It’s been a little over a week since Sparrows has been released into the wild. *heh* Get it?
Anyways… One of my lovely beta readers AND ARC readers did a really great, honest review and I wanted to share it with you all!
Sparrows begins not long after where Fliers left off. Sydona, still reeling from the events of Eagle Lake and harmful secrets she has been harboring, is working to officially train with and join a rebellion group. But integrating into the Sparrows, after spending years on her own, proves to be difficult. Faced with betrayal and crippling self-doubt, Syd has to navigate this transition as the National Fliers Association bares down on her friends–both human allies and fliers alike. A lot of responsibility is thrust upon her in a short period of time, her relationships with her rebellion mates are on the rocks, it’s all a very stressful time and she’s being very Syd about it–which is to say frustrating but the loner in her can’t help to jump out every once in a while.
I loved how she made Syd into an adjective. xD
We learn a little more about her past and her connection to an old friend and how their lifestyle led to some tough decisions that she had to make. It was a contrast that I enjoyed.
I’ll admit, I really enjoyed writing it as well.
I can see the pacing of the plot being both a positive and a negative. Like the first book, I think the story is at its best when the characters are on the road. The story really moves, it goes through locations and beats at a fairly fast clip but unfortunately, unless it’s to resolve a conflict, there aren’t very many scenes where we get quiet character moments to further flesh out the original characters. We get more backstory on Silas and Willow but they, along with Gia, seem to get a little lost in the shuffle. In addition to the original gang, a few new characters are introduced. Sparrow leaders Avani and Knox and trouble couple Lacey and Jet grew on me.
Great feedback. I really like introducing new characters and giving the reader someone new to learn about. But sometimes when you have a large cast, some other characters might get pushed to the back. It’s something I’m still learning and I really appreciate the honest feedback when it comes to this.
On the whole it’s a fast read with a headstrong protagonist, a colorful cast of characters, and an unexpected climax. The author’s writing style is only improving and I can’t wait for the follow up.
Yay, I’m improving! I’m glad it’s showing! I can’t wait to release the third and final book either. She’s right about the climax, it’s a bit of a cliff hanger (but that was the point!) Thanks again for the review! You’ve been so great and I’m happy you enjoyed it and also were real with me. Seeing these type of in-depth reviews with evidence and realism really helps me grow as a writers, in turn, I write better books for all of you.
If you have read Sparrows, I would love to hear your thoughts! It’s available to review on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N and some others as well. Even just telling your friends would help me greatly!
Thank you again for continuing to support indie authors. We all are in this together!