Title: Out of the Blue
Author: Sophie Cameron
Genre: YA Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Synopsis: Sometimes, I imagine alternate endings to the story: last-minute miracles, touches of magic. I picture how things might have gone, if I wasn’t there. If I’d left just a few minutes later. If I hadn’t been alone. It doesn’t make any difference. One way or another, the crash always comes.
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.
This book is hard to place in a category. Fantasy? Urban fantasy? Magical realism? Whatever you decide to call it, it’s lovely and it works.
This was one of those books I just couldn’t put down because I had to know what was going to happen. Do not be deterred by the fact that there are literal angels falling from the sky in this book. It certainly wasn’t what I expected when I read “angels” and I was pleasantly surprised. Out of the Blue explores grief, how we each deal with it in different ways, and how losing someone changes everything in your life. Each of the characters is fantastic and the cast is wonderfully diverse.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see more from this author.
Thank you so much to Fierce Reads for sending me an ARC of this lovely book in exchange for an honest review.