The Reluctant Sacrifice [Book Review]

The Reluctant Sacrifice [Book Review]
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Title: The Reluctant Sacrifice (The Aramithians #1)
Author: Kerr-Ann Dempster
Publisher: Ink City Books
Published Date: 7th August 2015
Rating: 3 stars
*Thank you to the author for the review copy*
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 hopeโ€ฆ 

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 Aubreyโ€™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. 

 Review: I have quite a lot of mixed feelings when it comes to The Reluctant Sacrifice, so I’ll try and discuss them as best I can. I’m going to break the book into stages – talking about the beginning, middle, end, and then lastly, the romance. 

So. The beginning. It took me quite a while to get into this book, and that was mostly because I wasn’t really feeling it in the beginning. I liked the main character and the story itself wasn’t too bad. It was a bit jumpy and because we were suddenly thrown into this world and the main character had abilities that I couldn’t get my grips on, it left me a bit frazzled. And then we slowly started to understand the fantasy/paranormal kind of elements to the story. They were never fully explained, in my opinion, and they didn’t entirely convince me. I know fantasy/paranormal can never really be realistic, but it was a little too far-fetched for me? It was beyond what I could really imagine and ground myself in. 

But then the middle happened, and the book quickly picked up for me! I was easily able to really like Aubrey again. She started to show that even though she wanted to be confident and not let life get to her, she was still scared. She still had moments of panic. And I found that to be incredibly realistic. I was able to connect with her through that, and I admired her resilience despite being worried nonetheless. 

In the middle we also get a lot of internal conflict. We start to see the grey area between the people who are supposed to be labelled as good, and as bad. Aubrey starts thinking – if she was in their position, would she do the same thing? We learn more and more about their motives and then we get to see them as true people as well. I started to question who was bad and who was good. I loved the moral dilemma and the way Aubrey was carefully thinking about this. It invested me in the plot and I wanted to know the outcome of things. 

That sort of ties into the romance story. There is a bit of a love triangle here, but then at the same time there isn’t one. Josh was who Aubrey really loved since childhood, but now he wants her dead. Sort of a turn off, right? So she is trying to move on, but she can’t help the way she feels sometimes. And all the time Coy is there, being patient. But she doesn’t know if she can trust him yet. And that created quite a few issues! I liked that romance toss up.

But at the same time, there was the part I didn’t like which kind of involved Aubrey doing things because she just “wanted to forget her problems for a while.” Yes, we all have our weak moments, but that just seemed a little cliche? I have seen countless girls do the same throughout YA and it’s really annoying to have it keep jumping up. >.> So yeah, when I was reading that bit… I was a little annoyed that throughout my favourite section of the book this was included.

And last but not least, the ending. I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about it, although it has been a while since I have finished the book. It tied up well, I guess, but it made me question if I was really satisfied with the way things worked out? I’m not sure. It was a little sudden with thrown in elements you won’t be able to predict, but I’m not sure I entirely understand myself. Hm… I think if you read the book, you’ll have to make up your own mind on this one!

Overall a pretty decent read, but it left something to be desired in some areas.


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