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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

{Blog Tour} SURRENDER THE SKY by Meradeth Houston --- with review and giveaway

Surrender the Sky by Meradeth Houston
Publication date: May 2nd 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.

When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidentally shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth. Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever.


Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:

>She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use “like” a lot.
>When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
>She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It’s her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
>If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

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SURRENDER THE SKY by Meradeth Houston is a young adult paranormal fantasy that focuses on the Sary, what we would term angels. Meradeth Houston's angels are very human and not as benevolent as one would expect.  As there would be in a human family, there is a sibling rivalry for the next leader of the Sary and thanks to her special gift, Gabby is caught smack in the middle of it.

Having recently "failed" in her assignment as the Sary assigned to help save a boy named Chad, Gabby is expecting to be released from service, made mortal, and to die a human death. She is bereft at the thought of losing her wings, but the son to the leader of the Sary doesn't want to release her. Given the chance to redeem herself, Gabby jumps at the chance while stifling her feelings for Jassen, the handsome future leader.

Gabby, despite her Sary age of at least 100 years old, is very teenage-girl in her thoughts and actions. While as an adult I did not like her, I think a pre-teen or teenager might relate to her better. The story itself wound its way around what Gabby can do, Jassen's feelings for her, Gabby's feelings for him, and how Leon wants to rule the world. While I enjoyed my time reading this book, I think a longer book with more depth would have satisfied me more. It didn't feel very smooth in transition, Leon's gift seemed a bit deus ex machina for my own personal liking, but overall this was a pleasant read and one I'd give to a teenager and get their thoughts on it! 
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