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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Banished: Blood Dipped Wings by L.M. Feldt is a fantastic young adult novel that will hold your attention until the end. Kiera is different and she knows how to hide her differences from the world. Living in the Keimusho Red Compound is not easy, but this is all she has ever known. Her orange eyes give away her mutant status, yet she keeps her abilities hidden from the rest of the world. Kiera hopes to keep it all under wraps, even after her 16th birthday. However, her resolve is tested when her best friend is about to be banished to the dangerous woods. Now, it is a choice between keeping her mutation hidden or saving her best friend from certain death in the uncharted wilderness. The answer is very easy; she just hopes to make it out alive and that her mutation stays hidden.
Banished: Blood Dipped Wings is an original and very well-executed idea, with a solid plot and brilliantly thought-out characters. L.M. Feldt does a wonderful job of building the world and making it believable. The pace is fast, the chapters are short and readers get a lot of exposure to the characters that matter to the story. I love the interactions between Kiera and Aito. They are very much like Clary and Simon from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I find this story to be on a par with the Mortal Instruments series too. I felt the same adrenaline rush when reading this book. The impactful dialogues and driven characters made the story even more interesting for me. Naoaki is funny, Fish is weird (so is Aito, to be honest) and Kiera is the voice of reason in the group. I hope there is a series to enjoy!