Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean
Toward a Secret Sky
Author: Heather Maclean
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.
With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: Scotland. The supernatural. Love that isn’t allowed. This read has it all. After Maren has lost her mom to a freak accident, she moves in with her grandparents in Scotland. In her mind she believes it to be a new beginning, somewhere to start fresh from all the loss in her life. First her father, then her mother. Then everything she thought she knew gets flipped upside down. Her parents lives were all a lie. Now their secrets have found a way into her life.
Maren comes to find letters, personal belongings that were once her mother’s. Hidden messages waiting to be discovered by her, and a secret society who is bent on protecting humankind from the bad in the world. All of this makes her head spin, knowing there was much hidden from her and a gained perspective on what lurks beyond the safety of home.
Gavin is one of those secrets. More than Maren could ever imagine. His presence is felt all around her. Something that connects them both, more than either of them can understand. It’s a love that moves along quickly and with an unwavering intensity. It has the ability to destroy the both of them, but Gavin’s existence even more. With a firm belief in what he represents, he is jaded by a choice he feels may destroy everything he has worked hard to become.
With all of this going on, I was taken straight into this fantasy. It had good and evil in every page with a threat bigger than they imagined. A plan that could wipe out hundreds, if not millions, of innocent people. With encrypted messages Maren had to solve to get closer to the truth, and dreams that came with gruesome ends. A wide range of characters to assist in finding the solution before it all came crashing down. And trouble at every end.
And if that isn’t enough, we meet characters like Jo and Hunter that make it equally compelling. Jo who is the first to befriend Maren when she had no one to turn to. Hunter who knows how it feels to be left without either of her parents. A bond is created between all of these characters and makes Toward a Secret Sky that much of a better read. Always something going on and most of the time it’s on the mystical side of things.
***I received this copy from Blink via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***