Title: The Reluctant Sacrifice
Author: Kerr-Ann Dempster
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: August 17th, 2015
Kindle Edition: 263 Pages
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 hope…
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 Aubrey’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.
“I want to pour myself into you and watch you fill up with pleasure, until the need for air and food forces us apart. But that is not all I want. When I look at you, I see sunsets and laughter. I see a freaking lifetime of flesh memories that’ll make me forget the days before we met.”
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I only meant to read a chapter or two before I fell asleep. It was 4:30 in the morning, after all, I should’ve been asleep. After every chapter, I told myself “Just one more”. Then 8:30 rolled around and there were no more chapters. I had consumed the entire novel in four hours. There was no avoiding it. The Reluctant Sacrifice sucked me and refused to let go.
I often find myself complaining about stagnant main characters, but this engaging and fast paced read featured a loveable main character. Watching Aubrey grow over the course of the book was a joy. She went from scared and running to standing her ground and facing her fears. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the antagonists. The conflict between Morgan and Aubrey is odd, drama-filled, and confusing. This is likely to be remedied in the sequel from Morgan’s perspective that is slated for release next year. I just wish there had been more depth to the character prior to her point of view debut.
The story was pretty straight forward, easy to follow, and character driven, all things I love. I wish the author had gone into more detail about the Aramithian culture. Since the vast majority of the book took place in human cities, the world the antagonists are fighting to save gets pushed aside. As a result the ending is rushed and many things are left unexplained.
In the end, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that wants a quick and easy fantasy read with a satisfying romance. However, don’t pay too much attention to the world building, since it is sadly lacking.