*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.*
©2014 Theresa Kay (P)2014 Theresa Kay
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
There were several things I really loved about this story, and a few I wasn't so keen on.
I did receive a code from the narrator for one of her books in return for an honest opinion, but I can't remember if it was this one or the last one I listened to, so I'm saying this one, and either way all reviews off me are honest wether they be gifted or not.
Jaz-Jasmine was a good character for the most part, but her panic attacks and personal weakness grated on me quite a bit. I have to admit I loved the story line and most of what she's been through, but there were moments when I really think especially towards the end of the book that she would just get a grip and start to process things and move forwards as her own person. She was almost there when she first faced her brother, but she almost insisted with real conviction that things were the same, and they really weren't. I had hoped she really knew and understood that before that moment.
The whole Lir storyline was very interesting and well written. (I do wish that Jax was a little more grown up with it, but she's a young, and love struck teen who knows nothing about the aliens or their love/bonding rituals, so I can kinda forgive the writer for some of these things.
For the most part this story kept me on edge and I wanted to know what happened. I can't believe the Author hasn't had the narrator back to do the second book, I'm just gutted, so much so I had to buy the book, and I don't often do that. I don't have the time to read a real book. So I do hope that the author will have this on the cards next.
The narrator brings such an abundance of life, joy, love and heartache to Jax, that you just can't stop listening even though sometimes, or most of the time she's a pain in the butt and really can't see the wood for the tress, silly girl.
So yeah, I was left with a book/narrator hangover. and I'm not used to that. You both make the best combination. And I do hope you'll work together again.
"A fresh take on alien invasion. Great performance"
I'd recommend this to young people or anyone interested in getting introduced to the sci fi genre. An easy read (or listen) with a fun concept.
Vitrad makes for a fun villain. He's calculating, vicious, and out on a mission to get you. (add maniacal laughter)
Andrea enhances the story and is a natural fit. She personifies Jax and the rest of the cast by beautifully rendering them with her voice.
Not one moment in particular but Jax's relationship with Jace was very moving.
"A great sci fi novel"
Sci-Fi is nt my typical grnrebut in this case, I'm so glad I did. Theresa pulled me into Jax's story from page one and kept me on the edge of my seat until the last. Her world building was spot on and I could see the world she had created in my mind. I was glad to hear that there is a second book in the works as I definitely want more. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Sci Fi novels, or even if you don't, you should give it a try, you won't regret it! I would recommend this audiobook
I have listened to many audio books with many readers. But the reader of this book is excellent. Her choice of voices and accents made it seem as if I were sitting inside the story. I will surely purchase more books with this reader.
I have always enjoyed Sci. Fci. Book , this one was very good.
There are many surprises and thrills in this story that keeps a reader interested.
Nothing at all. The Narrator was very professional , articulate and had a very pleasant speaking voice.
I always prefer a female narrator as a male trying to sound like a female or child doesn't really make it for me.
Enjoyable, interesting. Don't usually read/listen to this genre, but the narration helped get me through it. Gotta love audio books!
"Forbidden Romance and a Broken World"
I loved Theresa Kay's world and how I got swept into it. It was familiar yet different enough to captivate the mind. The characters had depth especially the main character, Jax. She was tough but broken, just like people in real life.
I'm not really sure. It had hints of several sci-fi books and should appeal to those who like dystopian as well.
She was amazing. She got Jax's panic attacks down perfectly and the accent she gave the alien characters was so much fun to listen too.
Yes. It propelled me through multiple loads of laundry.
I listened to this in two days and it was the perfect way to get away while still getting work done. I can't wait for the sequel.
"Broken Skies review"
The beginning, when the main character, Jax is introduced.
Yes, excitement. Overall, this is an interesting story, and worth my time listening to.
I actually enjoyed the plot of this story, and the way it was performed.
"Excited about the series"
Yes! Even though the content was a little "young" for me (I'm an older woman), the story was really intriguing and got me excited to hear the rest of the series. I love trilogies, series, but within the first four chapters, if I'm not sold, then I just stopped. Theresa kept me going through the entire book. Ready for book two, please!
It's fantasy and intriguing but not over the top. It's still believable and the characters are really memorable and I care about them.
Andrea really helps bring me into the author's world in a believable manner, especially with all of the different voices she uses.
I liked the Romance between Lir and Jax, but I would have liked their friendship to have been built up a little more first, even though it was obvious that they were interested in each other. Also, for all of the aliens, I would have preferred them to have a little bit of a subtle accesnt to differentiate them from the humans so that it was more believable that they were from another planet and that when they were speaking English, they were translating and reflecting in their head to know how to "say" the right thing. Could also have changed up some of the pronunciations of some of the human words or break up the speech pattern a little bit again to show that they were a little different.
"Never heard an audiobook before"
The brokeness of Jax was what stood out the most for me. Her determintaion and quick wit were admirable and the guilt she felt even while defending herself was painful to listen to.
When they were at the cabin and Leir kissed the top of her head on front of everyone. I don't know why but it stood out for me in a big way.
I have never listened to an audio book before, because it took longer to listen to than read I had a hard time concentrating. I had to keep going back. But man she has a great voice for characterization and I loved the accents she did. Every time I went back to reading a different book, I could hear her doing the voices in my head still.
the scene where Jax breaks out Leir is particularly intense. I found myself gasping when he grabbed her suddenly. Very different than when I read it to myself.
I got this book free with a promo code from the author. Since I read the book already I knew what to expect. The voices are neat though and the conflict was more real. I found myself laughing a little harder and gasping more often. Listening to the book definitely took more time than than reading it, which conflicted with my fast paced reading habits. that may be just me though. I commute to work so this was perfect when walking to and from the train station. I would recomend it to others.
"Concise first novel with great audio performance"
Well drawn characters and efficient plotting.
What I most appreciated in Andrea's performance was the vividness in which Andrea embodies the characters with variations in her voice, and her clear articulation of Jax's internal experience through the descriptive passages. Andrea's voice is both professional and relaxing, encouraging the listener to continue on, weaving the author's words like a spell. One can tell that Andrea placed a great deal of time and effort into capturing just the right nuance for each passage that she read.
The pacing of the story and the enjoyability of the audio performance does draw the listener in to where I did want to keep listening each step of the way.
Many kudos to both Theresa and Andrea for their excellent work in what appears to be a promising start in each of their respective creative fields.
"Great Narrator, boring story"
The narration by Andrea was great. She voice for the main character was lovable and friendly as the character seemed to be. Truly a good fit. Her voices for other Female characters were all enjoyable. Her male characters we good too, I liked the ex-priest's voice. I had fun listening to her narration but the story was pretty boring. The character's panic attacks and complaining really started to get old, she is a character who is tough, a survivor and is all around a very capable person but acts like she is helpless or freaks out. Also the love subplot between her and the Alien really was lame and felt unfinished. I think overall the book would have been much better if they focused on the rescue story and had a more confident lead character. I hope to hear more from Andrea as I really enjoyed listening to her perform the book and bring life to the characters but I doubt I will listen to or read more books by Theresa Kay. Also the story has a very anti-climatic ending that is just setting up for a second book.
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