ARC Review: The Endless Skies by Shannon Price

Happy Tuesday y’all! I cannot believe that we’re almost in September! This summer just flew by- did I do much besides all the different avenues of work I’m doing these days? Not really, which honestly is probably why it flew by so fast. (Haha speaking of work, I’m taking a break from my main job to write this review for my unpaid side hustle and I got distracted by work for another side job while writing this- ahhhh marketing, it never turns off)

Thank you so much to Tor Teen and and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of The Endless Skies! This book came out on August 17th, so y’all can definitely go grab it after reading my review!

The Endless Skies 3.5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

High above the sea, floats the pristine city of the Heliana. Home to winged-lion shapeshifters―the Leonodai―and protected from the world of humans by an elite group of warriors, the Heliana has only known peace.

After years of brutal training, seventeen-year-old Rowan is ready to prove her loyalty to the city and her people to become one of the Leonodai warriors. But before Rowan can take the oath, a deadly disease strikes the city’s children. Soon the warriors―including two of Rowan’s closest friends―are sent on a dangerous mission to find a fabled panacea deep within enemy lands.

Left behind, Rowan learns a devastating truth that could compromise the mission and the fate of the Heliana itself. She must make a decision: stay with the city and become a warrior like she always dreamed, or risk her future in an attempt to save everyone she loves. Whatever Rowan decides, she has to do it fast, because time is running out, and peace can only last so long…

This book suffered terribly from pacing issues and that’s why it got 3.5 stars as opposed to anything higher. The general concept was really interesting and it had really great characters and flawed leaders and a terrible problem that needed to be solved, but I was so bored during so much of the middle section. The end seemed really rushed too (even though part of it crushed me), so I would have loved for part of the journey to have gone a little faster and for the ending to have been expanded on. Now that I’ve gotten over that part, in general, this was a really cool take on shifters and humans and shifter on shifter relations- I really loved all of the world building! The illness itself was a little confusing- I didn’t really understand what was going on besides the fact that kids were getting sick, so I wish I had known just a little bit more about the symptoms etc, but that’s just me (I’m an infectious disease nerd- I think they’re fascinating). I really liked how the book had three points of view- Shirene was my favorite, with Rowan coming in second, and Callen coming in a very close third. They all provided really important and different viewpoints as to everything that was going on and they were all super necessary in order to really understand the story. Secondary characters wise, I didn’t really care for anyone who was left in Heliana after the warriors left, so I wasn’t tied to anyone besides Shirene in her chapters. I did love all of the warriors though- I have no idea how Shannon Price made them all so funny and compelling and any time anything happened to any of them, it was definitely a blow (but a necessary one for furthering the story). Overall, pacing issues aside, I am glad I read The Endless Skies.

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