Crimson Sky

Crimson Sky

by Amy Braun

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Ten years ago, the sky shattered and the Hellions emerged. No one was able to keep them from destroying the city of Westraven. Now that the bloodthirsty monsters rule the skies and have forced the few remaining humans underground, Claire Abernathy lives in a nightmare. She survives by using her skills as an engineer for a ruthless tyrant connected to her mother and father’s past failure.

Then Claire’s world is torn apart when her sister Abby is kidnapped by the Hellions, and Claire herself is taken by dangerous sky pirates known as marauders. But Claire will not be intimidated by them while her sister’s life hangs by a thread, and so she strikes a deal with them: If they help rescue Abby, she will fix their ship and give them the chance to take the revenge they desperately seek.

As Claire fights for her sister’s life, she begins to realize that the Hellions are not the only dangers she’ll face. Burdensome secrets and devastating betrayals threaten her at every turn, and if she loses herself to them, it won’t just be her life that is destroyed…

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152540796
Publisher: Amy Braun
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: Dark Sky
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 368 KB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, is an active member of the Writing GIAM community, participates in NaNoWriMo, and is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for "author voice, world-building and general bad-assery." When she isn't writing, she's reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction.

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Crimson Sky 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BetwixtthePages More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4/5 Penguins Quick Reasons: vampires versus pirates!; steamy, sexy romance turned into icky love triangle--what?!; I mean really, these characters are STUBBORN!; lots of snark and sass, especially between our main duo; interesting, though slightly confusing, world-building; steampunk stacked on horror; special snowflake MC HUGE thanks to Amy Braun and Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours for sending me a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book. So, if you look above to my "quick reasons" blurb, you'll note that this book had three things that GREATLY intrigued me throughout: vampires, pirates, and steampunk/dystopian. It sounds like an odd mix, doesn't it? A little bit off-the-wall, perhaps a LOT weird? Well, rest assured, dear penguins: it was all of that, and more...and it was BRILLIANT. Let me just get this out of the way right quick: this book? is not the easiest of things to read. There are a LOT of grammatical errors/missing words. It didn't make the book any more difficult to read--it was pretty easy to fill in the blanks and figure out which words were meant to be where, etc....but it did get a bit frustrating, hence the slightly lower rating than I would have otherwise given it. Like I said: not really a hindrance to the read, but an annoyance. Alas, such is how things go, right?! But let's put grammatical issues aside and focus on the things that REALLY count, shall we? This story is SUCH an entertaining, horrifying, interesting read! While I was slightly disappointed with the world-building (like...we know almost nothing about the Hellions, save they came through some sort of gap in space/time and are, at least in my opinion, rather a lot like giant mosquitoes--no, seriously, that's what I imagined throughout the entire book!), the read itself is fast-paced and easy to fall into. So while some of the finer details slipped through the the end, I could NOT put this book down or stop reading to save my life. I was just too interested in finding out what happened next! The characters are just as vibrant and unique as the rest of the story--with their own mixed bag of secrets and pressure points. I almost immediately jumped on the Sawyer/Claire ship...only to be HUGELY disappointed and full of rage, only to jump back on it...only to be even MORE disappointed and full of rage. These two characters are going to be the end of me, I swear it--seriously, guys, stop being stubborn and let things happeeeeeen! The snark and sass flung between them is electrifying (and not always in a good way); they push each other, they help each other grow... I just. OY with the poodles already! Raging love-triangle hormones aside, I had a TON of fun reading this and cannot wait to dive into book two (which is conveniently waiting for me patiently--yay, ARCs!) The characters are bright and individualized, the plot is entertaining (if a bit confusing on the world-building front), and the snark is enough to detonate at least a hundred Hellion airships. This is steampunk/dystopian goodness at it's best...with pirates and vampires thrown in for good measure. I definitely recommend to lovers of...pretty much anything I said above! Seriously, if this review piques your interest at all, you should let the book speak for itself--you're bound to love the journey!
SimplySarahReviews More than 1 year ago
I was given an advanced review copy in return for an honest review. Ten years after The Storm of invading Hellions, that attacked Westraven, underground engineer Claire's only main objectives are to protect her younger sister Abby, from the savage invaders, and from their cruel, tyrannical ruler, Garnet. Will Claire and Abby survive to find freedom? Will she find allies and much needed answers along the way? This is a vividly told dystopia, Steampunk fantasy. It is the first book in the Dark Sky series. There was a lot of action and adventure, from pirates and airships to so much more. Very imaginative and unique. I especially loved how Claire was a brilliant inventor and used her engineering knowledge, in difficult situations, to survive. She reminded me of a Steampunk version of Katniss. This book did not disappoint! - Sarah
ArecRain More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. 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.
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
WOW! Title: Crimson Sky Author: Amy Braun Genre: New Adult/Fantasy/Dystopian Format: Ebook Pages: 282 Rating: 5 Setting: Westraven Main Characters: Claire Supporting Characters: Abby, Sawyer, Nash, Gemma Summary: Ten years ago the Hellions came out of a tear in the sky, called the Breach, and now most of the survivors live underground in hiding. Claire, one of the few engineers, and her sister Abby live in a colony in sewer drains with about 200 others. Forced by the overlord, Garrett the electrician, to scavenge for parts and build whatever is needed, Claire is thankful for her skill for it protects her enough to take care of her sister. Everything changes when Abby is taken by the Hellions and Claire is taken in by pirates. Thoughts: I was pulled in right from the start, it was so intense. I love Claire, her strength and determination along with her doubts and fears made her so real. With so many secrets and the emerging feeling between Claire and Sawyer the reader is kept on their toes the entire time. The only thing I had trouble with was actually picturing the Hellions, they are like a mix between a vampire and werewolf. The survive on blood, have clawed hands, and some other parts that just couldn’t paint a picture in my head. But the weirded twist was Sawyer’s secret which left me with so many questions that I anxiously await the next book, hoping that they are answered. Grab a copy of this if you can, it is so worth it! I received a free copy from Book Review Buzz for an honest review.
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
“Combining vampires and pirates into a cohesive story is something I’ve wanted to do since childhood.” –author’s acknowledgements Crimson Sky has more than just vampires and pirates. Braun combines these with aliens, steampunk, post-apocalypse, family secrets, and advanced tech in a way that makes sense, is entertaining, and is quite genre-bending. I think my favorite part of this book is the relationship between Claire and pirate Sawyer. Both are struggling to keep themselves and those they care about alive. Both are haunted by their families’ pasts. They both want to open up, but have learned that doing so makes them too vulnerable and jeopardizes the lives of others. And both are so afraid of what is to come. If you’ve read Braun’s Cursed series (a One Book Two Standout Award winner), you will feel some similarities between the protagonists. Both are trying desperately to save a sister, and more, they are trying desperately to stay focused on saving the sister, despite the other things happening to them and around them. I think Claire is a little more open than Connie; not quite as damaged. She hasn’t really trusted enough people in her life to feel betrayed by them. Crimson Sky certainly has elements that should appeal to everyone. As with Braun’s other books, I’m really looking forward to seeing where she goes next in the series. Copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review courtesy of | one book, two reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word to describe this book: “In-freaking-credible”!! I admit I don’t give out many 5 stars, but this one is it. It is a “one-sit” wonder. I started reading after work and didn’t put it down until the very end. Claire’s world is harsh. When you think of electricians and engineers, I’m sure you don’t think of wicked evil warlords. Electricians and Engineers is the primo occupation during this time. If you control the electricity or can fix any complicated machine, you are fairly safe. Not entirely, though. Everyone has an agenda and everyone wants to be the king of the mountain. Claire lives within a colony of humans who lives below ground in very poor accommodations. Think of peasants in the medieval times with access to small steampunk like tools and generators powering big airships. The creatures that are the most savage are the Hellions – vampire like demons that suck dry any human they can find above ground. Claire is vulnerable because she wants to protect her 8 year old sister (a sister who has never known a world without monsters) so she has to work for the warlord. The warlord beats her within an inch of her life more often than not, but she can’t run away. Where would she go? The warlord controls food, shelter, electricity – everything. It’s a vicious circle. The adventure starts when 8 year old Abby is stolen by the Hellions. Claire is “captured” by pirates and has to convince this crew of marauders to help her save her sister. She makes a deal with them and commences the fight of her life. Her side of the deal isn’t impossible, but what she wants in exchange….wowzer…that in all reality has very slim chances of success. badge5v4When you start this book, be sure you have time to finish. It is fast paced and sometimes I couldn’t read fast enough to find out what happened next. Once Abby is taken, the adventure is ON. I couldn’t look away, I couldn’t get anything to eat. It was THAT good. OH, and there is no cliffhanger, but there is indication there will be more books.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Braun combined Vampires and Pirates, in a dystopian world, to create their war for freedom, in a uniquely riveting way. I read all genres, and have reviewed hundreds of books; this is unlike any I’ve ever read. The imagery was brilliant; readers are really brought into the story with the characters. I personally connected with a few different characters, but I loved how she introduced each and every one, even the bad guys! I can’t go into much detail; it’s hard not to spoil it for future readers. I can say the emotions run high, and the suspense is even stronger. There are so many twists in Crimson Sky, you will be hooked immediately. Though this is an excellent stand-alone book; I see a great start to an action packed series. I would highly recommend this to any reader, regardless of genre preference. Crimson Sky: A Dark Sky Novel is rated a strong 5 boundless stars. I absolutely loved it....Beth