Book Review- Toward a Secret Sky

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Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean
Published by Blink on April 4, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 368
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Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.

With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.

Toward a Secret Sky was a thrilling read. There was never a dull moment, from the first chapter to the last, and I couldn’t help but pick up the book every time I had a spare moment.
Not gonna lie, starting to read this book was a bit of a struggle. I loved the secret organization aspect of it (which is what made me go for this book in the first place), but the writing style took a little while to get used to. It’s not that there is anything wrong with it, it’s just different than what I am used to, so it shook me up a little. I also didn’t love how boy crazy Maren was, and how she ogled over Gavin every time he was around. But again, I’m not big into romance-y stuff, so having a character that was so vocal (in her head at least) about her feelings for him was kind of jarring.
I did however love the book itself. It was full of demons, angels, and a whole lot of action. Every chapter was action packed and so full of twists and turns that I had no idea what was going to happen next.
I definitely went through a whole range of emotions while reading this book, from giddiness to heart break to shock to relief (and many more… and not necessarily in that order). I would recommend this book to people who love the supernatural and a good bit of boy ogling.
I am going to give Toward a Secret Sky four out of five hearts.

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*I was given an ARC of this book by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

My Most Anticipated Debuts of 2017

Every year new authors make their grand debut into the world of books. I love looking for new releases and seeing what these new authors are bringing to the table. This year (mostly because I have a blog) I’ve decided to put together a list of my top 10 most anticipated new releases of 2017.

Because it’s the beginning of the year, I’m only going to choose books that are being released by June 1017, and I’ll publish another post about my most anticipated debuts of months 7-12 when the time comes. So, without further ado, here I go!

  1. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti25546710 (January 3)

    I’m not sure how fair it is to choose this one, considering I’ve already read it and have put it on my top three of 2016 list, but I am super excited to have a completely finished copy of this book in my hands (and of course read it again!!). The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a beautiful and gripping story that I would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a quick fun read, or something to really get them thinking about life and what it means for people in all different types of situations.

  2. You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando (January 10)25876993

    Reagan is the ultimate spy. She can change identities overnight and lie without so much as blinking. She works for the Black Angels, the most powerful top secret agency in the world. However, on her new case she starts to fall in love. She begins to question the life she was born into, and whether she wants to stay a part of it. I’m a sucker for a good spy book (which you’ll see as the list goes on), and this one definitely gets me excited!! What’s better than a spy book? A spy book about a kickass girl who has to face who she really is.

  3. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson30037870 (January 24)

    This book follows a girl named Mary, who was convicted of killing a baby when she was just 9 years old. After spending years in “baby jail” she is released to a group home and gets pregnant. When the state threatens to take her unborn child, Mary must finally face the past and reveal the true events of what happened. This book sounds like such a moving story, with lots of grit and emotion. I am so excited to see how the story plays out and find out what really happened.

  4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (January 31)27883214

    Caraval is definitely one of the most buzzed about new releases this year, and I can’t help but join in on the excitement!! This book promises magic, love, mysterious sailors, and of course caraval, a show that happens once a year where the audience is part of the show. The story follows Scarlett, who is invited to the show only to find out that to win the show, contestants have to find her sister, Tella, who was kidnapped. This book is most certainly high stakes, and I have a feeling that once I get my hands on a copy, I’m not going to be able to put it down.

  5. This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton (February 2)33135198

    When Amelie becomes internet famous overnight, it is for the completely wrong reason. A picture of her was taken backstage at a concert, and suddenly the world wants to know who she is. Amelie has her own ideas about music; her own taste and her own style. She wants to be able to share her music with the world, but needs to overcome her fears to play the music she dreams of. This book sounds like such an inspiring and heartfelt coming-of-age story. I can’t wait to see what happens to Amelie and how she deals with the sudden fame before she is ready for it.

  6. Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot (February 28)29102869

    This book follows Pea, a young girl with ADFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder). Not only does this affect how she eats, but also causes anxiety, depression, and bad thoughts. When she falls in love, things take a turn for the worse. I am really excited for this book because it tackles a subject that not many people are aware of nor understand. I hope that it will bring a deeper understanding of the mind of someone with a disorder like this, and hopefully help spread awareness.

  7. Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean (April 4)30649331

    Marin Hamilton is 17 when she is orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother in Scotland. Then she receives an encrypted notebook from her dead mother that changes her life. She discovers that her parents were working for a secret international organization that now wants her to work for them. This book sounds like some fast paced action mixed in with a whole lot of secrets, suspense, and, of course, some love. Also look at that cover. Is that not the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

  8. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (May 16) 31145148

    Teenage spies, fake love, and secret deep desires. What more can you ask for from a book? Caden and Dylan are in the outside world for the first time and they are each after the same girl. Only, while they are competing for her heart, they must fight the feelings they have for each other. See what I mean!!?? This book promises amazingness, and I literally can not wait to get my hands on a copy. The plot sounds so intriguing and original, and it is bound to be an awesome story.

  9. Grit by Gillian French (May 16)31706530

    No one trusts the town “slut”. Especially when her ex-best friend goes missing. Grit promises to be an unforgettable and mysterious thriller. Also, it’s recommended for lovers of E. Lockhart and Gale Forman (which I am). With dark secrets threatening to come to the surface, seventeen-year-old Darcy sleeps around, stays up late, and tells lies to cope. But now there is someone challenging her with a score to settle. I have a strange feeling that this book is going to keep me up at night… and I can’t wait.

  10. Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger (June 1)32470611

    Obsessive fans and a murder. A girl terrified to go outside. Pop stars and stalkers. This book promises to be a killer. I mean, thriller… This book is told through tweets, police reports, and other interesting mediums. Honestly I’m sitting on the edge of my seat just thinking about the book! I am eager to see how the book plays out, and experience the strange mediums of story telling as the plot slowly unfolds before me.

What books are you excited for in the first half of 2017?