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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Review: Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

Released: March 30, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace
Rated: YA
Series: AVRA-K, Book 1
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*Book was provided by the author for an honest review*
Her mom is dead. Ghosts follow her around. Her best friend is an elephant. And she’s about to meet the biggest game changer of all: a boy. With a secret. When circus-dwelling Gemma Flannery learns she will be attending public school for the first time in her seventeen years, little does she know that fitting in with her 12th-grade classmates will be the least of her concerns. A pro at hiding her knack for seeing the dead (“shades”), Gemma is grieving the recent suicide of her mentally ill mother, a process eased by the introduction of her first real love interest, the charming and painfully handsome Henry Dmitri, who is harboring his own collection of dangerous secrets. Together, they will be presented with a frightening challenge: to assume their roles as heirs to a 3000-year-old magical text, the AVRAKEDAVRA, a book the ├╝ber-rich, sleight-of-being master Lucian Dmitri would do anything to get his hands on. As each terrifying layer in her new reality melts away, Gemma unearths truths that her quiet, nomadic life with the Cinzio Traveling Players is not at all what she’d always cherished. Gemma and Henry must rely on each other to stop Lucian’s diabolical plotting that will bring the world to its tired, scab-riddled knees, and are sent on the flight of their young lives, to save themselves, their families, and the world from the darkest kind of destruction. Let the chase begin.

What I thought

What a fantastic read! I was instantly pulled in and couldn't put this book down. I love how different it is, from most other YA and paranormal type books. I loved the Circus aspect of Gemma's life. It was a great background for this character and it's so unusual that it really helps the novel stand out.

This had a lot of world building to it, and most times that can make a book a little sluggish, but Jennifer Sommersby nailed this perfectly. We got the story without any part of it being overwhelming or being rushed. The story was slowly unraveled until the action really started and then everything was so faced paced that it had my heart racing, hoping for the best for both Henry and Gemma.

The AVRA-K Book was so interesting to read about. We don't get to learn too much about it in this book, we get the basics, as Henry and Gemma are in a race to save the humanity from a very dark future. I am excited to read on in this series. Things have heated up and left on such a note that leaves the reader crying for more (at least, I did).

I almost needed a tissue for this one. It had everything from first loves to lots of heartache. Lots of adventure, surprises, and twists. Friendships and betrayals. Basically, it has it all

My Rating

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Somer said...

Wow! I love this cover and thanks to your review I am adding this to my wishlist!

Aimee said...

Thanks! I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think of it!

Lea said...

I have been wanting to get my hands on this book just for the amazing cover, but I want it even more now that I've read such a positive review on it-- thanks! :)

Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

Aimee said...

Thanks Lea! The cover is striking, isn't it?! I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

P.E. said...

Wow, sounds really good. Especially with the ghosts, circus, magic book and elephants. I'll definitely check this one out. Glad you liked it!

Jules said...

I love when you get a book that you just can't put down!!

I think I will check this one you - Thanks for the recommendation :D

Candace said...

I saw this around on Waiting on Wednesday posts and maybe even teaser tuesdays but I don't think I've seen a review. And wow! I'm so glad you liked it that much! I was definitely on the fence about whether it would be for me, but now I'm thinking I'll have to give it a try sometime! Great review!

Mary said...

I really, really want to read this one! Love the cover and the premise is so intriguing... great review.
Mary @ BookSwarm

Aimee said...

Thanks! I do hope you guys enjoy it! I thought it was fun!

Allison said...

I just got a copy of this from Jennifer, and you've got me really looking forward to picking it up!

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