- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford (2 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192792954
- ISBN-13: 978-0192792952
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 198 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Finding Sky Paperback – 2 Jun 2011
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'It's perfect. I simply adore this world, with its humour, love, action and suspense . . her writing [is] beautiful and her characters realistic.' (thebookaddictedgirl.com)
'Finding Sky is something really unique - it's not about vampires, werewolves or even fallen angels. Tingly, romantic, funny in places, warming, adventurous are just a few words I could use to describe Finding Sky' (BooksforTeens)
With so many paranormal romance titles now available for the YA market, Finding Sky is something a little bit different. Rather than relying on popular paranormal archetypes, Joss Stirling has created a fascinating world within our world where those with a variety of psychic powers live among us.' (iwasateenagebookgeek.com)
It easily draws you into the mysteries of Wickenridge and all its inhabitants... Everything about this book was brilliant. (Geek and Book Nerd (blog))
Finding Sky by Joss Stirling is a prime example and a reminder to all that sometimes reading books outside your genre can be positively surprising... (Sidrah Shaikh, Devise (blog))
So different; so intriguing, so addictive...The writing is spot on and so far from predictable...Fans of Twilight will enjoy this series and we HOPE they make a film of this one! (TotallyBookedBlog)
Finding your soul mate has never been so dangerous.
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I'm actually really impressed with this trilogy bundle on 3 counts.
Firstly, it's a bargain, each book is a decent length and I managed to get all 3 for just £7.55 (I could see them retailing individually for £5 each!).
Secondly, I love the world the author has dreamed up, with gifted 'Savants' who happen to have a kind of soulmate, or 'Soulfinder' who is their perfect partner and completes their special gifts.
And thirdly, the romantic relationships are very different in each book, which can be difficult for a writer to accomplish in this kind of book series, where there's a set formula that's followed - 'gifted soulmates meet', 'there's difficulty in their getting together', 'they resolve problems and become a happy couple'.
I also liked how the supporting characters get fleshed out a bit, it felt like they were woven into the story very naturally, and I especially liked the character Tony in Seeking Phoenix. As a crippled petty thief who knew Phoenix from when she was born, Tony isn't the usual secondary character, and I loved seeing their odd loyalty to one another, particularly due to the poor circumstances they lived in which discouraged any loyalty and friendliness.
Overall I would definitely recommend this series! It's got great storytelling you can sink your teeth into, a brilliant mix of characters, and it manages to take a used concept (people with supernatural abilities) and not overwork it but still make it seem fresh.
Sky, our British leading lady, is okay. I didn't like her as much as I would have wanted to but she was quite funny which was nice. Zed, our leading American man, is better. Sky has moved to America with her family so is starting a new school. Now, this aspect of any young adult story is always something I love. Any mention of new schools, boarding schools or the like really interest me because we then get to learn everything from scratch along with the main characters which makes it more enjoyable from my perspective. As you might expect, Zed is beatifully hansome and arrogant whilst Sky is shy and a hidden beauty. BUT, little does Sky know, she's anything but ordinary. And neither is Zed.
After everything eventually goes as you anticipate, Sky is introduced to Zed's massive, and quirky, family. All of which seem to have a little more to them than initially seems. I won't explain what exactly Zed, his family and Sky are but what I will say is they all have very interesting abilities which are entirely explainable but VERY unique to the YA genre. The concept of the SoulFinder is equally interesting - two people who are destined to be together based on a particular feeling or sensation the two feel. In essence two halves of a whole that very rarely find each other in reality because of the vast population and small liklihood of these exact two individuals ever meeting.
I do recommend this book because it is new and it is interesting but I have to say that, on a negative note: It was so incredibly predictable once the initial concept was explained. On top of that, I didn't buy into Zed's typical bad boy character nor did I really like the typical girl with low self-esteem and hidden cuteness. The thing is, Stirling had such a great idea that was really unique and I think she kind of spoiled it with her typical characters. Overall, a good read, but I didn't like the characters enough to care about the sequel.
The story introduces Sky and her adoptive parents, recently moved to the US from England. There are glimpses of Sky's life before her adoption, nothing concrete, but we know it's not good. The main plot follows her developing relationship with a strange and angry boy called Zed (dreadful name, but a good character when you get past that!). He believes that she is the one who will save him, and that he will save her in return; they are intended for each other, soulfinders, and their powers will be magnified when they are together. Unfortunately, there are those who don;t want that to happen.
I found the plot interesting. It zipped along at a good pace and there was a strong enough mix of romance, intrigue and action to keep me engaged. I read it very quickly because I wanted to see the outcome. The characters were well-drawn and on the whole it was well-written. It did have one or two problems though... it would have benefited from a bit more background information on the mythology, the history of the savants. Also, it could have done with being longer. The ending felt a little rushed to me, for one thing, and their wasn't enough time spent on the early stages of their relationship. From how the soul finder relationship was described, I expected to feel the pull between them, but that was only referred to a couple of times really.
I would recommend this book to teens, but also to anyone who likes this genre, as I don't think it has an age limit to it's appeal. I am glad there is a sequel: Stealing Phoenix
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