Book Review: A Radiant Sky

A Radiant Sky CoverBook: A Radiant Sky by Jocelyn Davies

Published September 2013 by HarperCollins|368 pages

Where I Got It: Nook Store

Series: A Beautiful Dark #3

Genre: YA Paranormal/Angels

You can find A Radiant Sky on Goodreads|You can find Jocelyn Davies on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: Since the night of her seventeenth birthday, Skye has been torn between two opposites: Light and Dark, the Order and the Rebellion, Devin and Asher.

But her decision shocked both sides—because she chose neither.

With the help of her friends, Skye forges her own path, setting out to gather an uprising of Rogues. The treacherous and elusive half-angels may be the key to maintaining the balance of fate and free will. But completing the mission her parents left unfinished is more difficult—and dangerous—than she could have imagined. And doing so comes at a cost: Her greatest love may now be a lethal enemy. Because it’s not just the Order that sees her as a threat who must be eliminated. The Rebellion does, too.

And both sides will do whatever it takes to win.

Dark days lie ahead, and if Skye is to survive, she’ll need to rely on her extraordinary powers and the strength of her will. Because she has a future—and a love—that’s worth fighting for.

The sweeping, darkly romantic story that began with A Beautiful Dark and gathered intensity in A Fractured Light comes to a thrilling conclusion in A Radiant Sky.

I finally finished A Radiant Sky, and I really liked it!  It’s a really good conclusion to the series.  I started out thinking the series was okay, but it got better and better over the course of the series.

There are definitely lines that are drawn, and while there’s the Order and the Rebellion, you have a new group in town: the Uprising, who want to keep the Order and the Rebellion in check.  I really liked the idea of the Uprising, because they are the ones who feel like they don’t belong to either group.  So who better than to make sure that things are balanced?  And I really liked the idea of a new council, and the people that comprise that new council.  Because it was slightly unexpected, but still really interesting.

I love that this series focuses on shades of grey, and that sometimes, the middle road is the best one to take.  And that keeping two very different sides in check and in balance is important.  At least in this series.

I was wondering where things were headed, and I got the answers I was looking for.  I loved that Skye had her friends and family to help her through this, and that they worked together, instead of Sky always running off to take care of everything herself.  Her friends and family and love really did make a difference in things, and that was a really cool aspect of the book.

We do have the final battle, and I have to admit that I was expecting more from it.  Like, something more than a few pages, and something with a bit more action.  I don’t know if it’s because of expectations from other series I’ve read or what, but I was expecting there to be something more from it.

I will say that there was something about A Radiant Sky that didn’t quite fit.  I mean, I really liked it and all, but there was also something about it that I couldn’t quite connect with.  Things were pretty easy for Skye and her band of Rogues, so perhaps it’s that.

Final Thoughts:

I really liked A Radiant Sky, and I thought it was fitting end to the series.  Things did seem pretty easy for Sky, and things were wrapped up a little too nicely, but other than that, things were resolved pretty well.  A Radiant Sky gets 4 stars.

Book Review: Daylighters

Daylighters CoverBook: Daylighters by Rachel Caine

Published November 2013 by Penguin|368 Pages

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: Morganville Vampires #15

Genre: YA Paranormal- Vampire

You can find Daylighters on Goodreads|You can find Rachel Caine on Twitter, Facebook, and her website

Goodreads Summary: While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one… 

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end…

As much as I love Morganville, and as sad as I am that Morganville is now finished, I found that Daylighters is not my favorite one in the series.  I still really liked it, because I am such a huge Rachel Caine fan, and there’s a lot of awesome in Daylighters, but it’s a really liking this kind of awesome.

Seeing what happens when Claire and everyone gets back home, and seeing how different Morganville is now that the Daylight Foundation has taken over the town…wow!  Definitely interesting to see what they did with the vampires, and some of the things they did to ensure that vampires and humans don’t mix.  And the head of the Daylight foundation, and his connection to Myrnin and the vampire community was interesting, but also unexpected.  In a good way, because it’s definitely different.

I’m honestly not sure what I was expecting for Daylighters, but it’s totally not a bad thing, because it really could have gone in any direction, and because I wasn’t sure what would happen, which was kind of fun, because I was surprised a couple of times.  Overall, it’s not that surprising, what happened, and I suppose it is what I was expecting…but maybe I was still processing Allegiant, and didn’t pick the best time to do another series-ender.  But maybe not.  Who really knows why I really liked it but also feel a little meh about it?

I will say that things did end very well, and while Morganville is definitely a different town at the end of the series than it was when we first visited, it’s still a crazy town with quite a few surprises.  And…there may have been some silent squee-ing towards the end, because our two favorite couples get their HEA.  Which isn’t surprising, since they’ve been through a lot, and it’s good to have that.

We definitely get closure, and things are wrapped up so well.  But…it’s also fun to imagine what everyone will get up to!  Morganville and its residents really are very different now than they were in Glass Houses, and the things that they’ve been through have made them better (and interesting) people.

Final Thoughts:

I really liked Daylighters, but it also didn’t have that special thing that made me go OMG.  Still, it’s a great ending to a series that I’m definitely going to miss, and I’m sad to see it end.  Daylighters gets 4 stars.