CW for the book:
colonization, concentration camp, war, violence, refugee situation, slavery/mention of slavery, human/alien trafficking, death, sibling abuse, “bury your gay” trope.
OMG at this sequel!!!
I was left breathless and dazed by that ending. It killed me inside, let’s just say.
I loved this book so much (save for a few minor flaws) and OMG I am just sitting here, still dazed and blinking my eyes as my mind tries to distill that ending and the entire damn book!
Where can I even begin?! The story began exactly where it ended, Knives, Ia, and Brinn heading back to the academy. After the death of the headmaster, Knives has to take over and throughout the book, he tries his best to come out of his general celebrity father’s shadows to become his own person. I liked his arc here, but not much compared to what Ms. Milan has planned in store for Ia and Brinn.
Ia, OMG this girl is just so mind blowing. I love love love her in this book even more than I did back in Ignite the Stars. She digs deeper into more of what she is, and OMG I just cannot stop loving her. Her decisions in the end almost had me in tears and I am breathlessly a fan of her.
Brinn… Well, she is vast different from who she was on Ignite the stars. Without any spoilers, let’s just say those of you who loved her in book 1 might not love her, or might love her even more for what she becomes.
The rest of the characters not that significant to me personally. We meet Ia’s old crew, Vetty and others. They were mentioned vaguely in book 1 but book 2 brings them up on flesh. I was also super super curious to meet Einn too.
As for the book in whole, it’s a lot darker and serious and fast fast fast than book 1. It explores lots of themes and serious topics and I think Ms. Milan excels in this. Her portrayal of colonization and refugee situation and everything made me nod in approval. I’m really glad she made the sequel darker and more serious in tone.
Overall, I gave it four stars, cause that ending, oh God, that ending, personally killed me and I cannot still digest it completely (part of me still hopes there’s a secret sequel lmao). Nothing about the book as a whole, just that gut wrenching ending, that’s all.
[Thank you, NetGalley and Albert Whitman for providing me an eARC in exchange for my honest review, thank you, Caffeine Book Tours and Shealea, for hosting the blog tour. My review was completely honest and free of any bias]
Blog Tour Schedule:
Don’t forget to check out the blog tour launch post to not miss any of the important links.
August 26 (Monday)
•Blog Tour Launch (from Shut up, Shealea)
•Review from A Logophile’s Love
•Review and favorite quotes from Mashleas Reads
•Review and favorite quotes from thr4sam
•Review from Will Read For Booze
August 27 (Tuesday)
•Review and favorite quotes from The Last Reader
•Review and favorite quotes from Not Just Fiction
•Review and favorite quotes from Sincerely Karen Jo
•Review from Your Tita Kate
August 28 (Wednesday)
•Review and favorite quotes from Books and B
•Review from Lori’s Bookshelf Reads
•Review from Moonlight Rendezvous
•Review, own quote graphics, and own playlist from Your Words My Ink
August 29 (Thursday)
•Review and favorite quotes from A Book Devourer
•Review from Alys in Bookland
•Review, aesthetics/moodboard, own art and own quote graphics from An Arm And A Meg
•Review and own quote graphics from Utopia State of Mind
August 30 (Friday)
•Review, favorite quotes, and own playlist from The Bookworm Daydreamer
•Review and favorite quotes from Bookable Reads
•Review and favorite quotes from Oro Plata Myta
•Review and favorite quotes from Trisha Almighty
August 31 (Saturday)
•Author interview (from Shut up, Shealea)
•Review, favorite quotes and own art from The Bibliophile District
•Review and favorite quotes from bookdragonism
•Review and favorite quotes from Camillea Reads
•Review, own art, and own quote graphics from celuna maria
Enter this giveaway on Twitter to win a signed hardcover of IGNITE THE STARS or a signed ARC of ECLIPSE THE SKIES to two winners, open for Philippines residents only. So hurry, hurry, it ends on 9/29.
Eclipse the Skies
03 September 2019
Young Adult, Science Fiction
Ia Cōcha never thought she’d be working for the Olympus Commonwealth. But that was before she found out her trusted brother Einn was trying to tear apart the universe. Now, Ia, the Blood Wolf of the Skies, has agreed to help the Royal Star Force on one condition: when she finds him, she gets to kill Einn herself.
Brinn Tarver has just come to terms with her Tawny identity when the public lashes out against her people, crushing her family. At her breaking point, she starts to question everything she believes in—including Ia.
After the death of his mentor, Knives Adams is doing his best to live up to a role he didn’t ask for as Aphelion’s new headmaster. Still, with each new step deeper into war, he feels torn between his duties and the pull of Ia’s radical—sometimes criminal—ideas.
As they fight to keep darkness from eclipsing the skies, their unpredictable choices launch this breathtaking sequel to explosive new heights.
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Maura Milan currently resides in Los Angeles, where she can be found hanging out in cafes and drinking matcha lattes. In her free time, Maura enjoys watching Korean dramas and hanging out with her schipperke, Thor, who she believes should become a professional comedian.
To this day, Gilbert Blythe is her ultimate boy crush.
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