Young Adult Guest Review: Eyes Ever to the Sky by Katie French

Eyes Ever to the Sky

When Hugh wakes up in a smoldering crater—no memory, no clothes—a single thought echoes in his head…trust no one. Frightened and alone, with no memory of who he is, he stumbles upon a grisly murder scene and is fatally shot. He wakes, only to find he can heal himself. He has superpowers, and he’s going to need them.
Desperate and bleeding, Hugh stumbles upon fifteen-year-old Cece, who’s got enough troubles of her own. Between caring for her bipolar mother and trying not to get evicted from her run-down trailer, Cece may be the only person struggling as much as Hugh. Drawn to Hugh, Cece finds a love she’s never known. But when the real killer—a man-hunting beast—chooses another victim, Hugh and Cece realize they must unlock the clues to their past if they have any chance at a future.

Title: Eyes Ever to the Sky
Author: Katie French
Series: The Sky Trilogy
Publisher:  Katie French Books
Format: ebook (PDF)
ISBN: 0615811213
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: April 9th 2013
Number of pages: 194

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Review by Melissa

There’s not a single bad thing that I could say about Eyes Ever to the Sky, except that maybe it should have been longer, 194 pages of Hugh was not enough for me.  The book starts off when Hugh wakes up naked in the bottom of a crater at a park. He hardly remembers who he is, let alone how he came to be there of all places. At the other side of the story (it’s told from multiple points of views) we meet Cece, short for Cecelia, who lives with her bipolar mother in a trashy trailer. Her life is all messed up, basically living among garbage and constantly worrying for both of their safety. Mama’s health is dropping with every passing day, so Cece needs help urgently or she will lose her along with her freedom from foster care.

It’s astounding the way the characters grow throughout the story. We started out meeting a confused, terrified boy with no clue whatsoever of his identity and the next thing we see is a young man so ready to take on anything that threatens the life of Cece. Hugh’s survival instincts were impressive, though quite risky. He doesn’t trust anyone, his guts tell him not to, instead deciding to venture on his own and see where this leads him. When he falls in love with Cece, it doesn’t really feel like insta-love, it’s more like knowing he can trust her. She shows him kindness, ready to help him in any way she can, just like she would like others to lend her a helping hand.

Hugh stared into Cece’s face. She stared back, her brown eyes filling with tears. ‘Don’t worry about me,’ she whispered.
‘I will’ he said, his voice trembling. ‘I will always worry about you.’

That line made me tear up in front of my friends. I wish I had waited until I was home to fall apart and crush my heart a little bit without an audience, but I just could not stop reading. So yeah, I personally loved this book… and Hugh.

 

Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review

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Series in Order

#1 – Eyes Ever to the Sky
#2 – Unknown

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