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Sky's End (Cassiel Winters Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lesley Young
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Book Description

A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.

Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.

Even the station’s most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can’t help Cassiel pass the second time around—so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky déjà vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide.

When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all.

Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother—even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.

Editorial Reviews


"Move over Urban Fantasy. Stick your vampires where the solar rays don't penetrate, and bring on the hot aliens!  I'm so glad I gave Sky's End a try because it was just so redonkulously entertaining and interesting and sexy and...gah! It was just amazeballs !" -- Lynsey Taylor, The Demon Librarian

"Holy stars! Space travel has never been so HOT! If, like me, you're not a huge fan of sci-fi, this is one book you cannot miss. Sky's End will change your opinion of the genre." -- Roxanne Kade, Roxy's Reviews

Sky's End was, from start to finish, unbelievably entertaining, in a guilty pleasure kind of way." -- Isa Lavinia, Paperback Wonderland

"With Cassiel, I was in LOVE with her voice from the very beginning. It popped off the page in such a way that I felt like the scene was unfolding in front of me." -- Patrice Caldwell, Whimsically Yours

"This book is bad-ass. Seriously. Bad-freaking-ass. The heroine, Cassiel Winters, is one kick-ass, don't-bleep-with-me chic." -- Linsy June, Goodreads Member

"My goodness did this book keep you breathless. Sky's End was non-stop action straight out of the gate. My poor heart just would not stop beating frantically for 90% of this book." -- The Bookish Daydreamer

"What can I say about the Thell'eons? .... They are the sexiest aliens in the whole universe. I'm sure that if people give [Sky's End] a chance, it would be one of the essential books of 2013."  -- Azahara Arenas, Living in Our Own Story

Product Details

  • File Size: 2857 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (July 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DXV8G9K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced action, but not without its problems July 6, 2013
'Sky's End' is a intricately woven futuristic novel about a girl who searches for her missing brother.

Every science fiction novel should (to me at least) have adventure, action and possibly a little romance as well and 'Sky's End' had this in abundance. There was new technology, several alien types and even new worlds to explore on the journey through this book. Right from the first page there was that feeling that I was about to start on a great adventure and I was right.

The characters held a certain charm and I really enjoyed the relationships between Cassiel, King and Or'ic. The characters all display traits of bravery and vulnerability. I would like to say that I connected with them, but I couldn't.

Part of the reason for that was because of the way the book was written. There was a lot of info-dumping in this novel. Large sections of text where it was explaining the worlds and how something came about. I guess you could say there was more 'telling' then 'showing'. I know it was kind of the back story, but it felt like it was too much.

That being said though the story line was what captivated me with this book. I fell in love with the story. The pace of this book was fast and there was no chance of getting bored with this book at all. Also, it was clear to see that a lot of thought had gone into this book and the setting was easily believable. I also enjoyed the light romance and have even picked a 'team' to be on. It also has a Young/New Adult feel to it. Some parts felt Young Adult, other felt New Adult. I think it was a genre crossover actually.

'Sky's End' is not a clean novel sex wise. Those parts were small, but I did wonder if the scenes were going to lead into full blown sex scenes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this! Unputdownable! September 2, 2013
Let me start with this: Holy crap I loved this book. LOVED it. The summary sounded awesome, albeit a bit confusing, but I haven't read any science fiction lately that involved aliens so I was all for jumping on the opportunity to review this book. It blew me away.

Cassiel Winters' life dramatically changes when she finds out her only living relative, her brother, is officially missing. She literally will search the ends of the universe to find him, even if that means going on a super risky mission that involves sneaking onto an alien race's warship, seducing them, to find information. When that doesn't exactly go as planned, she finds herself kidnapped and being held hostage. She learns that nothing is as it seems on the surface and this is only just the beginning.

Cassiel was such a big win for me. I loved her character. She's insanely feisty and sarcastic. She's extremely head strong and determined. She's also SUPER stubborn. She trusts some people too easily, she doesn't trust others enough. When she puts her mind to something, she WILL do it. Even if it isn't the best decision. She drove me nuts in this regard but I wouldn't have had her any other way. She made SKY'S END such an amazing story to read. I'll warn you, she's got a mouth on her. But honestly, it's what made Cassiel Cassiel.

My goodness did this book keep you breathless. It was non-stop action straight out of the gate. Each chapter was filled to the brim with something exciting and/or terrifying. I had to stop and take a minute to rest after almost every chapter. The plot never slowed down, it was fantastic! You can immediately sense the type of outrageous atmosphere that Cassiel is immersed in. Young's ability to perceive this tension, stress, fear, loyalty, and determination was incredibly palpable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Next one please! June 18, 2013
So, I just finished Sky's End, and wow, I really, really enjoyed it. I love genre romance, from paranormal, urban fantasy, steampunk and sci-fi, as long as the world that is created is believable to me, I'm in. Sky's End creates this amazingly believable world, with really strong characters and character development. Cassiel's journey is a journey I don't want to miss. Can't wait for book two.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sigh. August 22, 2013
Sigh. So it's come to this. A one star review. One of the things that I detest almost as bad as our boys tattling. To be completely honest, I didn't get it. Not that I didn't understand the book, oh ... I understood. I just didn't ... GET IT. You know? There were quite a few things that just irritated me.

The book isn't all bad ... it does have some stuff going for it! And this isn't me being condescending or facetious or anything ... but it was written well ... the grammar wasn't bad and sometimes just that can turn me off of a book. But it wasn't an issue with Sky's End. And the cover was interesting. Those were really the only high points for me.

Here's the deal. I think that I am the completely wrong demographic for this book. Apparently, I don't read enough science fiction books for me to appreciate this book fully. And that's okay. Sometimes you have to take a chance with a new book, author or genre ... if you don't, then you'll never know what you might be missing out on.

I don't really know where to start on my issues with the book, so I'm just going to dive in ... one of the first things you will notice when you pick this book up is that there are TONS of items that you don't know what they are. I really expected that, for the most part. This book is about the future, so obviously, there will be things that are "yet to be invented" in our world which will play a part in the futuristic book. But it was a new item quite frequently AND it had the little trademark symbol after the word. It's a new item. Got it. It's got a trademark. Got it. After the first few pages, it became immensely irritating. My thing was, every time you read another book and it says COKE, you don't see the trademark symbol after it. It just isn't necessary.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really,truly worth reading
I am not going to go on about this book. But if you do not read it,you will have missed one of the best SF books out. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Laurie R
5.0 out of 5 stars so good, I need book two
I loved this book. I think I am having withdrawals. I've read it twice now and I still think King is off. Bring on book two.
Published 26 days ago by 7495alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful first book in a promised series
Wonderful first book in a promised series, I am eagerly awaiting Book 2. Our heroine is young, but talented and gifted, or I should say "sifted".... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Irene Flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, unexpectedly!
I didn't expect to like this book but it was really good! I can't wait for the next one, When will it be out?
Published 1 month ago by Y. Maddox
4.0 out of 5 stars Skys end
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Cassiel joins ESE to try and find her brother Daz. She has what she calls deja vu as far back as she can remember. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock
5.0 out of 5 stars SciFy Fix
This was a refreshing read. I have been reading through many contemporary romances lately, and this little dose of SciFy made me a happy gal! My only complaint? Read more
Published 2 months ago by c.allen8481
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary
Great book, I can not wait for the next one. It was so good I could not put it down.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Coats
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Cover and The Story's Premise
The author does a fine job world building and I came to enjoy the coming of age side of the plot. Cassiel Winters joins Earth's new space academy because she wants to get in the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sparta
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it...
I really liked this book. It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster for the main lady but very funny. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars this book was amazing !
It has been awhile since I have had a book that really riveted my imagination and kept me up all hours reading. Read more
Published 5 months ago by LJacobs
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Debut author of Cassiel Winters Series, starting with Book One, Sky's End. By day, award-winning journalist who writes for Canadian health and lifestyle magazines.

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