Title:Shattered Skies: Beginning’s End
Author: Heather Linn
Series: Shattered Skies Saga (#1)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Dec 19 2012
Shattered Skies, Beginning’s End, is a dramatic story of twisted killings and love and hate that takes place within a horrific world where alien vampires have taken over the earth and made humans their slaves. The vampires have created a new genetic race, the Dominus, breeding a scary blood-drinking race of human and vampire that prey off the humans that are left. People are relegated to the classes of slaves, food and mates.
This is a world where sex kills and a rogue group of humans kills as many of the Dominus as they can by bedding them. This warrior group is led by mysterious doctor who has raised the 16 members of the group since infancy, hidden away in an underground bunker.
The plot twists and turns as the heroine, the unselfish Catalina, rejects her traditional female role and demands to fight the Dominus alongside the men, bedding and killing as she goes. Her emotions tear her apart as she struggles with herself, torn between a mad attraction for the Dominus King and her fellow warrior, Darien.
As the clashes between Dominus and Vampire and Humans continue, Catalina is forced to face herself. Could she really be destined to save the world as the enigmatic Doctor’s ancient prophecy predicts?
I am a mother to three beautiful children, they keep me busy. I live in a small town that’s filled with monsters and really nice people alike. I love taking walks around the mountain trails where I live and I love taking trips to the Ocean, especially the South Carolina beaches. The ocean brings me tranquility and refreshes me, but I don’t get to go there often enough. Some mornings I listen to nothing but sad country songs for hours but when I write, I usually buckle down with my headphones and listen to something raw and angry like Seether, and Stone Sour. I can be shy around people but I’m mostly always honest within myself. In many ways, on many levels, I express different parts of myself through my characters. Someone told me once that you are only as old as you feel and I love that! In fact, I love that idea because personally, have no intentions of ever growing up! I want to be 18 forever no matter what they do to me. LOL!
“Kitten, you have to wake up. You are bleeding.” Then he was shaking me; shaking me so hard that he was disturbing my easy state and that made me angry. I slowly opened my eyes and he was there looking me over, eyes glistening. “I thought you were dead. What happened? I felt you cry out to me. I felt it in my mind.”
Wow, he was beautiful and he smelled of something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on; a mix of vanilla and lilac maybe. Whatever it was, it made me feel safe. I didn’t know where I was and I didn’t care, because as long as I could see him and smell him I was where I was supposed to be. The look in his eyes took my breath away. It was like he was looking at the most precious gemstone in the world. I knew that I would never understand that look but my heart already did. I was truly loved by two different men. Who could say that they were really that blessed in their lifetime? I was sure the list was extremely short.
Sure the love was different. One love had the passion to burn me like the sun with his kisses, and the other could take away all my fears with just the brush of his skin, but no matter the feeling that they gave me, the look in their eyes was the same. I could die knowing that I may have been nothing to the world, but to these two men I was everything.
I absolutely loved this book!! The characters were very well thought up and the storyline was flawless. When I started reading it, I couldn’t stop!!
The story starts out that there was a crisis where all the humans were killed off by aliens from another planet; vampire aliens. These vampire aliens begin reproducing with humans making a new race called the Dominus. There were a few select human babies that survived thanks to a doctor; who raises them to know that the males are warriors and the females are left the task of taking care of the males and reproducing. Well, not for Catalina. She is the female heroin in the story.
I loved Catalina’s character. She reminds me a lot of me because I don’t think I could just lay around and make babies either. She is in love with her best friend, Darien. She wants nothing more than to be with him. But, his mate is already chosen. She doesn’t like being told what to do and can very well handle herself.
Then it happens. During a scouting job, Catalina gets caught up in a room alone with the Dominus King. For some reason, things don’t go as planned and you find out later in the book why. How can she keep her feelings for the Dominus King secret from her elite group and the fact that she is human from the Dominus King who will kill her if he finds out.
I loved how the story played out. I HATED the Dominus King in the beginning, but the more I got to know his character, I was actually rooting for him!! I know right!?!? I love Darien, but I felt like he was so wishy-washy. Especially when the secrets started coming out and he turned his back on Catalina. But, then his true feelings began to show and if became very confusing for me. I wanted to root for Darien but at the same time I just wanted to go away so that Catalina and the King could live happily every after. LOL. I know..I’m strange!!
I definitely give this book 5 stars. I have already read book two in the series as soon as I finished this one, so that review will be posted during the tour. Fantastic job to Heather for a wonderful story and a very elegant twist to your typical vampire romance novel!!