The Reluctant Sacrifice. Kerr-Ann Dempster. Fantasy/Paranormal/Young adult. 263 pages. 2015. 3 stars. [Source: Sent by author]
“If you cannot be brave,” Mom said, “at least close your damn eyes and pretend.”
I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Centuries ago, sibling rivalry tore Aramith apart. As punishment, the losers were stripped of their immortal birthright and banished to Earth. There, they wasted away from old age and diseases. However, there is hope…
If a Shaw child, born on the 12th day of the 12th month offers her soul in a public sacrifice, then the exiles will be forgiven and welcomed home to Aramith.
Aubrey Shaw is that child, but dying for the exiles is not on her to-do list. Using her gift as a Jumper, Aubrey leaps between bodies to escape relentless shape-shifting hunters. Only, shedding her skin is not enough. Not when Joshua, her best-friend-turned-hunter, is hell-bent on dragging her to the altar.
Will Aubrey’s love for Joshua change his mind?
Or, will she have to trust the scarred stranger who shows up out of the blue cloaked in lies and secrets? Doing so means giving up on Joshua. But betting on Joshua’s love could do more than break her heart.
It could kill her.
I read this novel way back in September and I admit this review is way overdue. I had to reread most of it to recap what I liked and disliked and now I can finally give you my input!
One word for this novel would be interesting. The concept was something I haven’t come across; the characters were given depth and a hell lot of attitudes; the action was one of a kind. It started off pretty slow but then kicked into intense action once we reach the halfway mark and it was just one big pack of kicking ass from then on.
Coy is one character that I found myself having fun reading! His wit is definitely something else compared to everyone else in the novel and it made him stand out. Aubrey, on the other hand, was someone I found who was easy to relate to.
What I found difficult to follow, however, was the plot build up. It was written in such a way that it was hard to follow the concepts of the plot.
I enjoyed reading this until I reached the climax, or, well, the lack thereof. I didn’t expect the story to take the ‘easy way out’ and resolve everything as if the universe decided to give way and let them have what they want. I know this is a fantasy novel but something was off with the way the author decided to conclude this novel.
Nonetheless, I still found myself enjoying the novel! 3/5 stars. I feel like readers will enjoy the love triangle, romance, and action.