On the Back of the Book
A strange-eyed boy with no memory of his true identity or real parents, Jacob could have no idea of the mortal danger he has been in every day of his fifteen years. Now that danger has found him and suddenly he doesn’t know who he can trust and what is real anymore. All he knows is that his new identity is almost as terrifying as the peril unleashing it has brought. Caught in the universal power struggle of an ancient race of beings and a destiny demanded of him that he does not want, he must fight to protect his own life and everyone he holds dear.
But when the time comes, will he be strong enough to make the sacrifices that saving them will demand?
Pre Read Thoughts
I’m choosing this because:
In short, I’m reading this because I was approached by the author; I checked the book out on Goodreads and quickly agreed. The synopsis is amazing and just the type of book that I like reading. The synopsis excites me because our main character is a guy! It’s a refreshing change. I’d love to see more books with male MCs. I wonder how many guys read YA books and get bored of all the girly leads... Anyway, slightly off topic but what I’m saying is the synopsis is definitely something that would make me pick up the book anyway.
Judging a book by its cover:
The cover is a moonlit body of water, it simple but oh so pretty. (Just to go off topic how grown up does “body of water” sound?) The font types are also very simple but I do think it stands out. If it had been a really fancy font it would’ve overwhelmed the cover. While I do think the cover is pretty, it’s not eye-catching and I’d probably overlook it if it was in a cover line up but I think the things that sell this are definitely the synopsis and the title. All this talking about the book is making me eager to get stuck in. Fingers crossed that it’s as good as it sounds.
Pricing the (possible) awesomeness:
After a quick look on Amazon (I only look on Amazon because it’s where I shop. Team Kindle!!) The price of this is £1.59 BUT if you have Prime membership (like my mum does) you can borrow it for free. However I say support the indies! So yes if you like it, buy it!
Post Read Thoughts
When I really love a book I tend to put “Wow!” but I think I should try something different before I annoy myself. So let’s go for... umm... FANDABBYDOZY!! Yes that’s how I felt about it... however, I wish I’d stuck with wow. It’s simple it’s catchy and now I’ve started this review making NO SENSE AT ALL!! Okay, I’m a bit of a geek so the whole alien thing sent me into immense fangirliness. The last time I reviewed an alien book it left me feeling sad *glares at I Am Number Four* but I can assure you this will go much better!
I try to always pick up a book with no expectations, so when I started reading ‘Sky Song’ and found myself really and truly getting suckered in I started to get excited. I just knew that I was in for a good read. The whole story is beautifully descriptive, drawing the reader into a realistic world. The action is there in spades but still it manages to subside long enough so that you can catch your breath and gather your thoughts. I really found the story so easy to read and the pages just seemed to melt away. I just don’t quite know how to express my love for this. Actually scratch that, I think I do, I love this book nearly as much as I love Matthew Gray Gubler, and I really heart that guy!
Jacob – Jacob is our main character and I really liked him. I can get his emotions throughout the book. Sometimes he seemed to be reading from the “How to Be An Idiot” handbook, but due to his entire world changing faster than he can say “abracadabra” I think we’ll let him off. Finding out you’re not of this earth can make you a bit stressed. For the most part he’s a nice guy and I’m looking forward to the rest of his journey.
Ellen – How do I tell you who Ellen is without spoilers? Well she starts off as Jacob’s girl bestie... *leaves you to figure out the rest* As a character she makes me happy because she’s a girl in YA book and she isn’t a total wash out. She’s happy to stand her ground and not let Jacob walk all over her. I need to see more girls like this. They’re too awesome for words.
Luca – Jacob’s other friend. I didn’t really feel him as much as the other two but this might be because I don’t think there was as much of him in the book. I think he’s the joker of the trio but he has a serious side and he displays it at a crucial moment in the novel. I want to see more of him in the rest of the trilogy so I can get better acquainted with him.
Overall this is awesome. This might be a science fiction story but at the heart of it is a setting so realistic that this could actually happen to you. I really loved how easy it was to read and I really can’t fault it. The ending leaves me wanting more, which is just what should happen in a trilogy/series. I feel that for me this is the perfect start to Jacob’s adventure and the ‘Sky Song’ trilogy. A final point, I love how the title is weaved into the story.
5 Stars – I was debating between 4.5 stars and 5 and went for the higher of the two ratings because I feel this is an example of what an indie book should be. The quality of the story and the writing shine through and make reading it a sheer joy. Top marks! I definitely recommend this to YA fans, sci fi fans and fans of indie authors. Just go buy this. Now.
A Final Note
As I said at the beginning of this review, I received my copy of ‘Sky Song’ from the author, Sharon Sant in exchange for my honest review. So thank you Sharon for allowing me to read this, it was a pleasure!
One Final Final Thing
Do you know what I have? I have the cover to book 2 of the 'Sky Song' trilogy. And I'm sure you want to see it. So here it is:
"It is a prophecy, Watcher. And it foretells your destruction.
So comes the stark warning from Astrae. But what does the prophecy that tells of the young moon actually mean?
Two years have passed and Jacob’s search for the second Successor brings him back to Earth. But his Watcher powers seem to be useless as the other Successor remains shrouded in mystery… And he soon discovers that his bitter uncle, Makash, is also hot on the trail.
Jacob’s quest takes him and Luca halfway across the globe in a race to get to the other Successor first. As they get closer to their goal the body count starts to rise and Jacob and Luca are dragged deeper into Makash’s deadly game as the net closes around them.
All Jacob has to do is cheat death, yet again, find another like him amongst the seven billion people that swarm over the face of the planet before Makash does, and thwart the prophecy that spells his doom. No pressure then…"
Sounds so awesome right? Well it's out on the 8th March and it can't come quickly enough for me!