Night Sky (Night Sky #1)
by Suzanne Brockmann, Melanie Brockmann
A Young Adult Paranormal Story
From Sourcebooks Fire
Released October 7th 2014
SHE’S THE ULTIMATE WEAPON IN FIGHTING DESTINY.
Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid is thrown into a strange world when she discovers that she has unique telekinetic and telepathic powers. After Sasha, the child she babysits, is kidnapped and believed to be murdered, Sky and her best friend Calvin are approached by Dana, a mysterious girl who has super-abilities similar to Sky’s. With the help of Dana and her sidekick Milo, the four teens embark on a quest to discover who killed Sasha, and to bring the killers to justice.
With Dana as Skylar’s surly and life-toughened mentor, Sky attempts to harness her powers to aid them in their quest. Complicating an already complex relationship with the older girl, Skystarts to fall for the dangerously handsome and enigmatic Milo – and begins to suspect that the attraction is mutual. But then Sky realizes that Sasha might still be alive, and the unlikely foursome’s mission becomes one of search and rescue, pitting the heroic teens against a very deadly enemy.
Night Sky picks up right where Dangerous Destiny left off. The little girl Skylar used to babysit, Shasha, has been kidnapped and Skylar and Calvin go in search for answers. In comes Dana, a kicka$$ girl with powers that seem to resemble Skylar’s. She soon becomes a mentor of sorts for Skylar who comes to learn about her destiny, the world around her and the powers she has.
Calvin continues to be her loyal side-kick. I love him. His humor kept the story from becoming overwhelming and his rapport with Skylar shines with their every interaction.
There is also Milo. *sigh* Milo, Milo, Milo. I loved him too, but in a completely different way. He was sweet and funny and perfect for Skylar. I came to enjoyed their interactions and what little glimpses I got into his life. Yep, he’s a keeper and I couldn’t get enough of him! Although this was not a romance in the whole I did enjoy those little moments between them. I can’t wait for more.
As for the story, I did find it to be a mix of the paranormal and the horror since some of the events that took place were a bit more gruesome than I expected. However, the authors made sure to keep it subtle while still being detailed enough for the reader to grasp the urgency of the events. I liked that the paranormal elements introduced in the story and the way the authora went about in setting up the world Skylar suddenly finds herself being a part of.
The writing was superb with the pace moving at times slow but picking up pace as the story progressed and the teens started their ‘mission’. Like I said before, I liked having the action-packed moments mixed with lighter ones where Calvin and Skylar’s sarcasm came to the surface. I also enjoyed how the teens pulled together to save the addicts. The tension between them was there in the beginning but soon they started to rely on each other to make a formidable team.
All in all, a fantastic first book in the series that establishes the world Skylar finds herself center stage in with a bit of humor, a sweet lovely romance and some gruesome moments to make it all worthwhile.
*I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
“Look what I can do look what I can do,” the woman, who I nicknamed Little Miss Sunshine because of her fancy clothes, yanked a massive-looking gun out of her bag.
Everyone in the store hit the deck at the sight of the gun—everyone except Calvin and me.
She pointed the barrel at my face.
A wave of deja vu washed over me. It was mixed with a hefty dose of panic and combined with at least a small degree of consolation that Calvin, as always, had my back.
“Oh, hell no!” he barked. All the fear had vanished from his tone, and now he just sounded pissed. “You wanna mess with someone? You wanna put your gun in her face? You’re gonna have to shoot me first!”
And then, things got really weird.
“Hey!” someone called form behind Little Miss Sunshine. It was a girl, older than me but probably only by a year or two. She’d appeared as if out of nowhere, but she must’ve come in through the front doors while my attention was on that gun. Dressed in full motorcycle garb—a red leather jacket and black steel-toed boots—she hollered again. “Hey, you!”
Little Miss Sunshine whirled around.
Motorcycle Girl charged froward and flicked the pistol out of crazy lady’s hands as easily as if she was removing a piece of lint from a buddy’s jacket.
The gun spun a couple times before landing on the floor. Motorcycle Girl kicked it back into the air with her foot and caught it with one hand. She tucked it deftly into the back waistband of her pants and then slammed the crazy woman down onto the ground using the palm of one hand. I could have sworn Little Miss Sunshine took a nosedive before Motorcycle Chick even touched her, but then again, I’d been seeing all kinds of crazy things this week.
“Whoa,” Calvin said, while the crowd gasped again.
Little Miss Sunshine landed, hard, and made a gurgling sound. She looked up once at me and pointed, still smiling that awful smile, before her face dropped to the ground.
The room once again was silent.
Motorcycle Chick turned, running a hand gruffly through her platinum-blond pixie cut as she looked at me and frowned, her eyes the color of icicles.
Around us, the crowd began to move almost as one, with everyone rushing for the door.
I was about to turn too—getting out of there seemed like a brilliant idea—when Motorcycle Girl spoke again. Her words stopped me. “Way to protect everyone here, Sky. What were you waiting for? A sign from God?”
I looked at Cal—Cal looked at me. And I knew we were both thinking the same thing.
How the hell does this girl know my name?
Night Sky series
Dangerous Destiny (Night Sky 0.5)
See how it all begins…
In this pulse-pounding prequel to the Night Sky series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie Brockmann, Skylar has her first brush with Destiny. She’s about to meet a boy who will change her life—and a girl who wants to end it.
I know her.
Know her from inside the dreams. Inside those terrible, murderous, bloody dreams. I’ve heard her-screaming, her voice mixing in an awful chorus with all those other girls. Little girls.
That’s what one of the little girls keeps saying, in the dream that is not just a dream. Please, God.
But I know better. There’s no escaping this fate. This is destiny.
I must kill Skylar.
Skylar Reid is the new girl at school. Her mom just moved them to Florida—aka The Land of the Living Dead where the average age of her new neighbors was seventy-five—to start over. Skylar is not a fan of the change or her total lack of friends. Until she meets Calvin, a funny, sarcastic boy who doesn’t let being in a wheelchair stop him from verbally shredding their preppy classmates. Skylar’s just about to decide her new school’s not a total loss when an odd girl wearing an oversized trench coat in the murderous Southern heat declares, “You’re one of us.” And then tries to kill her.
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Skylar has just moved to Florida in the middle of the school year. The move has not gone flawlessly for her–the weather sucks, her neighbors are senior citizens and she hasn’t made any friends at school. Until one day at lunch period she meets Calvin.
Calvin is a local and a loner. Bound to a wheelchair because of a tragic accident, Calvin welcomes Skylar to sit with him when she asks. Soon they are exchanging quips and talking as if they’ve known each other all their lives. That is until a Skylar is attacked by a student, which sets in motion a series of events that will forever change Skylar’s life.
I enjoyed this story very much! I found Skylar’s voice fresh and enjoyed being in her head and seeing the world through her eyes. I admit that her sarcastic remarks had me laughing out loud while her conflicted emotions over the move and her over baring mother endeared her to me. I also enjoyed watching her trying adapt to her surroundings and her reactions to the situation she was facing. Her mix of brave girl and scared teenager made her an interesting character to get to know.
All in all, an intriguing prequel that served to increase my curiosity over what awaits Skylar in the next book, Night Sky.
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
About the Author
Suzanne Brockman, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author, has won 2 RITA awards, numerous RT Reviewers’ Choice, and RWA’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year three years running. She has written over 50 books, and is widely recognized as a “superstar of romantic suspense” (USA Today). Suzanne and her daughter, Melanie Brockmann, have been creative partners, on and off, for many years. Their first project was an impromptu musical duet, when then-six-month-old Melanie surprised and delighted Suz by matching her pitch and singing back to her. Suzanne splits her time between Florida and Massachusetts while Mel lives in Sarasota, Florida. NIGHT SKY is Mel’s debut and Suzanne’s 55th book. Visit Suzanne at www.SuzanneBrockmann.com.
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