Monday, August 1, 2016

READ-2-REVIEW - Crimson Sky & Midnight Sky by Amy Braun YA Fantasy/Dystopian

Dark Sky Series 

Crimson Sky, #1

Midnight Sky, #2

by Amy Braun
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Dystopia, Paranormal

In the post-apocalyptic steampunk-fantasy setting of DARK SKY, a young engineer who struggles to repair a failure of the past, and to ensure a safe future for those she loves by freeing it from hellish monsters bent on revenge...

Ten years ago, vampiric beasts called Hellions invaded the city of Westraven and decimated it with fangs, claws, and cannon-fire. Now, survivors live underground and sustain themselves with the scraps left behind, often under the cruel fist of self-made leaders and grounded sky-pirates. Living under such rule is Claire, a talented young engineer working only to ensure e a life for her sister, Abigail. When Abby is kidnapped by the Hellions, Claire becomes desperate and finds herself allying with marauders– hot-tempered pirates equally as dangerous as the Hellions themselves.

As Claire forges a shaky relationship with them and their cynical young captain, she unearths truths about her past she could never have imagined, and realizes that the only way to protect those she loves is by challenging the Hellions head-on, an endeavour that could see the end of the Hellions once and for all, or secure their reign once and for all...

Crimson Sky (Dark Sky #1)
Published February 2nd 2016

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of Crimson Sky (Dark Sky, #1) . . . 
The Love and Bond of sisters. The depths of what one would endure to make sure that the other sister was safe. Claire and Abby had a bond that would be tested and pushed to the limits of love and bonds. Their world and their lives changed the day that the skies above were shattered hell became a daily routine. The Hellions emerged and life for the sisters would never be the same again.

This read was a mixture of all the things that I love in read. It was full to the brim with fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk mechanics. The world was diverse, vast, and vivid. This ya dystopia was appealing and captivating with its dangers, betrayals, test of loyalties, pirates, creatures, strength of one self. Claire was a very strong and capable young woman. She took a stand and did not let much step in her way. She had to save her sister and she let nothing and no one deter her from the goal she had. As the scope of things become clearer. Claire has to put on the fight of her world not just for the love of her sister and her safety but for the world itself.

You will not be lacking for entertainment. With Vampires, pirates, humans, a steampunk mixture, a touch of sci-fi, paranormal, and maybe just maybe a little beginning of a romance. What will be next in the great adventure?

They’re always watching. They’re always waiting. They’re always starving…

Ten years ago, the sky shattered and the Hellions emerged. No one was able to keep them from destroying the city of Westraven. Now that the bloodthirsty monsters rule the skies and have forced the few remaining humans underground, Claire Abernathy lives in a nightmare. She survives by using her skills as an engineer for a ruthless tyrant connected to her mother and father’s past failure.

Then Claire’s world is torn apart when her sister Abby is kidnapped by the Hellions, and Claire herself is taken by dangerous sky pirates known as marauders. But Claire will not be intimidated by them while her sister’s life hangs by a thread, and so she strikes a deal with them: If they help rescue Abby, she will fix their ship and give them the chance to take the revenge they desperately seek.

As Claire fights for her sister’s life, she begins to realize that the Hellions are not the only dangers she’ll face. Burdensome secrets and devastating betrayals threaten her at every turn, and if she loses herself to them, it won’t just be her life that is destroyed…

Midnight Sky (Dark Sky #2)
Published August 2nd 2016

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of Midnight Sky (Dark Sky, #2) . . . 
Claire’s quest continues and it has grown and have become even more clouded with secrets, betrayals, sacrifices and a possible triangle that could change more than what should be changed. Here we are back at the fight to make a wrong right again or at least make it better. Young Claire has her hands full with all that must be done to put the world back on a path cleared for the human race.

I found more drama, more action, more deceit, more betrayals, more secrets, just more. I was pulled in and wanting to know what was next. I turned each page excited to find what was held within.

Claire continues to move forward in life and make the decisions that need to be made to move them on to the next big step. Along the way she has to contend with her sister and a promise to her mother. There are outside forces working against her and her rag-tag group of misfits.

This time around I focused in on all the secondary character that were there before and newly introduced. I found more to be held captive by. Claire was most certainly a strong-willed, abled body female. She did what it took to do what needed to be done. I am looking forward to where things go to next and how the overall plot connects, grow, and conclude.

There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices…

The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…

Author Info
Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for “author voice, world-building and general bad-assery,” and the One Book Two Standout Award in 2015 for her Cursed trilogy. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, and is an active member of the Writing GIAM and Weekend Writing Warrior communities. When she isn't writing, she's reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction. 
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Dark Sky series:
Amber Sky – Dark Sky, #.25
Smoke Sky – Dark Sky, #.5
Crimson Sky – Dark Sky, #1
Midnight Sky – Dark Sky, #2

Obsidian Sky – Dark Sky, #3 

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