The Queen’s Book Talk # 35 : The Reluctant Sacrifice ( The Reluctant Sacrifice #1 ) by Kerr-Ann Dempster + Book Interview and Giveaway!


Published: Ink City Books
Pages: 327 in print
Genre: YA (Paranormal romance)
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Centuries ago, sibling rivalry tore Aramith apart. As punishment, the losers were stripped of their immortal birthright and banished to Earth. There, they wasted away from old age and diseases. However, there is hope…

If a Shaw child, born on the 12th day of the 12th month offers her soul in a public sacrifice, then the exiles will be forgiven and welcomed home to Aramith. 

Aubrey Shaw is that child, but dying for the exiles is not on her to-do list. Using her gift as a Jumper, Aubrey leaps between bodies to escape relentless shape-shifting hunters. Only, shedding her skin is not enough. Not when Joshua, her best-friend-turned-hunter, is hell-bent on dragging her to the altar. 

Will Aubrey’s love for Joshua change his mind?

Or, will she have to trust the scarred stranger who shows up out of the blue cloaked in lies and secrets? Doing so means giving up on Joshua. But betting on Joshua’s love could do more than break her heart. 

It could kill her.

I was given a digital copy of the book by the author in exchange of a honest review.

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This book kind of gave a shady shadowhunters kind of feel for me. I have mixed feelings about it but even if it was frustratingly crazy, I did like some parts of it. I like how it was written but forgive me for I have low tolerance for annoying femaile heroines. I love the plot and how the story turned out though so I recommend this book to all of you. 😉

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In conclusion, I give this book 4 stars because I decided to ignore Aubrey’s annoyong traits and concentrated on the whole book. Way to go!

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Plot and writing. I love their powers and the world that the author presented in this book. And it didn’t seem too hurried and too prolonged. It was just right for a stand alone novel. I liked how she made me feel every one’s emotion even though I can only see them through Aubrey’s eyes. I also love their abilities! I may have wanted more backstory and insight on the before aspect but I can do with what’s presented to me.

Aubrey. When I said I didn’t like other parts of the book, I was talking about the times when Aubrey runs away and starts to be annoying. I agree beng tied to an altar and stabbed in the heart is a scary thing but damn girl have some courage. Your mother died for you yet you do this annoying things like still love Joshua despite him being head over hills your sister. I don’t get it. I never will in my whole life. Good thing she got her head straight at the end.

Joshua. Hahaha. Hold my hand my dears because I may just strangke this guy to death. He is, so far, one of the few guys in books that I want to just kill. Way to go to lead a girl on then poison her behind her back and slam it in her face that you love her sister. I can’t go on with the things he did wrong but I love the bromance with Coy!

Coy. Hahaha. Swoony af. 😍 Yes yes I feel like a typical swoony teenager right now. I just love the hero type in Coy. I imagine him dark and brooding and has only smiles for me. I love everything he does for Aubrey.

Tessa. Best. Friend. Ever. 👏 Enough said. 😉


1.What creatures are they exactly? 

Aramithians are supernaturally-gifted, immortal beings from the world of Aramith (it’s in another realm entirely). 

Their bodies are similar to ours, except they are taller, immortal, and come in every shade imaginable. They also all look alike.

The exiles in the story are on earth because their ancestors lost the rebellion.  Because of their banishment, they lost their immortality and were given human bodies.

2. What inspired you to write this kind of book? Where you get the idea? 

While writing Beneath Scarlett Valley, I became distracted by a vision of Aubrey. In my head, I saw her running through the market. She was terrified by a lightning storm and the hunter who’d cast it. I jotted everything down and went back to writing my other book. Months later, I found myself wondering if the hunter ever caught up to her. So, I picked the story up again.

This of course happens to me on a regular basis. I only know I’ve got something worth writing if it pulls me back in. 

3. Aubrey annoyed the hell out of me. She seemed too afraid and gullible at times. Why is that? 

Many readers love Aubrey. Some readers don’t. I think the reason some readers get annoyed with Aubrey is that they’ve forgotten she isn’t altogether in the head. By the time you meet her, she has jumped bodies quite a few times. As she told Coy, with each Jump her soul is ripped apart and put back together. Some of the pieces go missing and she’s constantly worried she will lose herself completely the way her mother did. There is also, her steadfast and annoying love for Joshua. He was more of an anchor for Aubrey than anything else. After all, she had lost everything. Loving him was her way of holding on to the girl she used to be.

I wrote Aubrey like this because heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Society tells us that only certain types of women  can be heroes, but this isn’t true. Even the broken and the ones standing on shaky legs can find their strength and take a stand. 

Aubrey did find her strength, in her love for Coy and Tessa. 

4. Joshua and I had a love hate relationship because sometimes he’s kind and caring and sometimes he’s a traitor. Where is his loyalty really? 

Joshua is a hunter. He has a steely resolve and isn’t one to bend. Honestly, he became his own person to me. I tried to bend him and reshape him, but he remained who he was to the bone. He loves Aubrey, but he believes in duty above all else and it has a lot to do with his dad. He carries a lot of baggage which you only glimpse in TRS, but will get to see up close in The Reluctant Huntress this summer. 

5. Fantasy books are often trilogies or series, why did you make this a standalone? 

This isn’t a standalone novel. Its companion novel, The Reluctant Huntress comes out this summer.  The Reluctant Kings is planned as a concluding sequel to both stories. 

6. I loved Coy! But don’t you think he’s kind of too good to be true even as a fictinal boyfriend? 

No! Coy is everyone’s favorite. He’s even  nominated for Best Book Boyfriend in the Once Upon A Book Event. 

Coy is in many ways the heart of this story. He provides the hopes, the charm, and the jokes. However, he is far from perfect. He’s meant to mirror Joshua, but many readers miss that because they get too caught up loving one and hating the other. Both characters lost significant parental figures; both are hunters; and both have their own agendas where Aubrey is concerned. Coy’s agenda doesn’t put Aubrey in danger so it’s easier to love him. 

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Head over at my instagram because we will be giving away 5 ebook copies of The Reluctant Sacrifice. Yay! 💖

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