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Helping Claire to survive are Sawyer and his small crew of Marauders—airship pirates who’ve been grounded by the bloodsucking Hellions. Sawyer is suitably brave and mysterious, and though he’s attracted to Claire, he’s ambivalent about the attraction. Romance takes a back seat to action.
The heart of the story is Claire’s determination to save her sister, Abby, when she is captured by Hellions. That task seems impossible, but it's also impossible for Claire to give up, as long as blood flows through her veins.
The two main characters were complex. The supporting characters were easy to visualize and relate to--or to just out and out dislike.
There's a nice slow little love story that flirts with taking off in the story. But the two MC's, Claire and Sawyer, are bother broken people, wonderfully flawed, and each as a secret or two to keep the reader guessing. So they take their sweet time moving past those challenges to a place where they are both ready.
The technology was suitably creepy for a steampunk story. The world was dark and dismal. The Hellions were straight from hell. I think. Truly scary bad guys.
Good ending. I'd read more of this author's work.
I think the strength of this book lies in the world. I love pirates, and I love vampires (to an extent) so the combination worked for me. Granted, the pirates didn’t do much pirating but I have hopes for the sequel. Hellions (the vampiric creatures) are quite nasty and setting them as the monstrous villains worked and left the room for the plot twist at the end.
Braun’s writing style wasn’t exactly my cup of tea — don’t get me wrong, it’s good, just not a style that I fell into right away, personally. Despite that, I had no trouble making quick work of Crimson Sky, finishing in a few hours.
Though all interesting in their own rights, I couldn’t get into the characters. I never connected with Claire, the protagonist. Not that she was poorly written, but I never felt like I could relate to her enough to make that reader-character connection. She became frustrating at times, seeming useful for a second then having to be saved for the rest of the moment. And while I understand that her motivation for everything she did was to save her sister, having it said over and over was more annoying than anything. I liked the marauders more and once they came into the picture the story held my interest better. Nash and Gemma in particular seem to have interesting backstories that I’d like to learn more about. Sawyer grew on me but as soon as a romance subplot (of sorts) came into play, I was done.
That was my biggest issue with this book. Everything was moving along nicely and the story had that edge of originality I love to see but Sawyer steps on the scene and it’s headfirst into your typical end-of-the-world plot. Then, with minutes left in the book, a love triangle is introduced. If I hadn’t been reading on my Kindle, I would’ve thrown the book across the room. I know that probably seems overly critical for the book but after reading the same type of plot line over and over, it does it old regardless of the writer’s skill. (There’s also the fact that the airship they have is named Dauntless. A little thing but I immediately thought of Divergent.)
Falling in line with the been there done that plot, I had no problems guessing the twists and turns as Braun lays out a pretty clear trail. It took a bit of the excitement out of the story but there weren’t so many that it became boring. But in the way Crimson Sky ended, I see promise for the sequel not having this issue or any of the others I’ve mentioned.
Overall, I found the plot predictable but engaging, original yet cliche. The steampunk-esque world mashed with the harsher horrors of the Hellions made for a story that keeps you hooked from start to finish. A rough start to the series but a solid one and I look forward to the next book, Midnight Sky.
This is the first novel I have read from Amy Braun, but it is certainly not the last. While I appreciate other genres beyond romance and erotica, it has to really be something to grab my attention. Crimson Sky had me from page one. Not only did it blow me away, I became obsessed, having to know what happened next and not being satisfied until I finished the novel.
Crimson Sky is an action packed novel that is hard to describe. Braun is such a talented writer, she easily incorporates multiple genres into one. It can be classified as steampunk, horror, action, romance, and dystopian all in one. I appreciate that Braun could easily show so many themes without having to shove it down our throats. She does such a good job of showing, there is no need for telling.
This novel is an intense roller coaster ride that begins from the very first page. Filled with complex realistic characters in a terrifying world, Braun weaves a story filled with twists and personal growth that keeps you hooked until the very end. It’s been a long time since I have been this obsessed with a novel that didn’t qualify as erotic. Even now, I am stuck in literary limbo because nothing seems to match up to the intense emotions this novel pulled from me. I can’t wait to read more.
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I first discovered Amy Braun's writing in the Weekend Writing Warrior posts and I knew this was going to be a good story, but those little snippets hardly...Read more
I enjoyed Crimson Sky and had trouble putting in down.Read more
Quick Reasons: vampires versus pirates!; steamy, sexy romance turned into icky love triangle--what?!Read more
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