Suzanne Brockmann is a best selling author, well-known for her military romances and romantic suspense, and now, she has branched into the young adult genre with her upcoming debut paranormal novel, Night Sky, co-authored with her daughter, Melanie Brockmann. Night Sky isn’t set for release until October, but she has a FREE prequel to the series, Dangerous Destiny, available now to whet your appetite. I had a chance to download the prequel and have included my reaction below.
Night Sky (Night Sky # 1) by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann
Release Date: October 7, 2014/ Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie Brockmann have written a pulse-pounding novel of paranormal suspense set in a near future both fantastic and frightening.
Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid is thrown into a strange world when she discovers that she has unique telekinetic and telepathic powers. After Sasha, the child she babysits, is kidnapped and believed to be murdered, Sky and her best friend Calvin are approached by Dana, a mysterious girl who has super-abilities similar to Sky’s. With the help of Dana and her sidekick Milo, the four teens embark on a quest to discover who killed Sasha, and to bring the killers to justice.
With Dana as Skylar’s surly and life-toughened mentor, Sky attempts to harness her powers to aid them in their quest. Complicating an already complex relationship with the older girl, Sky starts to fall for the dangerously handsome and enigmatic Milo – and begins to suspect that the attraction is mutual. But then Sky realizes that Sasha might still be alive, and the unlikely foursome’s mission becomes one of search and rescue, pitting the heroic teens against a very deadly enemy.
What Others are Saying about Night Sky
“Original and exciting, NIGHT SKY propels readers into a dangerous future. Loved it.”—Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made For You and the Wicked Lovely series
“Action-packed, mysterious, charming and witty. I’m ready for more!” — Gena Showalter, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Alice in Zombieland
“Full of adventure, humor, and just the right amount of Brockmann wit…I love this book!” –P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling co-author of the House of Night series.
Pre-order from Amazon: Night Sky
Dangerous Destiny, the prequel to Night Sky is available for free now!
Dangerous Destiny (Night Sky #0.5)
Release Date: August 26, 2014 / 121 pgs.
See how it all begins…
In this pulse-pounding prequel to the Night Sky series, Skylar has her brist brush with Destiny. She’s about to meet a boy who will change her life-and a girl who wants to end it.
I know her.
Know her from inside the dreams. Inside those terrible, murderous, bloody dreams. I’ve heard her-screaming, her voice mixing in an awful chorus with all those other girls. Little girls.
That’s what one of the little girls keeps saying, in the dream that is not just a dream. Please, God.
But I know better. There’s no escaping this fate. This is destiny.
I must kill Skylar.
Skylar Reid is the new girl at school. Her mom just moved them to Florida—aka The Land of the Living Dead where the average age of her new neighbors was seventy-five—to start over. Skylar is not a fan of the change or her total lack of friends. Until she meets Calvin, a funny, sarcastic boy who doesn’t let being in a wheelchair stop him from verbally shredding their preppy classmates. Skylar’s just about to decide her new school’s not a total loss when an odd girl wearing an oversized trench coat in the murderous Southern heat declares, “You’re one of us.” And then tries to kill her.
Get it from Amazon: Dangerous Destiny: A Night Sky novella
Reaction to the prequel and series in general:
When I started Dangerous Destiny, I thought I would be reading a novella; instead, I consider it to be a compendium of writings to familiarize readers with this series. The prequel begins with a short story that introduces readers to high school junior, Skylar Reid and describes how her friendship with Calvin is forged after they face down a gun-toting fellow student who appears to be delusional, thinking the only way to save Skylar is to kill her. I connected right away with Skylar, especially her struggle to adjust to a new school and the intense scrutiny of her peers:
“I felt like a rat tossed into a tropical snake tank-completely out of my element, confused, and trapped. But unlike most rats, I was well aware that I was in danger of being devoured, my bones spit out and left to bleach in the relentless southern sun, by any one of this school’s well-established cliques.”
The story is narrated in first person from Skyler’s POV, and, so far, I like her attitude, her dry sense of humor, and her insightfulness as she maneuvers her way through all the teenage drama and angst headed her way. I initially wondered whether Skylar would be a timid, passive teen whose character slowly becomes stronger as she learns to use her special powers; however, it didn’t take long for me to realize that Skylar is no pushover, and she seems to be able to handle whatever life throws at her. The authors have done a great job in creating characters that think, speak, and behave like the teenagers they are. For example, Skylar worries that she’s in the “loser” category because she has to ride the bus, and she’s annoyed by her mom’s over-protectiveness.
Following the resolution of this short story, readers can preview Night Sky by reading the first five chapters of the book. Just like in the prequel, the authors pulled me quickly into a scene where Skylar and her friend Calvin get caught up in a bizarre crisis that continues to evolve and escalate as the story unfolds. I can already tell the book is going to be full of adventure, mystery, and suspense. From what I’ve read, I think this is a book teens and adult lovers of YA literature can really enjoy.
The final section of the prequel is a Q&A with both Suzanne and Melanie about the series. I really enjoyed getting greater insight into how mother and daughter were able to work together to create the plot and the engaging characters I’ve met so far..
After reading the prequel, I’m definitely interested in reading Night Sky. The series is described as “being set in a darkly futuristic paranormal world” (Q&A with authors), but I really didn’t see many “dark” and “futuristic” elements. Perhaps these aspects will become more prominent as the book progresses. From what I read so far, I am impressed with the cohesiveness of the story, especially since it was born from the collaborative labors of more than one author. It can be a challenge to co-author a book because it involves both writers being able to mesh their differences in writing style into one consistent written product. However, the mother-daughter Brockmann team is successful in this endeavor.
I’m glad I read the prequel, and I did so because it was available for free. Otherwise, I would not have purchased it. Although the content was interesting to read, and it amped up my motivation to read Night Sky, I don’t see it as a prerequisite for jumping into the book.
Suzanne Brockman, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author, has won 2 RITA awards, numerous RT Reviewers’ Choice, and RWA’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year three years running. She has written over 50 books, and is widely recognized as a “superstar of romantic suspense” (USA Today). Suzanne and her daughter, Melanie Brockmann, have been creative partners, on and off, for many years. Their first project was an impromptu musical duet, when then-six-month-old Melanie surprised and delighted Suz by matching her pitch and singing back to her. Suzanne splits her time between Florida and Massachusetts while Mel lives in Sarasota, Florida. NIGHT SKY is Mel’s debut and Suzanne’s 55th book. Visit Suzanne at www.SuzanneBrockmann.com.