Unless you're one of those people who prefer your food a little bit on the charred side, don't sit down to read this book and try to cook at the same time. Shared Skies hooks you in and holds your attention from page one. This is a tale that flows along at a steady pace and has many twists and turns. Josephine O'Brien is a hugely talented author who makes it easy to slip into Gaiah's world. She paints a vivid picture with every scene and the storyline is so unique. By the time I'd finished reading the first chapter I realized that I'd never come across a story quite like this. Gaiah and the rest of the cast of characters are all memorable and well drawn/developed. I like the idea of parallel worlds and of people who have such unique abilities as Gaiah. Basically, reading this book is a lot like watching a really awesome, on-the-edge-of-your-seat movie, with a little romance thrown in, a lot of warmth and humor, and people who are easy to relate to. You literally feel like you're right there. Loved it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)