12 Sept 2014

Book Review / Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon

Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. 

She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.

So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. 

As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .

Published:     5th June 2014
Publisher:  Bloomsbury
Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series:  Book 1, Take Back the Skies
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher
Review:   3 out of 5


My Review

What I loved about this story...
First off let's just take a moment to appreciate the 'prettyness' of the cover.  It just screams action in the skies doesn't it!

I went into this story blind, didn't really read the blurb in great detail and absolutely loved it!  There were a few characters in the story but I had no problem at all keeping fully up to date with each of the characters.  The best part of this story for me is the story of the main character Cat (or Catherine using her full name) (the reason for both names will become clear when you read the book).  She starts off as one of the privileged and then runs away from home but she does not seem to act like a 'snob' at any point throughout the story and came across as a character who is very grounded and knows who she is and what she is after.   She makes a few friends when she gets on board Stormdancer and watching her interact with each of the characters was very interesting.  I really also enjoyed the plot twists nearer the end of the story.

Very excited to see what happens next....

What I was not fond of with this story... 
I really enjoyed this story and there was nothing that really stuck out to me as being annoying or not believable.  As this was book 1 in a series/trilogy, this was more of a 'starter' story, introducing characterand circumstances so with me all will tell in book 2......

About the Author
(from Goodreads)

Lucy Saxon is 19 and lives in Hertfordshire with her parents. 

She describes herself as a cosplayer, con-goer, book-lover and all-round nerdgirl.

Lucy wrote her first novel, Take Back the Skies, at the age of sixteen, finding a home for it with Bloomsbury at seventeen, and is now working on the rest of the series.

When not writing, Lucy spends most of her time on the internet, reading books and slaving over her sewing machine.