Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann & Melanie Brockmann
Book #1 in Night Sky
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
ARC Provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire
Angie’s Review – 3.5 Skulls – B –
Night Sky was a fun read about a teenage girl who, after the life changing event of moving, is about to experience another shock when she learns what her destiny is. Unfortunately for Skylar, she’s coming into it the hard way.
This story was character driven from the get-go, and I think it stayed that way throughout the majority of the book. Though the plot revolved around Skylar learning to master her ‘abilities,’ it felt like it was merely a backdrop for the reader to get to know the characters. It was a bit thin for me in this first installment, but I think the Brockmanns are setting us up for the bigger picture, and it’s intriguing enough for me to want to read more!
There was a lot of world building to be done here, and I think Skylar’s training was the perfect platform for that. It makes it easy for the reader to step into Skylar’s shoes when we’re learning everything at the same time she is. I never felt overwhelmed or that things were simply being thrown at me. There was a reason as to why we learned things when we did, but it’s obvious there’s still a lot to be revealed. The story takes place at some point in the future following an economic collapse that seems to have wiped out the middle class, but it doesn’t seem to be that far down the road.
I liked the description in this one. The writers give us the perfect amount of detailing to set the scene, then leave just enough for us to use our imaginations and create our own surroundings.
Calvin, who we met in Dangerous Destiny, plays a huge role in this book. His quick wit and snarky sense of humor lighten the story at just the right moments. We also meet a lot of new characters in this one. Among them are Dana and Milo,two more key players we’re going to see a lot of as this series progresses. Dana, Skylar’s not so willing mentor, was a kick-ass addition to the story. She definitely has a ‘take no prisoners’ attitude, and the few things I learned about her only left me wanting to know more! Milo is the mellowest of the bunch; he has a quiet strength and is content to remain in the background. He’s one of those people who weighs what he says, and when he speaks, people know it’s going to be important, so they listen. The chemistry between the characters overall is fantastic. They seem to have a propensity for verbal sparring and getting under each other’s skin in the most entertaining ways.
There was some teenage romance in this one, but it was low-key and never overshadowed the rest of the story.
While the plot in this one could have been amped up a bit, I think the reader is left with a good grasp of the characters. There was just enough wrapped up at the end so we weren’t left hanging, but enough loose ends to leave us wanting more!
Series Reading Order:
0.5. Dangerous Destiny
1.0. Night Sky
FYI–there is no information on future books in this series yet, but we’ve been assured there is more to come!
Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS FIRE and Netgalley for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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