Review + Interview + Giveaway: Broken Skies by Theresa Kay

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Title: Broken Skies (Broken Skies, #1)
Author: Theresa Kay
Publication Date: January 13th 2015 by Skyscape
Rating:★★★★★
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Synopsis

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 on 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.

With the aliens and the humans at odds, the connection forming between the two teens 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.

“OH MY GOD I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!!” were the exact words I said right after I finished reading this book. I’m not even entirely sure if this has a sequel BUT IT NEEDS TO HAVE ONE (or more than one) BECAUSE I NEED MORE!!!

Broken Skies is not like any other books I’ve read before because honestly, I don’t really read much sci-fi novels to begin with. It always takes me a lot of convincing before I give in and read a sci-fi book. I’m pretty much good at watching sci-fi shows but not so much at reading them. However, this one proved to be an exception.

“Knowing about something and knowing what it feels like are two different things.”

As always, before reading the book, I checked it out on Goodreads first and I was overwhelmed with the positive reviews this book has received, which in turn made me more excited to read it.

The book follows Jax in her quest to save his brother, Jace, who was abducted by an Alien species called E’rikon. However, in order to save him, she must work with Lir, an E’rikon, and things got pretty complicated in the process.

The book was pretty much filled with action which was really thrilling and it gave me a great experience while reading it. I read this in a span of two days because, I kid you not, I couldn’t put it down. The world-building was great, although it took me a while to fully understand it because I wasn’t sure how to imagine it.

The characters were well-written and dynamic. Both Jax and Lir were strong characters and I felt attached to them early, which was a good thing. They also had great chemistry and I found myself smiling most of the time because of that.

His touch is a luxury I could get used to much too easily.

I loved Jax’s character. She’s strong, intelligent and badass. I loved the way her character was written. Amidst all the badassery she’s got, she’s vulnerable at times and I liked it so much because it made her character more human and believable and it was really great to see how deeply the author delved into that. I also loved her relationship with her twin brother, Jace. They were pretty tight. It made me wish I had a brother (which I’ve always wanted by the way.)

Lir came off a bit cocky/jock-y for me at first, but as the story progressed he turned out to be the opposite. I loved his sense of humor and his sharp wit. He’s a decent guy, which is pretty cool for an alien. Actually, I even forgot that he was one because his actions turned out normal, like what a normal person would do. There were times I doubted his motives but I still believe in him.

The story was really captivating and enjoyable to read. I’m really really excited to read the next one. There has to be a next one because I need to know what happens next. The book didn’t end in a cliffhanger, don’t worry. But it sure as hell will leave you craving for more, like it did for me.

“The first step to making peace with it is forgiving yourself.”

I’m also looking forward to reading Theresa Kay’s other/upcoming works. I’m very impressed by her writing style. These are the times where I wish her books are locally available because I sure need this one on my shelf.

Interview

1. What’s your favorite/comfort food?
Ice cream. Yes, even in the dead of winter :)

2.  Favorite movie?
This is almost like asking me to pick my favorite book, so I’ll name a few of them in different genres:
How to Train Your Dragon
Harry Potter (all of them)
Star Wars (IV-VI)
Alien

3. I feel like this is mandatory so what are some of your favorite books?
Outlander
Shatter Me
Penryn and the End of Days
The Raven Cycle
Throne of Glass
CHRONOS files
The Dark Tower
Harry Potter

4. Describe your writing process.
I’m a pantster, so I don’t outline. I typically start out with an idea for a character and form the story around them. Before I start writing, I have a general idea of where the story will end up and a few of the steps along the way and I just go from there.

5. How did you come up with your idea for BROKEN SKIES?
My answer to this question is so boring :) Originally, I just wanted to write a story with aliens in it. Then, Jax popped into my head and started telling me her story, which definitely has aliens in it, but wasn’t the story I was expecting at the time.

6. Which of your characters has the closest personality to you?
Hmm… This is a tough one. Maybe Emily? I like my characters to stand on their own so I don’t think I put very much of myself in them.

7. Have you got the ending for the series all planned out from the beginning?
Not really. As I said before I’m a pantster, but I do have a general idea of where things are going to end up. I just don’t know how it’s going to get there yet.

8. If Broken Skies could be optioned for a movie, who would you cast as Jax and Lir?
I’m awful with these. I think I’d prefer unknowns to play them so they could bring their own spin to the characters without people comparing them to other big name movies the actor/actress had worked on.

9. Can you give us an insight for the next book? Are you currently working on another novel right now?
I just finished up the revised draft of Fractured Suns (book 2) and it’s off with my beta readers right now. That book picks up a few weeks after the end of Broken Skies. It’s told partially in Lir’s point of view (10 chapters out of 33) and you’ll learn a lot more about the E’rikon and why they’re on Earth. There are a lot of (hopefully) unexpected revelations in this one and a couple jarring betrayals by people you might not expect. So far my beta readers have described it as fast-paced and heart breaking.

Besides that, I’ll be working on a space opera short story this month for an anthology to be published in July and the third episode of my novella serial, Bright Beyond. I also have a zombie short story included in the Z Chronicles anthology that will be published in the next couple months.

10. What advice can you give our readers, especially those who are aspiring authors?
The one thing that really helped motivate me and get me writing was giving myself permission to write garbage. Basically that means putting away my expectations, telling my inner editor to hush, and just writing– even if it’s no good at the time. I think one of the things most writers need to keep in mind is that you can’t edit what isn’t written. Tell the story first and then worry about going back and fixing the holes. You’ll be surprised at the things that will flow onto the page when you stop expecting perfection and just let yourself write.

About Theresa Kay

theresa kayThe 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. Living in the mountains of central Virginia with her husband and two kids, she works as a paralegal by day, binges on Netflix at night and finds bits of time in between reading almost everything she can get her hands on and laundry to craft stories that tend to feature broken characters in sci-fi or paranormal worlds, with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure.

She’s constantly lost in one fictional universe or another and is a self-proclaimed “fangirl” who loves being sucked in to new books or TV shows. Theresa originally wanted to write horror novels as an ode to her childhood passion for Stephen King novels, but between her internal Muse’s ramblings and the constant praise for her sci-fi pieces from her writer’s group – The Rebel Writers – she knew she should stick with what was working.

Author Links: Website // Twitter // Facebook // Goodreads

Giveaway

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