Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Broken Skies

Title: Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1)
Author: Theresa Kay
Release Date: March 2014
Publisher: Selfpublished
Purchase: Amazon


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.

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My review:


Three and a half stars, rounded up.

I have a love/hate relationship with science-fiction novels, but when I saw this book, I was drawn in not only by the lovely cover design, but the intriguing plot too. All in all, this is a solid read that those who read this genre, as well as YA romance and dystopian settings, will enjoy. It's worth a read.

I really liked the way that author Theresa Kay described both the characters and the world around them. I very much felt as if I was exploring nature and the city alongside the characters, and that's a great trait for a book to have. I was also smitten with her descriptions of the aliens. They sounded so beautiful and mysterious, I wanted to get a glimpse of them for myself.

I also really like the idea of a dystopian involving a romance between a surviving human and an alien. Call me old fashioned, but the forbidden romance plot never gets old for me. Especially when, like in Broken Skies, there is no insta-love, and the protagonist is a strong female who has no intentions of becoming an obedient housewife any time soon.

I started off really liking Jax, the main character, but as the book continued I grew less fond of her. In my opinion she grew less strong and less pleasant. However I loved Lir, the alien romance, from beginning to end. I was intrigued by him and his people, and wanted to learn more about his kind.

Another thing that sort of irked me was the cliffhanger ending. Don't get me wrong, it's a great way to ensure that I'll continue on with the next book in the series. But, I was not prepared for it and felt a bit let down by it.

This is a book that paints a vivid picture of a future after a collapse of the human world as we know it. It has a little something for everyone. Whether it be romance, aliens, dystopia, or female leads, you can pick your poison when it comes to Broken Skies. I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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 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. Thanks for participating! There will be a lot more about Lir (and the aliens in general) in the next book. Sorry about the cliffhanger :(

    1. As long as I get to read book two, I forgive you ;)

  2. I am the same way with sci-fi books but this one does sound good.

  3. Sounds kinda fun even with the couple blips. I'm not a huge fan of the cliffhangers myself unless I know going in it's going to happen. Hope you enjoy the next one and getting to see more Lir. Definitely sounds like one that would catch my interest too.

    1. Thanks so much. I look forward to your thoughts if you check it out.

  4. I'm all for science-fiction books, and this one sounds really interesting. Surprisingly, I don't have many books with aliens in them, so I'd love to add this to a growing collection!