Today’s books were sent to me in return for an honest review through YA Bound Book Tours. I have never read anything by J. E Nicassio but I will definitely read the final instalment of this series when it is inevitably released. Although it is two books I will probably combine the two, one out of ease and two because they were nice quick reads and I can’t really remember what bit was in each.
Beyond Moondust Trilogy #1&2
by J.E. Niccasio
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Romance
(Book 1 – From the Sky) When Samantha Hunter and her father move to New Mexico, it’s a chance to get away from the bittersweet memories of her past and start over. However, the arrival of a dark-haired stranger into her life changes everything. The stranger, a boy, named Lucien introduces Sam to the hidden world of real-life aliens.
Redemption and romance follow Sam in her new life as she works to decipher her complicated alien-human relationship and discovers what connects her to this strange alien boy.
(Book 2 – Equinox) The day after the winter solstice, Samantha Hunter is found naked and bleeding in a remote cabin in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico. As Sam works to understand what’s happened to her, she is whisked into the Underground—a secret community of scientists, civilians, and aliens that are connected to her story and to the alien boy she’s in love with—Lucien. This is where the fight begins, and Sam must decide what price she’s willing to pay for life and love.
I really liked the blurbs of both books. I felt they gave enough away to intrigue me up not enough to spoil the entire plot, especially the second book. It was the basic Sci-Fi romance plot that I love. Of the two I think the second was the most unique. I was constantly on my toes and I loved it. The ending to From the Sky was so extremely dramatic and heartbreaking and I felt like I was part of the story every step of the way. The extreme plot twist near the end of Equinox only broke my heart again and had me questioning everything I had just read and I loved it so much. Have I said I loved it yet?
About the Author: J. E Nicassio is the bestselling author of the From The Sky series and was listed as one of the top 1000 authors on Amazon in 2015, and was Amazon all-star top ten-holiday children books for Rocky: The Rockefeller Christmas in 2016. She is a freelance writer and MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) Field Investigator in Pittsburgh, PA where she resides with her mother, two sons, and German Shepherd Ava. She loves writing and is passionate about creating stories that entertain and comes straight from the heart.
Writing Style: I liked Nicassio’s style, it was a good mix of wordy while also being succinct.
it was adorably funny at times too and that just lifted the occasional sombre mood.She managed to balance a sombre story with good humour so it wasn’t permanently depressing. All the humour was tasteful to the age of the characters and it just made it so much more realistic. And there I go again with the word realistic.
Characters/Relationships: I liked Sam, her reactions to inter-stellar life was reasonable and not instantly accepting, which I liked. The horrors in her pre-book life dictated and effected her but not overly. She had a charisma about her that drew me in and made me like the book even more because she didn’t feel like the typical push-over female protagonist.
Lucien. What can I say about Lucien other than I love him. I was enraptured at his first word. I can’t even place why, but I was. He was just lovable. The backstory of his aliens I loved also only fuelling my already clearly deep obsession for him. If you couldn’t already tell he is my favourite character in the books.
I adored Sam and Lucien’s relationship. At first I thought it was a bit rushed but then as it progressed I felt the loyalty and joy that the relationship sparked and I completely fell in love. It probably was because of Lucien but oh well.
I also liked Cassiel, I loved his family devotion and I really related to it.
My only gripe with the series was in the first book they used a lot of Sci-Fi terms and things like that. I am not the most avid reader of conspiracy theories and when certain terms weren’t explained I was a little confused initially but it wasn’t completely unfollowable.
To sum up; I loved it. A lot. I want the next one! Like now! I fell hook line and sinker with this series from the moment I met Lucien. I rated the first one 4/5 and 5/5 stars for the second.
That’s all for this week folks. Have a fabby week and I hope you enjoyed this.
Thanks and Happy Reading,
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