REVIEW: Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay

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TITLE: Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1)
AUTHOR: Theresa Kay
PUBLICATION: Published January 13th 2015 by Skyscape
GENRE: YA > Science Fiction | Dystopia
PAGES: 372pages (paperback)
SOURCE: review copy via tour host
RATING:
 

5 ★★★★★

 
 
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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 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.
 
 
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BROKEN SKIES by Theresa Kay has been RELAUNCHED!

BROKEN SKIES is the first novel in a young adult science fiction trilogy by Theresa Kay. Perfect for fans of Angelfall by Susan Ee and the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, it tells the story of seventeen-year-old Jasmine “Jax” Mitchell, an impulsive and traumatized girl whose fierce loyalty to her kidnapped twin brother drives her to rescue him at any cost even if it means employing the help of a teenaged alien boy with questionable motives.

 

“This book had me ALL OVER THE PLACE. Happy, sad, angry, tummy fluttery, giddy, outraged, betrayed… just… all over the place. —Caylie M., Amazon Reviewer
 “This is for those who enjoy exciting, intriguing YA level Sci-Fi and Dystopian with a sweet romance.” — Sophia Rose, Delighted Reader Blog
 “The kind of novel that makes you anxiously excited about the series to come!” —Jocey, Amazon Reviewer
 “All I want to keep talking about is how awesome Broken Skies was, how much I loved it and that you must read it, so we can gush about it together!” —Total Book Geek

 

 

 

REVIEW:

 

I think my heart is singing.

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There are books that you read and love, and there are books that you’ll re-read for 846352 times and yes, you’ll still love it. Its Broken Skies for me. This is the first 5 star review that I’ll be posting this year. That alone, makes the book pretty special for me.

Broken Skies is like a hidden gem. And I’ll be the first one to say it: It deserves to be seen.. to be read! To be completely honest, I don’t know how to review this one. This seems to be a thing to me. When I love the book so much, my brain goes blank. Seriously, its like me on a math oral test. I don’t know exactly what made me love the Broken Skies so I’d say.. everything!

Jax is a wonderful main character. She’s memorable and she’s perfectly flawed.

“I refuse to be a weapon of destruction. I already know what it feels like to kill and I will not give in to it. I will find another way”

She’s a badass and there’s a lot of YA main protagonist that I’ve read, and she’s one of the most that I admire. I admire how she thinks and her attitude. Now, Lir is no different. Good god, if you can do the eye brow thing like Lir can, I’ll put you on my possible-guys-to-marry list.

‘”I think this is the first time I have seen you speechless,” Lir says with laughing eyes. “Had I only known, I would have removed my shirt sooner”‘

And this alien is downright sassy. There’s still a mysterious air around him and its great that Theresa Kay isn’t revealing much about him but its like I completely know him and yes, I’m excited to get to know him better on the following books. Other side characters such as Jax’s brother and Flint took me by surprise by being well written characters and diverse. Usually, side characters aren’t given much thought, but in here, you can’t help but notice them.

The plot is.. jam packed. It has action, there’s mystery, the drama cannot be ignored and the romance is to die for. With a genre like YA Dystopia its so easy to just drop the book and say, ‘been there, read that‘ so as a reader, a book has to have something that sinks into the reader that makes it hard to let go. And as weird as this sounds, Jax world IS hard let go. Its a terrible world and its enthralling. And I want to know more the culture, how everything works and how it came to that. More reasons to wait and be excited for the following books in the series.

I mentioned this on my first review of Broken Skies before and I’ll say it again, Broken Skies is one of those stories that sinks its hooks into you and won’t let go. Its a one package treat that is perfect for every reader out there. Theresa Kay is epic and so is her book. And I don’t know my plan yet, but I’m planning to bribe her for the sequel. Waiting is almost painful. But then again, its Jax and Lir. I don’t know if I’m ready for the things that will happen. Praise for Theresa Kay!

 

 

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The only person she knows who had a subscription to Writer’s Digest at eleven and was always excited to write research papers, Theresa has been putting words to paper since a young age. Living in the mountains of central Virginia with her husband and two kids, she works as a paralegal by day, binges on Netflix at night and finds bits of time in between reading almost everything she can get her hands on and laundry to craft stories that tend to feature broken characters in sci-fi or paranormal worlds, with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure. She’s constantly lost in one fictional universe or another and is a self-proclaimed “fangirl” who loves being sucked in to new books or TV shows. Theresa originally wanted to write horror novels as an ode to her childhood passion for Stephen King, but between her internal Muse’s ramblings and the constant praise for her sci-fi pieces from her writer’s group – The Rebel Writers – she knew she should stick with what was working.

 

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REVIEW: Angelfall and WorldAfter a.k.a everybody loves pooky bear!

11500217TITLE: Angelfall 
AUTHOR:Susan Ee
PUBLICATION: Published May 21st 2011 by Skyscape
GENRE: YA > Paranormal | Fantasy | Dystopia
PAGES: 325pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: Own.
RATING: 5★★★★ 
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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

“I never thought about it before, but I’m proud to be human. We’re ever so flawed. We’re frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I’m proud to be a Daughter of Man” – Penryn Young

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Angelfall is the best dystopia book I have ever read… so far. It’s unputdownable! (that’s not a word but whatever) I can’t believe it took me this long to read this. I’m not a fan of this genre. I think you noticed that I tend to torture myself by reading book that shatters my souls and break my heart in pieces. It happened here too though.. but the reason is the epicness!

Penryn Young is all I ask for in a heroine. Next to Rose Hathaway, she’s my second favorite fictional bestie. I love how the author made her character. She’s not what you can call a badass but she’s trying/learning to be. All for her love for her family.

Then there’s Raffe. The swoon worthy hero. My heart literally breaks for him at the last few pages. I want to hug him so bad because I can’t imagine what’s going on at his mind when he’s holding Penryn at that moment. I applaude Ms. Ee for NOT making Raffe the typical misogynistic-jerk male lead. He can be so passive sometimes.. or brooding. But that just made me love him more. You just don’t know what’s going on inside his head. So that makes him more intriguing. And did I say he’s not a douchebag? At least, not most of the time.

The world that Susan Ee created is pure genius! The way she writes really engaged me and she managed to make Penryn’s world enthralling and terrifying. Susan Ee is such a brilliant writer! She’s done an amazing job voicing out Penryn. I’m really in awe.

All in all, ANGELFALL is definitely a MUST READ. It’s heart racing, thrilling and romantic. I don’t know how Susan Ee managed to put that all in one book, but she did it. And she did a magnificent job!!

 

 

 

12983100TITLE: Worldafter (Penryn and the End of Days #2)
AUTHOR: Susan Ee
PUBLICATION: Published November 19th 2013 by Skyscape
GENRE: YA > Paranormal | Fantasy | Dystopia
PAGES: 438pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: Own
RATING: 4★★★★
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In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

 

 

REVIEW:

 

“WELCOME TO THE WORLD AFTER”

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Susan Ee has done it again. I can absolutely say now that I am undeniably inlove with this series. I loved everything. Penryn got more badass and sassy. Her mother was crazier than ever. What happened to Paige was heartbreaking. And Raffe.. Ah, Raffe. I love him so much.

World After picks up immediately where the last book ended. Though it started a little slow, I think a lot of the chapters was really necessary. I think the sword (named Pooky Bear) giving Penryn some flashbacks about Raffe was pure genius! Susan Ee managed to make fans love an inanimate object.

I had some teensy bit of problems about World After though. Here goes:

  • I waited for so long to read a scene with Penryn and Raffe together. The waiting though to see them together (just together, not together together) was ohmygoodness thrilling. When they finally saw each other, the waiting was so worth it.

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  • This seems a filler book. Well if it is, I don’t think it’s that bad. There was a lot of action, funny moments, emotional encounters and even though it’s lacking in the romance department, it made me love Penryn and Raffe even more.
  • I will really murder someone if they won’t end up together in the next books.

But other than that, I was overflowing with love for this book.

Penryn grew up a lot in here.

“You’re not the only monster in this world.”

She became more brave and I think it finally dawned on her that she’s one of the few people who has the courage to help the people left on earth. She also became more likeable. I don’t know any heroine who can be cute, kickass and funny all at the same time. But Susan Ee managed to make a character like that.

The chemistry between Raffe and Penryn was still there. Ahhh, I have no words on how I love them so much. As I said in my review of Angelfall, I applaud Susan Ee for not making Raffe a misogynistic jerk. Though he was a little cocky and arrogant, he was still very likeable and swoon worthy.

“Don’t talk. You’ll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth.”

*grins like cheshire cat*

By how Susan Ee ende the book, I am expecting Raffe and Penryn to spend a lot of time to together in Book 3 (I. AM. HOPING.) So it’s no surprise that I’m excited as ever for Book 3 to come out.

Good job Ms. Susan, good job!!