Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Sky: The World by Jessica McHugh Review & Giveaway: Enchanted Book Tours

Author Bio
Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction that spans the genre from horror and alternate history to epic fantasy. A prolific writer, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, novellas, and even playwriting. She has had eight books published in three years, including "Song of Eidolons", "The Sky: The World", "Rabbits in the Garden", and the first two installments in her "Tales of Dominhydor" series.

Giveaway Information
Jessica is giving away several eBook copies of The Sky: The World. There could be up to five(5) winners - it depends on how many total entries there are. This giveaway is open internationally.  To enter simply fill out the brief entry form below.  For an extra chance of winning please also leave a comment or question for myself or the author.  You do not have to be a follower of this blog to enter, but again, followers get an extra entry.  This promotion ends Aug 20th 11:59PM CST.


Who is Doctor Azaz? It is the 19th Century, and Azazian England is at it's pinnacle. Aeroplanes rule the sky, and crystalline technology has transformed life itself. But for stunt pilot Jack Racine, life is little more than an endless tailspin into liquor, laudanum, and loose women. But all that is about to change. For Jack Racine is about to have an audience with the architect of the age, the mysterious Doctor Azaz…

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3 Stars

The opening grabbed me and actually had me on the edge of my seat – it was fabulous! The superb opening had me fired up and ready for action but what followed was many pages of family history and explanatory passages.  The telling was skilled and managed to hold my interest for the most part but I would have much preferred there to have been more action with briefer history lessons scattered throughout. The pacing, however, picks up in the latter half of the book.  There are more action scenes and various relationships get fleshed out a little better.

Jack Racine, the protagonist, is a complicated fellow.  He grew up under a hard-hearted father who constantly found fault with Jack, but who lavished praise and attention on his younger son, Toby.  Still, Jack maintains a cocky and irreverent humor.  I really liked that about him.  His personal demons hound him mercilessly and he sometimes suffers the consequences of poor decisions made in haste, but still, I had to keep my fingers crossed and hope that all would come together and he would be redeemed.  The ending hints at a sort of quasi-HEA for Jack, and while some questions were answered, new questions then arose to replace the old ones.  In the end, I was left with the feeling that in life, in all things really, there is a cyclical ebb and flow – finding the correct balance is an art that is learned through experience, and a willingness to accept sometimes imperfect symmetry. This is an intelligently conceived and uniquely executed story that is sure to confound and amuse.  I admit, I find myself pondering various aspects even days after I finished reading it. 

Reviewed for Enchanted Book Tours

Tour Schedule
August 8th : Review and Giveaway
August 9th – Review and Giveaway at Shirley’s Surely Reviewing

August 10th: Review and Giveaway at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

August 11th: Author Interview at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

August 13th: Author Interview at Marsha A. Moore’s Blog


Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book in return for a review.  I have not received any monetary compensation in return for my honest review, whether positive or negative. Promotional banners and information was provided through Enchanted Book Tours. I am an authorized Tour Host.


sherbear17890 said...

I grew up with Jessica McHugh and I knew she liked to write but I had no idea how talented she was until I picked up one of her books. At this point I have read several of her books and have enjoyed them all. I cant wait to read more!

Matt said...

Jessica always has an extensive imagination and a knack for being able to creatively describe what's going on in her head. Worth checking out!

Castor Troy said...

Having read one of her books already I can say that this positive review comes as no surprise. Here's to seeing more and more of her work get recognized. Cheers!

trulyuglyfeet said...

Thank you for giving such an informative and interesting review. I have not read any of Jessica's books yet but love reading her updates via facebook. She is on my to do list for sure !!

Julie S said...

Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the giveaway.

Krystal said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This novel looks great :)

ruby95660 said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Lea said...

I'd love to read another McHugh novel! I'm enjoying the Tales of Dominhydor series!

Kryss187 said...

awesome! If i dont win, I will buy!

Laurie said...

Winner of the Giveaway is Sherbear17890!