Shared Skies by Josephine O’brien

Eighteen-year-old Gaiah’s hair grows to her waist every night. She can influence people with her thoughts. She understands none of it.

She has no one to turn to. Her father, a reclusive sculptor is still trying to come to terms with his wife’s death. 
Gaiah is losing control of her life. 

Her long lost grandparents reappear, apparently having never been lost, and Gaiah is forced to confront and deal with worlds she never knew existed. 

A trinity of parallel worlds of which Earth is one. 
Folklore or truth? Intermingled histories means Gaiah sees her world in a new light and discovers her true heritage. 
The Trinity is in crisis. Gaiah’s appearance is the only thing that gives hope for its salvation, but love and hatred span the worlds and time is running out. 

Oh God, they’re completely crazy. What am I going to do?

She slid her hand around the door handle. We’re not going that fast, what’s the worst that could happen if I jumped out? The roar of a haulage truck and its blur of gaudy colours as it thundered past made her release her hold, shocked at what she’d been contemplating.

She rubbed at the goose bumps puckering the skin  on her arms.

 

Shared skies is an amazing start to what looks to be a great series. Josephine O’Brien’s ability to create a unique world in her story is brilliant. She was able to perfectly meld fantasy into a believable modern day story. I loved how she intertwined real historical events and figures with her story. It was so believable I was completely engrossed in the story. Her writing is clear and the story flow is perfect. There is always a sense of urgency in the story that keeps it from ever being boring. The characters were great and each one has their strengths as well as secrets. The character development of Galah was wonderful and it was refreshing to have a strong female character. It was nice to see her grown throughout the story and really take her responsibility serious. I liked how the love interest in the book didn’t become the main focus. It was actually an important part of the story and enhanced the plot greatly. It could’ve easily overshadowed the story but O’Brien brilliantly managed to keep it focused. The plot is absolutely amazing and you won’t know what hit you with the awesome twist. I’ve actually read the book twice and I’m  anticipating the next book will be even better. I give this story a 5/5 and highly recommend this read. Be prepared to lose sleep to finish this book.

Shared skies is available at Amazon.com

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