(Sky Brooks #1)
By McKenzie Hunter
Narrator: Jorjeana Marie
Length: 13 hours and 24 minutes
Death should be the end of your life— not the beginning.Sky Brooks’s life started with a death—her own. Sky’s spent the first twenty-three years of her life unaware of this, among other things. She always thought she was just a shapeshifter until she wakes up in a strange house in rural Illinois—battered, bruised, and with only vague memories of her mother’s death at the hands of vampires.At the request of a powerful witch, Sky is put under the protection of the Midwest Pack. But she isn’t sure she can trust them, especially after she meets the dangerously sexy Ethan, a pack member, who’s known for being more ruthless than altruistic. After she’s attacked by a necromancer, a mercenary, and the vampires who killed her mother, she has no choice but to accept the pack’s help.The Midwest Pack aren’t quite what they seem—but then again, neither is Sky. As they form an uneasy alliance to search for the reason behind the vampires’ vicious attacks, it becomes clear that Sky possesses magic no one has ever seen—and it all started with what happened at her birth.
* This review is of the 85% of the book that I read/listened to.
What a long winded book. I'm still at a loss as to how static this book felt. I couldn't take it anymore after about 85% and ended up DNF-ing. There were a few times where I enjoyed the story, but for the most part nothing seemed to happen and the story went in circles.
The heroine had a few moments of 'wow she's awesome', but would go back to being an idiot and pitying herself 2 pages later. I also didn't understand the dynamic she had with Ethan. One moment it was leaning toward romantic and the next they hated each other. This book seemed very young YA if it wasn't for a few lines where she commented on how attractive people were. Maybe it's just me but I was under the impression that there was going to be somewhat of a love interest.
I'm going to go ahead and say that Ethan was the possible romantic interest (if there was one). That being said, I didn't like him. He would go off on tangents of violence, but a few minutes later he would be sweet. He made it impossible for me to trust his motives. His brother (Josh?) was a little better, but the heroine made me dislike him too.
Every character in this novel felt underdeveloped. It felt like I had to be on my toes, waiting for something to happen (which, up until the point I read, never did). At the same time I could predict everything that happened (especially the idiotic running away in the middle of the night parts).
The Audio Book:
There was nothing wrong with the narration. Jorjeana Marie did a fantastic job. My problem was only with the story.