17 May 2015

Earth & Sky (Earth & Sky #1) by Megan Crewe

Earth & Sky (Earth & Sky #1) by Megan Crewe

Goodreads Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the panic attacks tormenting her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for its inhabitants and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help--but with each shift in the past, the very fabric of reality is unraveling, and soon there may be no Earth left to save. 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was initially excited about this book because aliens!!! but the aliens weren't that interesting and didn't actually add much to the plot, in my opinion. I did, however, really like the look into how Skylar felt about not really fitting in anymore after time travelling. But the time travelling. Sometimes it seemed like it made sense but other times it did not. Maybe that was just me but whatever. I didn't think the plot was all that fantastic, but it has the potential to grow so I'm going to let that one slide for now.

I did like that there was no "in your face" romance in this novel. There is the hint at romance and the ability for a romance to be written in, but it will feel more natural because the characters are friends now and it will evolve naturally.

I did find some of it quite boring. And I felt like some of it was out of sequence in a sense for me. Especially when Skylar asks for a personal favour in the middle of their overall task. It seems as though she should have asked for her personal favour closer to the beginning rather than closer to the end. And I also didn't like the alien plot twist because it made the story into something I didn't enjoy.

I liked Skylar. I liked that she was so traumatized from her brother's disappearance that it triggered everything that happened to her. I liked that she was OCD and had to keep herself from panicking because I could definitely relate to that. I think she was well developed, as was Win, but with that came a lack of development for the secondary characters. Hopefully they are fleshed out more in the rest of the series. Also, I guess I was anticipating Win being a secret antagonist. I would have liked that actually.

I'm not sure how I feel about the "villains". Maybe because they weren't really in the novel that I didn't get connected to them. I am sure we will hear about their side of the story more in the next novel (I mean, we have to right? How can we take the good guys word for it??).

Overall: 3/5 stars. There was too much that was explained either by saying "oh this is alien tech that's why it works". However, I liked the idea of looking at Sky's feelings of how she was changed after time travelling but no one else was.

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