I absolutely adored Finding Sky by Joss Stirling. I'd read good reviews of it when it was first published, but I dragged my feet a little bit about actually starting it. Perhaps I worried that there wouldn't be enough originality in another paranormal YA? But I was totally wrong in that respect and found Finding Sky really addictive reading with great characters and chemistry between the two main love interests. I found the paranormal bit to be quite fun to explore and I really look forward to reading more by Joss Stirling and definitely more about savants!
Finding Sky begins with our main character, Sky Bright, and her family moving from England to a small town in Colorodo. Sky has been adopted from a young age and while she remembers little about what happened before the Brights entered her life, it has had a profound impact on well she is able to let in others and she has severe trust issues.
So when she begins high school and finds herself attracted to Zed Benedict, bad boy, who is able to speak directly into her mind, instead of running towards him with open arms, Sky hangs back, afraid and uncertain. I really like that about this story, this reluctance to begin such a relationship when Sky herself is quite broken. She has a great voice though, I loved reading her inner commentary on those around her, especially the way in which she puts events and characters into a graphic novel panels in her head. Very quirky and fun.
Despite how Sky initially reacts towards this connection she has with Zed, there's little she can do to deny her own powers and also that thing she has with Zed - which is put to the test rather dramatically towards the end of the book. I think Zed is quite the unusual character as well and I liked getting to know him and his eccentric family as well. Hugely excited to know that his family are explored more in the sequel, Stealing Phoenix!
I'm so glad that I read this book and gave it a chance. It's something different and I wasn't expecting the story or the characters to hook me as completely as they did. I recommend it.