The left, however, is perfect: Even in the darkness, the fibres of the feathers glisten like oil on water: She's so mysterious and incredible, and you can literally feel yourself as fascinated as the characters themselves. I loved how the author chose to make her into this strong and eerie creature that is also incredibly soft and curious and simply adorable.
It's like the author thought of everything to make this character as realistic as possible, and she definitely did it well: I especially loved the way she spoke, with incomprehensible yet lovely words that sound like a melody, or how she later learned to speak to humans in her own way. She just was my favorite character, I truly loved her so dearly! But this book is not only fantasy, it deals with our own, real world.
People see their falling as a sign the world is going to end, they close on themselves and their own fear, which leads to even more terror, chaos, and hate. Some are truly terrorized by the angels and only wish them harm, or maybe just feel disgust. And that is so, so well written! When angels appear in fiction, they're always these beautiful creatures that people can't help but be fascinated with, but if we think for one second, not everyone would act this way.
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If some people already manage to be afraid or hate on immigrants for the sole reason they're from another country, imagine what it'd be like it they came from another dimension or place so far away from our human vision of the universe? Then, of course, there are the ones who are not afraid but see this as an opportunity to be richer and more powerful: There are also people who saw the situation from another point of view and tried to tell others these angels were just people in the end, and deserved the same respect as them, and I again definitely think there would people sensible enough to do it if it happened in our world.
This book also deals with an enormous amount of issues and plots in the span of not even pages. It deals with family, and how one can come apart after a tragedy, how human deals with grief through different situations. It deals with guilt and suffering, of regret and remorse. It deals with both mental and physical illness, and how sick people are MORE than their illness, but how easy is it to give up too. It deals with what someone is ready to do to save someone they love, how strong hope can become if cared enough for. It deals with what's better between the truth and what's right, or what's better for your family, or your morals.
This book just was so wonderful, it immediately became one of my favorite ever. It's just pure honeyed poetry with lovely imagery, but it's also raw and brutal, reflecting the cruel reality and the small windows we have to escape it from time to time. Honestly, I haven't been that emotional about a book for a long time, but this one definitely pulled all my heartstrings and I ended up tearing up several times, especially at the end.
It was just too wonderful , too well-written. I definitely recommend it to anyone, it's just a beautiful, beautiful journey!! But I don't think that makes it less valuable. If anything, I think it makes it more incredible - the fact that we're here at all, just the happy result of some gas and dust and gravity. Mar 27, Victoria rated it really liked it. Jaya, biracial gay and scottish, finds a fallen angel in a world where angels keep falling from the sky without anyone knowing why.
But this angel, unlike others, is alive. I really really like angel books and this was really cute while also dealing with heavy subjects like loss, grief and guilt. The LI is a bi girl with a chronic illness and her arc was handled rather well although I would love to read ownvoices reviews about it I definitely need more books in this universe! It was a super fast Jaya, biracial gay and scottish, finds a fallen angel in a world where angels keep falling from the sky without anyone knowing why.
It was a super fast read that left me wanting more. May 20, Aila rated it really liked it Shelves: Out of the Blue is a pretty underrated dystopian-like, stand-alone novel! Although this book was on the short side, it was still a beautifully-written story about love and loss, trust and hope. The character relationships were wonderfully explored, although I wish ther 3.
The character relationships were wonderfully explored, although I wish there was a bit more , if only because we only get to see them for a short time. Nonetheless, I would recommend this story for YA contemporary readers who are here for tremendous character growth and loving relationships!
Nothing is known about them, except for the fact that they have beautiful wings and have been falling from the sky. Is this a work of a god, or something more ominous? Although this book brings into religious concepts and speculations, as well as cults, the plot never gets preach-y. Currently, she has a strained relationship with her father and younger sister. Ever since the death of her mother, her father has been not very fatherly and the appearance of the Beings has driven him to the point of obsession. Along for the ride are two new friends, Callum and Allie twins I believe , who also champion the rights of these mysterious Beings.
Jaya puts genders on them in order to humanize them. In my opinion, Jaya was doing a disservice to these Beings by assigning these binary genders. Jaya is half Sri-Lankan, half-white, while Allie has cystic fibrosis - a disability that is explored in the pages of the book. Also should point out - Jaya is lesbian while Allie is bisexual. Subtract music blaring through the walls. Subtract eyeliner smudges on the towels. Allie struggles between the fun-filled life she wants to live and the limitations set upon by her worrisome mother and brother, for fear of her health.
The only non-answer is the whole subplot with the Beings.
The Beings are mysterious from the first page to last, but I think that just adds to the charm of the story. I really enjoyed following her narrative as she found the place she wanted to be in, and hope other readers do too. Mar 21, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: I received this book from the publishers via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. So there is so much to love about this book! I love the concept. I so want to know more about it all but actually feel that what we get is perfect.
But will this is obviously a book about angels falling from the sky, this is also a book about relationships - family and romantic. I loved all elements of them. So much inclusion omg. Really enjoyed how well that was all done, and I hope others agree with me. Then we have Jaya, and her family. And her with Allie and also Leah? That relationship was lovely. I also want to mention the relationship between Allie and Calum. Her little pet names, his worry and over protectiveness. Just all of it.
But anyway, I really enjoyed that. I did want a little more between Sophie and her family, especially her sister, as that seems a little forced. But I think that there was room to expand a little there. And I want to know what happens next!! I really enjoyed this. And I hope you do too. I give it a strong 4.
May 30, Completely Melanie rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book! It's about these "Beings" angels falling from the sky and crashing to Earth. Everyone that comes down dies instantly from the crash. Jaya's dad is obsessed with finding a Being and so is a lot of the rest of the world. They want to ask it questions, experiment on them, sell them to the highest bidder, whatever.
Jaya is totally against this and thinks they should be treated like people and not exploited. Next thing you know, a Being comes crashing down right in front I really enjoyed this book! Next thing you know, a Being comes crashing down right in front of Jaya and she is the only one around to see it and this one doesn't die! Jaya decides that the best thing to do is to try and hide the being and care for it while it recovers. Hiding this from the world is tricky. She enlisted a few friends to help. I definitely recommend reading this one.
Feb 17, Nicole Sweeney rated it it was amazing. Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. I recently did a 24 hour readathon and this was one of the books I was hoping to get to. This is such an important book and it deals with so many issues. It also deals with friendship, Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. It also deals with friendship, sexuality, race, family relationships and lots more in between.
I felt that Out of the Blue was fantastically written, with real and realistic characters. One of the things that really made this book for me was the setting. Growing up and living not too far from Edinburgh made this book a must read for me. I loved seeing the familiar setting and the portrayal of the crazy festival season. I thought Sophie Cameron did a wonderful job of bringing Edinburgh to life, as well as making it believable that angels could crash land in the city.
Vivid, beautiful and imaginative, this is definitely one of my favourite books of March 27, Full book review is up on Word Revel. These characters seize life as best as they can and that matters so much in YA fiction. In terms of plot and depth, however, I think this is a huge case of Out of the Blue wasn't really for me. I expected more comp March 27, Full book review is up on Word Revel. I expected more complexity in characterisation, a deeper look at their relationships, a more engaging plot or at least more lyricism to amp up the otherworldliness of the angels falling from the sky.
With a main character aged 17 years old, I definitely didn't expect a story so straightforward. I received an advanced reading copy from a local distributor in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. A YA novel set in Edinburgh? Edinburgh is one of my absolute favourite places. I've visited a few of times and recently took myself there on a solo holiday.
I was grateful to Out of the Blue for taking me back. Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books. Thank you to the publisher for providing this book for review! I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. When angels start to fall from the sky, at astonishing speeds and landing with such brutality, Jaya Mackenzie struggles to understand whether it connects to her mother — who died 10 days before the first angel fell. Her father uproots her and her sister to Edinburgh, intent on catching t Disclaimer: Her father uproots her and her sister to Edinburgh, intent on catching the first alive Being.
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Things start to spiral for her family, and her best friend is missing, but in a twist of fate an angel falls at her feet. I thought that Out of the Blue was a delightful book with such a nice atmosphere. I loved the Edinburgh setting, especially because it is something that you rarely see in YA. Out of the Blue was a unique and inventive read and it was, frankly, a refreshing take on angels.
Teacup was delightful, fun, and kind and a joy to read about. Out of the Blue is also about grief and it discusses this in a very quiet and subtle way and I appreciated that. Jaya focuses all her attention on the angel in order to distract her from her grief, but I like how she eventually confronts it and starts to heal. And it is a huge part of the book so no need to worry about that. But, I am a little disappointed that we never got to see where these Beings were from, or why they were falling.
This started out kind of slow, but it was interesting so I held on. And I'm so glad I did. Though it didn't really go where I thought it would. I thought Teacake would be like Castiel from Supernatural, knew about humans and their ways, how to speak English, etc. But she was just a frightened creature who was in a scary new world.
I wish we could have learned more about the Beings and why they were falling. I also really liked Jaya and Allie, of freaking course. This was quite a good book! Admittedly, I did first decide I was interested in it because some of it takes place in Edinburgh a city I adore , and I bought it while I was in Edinburgh, and also read it while here. I liked it, I think that the storyline and concept are not something that have been overdone. A review of the UK edition. I haven't read many books about angels, but this one made me want to explore and see about how others might work with this genre.
It's dystopian in some ways, bu This was quite a good book! It's dystopian in some ways, but not excessively so, or in a tacky manner. If you've been to Edinburgh, you'll undoubtedly recognize some landmarks. Apr 14, Amy Golden Books Girl rated it really liked it. The concept and worldbuilding was amazing, and I loved it. Allie and Callum were great supporting characters; they had their own issues they have to address throughout the novel, and a bickering, fun sibling relationship which made me laugh.
Beautiful, real, heartbreaking and hopeful. Mar 20, Grace rated it it was amazing. Completely improbable, and totally wonderful. This book is gonna be big. May 15, Elizabeth Tammi rated it it was amazing. Today's the American release date for this stunning debut by Sophie Cameron! I loved the fascinating premise and beautifully written relationships. Be sure to check this one out! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If I wanted to be really mean: Teacake gets a petname literally and doesn't speak English understandably but for some reason the language barrier seems to stop the author from writing her like a thinking, feeling being ha with thoughts and an agency.
She just hangs out doing nothing but listening to the radio, is carted around by Jaya and gang, and interjects with nonsensical one-liners every once in a while. Do you know who manages to be a distinct character with a will while only being able to speak via fragments from the radio? Goddamn Bumblebee from Transformers. You know if I'd picked up a hetero YA novel about angels I'd be guaranteed an angel romance. That's the entire reason I picked this up in the first place: I get that I can't expect the author to cater to my own specific interests, but goddamn it.
Also doesn't help that I could barely get onboard with the romance that was in the book. That's not even the only thing that bugs me though I am very mad.
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The other thing's that the worldbuilding is just window dressing! It's a prop in the story of Jaya's family issues. And that's a shame, because what worldbuilding is there is actually really interesting, and I want to know more! And I want Jaya's finding of the angel to mean something for this world, but it doesn't. It doesn't change anything. You can't open up the "angels are falling from the sky" box and refuse to tell me what's inside. The fact that Teacake can't communicate and once again, a language barrier is no excuse!
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This woman has lived abroad, surely she knows a few things about making yourself understood when you don't speak the local language! Why are the angels falling down? Why are their wings slashed? Where do they come from? What is happening in their world that they're being executed this way? Because let's face it, slashing someone's wings off and throwing them down to Earth reeks of execution.
What's her real name? Is she political, is that why she was executed? Is she a victim of the system?
What's awaiting her when she goes home? Does she want to go home? I want to shake the book until answers fall out. But nothing is going to fall out. I doubt there is an explanation. What I mean is that there are two different stories here, the angels falling from the sky and Jaya's family drama, and they are not connected at all except for the fact that Jaya and her family seem to be making it all about them.
That belongs in a novel that is not hiding a more epic story behind it. A novel that seems to be determined to refuse to make its main characters relevant to the wider world. As I said earlier: Jaya's little adventure has no significance to the world.
It adds nothing to it. Nothing's changed, in the end, for her having met Teacake. And maybe that's cool for some people, but it just left me unsatisfied. I wish this novel had been more ambitious. On the whole, I liked the book, though there were a few changes that might have made me like it more. I was talking to an online friend about it while I was reading, as they're really into books about angels, and they wanted to know how deep the "lore" was. I had to admit that the answer was "not very". The book is really a story about friendship, grief, and living for the present with a bit of romance in there too , with angels falling from the sky as the setting.
I'm not saying that's an unimportant part of it, but if you're looking for an epic fantasy about angels, this isn't the book for you. Let's start with the things that the book did really well, though. I liked that there was a really strong emphasis on friendship throughout the book, both between the various human characters, and with the angel whom they nickname Teacake. But it's made very clear that she's not attracted to the angel because being attracted to a non-human being would be kind of weird, and I appreciated that.
Jaya, the protag, befriends a girl called Allie, who is passionate about rights for 'Beings' i. Partway through the book, we learn that Allie has cystic fibrosis, and had a lung transplant a few years ago. I really liked that this wasn't A Thing. I mean, it was a thing in that it affected her life, and it was dealt with sensitively and meaningfull, including issues like reduced life expectancy. It was never brushed over as unimportant. But it wasn't her whole story, not least because Jaya was unaware of it for quite a long time, before Allie had a flare-up and told her about it.
Allie and her brother Callum generally had a great sibling relationship, and that added to the overall focus on platonic relationships that I really enjoyed. That said, there was some romance queer romance! It was cute and I would have been happy for it to come to the foreground a bit more, I think, but I liked it as it was, too, as a sort of nice additional touch.
Which I always appreciate. So, now onto the issue of the "lore". One thing I found somewhat disappointing was that we never really got to know anything about the angels. Where did they come from? Why were they there? That was the question that Jaya's father wanted the answer to, and as a reader, I wanted to know too. But humans can't communicate with the angels -- most of those that have fallen have been dead, and Teacake, the first survivor, can't speak English, although she learns to mimic it throughout the book -- and as a result, we actually never learn anything about them.
I guess the lack of answers mean the book is less controversial if it turned out to be a religious thing, some people would have issues with it, I imagine , but it was somewhat frustrating. I kept waiting for a reveal and there never was one. On an emotional level, it was a satisfying book. Out of the Blue have competed in the University competition of The Voice Festival UK , five times, making the final on each occasion, and being crowned winners twice, in and , being the only group thus far to do so.
In the Final they won the award for Outstanding Performance. In the group decided not to compete, but returned to the competition in , which, for the first time, included a video entry first round. The group progressed to the semi-finals in London, where they picked up an award for Outstanding Musicality for their performance of " The Sound of Silence " and were one of five university groups who progressed to the Final. The group were crowned winners of the competition and became the first university group to win the award for a second time.
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Jessie J also expressed her support for the group, and her disappointment that they didn't progress in the competition. The group took part in the inaugural season of Pitch Battle. They were knocked out by ScotSoul. Out of the Blue has performed in aid of various charities since its inception in , such as Oxfam's Afghanaid Program performance at Oxford Town Hall on 19 November , Terrence Higgins Trust performance at Christie's auction house on 18 February And the fact that they are doing this for charity makes it all the more special The media were quick to pick up on the story and the group found themselves featured in newspapers and magazines and on television and radio stations around the world.
A group of guys shaking their hips and wiggling their bums to Shakira is not what most people expect to see, which I think is why it's so popular…. On the Facebook post she signed it off personally so we knew she had actually watched the video, which is amazing. On 22 August , Out of the Blue released another charity single - " Rather Be " by Clean Bandit to raise money for Global Dream , a non-profit initiative that aims to promote literacy in India through a new technique for rapid learning, based on the principle that anyone who can read can teach anyone else to read.
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