meeting and gradually falling in love with each other (their soul-mates perhaps) but here we have to believe that savants find their soul-finder (a kind of one-in-the-world-only cosmic soulmate arranged pairing) and then 'have to' fall in love afterwards.

These issues really didn't bother me, but I gather from some other reviews that it was a deal-breaker for some. I do also find it a bit disappointing that the male characters have fireworks when they find their soulfinder, but the female feels very little. Why can't they both have fireworks?? (There is an explanation in this book for this, but it is similar picture in Stealing Phoenix without the same reason being applicable).

Having said all that, I really got caught up in this book and loved it from start to finish. There are echoes of twilight (misunderstood moody teenage male lead with loving supportive family that need to keep their secret and protect others / quiet, outsider female lead etc) and I am sure it could be made in to a great film too.

For anyone reading reviews to see if it's OK for your daughters to read, then the most that happens is some cuddling and kissing. If anyone swears, it says 'he swore' rather than any actual offensive words being mentionned. There is some shooting and people getting killed but no detail or gore.
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