Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian
Available August 19th, 2014
In The Wicked We Have Done, readers were introduced to Valerie Crane. But you don’t know her the way you think you do. This is her story…
Valerie has always been different from her identical twin Veda. Tattooed, fiery, and foul-mouthed, Valerie acts on instinct, getting even with anyone who wrongs her passive and sensitive sister.
At twenty-two, Veda doesn’t want to seek revenge against the three young men who raped her. As for Val…
Val never could manage her anger well.
As far as Val sees it, the Compass Room is simply a quicker way for her to die—payment for the crime she feels no guilt over. There isn’t a reason to fight, not until a girl as broken as she is reminds Val of what it’s like to hope…
Grade: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cianna for Sunshine & Mountains
When I reviewed “The Wicked We Have Done”, I loved it. Simply thought, wow, here’s a new idea. A fresh idea. The Compass Room, similar to the testing in Divergent, was such an in depth, immersive experience for the reader. When I saw a novella by the same author up for grabs on my review list, I grabbed it, and I read it right then. If you would’ve asked me a year ago, I would’ve told you I never read a book with same sex love interests. It wasn’t that I was against it, it just never came up. Well, my eyes have been opened, by this novella, and a few other novels before it, like The Red Sun Rises by Victoria Kinnaird! Authors who choose to stray from the beaten path for a novel that is not just straight sex, but provides depth, love, relationship issues, and struggles, it’s something to be impressed by. I’m glad for it, and I enjoy it, because the character dynamics aren’t exactly the same as we’d see with a male/female dynamic. There’s other layers to it, and it makes it beautiful. This novella grabbed me. It grabbed me from the first chapter, because I too would like nothing more than to sleep in, and it kept hold of me for the action, and even the jump to the next major time/scene change didn’t faze me, because the writing was fluid and allowed for time to slip. Val is a great character. She’s a fighter who doesn’t yet realize that all her fighting is born out of being a lover. She’s flawed but in a perfectly relatable, challenging way. I don’t think any of us know what we are capable if someone should hurt someone we love. The Compass Room is also so interesting because it really challenges each criminal to come forward and be honest with their reasoning. Was it borne out of duty, love, revenge, hate, anger? What drove them to do that? This novella, even being short, made me cry! I was touched by Val’s relationship with Jace, and it hurt! I need more of this story! I want to know about the trial, and what happens next! Great job on this story, it’s a nice filler in the world while we wait for the next book in the series! 🙂
*I was given a copy from the publisher, via NetGalley for an honest review.
About the Author:
Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.