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

Lesley Young
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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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.


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"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: #37,133 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
Format:Paperback
'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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This was an okay read. March 20, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
There were things I liked and disliked about this book. The story was good enough that I wanted to finish the book. The world creation was interesting. There was something almost pleasantly uncomfortable about the story. There were moments when I sort of felt like I was slowing down to look at an accident scene. I knew I wouldn't like what I saw, but I still kind of wanted to see it. I guess that's a good thing because I kept reading.

But . . . . there were bad things too. First, the editing was subpar. It was bad enough to be distracting. I really, really hate that.

Also, the heroine is training to be a soldier, but she is surprisingly weak. The heroine is pretty much always tired. Every experience drains her to the point where she can barely stand or function. She spends a lot of time whining and sleeping and talking internally about how physically weak she is, and although she has moments where she takes charge of her fate and makes things happen, she also spends a lot of time just being pushed around by pretty much everyone. This is one of those cases where the writer seems to have wanted to produce a strong heroine but instead gave us a doormat.

The heroine's love interests are a total mess. The "academy" love interest read like a bad guy right from the start. As a result, their every interaction felt slimy to me. The "enemy" love interest is a total jerk. He promises the heroine repeatedly that he will not hurt her and that his men will protect her, and then he has one of his guys beat her to a bloody pulp seemingly just for the heck of it. He pretends to be affectionate one minute, and the next moment he is holding her against a wall by her neck threatening to mind rape her if she doesn't do what he wants.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sky's End, not for me
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"Sky's End" isn't a bad book. I finished reading it, but I wouldn't read it again. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by W. Dickerson
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1.0 out of 5 stars Needs less cursing
I only made through 70 pages and had to stop, so my review wont be as extensive.
The first thing was the grammar, I got past a few of them but one really irked me She says... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars SciFi and romance all in one book.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. That being said, I have to say that it took me a few chapters to get into the story. Read more
Published 7 days ago by April
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't care for this book. But that's just me, you might like it..
I recieved a copy of this book for an honest review. I normally do not read this type of book, but it sounded interesting so I thought I'd give it a try. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love it when a book surprises me
I love it when a book surprises me, and this one definitely did. Unique, strong characters set in a well-developed and fascinating world. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Katty
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi w the perfect amount of sexual tension. MUST READ
One of the best books I've read through kindle!!! Sci-fi to the tenth degree with sexual tension and emotions thrown in. I absolutely LOVED this book. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blew my mind!
Wow, this was one of the best books I have read in along time! It was free to what a bonus. I would be buying the next book as soon as it's available. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars In a word: Fantastic!
Refreshing and in a word, fantastic. I've been reading science fiction/fantasy for a looooong time, and this book has quickly made it into my all time top five reads. Read more
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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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