Toward a Secret Sky – Heather Maclean

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.

I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

I haven’t seen any documentation or any idea that this novel is part of a series but I hope it is. It’s one of those fun, adventurous and romantic novels that most people would say is a “guilty pleasure” but I’m just gonna say I love that stuff, openly.

What more could you need than a tough young girl with a magic of her own, who finds herself somewhere between heaven and hell, fighting demons and creating havoc with angels? There’s a little bit of insta-love but given who the characters are, it makes sense. Picture Piper and Leo. It was just meant to be, right?

This novel ends on a sort of cliff hanger, which is why I’m hoping there is a sequel. It’s light, fun and not too “thinky”. Not all the writing or characters were up my alley, so to speak, but it was still very enjoyable. A great summer or spring read.

Slightly spoilery trigger warning:

Scenes of sexual assault (not graphic) and implied sexual assault.

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