I wanted to love Take Back The Skies. I really did. After all, it was written by a teen and I love supporting teen writers! Plus, OMIGOSH THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND I MUST BUY A COPY. Hype can do that to a person. Unfortunately, did not live up to the hype. It definitely had potential…but it just wasn’t for me.

First let me start with the parts  I DID enjoy. First off, the world-building. Loved it! The boat Cat stowed away on, the Stormdancer, was described as a steampunk-ish ship that could fly through the air. How cool is that? Besides amazing flying ships, I also enjoyed the social hierarchy in this world. You could clearly see how the upper and lower classes affected  and supported one another but at the same time, how they were at the brink of a rebellion.

And then…the ending. I just…I can’t…what happened there? Cat spends the entire book fighting against the government and then there is this plot twist that happens that leave me feeling, I don’t know, betrayed? I would have preferred this book minus the epilogue.

But sadly, as you already know, there were things that I just didn’t enjoy.  My first issue was the writing. Several phrases were repeated over and over again (how many times can you ‘query’ someone after all?) and the paragraphs could get quite wordy., I think I DID read an advanced copy though, so maybe it will be fixed for the final version.

I wouldn’t call the next part a problem, exactly, but rather something that bothered me. I didn’t enjoy the romance. I’m not into romance to begin with and I was not a fan of this love story. Firstly, this book is categorized as a YA romance. Cat is 14. Fox is 17/18. I wouldn’t exactly call that a romance. Cat felt way too young for many of the things that happened to her. I would have preferred more emphasis on, you know, taking down the government instead of kissing.


As you can tell, I wasn’t a huge fan of this particular novel, but this is just one bookworm’s opinion. You might love it! Even though I am giving Take Back The Skies two stars, I might check out the second book because I love the story world and am curious what will happen next!  Let me know what you think when you read it.

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10 Comments on {Review} Take Back The Skies by Lucy Saxon

  1. Chanpreet
    June 13, 2014 at 3:55 am (3 years ago)

    This is the first I’ve heard of this book. I agree that the cover is gorgeous and admire that it’s written by another teen. I will have to think about this one before adding it to my tbr.
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    • Samantha
      June 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm (3 years ago)

      The cover is BEEE-AUTIFUL. I definitely think you should read it because who knows? You might love it!

  2. Cait @ Notebook Sisters
    June 13, 2014 at 11:28 am (3 years ago)

    I’m with you on this book! Although I was probably a little too harsh on it…but! Gah! It bugged me so much. Particularly the romance. I thought they were going to have a sibling relationship because of the huge age difference and then they started liking each other! It was random, too. Also just a little shallow?! Anyway. It’s a pity, because teen authors are usually awesome to find. 😐
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    • Samantha
      June 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm (3 years ago)

      I completely agree! I wish they had just stayed friends but NO. The ending was also so irritating with the “love of my life” stuff. Gah!

    • Samantha
      June 17, 2014 at 12:42 am (3 years ago)

      Wow! 2 Liebsters in as many days! I’m so honored. Thank you, Adele.

  3. Ella @ Once Upon a Bookish Time
    June 17, 2014 at 6:57 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, this book rubbed me up the wrong way so much! I thought Fox and Cat would have like a sibling relationship, but then it turned all romancy and yucky ( I mean they shared their first kiss beside someone that Fox had just killed *cough* you know who *cough* and excuse me, but I found that kind of gross) and it just went down from there 🙁 Plus, I DID NOT get the ending, did you?!?! It was like one minute, it’s all, “Ahhhh, WE’RE IN LOVE!!! BRING OUT THE SMUSHY STUFF!” to, “OMG, HE’S DEAD, MY HEART WILL BE BROKEN FOREEEEVEER!!!” to the really, really, REALLY confusing idiotic epilogue THAT. MADE. NO. SENSE. AT. ALL.

    You can probably guess I didn’t like this one a bit 😐 I gave it 1 star although I’m tempted to give it less. :/
    Frabjous review!!
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    • Samantha
      June 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes! The ending was just WHAT? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS. I can’t even…

  4. Romi
    June 17, 2014 at 7:36 am (3 years ago)

    It does have such a beautiful cover, doesn’t it? The australian cover has more pink than purple, making it somewhat lighter, but both the finished covers are just so interiguing and I’m sad that the story didn’t captivate me, either. If you do read the sequel, I hope that it really works out well!
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    • Samantha
      June 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm (3 years ago)

      I wanted to love it so badly…but no. Twas not to be. And yes, the cover is absolutely gorgeous!


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