Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Review of Eyes Ever to The Sky by Katie French

Description (from NetGalley)

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When Hugh wakes up in a smoldering crater—no memory, no clothes—a single thought echoes in his head…trust no one. Frightened and alone, with no memory of who he is, he stumbles upon a grisly murder scene and is fatally shot.  He wakes, only to find he can heal himself. He has superpowers, and he’s going to need them.
Desperate and bleeding, Hugh stumbles upon fifteen-year-old Cece, who’s got enough troubles of her own. Between caring for her bipolar mother and trying not to get evicted from her run-down trailer, Cece may be the only person struggling as much as Hugh. Drawn to Hugh, Cece finds a love she’s never known. But when the real killer—a man-hunting beast—chooses another victim, Hugh and Cece realize they must unlock the clues to their past if they have any chance at a future.

My Review

This YA Paranormal Romance was certainly an enjoyable and interesting read and brings something a little different to the genre. That being said, it is heavily cliched with the stunningly handsome male character with the perfect abs falling for the girl from a dysfunctional family and constantly having to rescue her.
For me, other than the opening chapter, I found the first half of the book to be a little slow and there were quite a few scenes that I found added nothing to the story and could have been cut altogether or shortened. The second half however was a different story and really picked up pace. In fact, I read the whole second half in one night.
Despite the cliches, all the characters in this book were really well fleshed out and I feel like I know them all (especially Cece's mother!) and would like to find out how their stories continue. Luckily this is the first book in a series so I'll be able to.
Overall, although I wasn't blown away by this story, I did enjoy it and will read the next one when it is released.

I give Eyes Ever to The Sky 3 out of 5.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating System:
1 star: I will never post a 1 star review because this means it was so bad I couldn't finish it, and I don't won't publicly rate a book I haven't read all the way through.
2 star: I may have liked the story but it was badly written or it may have been a boring story well written. Something about it kept me reading but I didn't enjoy it.
3 star: A good, enjoyable read. If the description appeals to you I'd recommend reading it.
4 star: A really good book that I thoroughly enjoyed and may even read again. I will want to read other books by the same author. Highly recommend.
5 star: Reserved for books that blew me away and whose characters I can't get out of my head. These are books that I will definitely read again, possibly several times. If I read an e-book version I may even have to go buy a hard copy for my shelves. Why are you still here? Go read this book right now.

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