Monday, August 24, 2015
Buying Samir by Kimberly Rae
Series: India's Street Kids #2
Author: Kimberly Rae
Publisher: BJU Press/JourneyForth
Published Date: October 19th 2014
Genre: Realistic fiction, YA, Christian,
Page Count: 134
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Set in the world of international child slavery, Buying Samir is the second book in India’s Street Kid series by Kimberly Rae. Jasmina dreams of the day when her family will all be reunited. When missionaries Asha and Mark go on summer break, Jasmina leaves safety to search for Samir alone and discovers that her brother is now working for the men that once enslaved them. By attempting to free some girls Samir recruited, Jasmina puts everyone’s lives in peril. Has Samir really turned evil? Will he help her get away?
"I ran away to find my brother, and I succeeded. I sacrificed to free him, my first step toward putting my family back together, and in that I failed."
After having read the first book in this series Capturing Jasmine, I was really interested in finding out what exactly happened to Samir after him and Jasmina were separated.
This book starts off just a little while after the first one ended, and we see that Jasmina is still wanting to find her brother and to buy his freedom and for them to return to their parents and become a family again. With the help of Grandmother they went in search of all the rock quarry's to try to find him and to get him back. When this is unsuccessful though Jasmina decides to go back alone to try to talk to some of the men in charge... This causes Jasmina to be put into some very scary situations just to be able to talk to her brother. But when she finds out who he is now and later on what it is exactly that he is doing it killers her inside and makes her hate him. I did like that we sort of found out what happened to their parents as well even though it just made me dislike the father even more for believing such lies.
"We are all of us snakes and charmers, Jasmina. No one is truly free."
This book goes into far more detail about things that were just briefly touched in Capturing Jasmina are gone into more detail in this one and we really see the scary truth of trafficking of women and children and how it so easily happens with no one realizing it until it is too late.
I will give it up for Jasmina in this one though while she does make some stupid decisions she is also extremely brave and ends up doing the right thing even though it put her brother's life in jeopardy.
I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.