Saturday, January 10, 2015

Book Review: Sadie's War by Jayelle Cochran


A blind traumatized teen learns of love and becomes the catalyst for a revolution!

Abandoned by her parents to live on the streets, Sadie never knew kindness without first paying a terrifying price. The lessons from her childhood fuel a paranoia that makes it impossible to trust anyone, or accept their help. That all changes when she meets Fester, a young man with his own painful past. After he saves her from freezing to death, Sadie realizes that she must learn to trust another if she wants to live; a feat easier said than done.

Meanwhile a war is brewing. For decades the supernaturals have been plotting their revolt against a tyrannical government that exploits them. After using her own supernatural power against an attacker, Sadie and her friends soon find themselves in the government's cross-hairs. To survive, they are forced to team up with a criminal who has plans for Sadie and wishes to ignite the war.

Will Sadie ever be able to find a way to save herself and those she has come to care for, or will this war destroy more than the government's hold on her kind?


My Review

Intense and visceral, Sadie's War captured me from the moment I first met the young blind girl as she struggles to survive on the unfamiliar streets. Sadie is a broken character, but with an undeniable strength beneath the surface that comes from more than her power over the wind. After all she's endured, you can't help but hope she can learn to trust in the kind hearted young man who brings her in out of the killing cold.

Emotional tension runs high throughout this tale of hardship. With each turn of the page, the lives of Sadie and her newfound companions become further complicated both by Sadie's terrible past and by the machinations of a nasty mob boss.

It's the characters who drive the narrative forward more so than the story, especially in the beginning. Sadie with her broken past. Fester with his kind heart. Michael with his quick temper. Sweet little Chloe. Together they make this story shine.


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