Title: Smoke Sky
Series: Dark Sky
Series Number: #0.5
Author: Amy Braun
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publisher: Amy Braun
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.
Blurb From Goodreads:
To survive in a horrific world overseen by bloodthirsty monsters, young thief Gemma will do whatever she must to see another day. Even though that means working for a damaged man convinced to make her a permanent member of this thuggish family.
So when her employer tells her that he’ll release her from his clutches, Gemma is obviously skeptical. Especially since the job is easy enough– recruit the two marauders that the gang has been spying on to take her place.
But as Gemma lies to Nash and Sawyer, she commits the greatest mistake a spy can make–– she begins to see them as friends, and perhaps more. Soon, she will have to choose: Sacrifice two strangers to ensure freedom from a brutal future, or risk her life to save them…
Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Gemma met Nash and Sawyer, and what prompted her to chose their safety over her own. While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone.
I love stories like this. I’ve already read book one and met the characters but learning more about how most of them ended up together was something I didn’t even realize I was missing. I’m pretty sure I was curious while reading book one but Ms. Braun has an awesome way of pulling you into the story. You get so caught up in the story that minor details that aren’t there don’t seem to matter. I might have to go back and read book one, just to see if it’s any different knowing more about the characters. And knowing what I know from book one, I’ve really got to make time to read the rest of the series. Aliens have arrived and we are dinner…the scariness of the aliens mixed with the dystopian and steampunk elements makes this such a fun read, you never know what might pop up.
Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for “author voice, world-building and general bad-assery,” and the One Book Two Standout Award in 2015 for her Cursed trilogy. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, and is an active member of the Writing GIAM and Weekend Writing Warrior communities. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction.