Today I have an ARC review for you guys for Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron!
I received this book from Raincoast Books (one of my favourites) in exchange for an honest review! This doesn’t effect my review on the novel at all!
Let’s get into it!
Release Date: May 15th, 2018
Pages: 272 Pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie’s mum dies, angels start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single one has survived.
Hysteria mounting with every Being that drops, Jaya’s father uproots the family to Edinburgh intent on catching one alive. But Jaya can’t stand this obsession and, struggling to make sense of her mother’s sudden death and her own role on that fateful day, she’s determined to stay out of it.
When her best friend disappears and her father’s mania spirals, things hit rock bottom and it’s at that moment something extraordinary happens: An angel lands right at Jaya’s feet, and it’s alive. Finally she is forced to acknowledge just how significant these celestial beings are.
Set against the backdrop of the frenzied Edinburgh festival, OUT OF THE BLUE tackles questions of grief and guilt and fear over who we really are. But it’s also about love and acceptance and finding your place in this world as angels drop out of another.
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This novel was one that I was super hesitant about, especially right after I started it. I didn’t understand the concept and was very concerned that I would waste my time with this novel and would hate it totally.
Thankfully this didn’t happen!
Once I got passed my questions regarding the premise of the novel and how it would end up working, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel!
The characters in this novel were pretty diverse. All of the characters in this novel had something incredible about them, and it was so interesting to read about their lives and how they deal with their everyday problems!
The main character of this novel was a strong, independant girl who has been through a lot throughout her life, but still she is able to put those feelings of loss aside and help another being with all of her strength. Additionally, we got to follow a character with CF which was very interesting and hard to read about. It’s never easy reading about someone in pain, but it’s a lot worse when you have an increased understanding of the disease process and how it effects the patient.
I loved that despite her ailment, this character was strong and feisty and didn’t let anyone make her feel like she was less than because of her illness, because she isn’t!
The entire cast of characters were loveable and interesting and I really enjoyed seeing them interact with each other as well as the being!
The writing of this novel wasn’t anything mindblowing. I didn’t find any flaws in it which made my reading experience flow very nicely. Additionally, after getting over my initial aversion towards the plot, I found that I flew through this novel quite quickly, which I will also thank the writing for.
This is probably where I had the most problems. You guys already know by now that I am a person who loves a lot of fantasy and worldbuilding and just incredibly action packed plot, so when starting this I was a bit let down.
The premise itself was a bit odd for me, but on top of that I thought that the novel didn’t really pick up until we were 50+ pages in, which was a really hard place to get to.
I really considered DNFing this novel when I started it because I couldn’t see myself enjoying it, and that’s why I couldn’t really give this novel anything more than a 3/5.
Despite my rough start I did end up enjoying the novel and flying through it, but it was still something that I don’t think I would pick up again or something that I would recommend to everyone I know. It was just there and interesting enough for me to want to find out what happens in the end.
The only part I really enjoyed was seeing the characters interact with the Being, but aside from those scenes, I was just passing time and trying to finish the novel.
Alright everyone that concludes my review for Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron.
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