*ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
THIS BOOK YOU GUYS
Sophie Cameron's debut novel was STUNNING. Seriously. I never thought I could love a book about angels falling from the sky so much but I REALLY REALLY DO. As usual, I never do synopsis' justice so I'll copy the goodreads one for you all!
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.
The fact that the book is set in Scotland really appealed to me. The fact it's set in Edinburgh had me buzzing. Living just outside of the city means I visit regularly, so being able to read about places I know was so much fun. What I didn't expect was for the main characters to end up IN MY HOMETOWN?!
Okay, so they don't name it BUT it's pretty obvious my little village was where they were from the description given so I was ECSTATIC... but all that has nothing to do with the actual plot.
A Being falls right at Jaya's feet and not wanting it to be subjected to experimentation, she hides it in the empty flat below her. Soon, she stumbles upon brother and sister Allie and Calum who help Jaya to hide and look after 'Teacake' - the name chosen for the Being's love of the delicious treat!
There's honestly so much more to the story but it's just perfect. We get some good f/f representation and the themes of love, loss, & grief are just wonderful. Honestly, I'm losing all sense of words... like how do I put them together? I do not know.
I am so incredibly honoured to have read this book and I cannot wait to read more from this author in the future.