Review & Author Interview| Broken Skies by Theresa Kay

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Today's post is a review for the book Broken Skies by Theresa Kay. She was also so kind enough to answer a few of my questions so there is a short author interview. Be sure to stay tuned till the end of the post because we have an excerpt from the new sequel that will be released soon. Before we get into all that fun stuff I'm going to give you guys my thoughts on the story.


This story takes place during a time when human are nearly extincted and are forced to share the earth with aliens. It follows Jax in her adventure to get her brother back after the aliens took him. Along the way she gets the help of a teenage alien name Lir to get into their city. Lots of exciting things happen on this adventure and you will have to read the book to find out! Also since I am pretty terrible at summarizing books without spoiling them you should check it out on GoodReads.

My Thoughts

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I don't normally read books with aliens in them and I still enjoyed this book. There was some romance in this book which I thought evened out with all the other more serious things going on in the book. I completely fell in love with Jax and Lir's relationship and was fangirl-ing ever time something cute happened.** Semi Spoilery** My favorite part of the book is the scene when Lir is comforting Jax after they escaped. I don't want to say to much about that scene ,but you should definitely go check out the book to find out. Overall this book has earned its spot as one of my favorites!


Now that you guys know how I feel about this book we can jump right into my interview with Theresa Kay.

1. How did you come up with the story line for this book?

I started off simply wanting to write a book about aliens and somehow I ended up with a very clear mental image of a redhead standing in the woods with a tank top on. That was Jax and as soon as I "saw" her, she started telling me her story. It wasn't exactly the story I'd first envisioned, but I loved it.

2. I took a short story class awhile back and our instructor told us to base our dialogue on a real person. That way when the characters talk they have some personality. Are any of the characters inspired by family member ,or stranger's personalities?

Not intentionally. I'm sure there are bits and pieces of people I know in there somewhere though.

3.If Broken Skies were to be turned into a film who would you like to be the cast?

I'm so bad at these. I think I'd like to see unknowns cast for Jax and Lir. That way, there wouldn't be the possibility of the characters being overshadowed by the actor or actress' previous roles.

4.When is the sequel expected to be released?

It depends on a few factors, but most likely sometime between September 2015 and January 2016.

5. Can you give us a sneak peek even a small one of the next book?

Sure. So, this is spoilerly for Broken Skies, unedited and subject to change:

(At the end of the post -A)

6. About how long did it take for you to write this book?

The (very rough) first draft of Broken Skies was written in the course of one month in June of 2013. I tore it apart over the next 5 months and almost entirely rewrote it, finishing the second draft in mid-December. The revisions took almost all of January, so total time was between 6 and 8 months.

7. What does your family think/feel about you being an author?

My whole family is very supportive, but I think my daughter is the one who is most impressed by it (she's 8). She likes to tell *everyone* she meets that I'm an author, insists on using my bookmarks, and once took my book in for show and tell.

I had such a fun time doing this interview with her and I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did! Now for the awesome sneak peek you guys have been waiting for!

“And what good is your word, Uncle? When you have turned us into nothing but hate mongers and—” This time, he uses his kitu to put yet more power into the hit and it sends me stumbling backwards until I fall to the ground. It was hard enough to loosen a few teeth and fill my mouth with blood again. I wipe away the trickle of blood from my nose, spit onto his boots and look up at him with what I am sure is a morbidly green grin. “It is bad form to lose your temper like that.”
Vitrad springs before I have a chance to scramble to my feet. Not bothering with an open handed slap, his fist slams into the side of my head and I am knocked down to the concrete. Once he starts kicking, I curl into a ball. It is not much use trying to fight back. In my weakened state, I am no match for him. So I simply wait for his fit of temper to pass, squeezing my eyes shut and blanking my mind.
Breaking the bond was a last ditch effort to thwart his plans to turn Jax into a weapon. When he found out what I had done, he was enraged. That was the first time he beat me and I did fight back then. After a few days locked below ground without food and water, I was much weaker the second time around. Still, I maintained some semblance of control even if it was only in how long I was under the kiun before passing out. It was not until he threatened Stella’s safety that I stopped fighting him at every turn.
Now though, Stella is his doting niece, a high profile publicity stunt he insists go with him almost everywhere. By using her to generate sympathy with my people, he has taken away his own ability to use her against me. He cannot touch her and I know it. But it is too late furchor me… Vitrad is fully aware I have no useful information for him, that since I broke the bond he can no longer get to Jax through me. At this point I believe he simply likes to see me bleed.
    This rabid animal that takes his temper out on my body is not the uncle I grew up with. He is not the person who played with me as a child, who laughed at the dinner table with my parents and who grieved his bondmate’s loss surrounded by my entire family. He is not the inflammatory but pragmatic military leader. Behind closed doors in the presence of only his most trusted, he is not even E’rikon. As he rails against the world with his fists and his feet, his Vi’askari look away from the physical violence he inflicts on me. It is not something our culture condones, even against those they call traitor, and they refuse to admit something could be wrong. But I will. My uncle was not always insane, but he is now.

Excerpt from Fractured Suns (unedited and subject to change)
© 2015 Theresa Kay, All Rights Reserved.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Be sure to check out all Theresa's links down below. I hope decided to purchase the first book and the sequel once it is out. P.s. You can read Broken Skies for free with kindle unlimited!

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