Monday, November 7, 2016

ARC Review: Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: December 17, 2016
Publisher: Dundurn
216 Pages

The year is 2030, and climate change is making life on Earth more challenging. In the midst of it all, fourteen-year-old Jasmine Guzman struggles to come to terms with the abduction of her twin sister, Jade, and with her mother’s illness. Things go from bad to worse when a series of bizarre occurrences lead Jasmine to fear she’s losing her mind. But, with help from Raphael, a boy at her new school, Jasmine learns she actually has special powers as a Seer that are putting her life in danger.

Most surprising of all, she learns that her sister isn’t missing at all … Jasmine just needs to look in the right place: the Place-in-Between, where the demons dwell.

This one was...well...different. Like one of those where I think I liked it, but I'm not really sure.
Finding Jade takes place in the not so distant future. The world as we know it has succumbed to major climate change making most of the world unlivable. Jasmine and her mother live in Toronto, one of the only major cities to be habitable. But aside from the ever changing climate, Jasmine is also still coming to terms with her twin sisters disappearance. Then Jasmine starts a new school, one where she knows no one, and suddenly weird things start to happen - like boarding a subway in 2030 Toronto and traveling to World War 2 London.

This book focuses on the importance of twins and Seers. There's a way coming and the Seers will be the ones to save everyone. Problem is, Jasmine doesn't know she's a seer and doesn't take that information easily. But then she finds out her sister is alive and being kept from her in the In-Between, of sorts. Armed with another set of twins and mysterious boy, Jasmine ventures into the Place In-Between to rescue her sister, no matter the cost.

I liked what the author was going for. It's a bunch of tropes that have been used, but not quite in this way. Payne was trying something new. But somewhere along the way, it just became a little too much. There was just too much going on with so much information being thrown at us. I didn't really get a chance to connect with the characters the way that I wanted. Based on the way it ended, I assume it's going to be a series and I would be interested in seeing where the author takes it.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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