Publisher: Running Press Kids
Pages: 304 pages
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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.
The characters were all really great. As soon as I read the first line of the book and met Silas (you can read about Silas below) I knew I was in for a unique read. This novel was chock-full of quirky characters and the town of Blackfin was a character of its own. The undercurrent of weird and strange in the town made for a unique setting. I hope the author revisits the town again in future novels.
I love Skylar Rousseau. She was feisty and brave but she's also a thinking girl. She doesn't just jump into potentially dangerous situations--she knew to bring someone with her or to make sure at least one person knew where she was. She also does not keep things to herself and try to solve things by herself. All of these qualities I appreciated so much about Sky. I love Sky's relationship with her dad, Gui--theirs is one of the best father-daughter relationship I've come across in YA. Of course, I have to mention Sean. He was a sweetheart! He's the kind of guy you want by your side when fighting with a baddie.
Blackfin Sky was whimsical, twisty and unpredictable. The lyrical writing, the otherworldliness of the setting and the quirky characters made for a uniquely fantastic story. If you like Sarah Beth Durst, if you liked The Night Circus, if you like reading novels with a sort of peculiar slant with a touch of magic then Blackfin Sky is for you. It is so, so, sooooo GOOD, you guys! I highly recommend you pick this book up tomorrow.