27 March 2014

Review & Giveaway: Broken Skies by Theresa Kay

Oh boy!! My very first review in quite some time! And let me just say, this book is the PERFECT one to start with!!!

Title: Broken Skies
Author: Theresa Kay
Pub. Date: March 10, 2014
Acquired: Amazon
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~Book Blurb~
Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived.
Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.

In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.

Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple.

Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that’s she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales down his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.

In this world where alien and human are at odds, the connection forming between the two has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.

~My Review~

So, I was feverishly looking for a new book to buy last week. And by "feverishly" looking, I mean "oh-my-goodness-I-need-a-super-wonderful-read-right-now-or-I'll-go-crazy" looking. It was intense. I couldn't really concentrate. It was late, I should have been going to bed but I knew that if I didn't buy and start a good book I'd never get to sleep. It's like a ritual for me or something.

I can't tell you how lucky I am that most of the Facebook blogging pages that I was browsing recommended Broken Skies. Because, seriously, I went into this book thinking I could read a chapter or two and be done but I didn't go to bed until about 3am. Yeah.

I felt like this book was one of those that immediately held my interest. Oftentimes, I find myself trudging through the first few pages of a book trying to get hooked by a character's inner dialogue or a descriptive introduction and world building. But Ms. Kay started strong by jumping right into the story with our main character, Jax, and an obviously semi-stressful situation. And THEN, we're given some background. The segue was flawless.

As for the main characters; Jax and Lir, I really can only complain that there wasn't more of these two! This is just the beginning of a series so I have a feeling we'll see a lot more depth to both of these characters as the story progresses but I am already very involved in their love story. It's the classic Romeo and Juliet type story that involves two people(uh, human and alien?) that connect and grow to care about each other but due to a world that just wants to divide them, they're never really able to just be together.

I think that is the beauty of a story like this. You have two people who are obviously young and still maturing and so confused about everything else in life. Life or death things. But when it comes to each other, regardless of how things seem, I don't believe for a moment that they doubt their connection. This is what the reader has to hold on to.

So, here I am... Holding on to this couple and their amazing story throughout the book. And then the end. Wow. I have to say that I don't think I expected the end.

Do yourself a favor and buy this book. Seriously. You absolutely won't regret it.

If you don't have the money to buy it right now, enter my giveaway. That's right. I loved this book SO much that I decided to give away a copy. :)

~My Rating~

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~About the Author~

The only person she knows who had a subscription to Writer's Digest at eleven and was always excited to write research papers, Theresa Kay has been putting words to paper since a young age. She writes predominantly in the sci-fi and urban fantasy genres. Residing in central Virginia, she juggles two kids, a husband and a full-time job in addition to her writing and in her free time she reads almost anything she can get her hands on.

Ok, enough talking about myself in the third person… I love interacting with readers, so if you want to shoot me a line, you can connect with me on Facebook and Tumblr Even if it’s not about my books, I like chatting about my (many) fandoms, books and reading in general, or just about anything really.

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