Surrender the Sky (Sary Society)

Surrender the Sky (Sary Society)

by Meradeth Houston

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Overview

Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.

When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidently shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth. Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149377626
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication date: 05/02/2014
Series: Sary Society
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 944 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

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Surrender the Sky 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
bookworm8910AS More than 1 year ago
This book jumps directly into the action there is no waiting at all, it keeps going from there. I enjoyed the story as a whole. Gabby accidently reveals her Sary form (from what I understand sort of like angels that are to stop people from committing suicide; it’s the best way I know how to describe it) and as a result she should lose her wings and become mortal. Jassen wants her to stay with the Sary for more than one reason and his evil twin wants to use her for his own evil plan. The only thing that did not sit right with me was when Gabby had to make amends and people just accepted the fact that she was what she was, there was no flipping out or anything. To me it did not sit right, her best friend who pieced it together I understood that because she figured things out from having spent so much time with Gabby. I would recommend this book. It was well written, it was an original storyline (at least for me, I’ve not come across anything like this), this is something that I think a lot of people will enjoy. My daughter being one of them.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Gabby is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before taking her first breath and given the option to return in the flesh to help those on the verge of suicide. While Gabby has been helping those close to suicide for a long time, she’s up against her most challenging ward, Chad, to date. When Chad brings a gun to school, intending to use it on others and himself, she must intervene but in doing so she inadvertently exposes her hidden identity and her kind to humans. This is a grave offense in the Sary world, punishable by release – being made human and giving up their wings forever. While Gabby knows she deserves this punishment she does not relish the idea. When Jassen, the future leader of the Sary, gives her a second chance Gabby jumps at the chance. Gabby also is immensely attracted to Jassen, but the second rule of the Sary is to never fall in love. However, when a rogue Sary is hellbent on exposing all the Sary to the world it’s up to Gabby to figure out a way to keep the Sary a secret. Otherwise she’ll be forced to surrender the sky forever. SURRENDER THE SKY is a well-written story and I liked most of the characters. I do wish Gabby had been a little more stable and mature, especially for someone who has been alive so long. Some of the plot points seem convoluted at times, but there was enough action and romance to help smooth it all out in the end. The whole concept of the Sary is intriguing and unique, which is always a plus for me. SURRENDER THE SKY is another good journey into the world of the Sary.
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
INITIAL THOUGHTS As I loved the other Sary Society stories I am looking forward to reading another great Sary story. What will the main character Sary in this book be like?" Will Gabby's charge be saved? MY REVIEW The cover in my opinion really fits a section in the book when Gabby is trying to turn into her Sary form and is unable to do so, I'm not going to say the hows and whys of her situation as that would include spoilers.  I think the cover really conveys how trapped and claustrophobic Gabby must have been feeling. The atmospheric effect of the dark blues of the turbulent sky also fit several scenes within the book. I'd also say that this cover fits well with the other two books set within the Sary Society. Now to the book, this book covers a Sary called Gabby. To explain how Gabby became a Sary . . .To be truly honest I'm rather undecided as to whether I like the hows and why's of how Gabby became a Sary. That she was a baby that had never drawn breath and her choice was to become a Sary or forever wander as a spirit that could not touch or feel. A child that didn't draw breath suggests a miscarriage or a stillborn. Why would such an innocent life lost be treat like a suicide and sentenced to wander forever as a spirit? Maybe I am more sensitive on the subject having had a miscarriage/child that never drew breath. I prefer to think my child is in heaven or maybe even being something like a Sary rather than the image of a spirit with no body forever wandering and not being able to touch or feel anything. Gabby is staying within a community, going to school to try and bring to an end a boy named Chad from taking his own life and any of the lives of the other students in his class. Sadly Gabby fails to prevent an incident occurring in the school. In her attempt to block Chad from shooting the bully of the class Bobby, she throes herself at Chad and ends up being shot herself. Being shot triggers a change within Gabby and she transforms into her Sary form in front of the whole class.   The Sary clean up team turns up to try and sort out the situation. Gabby is terrified yet accepts that her punishment for revealing her form is to be "released". Being "released" is a horrible, painful process where the Sary are stripped of their powers and their wings. So when Jassen, the deputy leader of the Sary turns up she fully expects to be released, and is somewhat shocked and confused when he tells her that he is their to help the clean up team and put things right,. not release her. Jassen is also there to help Gabby develop a very special gift she doesn't quite know she has and how to use it too. As the gift is so rare, at first Gabby denies it, until Jassen begins to teach her how to use it.  Gabby is so embarassed by her mess up and kind of mortified that Jassen is staying at her lowly flat. Gabby has always found Jassen attractive, and she she learns more about the next leader of the Sary she begins to love him even more, but he couldn't possibly ever reciprocate her feelings could he? It's considered a Sary law that they do not have relationships with mortals or each others. So when one of the clean up team and Gabby's old room mate from her training days Nathan, ends up in a relationship with her best mortal friend Bea, it is frowned upon but surprisingly allowed. Could things be changing within the Sary Society? The fact that Bea and Nathan's relationship is allowed to continue gives Gabby hopes for the future, but it's a fragile hope that maybe she could have some sort of relationship with Jassen. We also meet Jassen's twin, Leon in this book who wishes for the Sary to take over and rule the world, and to walk around in their true forms, wings and all. Can the Sary from the Island prevent Leon and his plans for the Sary? So what I have said above is just a small part of the book there's so much more to the book and it's story. I also think it teaches the reader that though suicides are usually viewed to be a selfish way out of life, that in most cases there is so much more going on around a suicide, such as in this book Chad being bullied. We also learn the reason why Bobby is such a bully at school too. The characters have plenty of drama and ups and downs that you can empathise with as well as ample of secrets to be discovered about the Sary. The descriptions of the different Sary's wings actually reflect some of that Sary's qualities. The book certainly makes you visualize the many scenes in the book. I think these books would make an outstanding TV Series along the lines of the "Highway To Heaven series I remember from years ago. So did I enjoy the book? Yes, I really enjoyed the book. Would I recommend the book?  Yes, I would, specifically to fans of Mary Ting's Crossroads Saga. Would I read another book about the Sary Society?  Oh yes please. I'd love to know more about the other Sary we met in this book as well as catching up with Ari, Tom, Bea and Nathan. I'd also like to read more about Gabby and Jassen, perhaps a book set on the Island of the Sary. Would I read other titles by Meradeth Houston? I would certainly take a serious look at anything written by this author. I really take pleasure in Meradeth's writing style, it flows so easily and truly enjoy reading her books.
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! The Sary reminded me of angels, though I'm not sure that is what they are exactly supposed to be. Sary are immortal beings with wings who are sent on jobs to try and stop people from committing the worst act imaginable: suicide. They're guardian angels who are recruited when they die (Gabby herself never actually took her first breath). When they fail, it sucks and it hurts. Then they just get another assignment. But when they show their wings, severe consequences follow. They're never, ever in any circumstances supposed to show their true forms. Unfortunately for Gabby, an unforeseen incident causes chaos in her world. After failing her assignment and showing her true form, Gabby is sure of one thing: she'll be released. But when the Sary leader offers her a solution, she's still unsure she'll take it. After all, she wasn't able to save her assignment and the kids in the classroom saw her wings. She thinks she deserves to be released. Gabby was a likable character who just wants to do her job, save her assignments, and keep her wings. She's spunky, loves her job, and has been around a long time that she's pretty much seen everything. But when both of her worlds collide, Gabby is forced to question herself, her job, and what she wants out of life. All the while dodging kids who know her secret, a rebel intent on exposing the Sary to the world, and a one-sided love with a guy who will always put duty above everything else. I thought the secondary characters were great, as well. They added more layers to the story-line and brought on some much needed fun and comedic relief. But the romance felt rushed, between both Gabby and Jassen and Bea and Nathan (which never felt that believable to me). I would have liked more development between Gabby and Jassen, a little more interactions and depth of feeling. And I never fully understood why either of them had fallen for the other.  I truly loved this concept! The idea that these Sary try and help people who are contemplating suicide or straddling that line is something I haven't read before. And I adored the concept. Suicide is such a sensitive subject, and I thought the author handled it with such care. I felt the emotions in this story, the heart-wrenching stories and Gabby's grief at being unable to save Chad (her assignment). But I thought the plot centering around Leon and his evil intent felt rushed. The scenes were sort of smoothed over, and I would have liked more action and depth surrounding him and his plans. And I would have loved more background info on Gabby herself, especially about other assignments and people she's met over the course of the century she's been a Sary.  The book was very fast-paced and didn't take me that long to finish. Gabby's voice drew me in, and the concept of the Sary and what they do held my attention until the end. I'm definitely going to be reading the first two books! :)
FaithSullivan More than 1 year ago
Forbidden love. A hot set of twins. An angel falling out of the sky. Paranormal romance fans if you're yearning for a book filled with burning desire and jaw-dropping excitement, look no further. Meradeth Houston delivers again in her third installment of her Sary Society series bringing a human touch to her cast of heavenly beings. She ponders a lot of questions this time around opening up the boundaries of the angelic world she's lovingly detailed down to the last feather. What if angels had personal lives? What if they fell in love? What if they screwed up on the job?  This time around Gabby can't stop a school shooting and she knows she might lose her wings for it. Her only chance at redemption comes in the form of her superior, Jassen, the angel next in command, the chosen one waiting for his chance to lead them all. There's just one problem. Gabby has a major crush on him. Forget that it's against the rules for two Sary to indulge in a romantic relationship. Forget that he moves into her apartment to help clean up her mess, sleeping on her couch and snuggling up to watch movies with her. Bottom line, he's always around, and she can't stop thinking about him. She picks up the vibe that he might be into her too when he lets her off easy, keeping her on board and asking her to watch over the students who were affected by the tragedy. But Jassen's not just fighting against the powerful empathetic connection he feels toward humans - he feels what they feel - the ones living on the fringe, the mentally depressed, those contemplating taking their own lives. He's also pitted against his twin brother, Leon, for control over the future of the Sary. Leon wants them to be out in the open, lording it over the humanity, while Jassen wants to play it safe and remain hiding in plain sight.  It doesn't help when Leon tricks Gabby into believing he's Jassen. Her feelings become all jumbled when she's tricked into kissing Leon believing she's finally making a breakthrough with Jassen. But she's confused when by how much it turned her on to be making out with his brother. She even starts to buy into Leon's mantra of change, hoping that if Jassen steps down he might be able to be with her. But is Leon providing her with a false sense of hope as he makes a power play that upends everything they've worked so hard to maintain? There are some arresting moments in SURRENDER THE SKY. You can feel the air rushing by Gabby as she plummets to earth when Leon acts out, stripping her of her wings. Talk about an epic visual of a fallen angel. The scene is so well written that it cinematically jumps off the page. But the novel takes flight whenever it revolves around the emotions of Gabby and Jassen. They can't resist the force of the attraction that's drawing them together. The sheer longing Gabby experiences to run her fingers through the feathers of Jassen's wings leaves the reader aching for fulfillment. When Jassen allows Gabby to delve inside his mind and experience the giddiness he feels at letting her know how much he cares about her, it's nothing short of utter contentment. Their love story is all about that rush of warmth and happiness when a person is finally able to be with the one person who gets them, understands them, makes them complete. And there's something beautiful about a partnership like that. The hope it inspires and the dreams it creates, in essence what a good romance novel is all about.        
Skaiste More than 1 year ago
Firstly, I'm excited there is one more story about the Sary. I liked previous two books a lot and waited for more. And again it caught me with the first sentence. Intensive beginning took me aback. I couldn't imagine this one task would go this way. It got more and more complicated.  At some points it made me scared and at some it made me smile. Sometimes I was sad and sometimes shocked. It's interesting story and it kept me reading till the end.   Every book about the Sary is different and I like it. This one brought in some new points about the Sary and some more bits of their story. It told about some new and some old characters, gave a chance to know them better. In here there was a new side of the Sary story. It told about some events I wondered about while reading previous books. Also the cover is very nice. I would say it's catching atention more than these of previous books.   I thought for a few days how to rate this book. Whether to give it 4 stars or 5 stars as I've given for the other books. I decided to give it 4. For me it was worth that. Just previous books made a bigger impression on me. These were much more emotional for me. This time I didn't feel such strong emotions. I don't know whether it was because then it was something new, or whether now I was in a different mood than I was then, or just because this book is different than others. Nonetheless I liked it and now I'll be waiting for more stories about the Sary. I'm even wondering to reread previous books to get to remember them better, to feel once more all these powerful feelings, to immerse myself again in to these wonderful stories of lovable characters.    I received this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 I received an ARC eight days ago from Ms. Houson. I had encountered the book at a cover reveal and it instantly caught my eyes. The story seemed nice and this new race, called the Sary, particularly piqued my attention. I had never heard such beings and if you read my blog, you know how much I like new, original ideas. Saries are people who died before their first breath and so they could choose to become Sary, who have wings and help suicidal mortals to overcome their depression. I loved the idea of the Sary. The idea that people who were not given the opportunity to have a life, are given the opportunity to thwart other people from taking their own. It touched me deeply. Indeed the whole story did. I have noticed that most authors have their particularly strong points. Some of them yields us profound and wonderfully penned landscapes, some of them have especially hilarious lingo and some of them transmit the emotions excellently. Well, Ms Houston's way to describe emotions is just simply outstanding. I'm absolutely sure she can bring tears into everybody's eyes. This skill perfectly matched with our female protagonist, whose POV the novel is in, and who is a very sentient, nonetheless not tractable, but courageous and ready to make sacrificies for her race and loved ones. With all these traits, she is far from an exquisite Sary, however, in my opinion, she is better than most of them for the same reason. After a 'little' accident the successor of the Sary leading visits Gabby, who is called Jassen and they fall in love with each other, despite the fact that it's forbidden. He is different than most of the YA guy major characters. He's not snarky but utterly reserved, he does need help sometimes and he is not afraid to admit it. In one word, he is just as sentient as Gabby. They make a really lovable couple, by the way. The only thing I regretted, that Marcus only had one scene. He seemed to be a nice guy and I would have been glad to find out more about him, but that's just me, and it wasn't necessary for the plot. Speaking of which, it was full of unexpected twists and it could surprise me, when I expected it to do so the least. All in all, I adored every word of it, and although I haven't read the prior novels yet, it definitely made me want to do so. Thank you for reading it, and thank you, dear author, to supply me with a copy.
lfountain1LF More than 1 year ago
As magnetic as the beautiful cover ‘Surrender the Sky’ is an addictive read! This fantastic YA paranormal romance is hauntingly beautiful and full of heartrending poignancy. With eager enthusiasm I kept turning the pages, lost within a wonderfully wrought tale of emotive connotation and lasting memorability. The characters were intriguing and the love interest was so enchanting, I could not help but melt over these two star-crossed lovers! Book 3 of this well-written series is a compelling, engaging read full of intensity and passion all deftly woven into the action-packed plot. The inspired creation of ‘The Sary’ (a race of Angel-type beings who protect humanity, namely from committing suicide) is simply brilliant, and so I loved finding out more about this within the novel. Gabby and Jassen are two well-crafted characters whose profound connection and relationship is undeniably striking, and so it is very hard not to become entangled within their story. There are a few grammatical errors within the writing and in places I felt there could have been a bit more detailed description, to balance out the action & dialogue. Overall I was kept glued to the pages throughout this highly readable novel and loved the convincing saga that unravelled, to reveal unexpected surprises and ‘twists’. In this YA/ teen romance you gain an insight into the consequences of immortality and a glimpse at how fragile life is, additionally to how love transcends all boundaries. Surrender the Sky is a stand alone title that follows COLORS LIKE MEMORIES and THE CHEMISTRY OF FATE, with cameos from several of the characters in the first books! It will be available in May wherever ebooks are sold! Emotionally impacting and wonderfully wrought this stunning sequel is a gripping read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Meradeth Houston’s spectacular story is a brilliant page-turner and one that has sparked an interest as to the subsequent novels within this series. I am looking forward with interest as to this author’s other published works, whilst recommending this riveting read to fans of this genre that are looking for something new and exciting. *I would like to thank the author for providing me with an e-copy of Surrender the sky to read and review
happy-2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I thought this book was pretty interesting. The character build-up was fairly okay as well. Descriptiveness could have  been slightly better, but overall this book is pretty enjoyable :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can I just say, the title for this book is epic?  When this story opened up, I couldn’t read fast enough. From page one, Surrender the Sky throws you right into the conflict.  Gaby is in a predicament after her suicidal “charge” causes more damage than could have been anticipated. She’s faced with the reality of losing her adorable human best friend, Bea (who was my favorite character, thank you,) and her wings. The issue only escalates when Bea points out that the Sary leader who has to decide Gaby’s fate is crushing on her, even though crushing is strictly prohibited among the Sary. And rare. And unacceptable for a leader. Not that she minds—as she’s crushing back. There were a few “gasp” moments, and admittedly, a place or two where I wanted to smack the characters, but overall this was a good read.