Friday, May 16, 2014

Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor

Searching for Sky
Release date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury 
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Sky and River have always lived on Island, the only world they’ve ever known. Until the day River spots a boat. Across Ocean, in a place called California, Sky is separated from River and forced to live with a grandmother she’s just met. Here the rules for survival are different. People rely on strange things like cars and cell phones. They keep secrets from one another. And without River, nothing makes sense. Sky yearns for her old life where she was strong and capable, not lost and confused. She must find River so they can return to Island, but the truth behind how they ended up there in the first place will come as the biggest shock of all.

My Rating: 5 Roses

An emotional, heart-breaking, gem of a read, Searching for Sky was a fantastic YA read. This book was just wonderful. This compelling book of a girl struggling to learn about modern life was heart-breakingly lovely and a truly enjoyable read.

Sky was a lovely heroine. She was a very realistic character. She was a girl, raised in a paleolithic lifestyle, suddenly dropped into the modern world. She wasn't perfect. She struggled, lashed out, and resented the confusing new world she was stuck in. But, she was also strong, clever, and more resilient than people gave her credit for. I liked how her assimilation into the modern world was portrayed. It wasn't easy, it wasn't overnight, and it required a lot of turbulent emotions and struggle. Things that seem normal to the everyday person were totally alien to her and it wasn't going to be easy for her to learn about them. I liked how that wasn't glossed over and was shown so realistically. And, seeing her struggles made me more engaged in her character. She was wonderful and I really liked her.

River was also great. In contrast to Sky, he wanted to return to the modern world because, unlike her, he had early memories of living there. Problem was, while he wanted the modern world, the modern world didn't want him, because something that happened in his past, while he still lived in California. I felt so bad for the poor guy. He was so sweet, a genuinely kind soul, but he was blamed for the crimes of another. His situation just broke my heart, not to mention what happened at the end. I absolutely adored him character.

The romance was light, since Sky and River spend most of the book apart. But, even when they were apart, they were always thinking of each other. They already had a deep bond, after growing up so closely and it was only natural that it began to shift to something more. But, fate wasn't easy on them...

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. I loved how the emotions in this book were portrayed so brilliantly and I felt each one. The secrets hidden in the past were totally shocking and I never suspected the truth behind Sky and River's lives on the island. I loved the story and the ending was heart-wrenching, a bittersweet conclusion with both hope and grief. It was certainly an ending to remember.

Searching for Sky was a heart-breakingly lovely, deeply emotional, and utterly engaging read. I absolutely loved this book. Full of deep emotions and shocking secrets, it grabbed hold of my emotions and didn't let go, keeping me totally drawn into Sky's world. YA lovers, this book is a must read.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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