Monday, 1 November 2010

Review: Finding Sky by Joss Stirling

Publisher: OUP
Format: Trade paperback
Released: October 7th, 2010
Grade rating: B/B+

Amazon summary:

You have half our gifts, I have the other... When English girl Sky, catches a glimpse of bad boy Zed in her new American high school, she can't get him out of her head. He talks to her with his thoughts. He reads her mind. He is the boy she will love for ever. Dark shadows stalk her past but a new evil threatens her future. Sky must face the dark even if it means losing her heart.


I was really surprised by Finding Sky. I'll admit I did judge it a bit before I read it, especially because of its black cover that reminded me of so many other paranormal books out there. However, once I started reading, I realised it was something completely different - instead of vampires, wolves or angels, it was about mind reading savants with unusual gifts and talents. So kudos to Joss Stirling for mixing things up, and for not following the popular creature crowd. It was good to have a change!

Sky was a pretty cool character, with certain qualities and traits that I liked - stubbornness, loyalty and a believable amount of independence. She takes to her new American surroundings surprisingly well, making friends and learning about the cultural differences almost instantly. She soon meets Zed Benedict, notorious bad boy and one of seven brothers - surely nothing good can come of that, right?! Besides his awful name (which I'll come to soon), Sky and Zed did actually fit quite well. They had chemistry and, even though their relationship progressed quickly as is the recent trend, it seemed real enough. I believed it, which is always a plus for me when it comes to YA romances.

Now, on to Zed Benedict. I liked him, but hated his name. I really tried to get past it, but who on earth is called Zed?! It just sounded so alien in my head, and I know Stirling was probably going for something cool and cutting edge, but it didn't work for me. Aside from that and his occasional pushiness, he was probably my favourite character. He was bad ass, and his family were just hot - seven savant brothers is *never* a bad thing!

The paranormal element to Finding Sky definitely interested me, as I don't think I've come across savants before. I've encountered mind reading in various incarnations, but never quite like it was presented here. I also really liked the crime type plot in the latter half of the book, as it kept me guessing and added a sense of danger to the story. I wasn't expecting it to take the turn it did, but I enjoyed it - probably more than the first half of the book, which focused on Sky and Zed's budding relationship.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Finding Sky, and I think you will be too. As a paranormal debut for this author, it was a strong start and I think future books in the series will be even better. I'm looking forward to the sequel, which I hope will feature more of the Benedict brothers... more Xavier, please!


The Slowest Bookworm said...

I'm really glad you enjoyed this. Great review. The next book concentrates on a different brother rather than just Sky and Zed, so there's hope that Xavier might get his own book soon too. I think the next one is Yves. I think Joss is heading off in a great direction following the Benedict family. Can't wait for the next instalment.

SusanKMann said...

I loved this book, one of the best I have read this year and like you can't wait for the sequel. x

Anna said...

Eeek...Sky & Zed...those names are definitely distracting. But kudos to the author for coming up with something different in the midst of all the vamps, angels and werewolves. Loved your point on that. I'll have to check it out!

Lauren said...

I was pleasantly surprised by this too. It's always great to find a paranormal romance that has something different about it.

lanna-lovely said...

I've been meaning to read this one for a while.

I get what you mean about the name thing, sometimes weird character names irritate me so much -- Zed doesn't bother me though, I have a friend who is actually called Ziggy, so Zed doesn't seem bad in comparison. =P

Jesse Owen said...

I loved this one and found it a refreshingly different take on a paranormal romance.

RileyBabeLove said...

I loved this book, I found it different from most of the books I read (vamps, werewolfs and angels)but it was great, I love sky and zed I think they are cool and cute together, I also found the odd bits funny. can't wait for the sequel xx :D xx

Anonymous said...

I read finding sky like 3 times and each time i read it i understood it more at the start it is very hard to understand but as u get to the bit where she is in the car it becomes easer to read i really enjoyed the book :)

helen said...

I have to ask...where can I find this book? I checked at Barnes and Noble and Amazon (USA) and could not find a copy anywhere. I also can't find a digital copy for sale at BN, Amazon or Sony. Do you happen to know if this book is available in the States? I checked the author's website but it is really basic with no place to ask questions.

UdyRegan said...

This is definitely something that young girls will like and I'll probably be chucking into storage. But that being said, I'm at least glad, that like you said, it's not about vampires and werewolves. Lord knows we have enough of those!