Sometimes, I imagine alternate endings to the story: last-minute miracles, touches of magic. I picture how things might have gone, if I wasn’t there. If I’d left just a few minutes later. If I hadn’t been alone. It doesn’t make any difference. One way or another, the crash always comes.
Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie’s mum dies, angels start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single one has survived.
Hysteria mounting with every Being that drops, Jaya’s father uproots the family to Edinburgh intent on catching one alive. But Jaya can’t stand this obsession and, struggling to make sense of her mother’s sudden death and her own role on that fateful day, she’s determined to stay out of it.
When her best friend disappears and her father’s mania spirals, things hit rock bottom and it’s at that moment something extraordinary happens: An angel lands right at Jaya’s feet, and it’s alive. Finally she is forced to acknowledge just how significant these celestial beings are.
Set against the backdrop of the frenzied Edinburgh festival, OUT OF THE BLUE tackles questions of grief and guilt and fear over who we really are. But it’s also about love and acceptance and finding your place in this world as angels drop out of another.
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 first. So much inclusion omg. Bi-racial characters (and I like that it’s not a focus – I love those books too, but I definitely also want to see main characters that are in all books), lesbian and bi characters, disabled characters. Yesssssss. In a contemporary/fantasy. Yes! Really enjoyed how well that was all done, and I hope others agree with me.
Then we have Jaya, and her family. Still reeling from her mother’s death, and disconnected from her dad and sister, I really empathised with her. And her with Allie and also Leah? 😍💙😍💙😍💙😍 I also loved her compassion for the Angels, especially Teacake. 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. Love.
And there’s a spoilery thing about Teacake that they do that I loved, and I sort of wish I could flail about it without being spoilery lol. 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. Having said that, it’s a relatively wide age gap, so I do sort of get it. But I think that there was room to expand a little there. And I want to know what happens next!! Not in a sequel way, but just in terms of everything in their lives 😂😂😂
So yes. I really enjoyed this. And I hope you do too. I give it a strong 4.5 stars.