Friday, March 4, 2016

Book Review: Ashes in the Sky + Giveaway

Ashes in the Sky (Fire in the Woods #2) by Jennifer M. Eaton
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

After inadvertently saving the world, eighteen-year-old Jessica Martinez is ready to put adventure behind her and settle back into the familiar routine of high school.

Though when she’s offered an opportunity to photograph the inside of an alien space ship, Jess jumps at the chance. After all, she’d be crazy to turn something like that down, right?

Spending time with David on the ship has definite advantages and the two seem to pick up right where they left off. But when Jess discovers a plot to sabotage David’s efforts to establish a new home for his people on another planet, neither David’s advanced tech nor Jess’s smarts will be able to save them.

ASHES IN THE SKY is an action-packed, romantic Sci Fi adventure that will leave readers screaming for more.

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The book starts off a few months after where we ended with Fire in the Woods, where you can read my review of that book. Like in my previous review, I want to reiterate how fast paced and hilariously sharp tongued Jess is and I had no problem diving right back into the story once I got reoriented since it's been a few years since I read the first book. The writing and pacing are great, I sat on the edge of my chair as I binge read the entire book because I couldn't put it down.

Jess is still a fun and interesting heroine, her love of photography isn't forgotten and I'm ecstatic that this trait has been used more in this story. Sometimes it's even life saving for her in certain situations which I found fantastic. I enjoyed Jess in this book, we learned a little more about her relationship with her dad and friends but now we learn a bit more of how she is like on her own. I liked that Jess knows what she wants and goes after it even if she does flounder a bit, it just makes her more endearing to me. I'm not sure I'd say that she had a lot of character growth but I also don't feel like she needed it too much as she is already a good person.

David is back! Yay! He's still as adorable as ever but he seemed more vulnerable in this story which I enjoyed. I do find it weird that Jess never called him by his real name, you'd think she'd ask him which name he'd prefer to be called but that didn't happen in the book. I love that we learn a little more about his history and that he is still an imperfect character who tries to be a good person even though he made mistakes in the past. That just makes him more human to me. He's so lovable and honorable but strong at the same time, I just can't take it. *squee* I freaking don't blame Jess for not wanting to let him go. It breaks my heart that they can't touch in their normal skin and I hope there might be a way to solve it so that David doesn't have to change himself.

The grassen are pretty awesome. I wasn't sure how I felt about them at first but I love the new additions now! I cringed when she whacked or tried to get rid of it several times but it kept on coming back. I'm curious as to why it chose to follow Jess, wish there had been a good explanation. Such a cool little critter and I kind of want one...even though I'm not a huge fan of arachnids.

I love that we get to see the alien technology! I laughed at how Jess described the alien ship. I'm directionally challenged and strongly rely on landmarks so I'm pretty sure I'd be useless on that ship. I totally understood what she meant when describing it but loved how the aliens and later Jess, learned how to navigate the ship. I was surprised because they said that the ships were overpopulating but hardly ever saw anyone out in the halls during Jess's tour. I just found that odd for a spaceship running out of space, she'd not accidentally run in anyone.

Enjoyed learning more about the aliens but still I had several questions that were unanswered. I wanted to know more about their culture, like how they age, how they reproduce, or even how to tell genders apart if they have genders. I'd also like to learn more about what makes a bond because it seems like Jess and David have it. Jess asked a few questions earlier but I'd be probing for far more if I were interested in alien life and customs.

The climax is satisfying but I'm not sure I would say it's as big as a climax as the previous book. It's still good but I feel like there could have been alternatives to destroying a ship of a dying species. Still I felt it pretty intense and couldn't stop myself from reading and I didn't want it to end. Again, like in the previous book, I found myself wanting Jess to do something during the big fight. I felt like she could have done more, at least wield a gun/disc to shoot someone. She seemed like an observer and useless during the fight. That's one of my pet peeves, useless characters when she could have been doing something. I feel like she could have done more during that scene instead of watching it all.

The conclusion is good, I like the end where the entire story left off, but again, I wanted an expansion to the end. What were they going to do now? What would happen between the characters? What are they going to do about the bad guys? I wished that it would at least hint at it at what's to come for the next book.

Overall, this is a satisfying and worthy sequel. I highly recommended if you enjoyed the first book! It won't let you down! Thanks for the adventure!

3.7 out of 5 rating for me!

(An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

About the Author:

Jennifer M. Eaton hails from the eastern shore of the North American Continent on planet Earth. Yes, regrettably, she is human, but please don’t hold that against her. While not traipsing through the galaxy looking for specimens for her space moth collection, she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband and three energetic offspring. (And a poodle who runs the spaceport when she’s not around.)

During infrequent excursions to her home planet of Earth, Jennifer enjoys long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but great adventures are always a short shuttle ride away.
Who knows where we’ll end up next?

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Giveaway Information:  Contest ends March 18, 2016

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