March 28, 2014

Broken Skies by Theresa Kay ~ Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Broken Skies Blog Tour hosted by IFB Tours. Click here to follow along with the blog tour schedule. 

Title: Broken Skies
Series: Broken Skies #1
Author: Theresa Kay
Release Date: March 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Source: Review copy

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Thirty years ago, there was the Collapse. A massive war fought with biological weapons and followed by plague. Almost everyone died. 

Ten years ago, the aliens showed up. They made one of our cities their own and that's where they stay, for the most part anyway. 

One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy. 

Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do whatever it takes to get him back even if it means partnering up with the enemy, an alien boy who makes me think things I shouldn't and makes me feel things I don't understand. 

Broken Skies was a double bonus for me combining two of my favorite genres, dystopian and science fiction, into a story that was entertaining and fun to read. Not only has society collapsed with most of the planet's population of human beings wiped out, but now there are aliens inhabiting a city they've taken over. No one knows much about the aliens but rather accepts their presence as more of a nuisance rather than a threat. 

Jax (Jasmine) felt that way too until her brother, Jace, was taken by a trio of aliens. Jax intrigued me before I even began reading Broken Skies - I wanted to know more about her after finding out she had to kill two men. I knew she didn't have any other choice when she says she "went a little crazy" afterward. After their mother died and something happened to their father (they aren't sure what), it was just her and her brother for a long time until they moved to Bridgelake (formerly Virginia) under the leader Dane's protection.

Lir was entrancing from the beginning with something mysterious and attractive about him which always reels me in from the get go. I didn't quite trust him just as Jax didn't, but she didn't have any other choice than to journey with him to rescue her brother. Chances were good she wouldn't be able to get into the alien city without him, so making sure she went with him made sense to me. He made you want to believe in him and his intentions. 

While I liked Jax for the most part, she sometimes annoyed me. I felt for her since she never got to know her mom, and she doesn't know what happened to her dad. I wished she had taken the opportunity to get to know more about Bridgelake because I wanted to know more about it. With Jax being the narrator, my knowledge was limited to what she knew, which wasn't much. I would've loved having Lir's point-of-view, too. 

Broken Skies was intriguing and exciting, and I'm looking forward to the next installment. This ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, and I'm dying to know what happens next! If you'd like to see what happens when dystopian crosses with sci-fi, then pick up Broken Skies!   

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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. 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. 

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  1. The blurb pulled me right in, especially the part about going a little crazy. That's so good! I haven't read very many alien stories, but I'm always on the look out. Great review, Jennifer! I hope you had a wonderful vacation! I'm about to go on mine. My two boys and my sister. Yikes!

    1. That's exactly what pulled me in! Thank you, Robyn! We did have a great vacay - wish we were still there. I hope you guys have a blast and take lots of photos! :D

  2. Oooo.. I love alien books! May be slightly obsessed with them. lol
    I'll have to check this one out!

    1. Do you have any you'd recommend? I'd love to read more of them. :)


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