Monday, April 25, 2016

"Outsiders": A Book That Thinks Outside Of The Box

"Jaylen Hayes knows that she is different from all other seventeen-year-old girls. Possessing extraordinary intelligence, she is also uncannily powerful and inexplicably hated by wild animals. But it is not until she transfers to Trinity High that she learns the truth about who—and what—she really is. 

Instinctively drawn to two new classmates—the intense and passionate Indigo, and the charismatic and breathtakingly gorgeous Michael—Jaylen soon learns the shocking secret of their shared heritage, and the bloodline that extends to the stars. However, all is not what it seems, and Jaylen soon finds her newfound security threatened when a trusted friend becomes a dangerous and vengeful enemy. "

*I received a pdf copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review. All my opinion.

First off, I want to thank the author for allowing me to read this wonderful book!

In my book reviews I normally start off with a synopsis of the book I read, but this is the type of book that is so much better when you go into it blind.

At first, the beginning of the book dragged a little for me, so I had to take a break from it for a few months. After I took a break from it for a couple of months and got closer to the middle of the book, I instantly got hooked and couldn't put my iPad down. When I started reading it again I read it in only a day.

This book is a YA contemporary with a really cute romance that you constantly are pulling for, aspects of Sci-fi and fantasy,and tons of mystery and suspense. Through out the book there were so many moments that made my heart drop to my stomach because of the suspense and there were also heart wrenching moments that shocked me and made me feel the loss and heartbreak the characters felt. This book was never predictable and I was constantly surprised by how the events ended up happening and I constantly was on the edge of my seat to find out what would happen next.

In this book, the protagonist Jaylen never felt like she belonged and always felt different from the people around her. When she starts going to Trinity, she meets overbearing Indigo and dreamy eyed Michael who are just like her and she finally feels like she belongs somewhere and doesn't feel like such a freak of nature anymore.

When Jaylen finds out why she is so different and what she is, she automatically accepts it and doesn't freak out very much. If I found out I was anything other than a human, I probably would have a moment of denial, before I either cried or had a panic attack. The fact that Jaylen never really freaked out about what she was made Jaylen's character not as relatable for me.

However, I do appreciate how Tammy Ferebee doesn't use cliches that are normally used in most movies and books about the thing/creature that Jaylen is.

The characters in this book were well developed and I really appreciated Tammy Ferebee including characters that were very unique and were the minority.  Jaylen is an atheist who is attending a Catholic School. I love the diversity aspect of this book! Most authors shy away from the whole religion aspect in books, but Tammy Ferebee shows that not everyone is Christian or believes in the same things through the characterization of the characters. The protagonist in this story, Jayden is African-American which is different from what we normally see in books. That could have been enough diversity in one book, but there is also an LGBTQ+ aspect to it as well. Diversity being included in this book really makes this book more realistic and relatable.

I wish the ending didn't end the way it did. I thought the book should have at least two more chapters of the book left, but it just ended abruptly.  The characters didn't even solve the central conflict or even decide what they were going to about it before the book ended. I just wanted to scream "What happened?". I heard that there is going to be a sequel, which I am beyond ecstatic about, but I can't believe I have to wait so long to find out what happens next.

Overall, this was an amazing book not only about aspects of fantasy and love, but also about real life issues. I can't wait to read the sequel and I am so glad I got a copy from the author to review! I definitely recommend this book to everyone!

My Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Paw Prints

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