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The Reluctant Sacrifice: (The Aramithians 1) Paperback – 17 Aug 2015
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Kerr-Ann Dempster lives in Traverse City, Michigan where she is often found with her nose in a book, her toes in the sand/snow, or online fan-girling over fictional characters and fellow authors. She grew up in Kingston, Jamaica. After moving to America, she attended Loyola University, Chicago. Go Ramblers! (It should be noted that Kerr-Ann never attended a Loyola sporting event. She was however, quite fond of the Rambler T-shirts.) Visit Kerr-Ann at www.kdempster.com
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The narrative is first person from Aubreys POV which I loved. I felt every emotion right along with her and felt a deep connection with the character right from the start. The book is beautifully written and the characters are each laid out in detail during the first few chapters so I could easily understand who was who right away and connect with each character. I loved the narrative style so much and how the exciting plot line unfolded so quickly. The emotions in the book were so deep, right from the first chapter, heart crushing events right from the start left my heart readily wounded for the rest of the book. When the further troubles appeared in the book I was very almost crushed by my broken heart pieces. I have never been so moved by a book in my life! I found myself helpless to put the book down. It's just so so good and so drawing. I had no many questions with each chapter and I needed to read more to get answers. I needed to know my favourite characters were safe.
Aubrey is such a strong and brave character. She is fierce and determined, yet she is modest and feels she is weak when she isn't. I love how real she seems, almost believable enough to forget this is fiction. She is such a great heroine and I am utterly in love with her. Coy is a mysterious character at first. He is protective, flirty and hypnotic but is also very dangerous if he wishes to be. He is trying hard to be strong for Aubrey but he is broken inside and she knows it. He is a really great character and definatley my favourite of the book. Joshua is a confusing character. He's all sugar and light one moment and evil and dark the next. He is laid back about Aubreys imminent murder even though she was his best friend and he is seemingly heartless. He infuriated me throughout this book and helping Coy in the end does not a changed man make. I loved the romantic build up between Coy and Aubrey. It gets stronger throughout the book and I found myself upset that Aubrey wouldn't return Coys obvious feelings, I almost cried when things worked out in the end. I am serious team Coy. I want to rant about Azure, Lefu, Morgan and Charr but can't do so without major spoilers so I'm going to refrain from that, surely you will find out for yourself what my beef with those guys is soon enough.
Overall, this book is seriously one of the best I've read this year alongside fabulous title likes Secrets in Phoenix, How I Found You, Heir of Fire, King of Ash and Bone and Drown. The attention to details in the narrative is beyond beautiful, this definately one of the finest written books I've read period. I worried, laughed, loved and almost cried right along with Aubrey and I feel this book will stay with me long long after I've closed the pages. I'd love to see a prequel showing how Coys parents and Aubreys mother met and what happend there. I also cannot wait to read The Reluctant Huntress and find out what happens next because that ending almost swelled my heart out of my chest. I never expected any single that happens in this book, it is far from predictable and I can very rarely say that about a book. I still can't get over that ending....all I'm thinking is Oh My Gooooosh!! This truly has hit top five of my favourite books like... THAT! I recommend you go buy it right away and read it right now because words cannot do justice to how much I enjoyed and loved this book. You just need to see for yourself.
So. The beginning. It took me quite a while to get into this book, and that was mostly because I wasn't really feeling it in the beginning. I liked the main character and the story itself wasn't too bad. It was a bit jumpy and because we were suddenly thrown into this world and the main character had abilities that I couldn't get my grips on, it left me a bit frazzled. And then we slowly started to understand the fantasy/paranormal kind of elements to the story. They were never fully explained, in my opinion, and they didn't entirely convince me. I know fantasy/paranormal can never really be realistic, but it was a little too far-fetched for me? It was beyond what I could really imagine and ground myself in.
But then the middle happened, and the book quickly picked up for me! I was easily able to really like Aubrey again. She started to show that even though she wanted to be confident and not let life get to her, she was still scared. She still had moments of panic. And I found that to be incredibly realistic. I was able to connect with her through that, and I admired her resilience despite being worried nonetheless.
In the middle we also get a lot of internal conflict. We start to see the grey area between the people who are supposed to be labelled as good, and as bad. Aubrey starts thinking - if she was in their position, would she do the same thing? We learn more and more about their motives and then we get to see them as true people as well. I started to question who was bad and who was good. I loved the moral dilemma and the way Aubrey was carefully thinking about this. It invested me in the plot and I wanted to know the outcome of things.
That sort of ties into the romance story. There is a bit of a love triangle here, but then at the same time there isn't one. Josh was who Aubrey really loved since childhood, but now he wants her dead. Sort of a turn off, right? So she is trying to move on, but she can't help the way she feels sometimes. And all the time Coy is there, being patient. But she doesn't know if she can trust him yet. And that created quite a few issues! I liked that romance toss up.
But at the same time, there was the part I didn't like which kind of involved Aubrey doing things because she just "wanted to forget her problems for a while." Yes, we all have our weak moments, but that just seemed a little cliche? I have seen countless girls do the same throughout YA and it's really annoying to have it keep jumping up. >.> So yeah, when I was reading that bit... I was a little annoyed that throughout my favourite section of the book this was included.
And last but not least, the ending. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it, although it has been a while since I have finished the book. It tied up well, I guess, but it made me question if I was really satisfied with the way things worked out? I'm not sure. It was a little sudden with thrown in elements you won't be able to predict, but I'm not sure I entirely understand myself. Hm... I think if you read the book, you'll have to make up your own mind on this one!
Overall a pretty decent read, but it left something to be desired in some areas.
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