by Lesley Young
A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.
Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.
Even the station’s most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can’t help Cassiel pass the second time around-so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky deja vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide.
When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all.
Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother-even if it mea ns pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.
This was a great book 😀 I watch a lot of sci-fi but I’m just now getting into reading sci-fi and I can honestly say I think this was a great way to start. I mean, I’ve been reading Dystopian books since before they were popular as well as Urban Fantasy etc…but straight sci-fi not so much.
One of the things that drew me into this story was the voice. I’m a big fan of voice. Like a character’s voice can make or break a story for me. With Cassiel, I was in LOVE with her voice from the very beginning. It popped off the page in such a way that I felt like the scene was unfolding in front of me. I thought her voice was fresh, young, and I loved reading all her inner thoughts and such.
I also really like the world Young created. I felt it was believable and I didn’t feel like she watered things down. Sometimes sci-fi can be such a tough genre since it’s so rich that it can just go right over people’s heads but Young did a great job of balancing the backstory and explanations of the world with the present.
Oh, and the action. Boy was there action. I thought Cassiel was such a boss. I love me some strong/kick-ass heroines and I definitely thought Cassiel fit that bill. Plus she was funny, maybe she didn’t mean to be but there were definitely some very funny situations throughout the book (or at least things I thought were funny).
The only thing that didn’t quite jive with me, yes I said jive, was the romance. That’s probably mostly because I’m a real nitpicky romance in books person. I often would prefer the kick-ass heroine without her needing to have a love triangle. For me, some of the romance seemed unnecessary. I didn’t understand where it came from, its purpose, and so forth. However the action, plot twists (oh, yes), and of course Cassiel overshadowed that part enough for me to still love the book!
A huge thank you to Samantha Lien from JKS Communications for letting me read and review the book. This is a 100% honest review, and I’m so glad I got the chance to read it. It’s truly wonderful.
So, go buy yourself a copy today (the link takes you to the author’s page). I don’t have any comp titles for you but if you’re looking for a fast-paced read, a great, funny, and realistic, kick-ass character, and some Sci-Fi elements then SKY’S END is the book for you! Also, FYI I felt lie this was a YA/NA crossover. Oh, and there’s going to be a sequel!!!
Note of clarification: My rating of this book is technically a 4.5 but since I rate in owls, and I don’t practice animal cruelty there are four owls up there 🙂
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