Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean (More information and links to the other stops here!)
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.
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After the jump, you’ll find tons more information about the book – including my review, and a Random Things list by the author!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Lots of comparisons have been made about this book – “Da Vinci Code,” “Twilight,” etc. But I don’t think that’s fair to “Toward A Secret Sky.” Because this book is a charming, scary, romantic, tale all in one.
Readers looking for a nice YA beach/rainy day read with a bit of a twist, look no further.
Maren’s mother has just died (her father long passed) and now she’s been sent to Scotland to live with her grandparents. As she settles in to life in the Highlands, she discovers that her parents or anything but boring computer nerds, like she thought. They were members of a secret organization which helps protect the world from demons, with the help of angels. And Maren has met her very first angel (a total hottie). While she is digesting all of this, her new hometown is in trouble plagued by a mysterious illness which causes people and animals to go insane. Karen sets off to save her friends and family, while trying to make sense of her new reality.
This book was a cute, fun read that was just a great time from start to finish. The setting is amazing and even though the storyline contains some very serious and at times pretty scary components you’ll find yourself laughing, sighing, etc., right along with Maren.
And Maren really is a great heroine. She is sassy, but vulnerable in a relatable way. She isn’t some lofty, supermodel who catches the hunky guy – she goes through so much and comes out unsure of the right way to do things. She’s not perfect, and I liked her more for that.
Also, I like the potential for more stories in the future. Heather Maclean sets up the story so that it can continue on in tons of amazing locations and situations – Istanbul, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, etc. There’s so much ore out there waiting to be explored in this new world.
Speaking of which – my only complaint is that the book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger! Now I have to wait to continue this story! But I’ll definitely be back, and I recommend getting started reading this book to catch up!
RANDOM THINGS TO …. Love about Scotland!
1. The accents!
2. The people
3. The insane amount of castles
4. The purple heather lining the Highlands
5. The Highlands
6. The pubs
7. Plaid everything
8. The tea and scones
9. The dangerous playgrounds
10. The accents!
Heather Maclean is a New York Times bestselling author and editor of 15 books. She has appeared on Good Morning America, the CBS Early Show, Fox Business Network, ParentsTV and Sirius’ “Dr. Radio.” After graduating from Princeton University, she began her career at Entertainment Weekly. Her work has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Pregnancy magazine, NY Metro Parents magazine, as well as newspapers around the country.
Named one of the “16 Best Entrepreneurs in America” by Sir Richard Branson, she accompanied the adventurous business legend on a 50,000-mile trip around the world, alternately helping improve the lives of others (designing sustainable development initiatives in South African villages) and fearing for her own (rappelling out of a Black helicopter in a Moroccan sandstorm). She was also the first civilian mom to experience zero gravity aboard a “space plane,” an experience she will never, ever repeat. Their journey, titled The Rebel Billionaire, was televised on Fox TV in 2005 for an audience of 8 million viewers.
Heather is also a former Disney executive. She launched several of the company’s first, award-winning websites, and holds the distinction of being the first person to ever answer Mickey Mouse’s email.
When not castle hunting in her husband’s native Scotland, Heather fills her days with her two beautiful daughters, Hunter and Hadley, and dashing son, Gavin.
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