This week I’m part of another blog tour, featuring two books from the Beyond Moondust trilogy! The first two books are currently available through Kindle Unlimited, so pick them up today! There is also currently a giveaway for a copy of the first book! You can enter here! Giveaway closes October 14th at 11:59 PM PDT.
I have only reviewed the first book in the interest of keeping this post spoiler-free, however I did read the second one, and let me tell you, it was an amazing follow-up. Definitely one you do not want to miss!
From the Sky by J. E. Nicassio
Genre(s): Young adult, dystopia, romance
Number of pages: 259
Publish date: June 23rd, 2015
Purchase: Amazon – Book Depository – Barnes & Noble
When Samantha Hunter and her father move to New Mexico, it’s a chance to get away from the bittersweet memories of her past and start over. However, the arrival of a dark-haired stranger into her life changes everything. The stranger, a boy, named Lucien introduces Sam to the hidden world of real-life aliens.
Redemption and romance follow Sam in her new life as she works to decipher her complicated alien-human relationship and discovers what connects her to this strange alien boy.
I think I’ve decided I need more aliens in my life. Well, in fictional form that is. As soon as I got into this book, I definitely felt some major Roswell vibes, if anyone’s ever seen that series. Nevertheless, this was a fantastic book in it’s own right. I have zero time to do anything right now, but I still enjoyed reading this immensely.
The feeling of loss and the move that opens up the book is described in such a raw way. The idea of a new life in New Mexico away from painful memories is promising, but Sam will never fully be separated from the tragedy that has befallen her. She’s content to blend in at first, and then she meets a boy she swears she’s met before. Of course, this strange coincidence is only the first step in a large collection of even stranger things.
The emotion and character depth in this book is wonderful, I was engaged with the characters from page one. There is just enough action, suspense, romance, and even a little conspiracy theory, because you can’t have a novel with aliens without a little crazy conspiracy. Not to mention the relationship between Lucien and Sam, which I absolutely adored. What can I say? I’m a sucker for romance.
As with most books the include specific jargon, there was a fair amount of new terms. It wasn’t too hard to follow along, but I did forget what some meant and had to go back a few times.
I was provided with this book in exchange for an honest review.
The morning dew kissed the steep slope and ridge boughs of the winding road. I loved how the shade of the sugar maple trees blanketed the dense, mossy hollow of Hidden Valley.
I heard the thud before the antlers crashed through the windshield. Without thinking, my hands covered my eyes as the car flipped over the guardrail and down the embankment. The seatbelt pulled tight across my chest, squeezing the air from my lungs. The car rolled and rolled until it stopped on its side. I hit my head on the window, and everything went black.
I’m unsure of how long I had been unconscious, but I woke up to the flash of a bright light and realized I was trapped. It was the seatbelt. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t undo my seatbelt. I felt something wet and warm. A sweet, metallic, pungent smell entered my nose. Blood.
“Finn….” I struggled to speak.
He didn’t answer. There was only the rattling of metal and the sound of whizzing air, like when a can of Coke is opened after it’s been shaken.
“Finn, talk to me, please. Are you hurt?”
A second bright light flashed beyond the trees. In the distance, the rustling of movement and low voices were coming closer.
“We’re here,” I struggled to get the words out. “Help!” I tried shouting, but the belt made it hard to raise my voice. There was no way they would find us. Just when I thought all hope was lost, I felt someone at my side.
“Don’t be afraid. I got you,” the stranger said. It was a man’s voice, and he spoke gently to me, instantly soothing my worries.
The seatbelt snapped open, and I could breathe again.
“She’s free,” the stranger said. His words rolled off his lips like liquid gold.
Am I dead? Is he an angel?
My fingers trailed loosely at my side as he dragged me across the dry soil. He laid me down on the forest ground away from the wreckage.
The blurred figure above me pulled his shirt off and tucked it underneath my head. For a moment, I was enveloped in his scent, and he lifted my head just enough for me to see my brand-new iPhone crushed on the ground beside me.
“My brother?” I whispered. My voice still not as strong as it should’ve been.
“Shhh. Don’t try to speak,” the stranger said, pushing my hair away from my face. When he did, a calmness swept over me.
“What do you think you’re doing? Just leave her,” another voice said. I hadn’t known anyone else was there.
“Help my brother,” I said, more clearly now.
“I’m so sorry—” the first man started, but he didn’t have to finish. I already knew Finn was dead.
The shadowy figure placed his hands on me.
“Don’t do it,” said the second voice. “We have to leave now.”
“No! We caused this!” the first voice begged.
“Stop! You must not. Let’s just go.”
“I’ve got to do something. She’ll die…”
“It’s not for you to decide! It’s not allowed.
There’ll be consequences, brother.”
“I can’t let her die.”
“You can’t, or you won’t?”
“No…” I tried to tell them both. I could taste the blood as it filled my mouth and gurgled from my lips. “Let me die.”
“Not today,” The stranger that had rescued me said. I felt his hands brush over my head.
A jolt of electricity shot through my body. I wasn’t scared anymore.
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