by Theresa Kay
Series: Broken Skies #1
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Publication Date: January 13, 2015 by Amazon Skyscape
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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.
When I received an e-mail from the author, requesting me to review her book, I almost died. I was so excited that Theresa had contacted me…ME, to read Broken Skies. I was even more excited when she told me another author had recommended me. I was fangirling big time.
I’ve heard many people compare this story to the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I will be honest and say that the only similarities I found were that it has aliens that kind of look like humans and the alien invasion kind of thing but that’s pretty much it. I loved that it is different so this story can shine on it’s own because it deserves it.
Jax and Jace are twins that used to live alone. One day they are found by a leader of a group of humans and they are asked to join them but the twins don’t agree. Later on, something tragic happens that leads Jace to join this group of humans that live very far from the city, where the aliens are. But one day, Jace gets caught by the aliens and Jax wants to rescue her brother. She turns to Lir, the alien that was left behind. Can she really trust him?
Jax isn’t one of your typical female characters. She is badass and sassy and doesn’t take bullshit from anybody. She is strong and knows what she wants and that is to not be like one of the girls from the village and get Promised to an old man to procreate. When her brother is taken, she seeks Lir’s help and he agrees to help her so he can get back to the city. I loved that their feelings for each other took a while to blossom. It wasn’t instant—it was true, it was real. It took it’s time, especially when they didn’t trust one another. But after spending so many days together, just the two of them, romance is bound to happen.
I believe the story was well portrayed. While it does have romance, it’s focus isn’t on that until after 70%. I love books when the focus is the romance but this book is an exception. I loved that the focus was just the story of Jax and Lir trying to survive while they reached the city, running into trouble, almost getting killed. When the romance started to make it’s entrance, I already knew the characters well enough to understand their feelings. These two form a bond, which is rare because humans and aliens cannot bond but there’s a secret that was kept hidden from Jax her entire life. You see, View Spoiler » Jax is a hybrid, meaning she is half human and half alien, which is how Lir and her got to form a bond mate and their emotional feelings intensified. The problem is, Jax was an experiment that the aliens weren’t sure had worked. « Hide Spoiler But what will happen once everyone knows the truth?
There was a minor cliff-hanger at the end that kind of tore me apart because I wasn’t expecting the ending to go that way until I was almost done. I really didn’t want it to be that way and now we have to wait for the other book. I really recommend this story to any YA Sci-Fi lovers and want a different type of aliens. These aliens have scaled, have green blood and are unique for sure.
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