Finding Sky
Can one girl find the strength to battle the demons of her past in order to embrace the future with her soulfinder?
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The problem I had with Finding Sky is that the synopsis of the book sounds like it's a Twilight rip off. Now I've read Twilight back in the day and would probably not have been too bothered about this, but I know that there are a lot of people out there who loathe the series and would steer clear of this book because, at first glance, it does seem to come across as being a Twilight-inspired novel. 

This is really a pity because the book is anything but a carbon copy of Twilight. In fact Finding Sky is a tantalizing and refreshingly different offering in an, dare I say it, overly done and often clichéd genre that paranormal romance seems to have become.  And I for one, enjoyed it. Far more than I thought I would actually.

It usually takes me a couple of chapters to really get into a book, but with Finding Sky, I found myself gripped from the first page. The first chapter starts off with Sky having a flashback to her being abandoned at a gas station with no recollection of the people who ditched her there or how she managed to find herself there.

Following  a flashback, we meet Sky where she and her dotty, distracted and artistic parents are just about settling in their new home in Colorado and where Sky is set to start a new year at a new school. Feeling decidedly like a lost English school girl, Sky is not sure what to expect.

Then she meets Zed Benedict. Smoulderingly gorgeous he may be, but her first few encounters with him leaves her with nothing but a bad taste in her mouth. 

The great thing about Sky as a character is that she doesn't instantly fall for Zed. Sure she finds him attractive, but when he gives her attitude, Sky shows that she actually takes exception to it and doesn't take it lying down.  For me this is such a refreshing and much needed change from the girl meets boy and ends up instantly smitten without having spoken two words to said boy scenario. It shows that there is a lot of character development that has been thought out and put down to paper and it just so happens to be the case with Joss Stirling's Finding Sky. 

Another thing that I also loved about this book is Sky's reaction to when Zed tells her that she's a savant. Sky blatantly refuses to accept anything savant related for an appropriately long-enough time for her to actually really come to terms with it.  It irritates me so when female characters accept the out-of-the-ordinary and the supernatural so easily and without a fight, especially when the story is set in a world where it's not the norm for it to occur.

Finding Sky not only focuses on romance, but the paranormal aspect ensures that the book is locked, loaded and jam-packed with action. In fact, and this is one of the problems I had with the novel, there was almost too much action in one go, which at times, made the post action scenes seem a little too angst-filled.

Joss's introduction into the world and gifts of Savants are certainly very interesting. The idea behind being a Savant and having these enhanced gifts, is not so much focused on having physical strength, but draws more from psyche and what your mind is capable of when you have gifts like telepathy, and clairvoyance amongst others.

She doesn't give much away, but leaves enough room and opening for a continuation of the series. The writing, for the most part, is quite beautiful. It's not as blatantly lyrical as most YA novels are, but then, perhaps it wasn't meant to be.

All in all,  I found Finding Sky to be a great read and think it's a great set up for what I hope is the start of a great new book series.

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