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Book Review: Blackfin Sky

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Book Review: Blackfin SkyBlackfin Sky by Kat Ellis
Published by Running Press Kids on September 2nd, 2014
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: BEA
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Just like any other morning, Skylar Rousseau is late for school, but when she is greeted by a blanket of silent stares upon entering Blackfin High, she discovers that the whole town thought she fell from the pier and drowned on her sixteenth birthday three months earlier. However, Sky remembers the last three months living her life as normal, and since she is a full, living breathing human being, she has no idea whose body is buried underneath her tombstone. Everyone seems reluctant to help except her steadfast friend and crush, Sean . . . and a secretive man who draws her to a mysterious circus in the woods.

Sky must wade through impossibilities and lies to discover the truth about what happened to her, which proves to be a bit difficult when someone is following her every move with the intent to harm her. And Sky's only hope of finding the answers she seeks may have already been turned to ashes.

If everyone you knew thought you had died and you showed up alive the next day, what do you think they would do? What would you do? That’s one of the main plot points of Blackfin Sky. Skylar mysteriously disappears off the end of the pier the evening of her birthday party, and drowns. But three months later, she magically appears in town, much to the surprise or her family and friends. Weird things always happen in the town of Blackfin, but this is just beyond. Who did they bury in the cemetery when Skylar died?

Unfortunately, that’s not a question I can answer and the plot is not something I can actually talk about because this is one of those books that can be completely destroyed by spoilers. Things unfold piece by piece, and you eventually get to learn what is going on. But I can tell you about the circus that burned down in the woods, which is surrounded by a fence and a gate with a large padlock.

So, look. This book is more plot-driven than character-driven. It’s weird, it’s mysterious–it’s a fantasy with time travel elements but I would not call it a time travel book. I don’t actually like most time travel books, but I liked Blackfin Sky. It’s one of those stories that keep you guessing, and it unravels a little more rope each chapter, until you can see what is tied to the end.

The romance is cute-for a little bit I thought there was going to be a love triangle, but false alarm! There isn’t one. The only thing I couldn’t figure out was whether this book is a standalone or not. It ends okay to be a standalone, but the way it’s left, I wonder if there might be more plot to unravel in another book. So let’s just say it’s a standalone with series potential?

It’s a bit scary, a whole lot spooky, a dash whimsical, with a fair amount of weirdness–Blackfin Sky was exactly what I needed at the time I read it. The only thing I didn’t like? I didn’t find it compulsively readable. Although it was a good book, it was easy for me to walk away from, and I wasn’t in a rush to get back to it. But do I think it’s worth your time? Absolutely. And since it’s barely over 300 pages, it’s a fairly quick read too.

Kara Sig Plant

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