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Airship pilot Bailey Jo wasn't actively seeking trouble. She really wasn't. But, when a pack of altered henchmen attacks her ship and threatens to kill her, trouble finds her all the same. Now, with the help of a sweet and handsomely perplexing street performer named Ollie Arkwright, Bailey sets out on a desert journey to find a legendary flying city, hoping to make good on Airship pilot Bailey Jo wasn't actively seeking trouble. She really wasn't. But, when a pack of altered henchmen attacks her ship and threatens to kill her, trouble finds her all the same. Now, with the help of a sweet and handsomely perplexing street performer named Ollie Arkwright, Bailey sets out on a desert journey to find a legendary flying city, hoping to make good on a childhood promise and escape the horrible creatures on her tail. But things aren't always as they seem. And, as Bailey is quick to learn, what a pilot doesn't know can get her killed.


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Airship pilot Bailey Jo wasn't actively seeking trouble. She really wasn't. But, when a pack of altered henchmen attacks her ship and threatens to kill her, trouble finds her all the same. Now, with the help of a sweet and handsomely perplexing street performer named Ollie Arkwright, Bailey sets out on a desert journey to find a legendary flying city, hoping to make good on Airship pilot Bailey Jo wasn't actively seeking trouble. She really wasn't. But, when a pack of altered henchmen attacks her ship and threatens to kill her, trouble finds her all the same. Now, with the help of a sweet and handsomely perplexing street performer named Ollie Arkwright, Bailey sets out on a desert journey to find a legendary flying city, hoping to make good on a childhood promise and escape the horrible creatures on her tail. But things aren't always as they seem. And, as Bailey is quick to learn, what a pilot doesn't know can get her killed.

33 review for Skyskipper (The Ballad of Bailey Jo)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nina Ivanova

    Full review/Пълно ревю - Click, click :) After read thought: I am in need of an Ollie. Oh, forget about me, the world is in need of more Ollies. Ollies that smile kindly and want to make other people do the same; Ollies that choose to see the best of the world and people without a shadow of doubt; hyperventilating, downright adorable Ollies that… Wait. Maybe I am getting a bit ahead of myself and I left you wondering who the hell I am talking about. We were talking about Bailey Jo, right? So let’s Full review/Пълно ревю - Click, click :) After read thought: I am in need of an Ollie. Oh, forget about me, the world is in need of more Ollies. Ollies that smile kindly and want to make other people do the same; Ollies that choose to see the best of the world and people without a shadow of doubt; hyperventilating, downright adorable Ollies that… Wait. Maybe I am getting a bit ahead of myself and I left you wondering who the hell I am talking about. We were talking about Bailey Jo, right? So let’s try to review this book the proper way. Skyskipper is a (sadly too short for me! Want more!) steampunk novel set in a world similar to ours. The author was showing us the details of this world, full of airships, automatins and altered people, as we went through the story and this is my prefered way of doing things (opposite to a huge chunky chapters of explanations, maps and so on). I loved all the characters - good and bad, main and supportive characters, they all just fit in the right places in the story. Bailey Jo was a wild and awesome combination of a tomboy pilot and mechanic and a girly skipper, trying to use her charms to get a deal. I liked her even when I wanted to hit her hard with something for treating Ollie like this. I’ve already proclaimed my love for Ollie and for saneness sake maybe it’s a good idea not to start again. (For those who haven’t picked the track - Ollie is the street magician Bailey meets and is made of joy and joy and joyness with added good amount of unconditional love, huggableness and this is what I meant don’t get me started). And they were so cute together! I also need to mention Chud - now I see the “silent treatment” in a whole new way, and also Flossie. And the Professor. Eek, the Professor! Ok, the true identity of the Professor caught me off guard. I had something entirely different in mind, but this turned good as well. And do you know what else this book has? A mechanical skunk. A very important for the story skunk. You can’t just pass away a book with a skunk in it. Not that you needed other reason, given the good plot, great characters, steampunky atmosphere with golems, half-fuman henchmen and towns in the sky, but a skunk? That’s like a cherry on the top of all the awesomeness. P.S. If you got the Charlie the Unicorn moment, you’re awsome too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Hopkins

    Wow just wow I really enjoyed this book. The characters, the story, what Izzy was trying to do. The twists and turns, the promises, the grief and how you can end up fighting the wrong war.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mathew

    This book made me cry, it made swoon; I rattled my cage with excitement, I danced the dream along with Bailey. Bailey is a believable strong, and confident captain of her own ship. It is a small ship that breaks a lot, but it is hers! She has no money, just wits and drive. And this author, as was the way with her last one, Earthwalker, hits that perfect note between a strong and weak lead. Ollie and Bailey are believable together (mildly chick flicky, but that's kinda the point, right?) Two from This book made me cry, it made swoon; I rattled my cage with excitement, I danced the dream along with Bailey. Bailey is a believable strong, and confident captain of her own ship. It is a small ship that breaks a lot, but it is hers! She has no money, just wits and drive. And this author, as was the way with her last one, Earthwalker, hits that perfect note between a strong and weak lead. Ollie and Bailey are believable together (mildly chick flicky, but that's kinda the point, right?) Two from separate worlds meet and find their better half in each other. And no, I ain't talking 'bout Bailey and the squirrel. Yes, that kind of romance has been done, but damnit! I like this one! So yeah, I'd definitely recommend it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angela Lambkin

    I chose to give this book three stars for such a very,very unusual story! It seemed to be a sci-fi fantasy about how the people in the future may be like and what they may be doing as a livelyhood. something's seemed to be not at all different from what we all deal with in this world now and some seemed to be quite,quote different. I did not like the swearing that was used so very often. I recommend this book for those who are perhaps turned on by such a different type of story and characters. I I chose to give this book three stars for such a very,very unusual story! It seemed to be a sci-fi fantasy about how the people in the future may be like and what they may be doing as a livelyhood. something's seemed to be not at all different from what we all deal with in this world now and some seemed to be quite,quote different. I did not like the swearing that was used so very often. I recommend this book for those who are perhaps turned on by such a different type of story and characters. I received this book free and in exchange I am doing a couple of reviews that I could find on the popular websites to be able to leave reviews. You did quite a job in creating this ebook Lexa Roi Clarke! By Angela

  5. 4 out of 5

    Scott Kinkade

    This is a very worthwhile read. It's well-written and features a veritable rogue's gallery of characters. Most of them have embraced mechanization of their bodies, so they'll definitely keep your interest. I also quite enjoyed the action sequences. Lexa Roi Clarke really has a flair for cinematic scenes. Even though it's just a novel, I felt like I was watching a movie. Any time you can say that about a book, you know you've got one worth reading. Normally I have a complaint or two about the nov This is a very worthwhile read. It's well-written and features a veritable rogue's gallery of characters. Most of them have embraced mechanization of their bodies, so they'll definitely keep your interest. I also quite enjoyed the action sequences. Lexa Roi Clarke really has a flair for cinematic scenes. Even though it's just a novel, I felt like I was watching a movie. Any time you can say that about a book, you know you've got one worth reading. Normally I have a complaint or two about the novels I read, but not this one. It's just that good. In short: I can easily recommend Skyskipper (The Ballad of Bailey Jo).

  6. 4 out of 5

    L.J. Capehart

    This was quite the action adventure story, with twists and surprises along the way. I would have been happier without all of the frequent cussing, and some gore, though the story didn't dwell on it. It would have been better without the bad language, I think. It does have a couple of sexual scenes, but they are pretty vague. Nevertheless, the story was well written, and kept my attention throughout the book. And it had the kind of ending that makes you want to clap at the end. I was given a copy o This was quite the action adventure story, with twists and surprises along the way. I would have been happier without all of the frequent cussing, and some gore, though the story didn't dwell on it. It would have been better without the bad language, I think. It does have a couple of sexual scenes, but they are pretty vague. Nevertheless, the story was well written, and kept my attention throughout the book. And it had the kind of ending that makes you want to clap at the end. I was given a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Woody

    I received a copy of Skyskipper from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review. This was a fun read. Bailey Jo lives in a steampunk world where she is trying to fight The Professor, barely staying on the side of good herself. There is humor, romance and some action. A bit of swearing, and some sexual content, not explicit at all. I give it three stars, a short fun read. My recommendation is for ages 16 and up.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a well-developed story with relatable characters. The main character was believable and the writing kept you intrigued. This is a book that I would recommend to anyone, even if this is not your usual genre. You are sure to like this book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Stanfill

    I found this book on storycartel.com. I'm trying to read more unknown authors, or atleast unknown to me and I think I found a little nugget of gold here. It is a steampunk book so I know very little about the genre and all of that....but still, I liked it quite a bit. I found this book on storycartel.com. I'm trying to read more unknown authors, or atleast unknown to me and I think I found a little nugget of gold here. It is a steampunk book so I know very little about the genre and all of that....but still, I liked it quite a bit.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mamamia1004

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marina

  13. 5 out of 5

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    Kelly Willcoxbrackeen

  16. 5 out of 5

    Connie Steckel

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer tress

  18. 4 out of 5

    BookishDreamer

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karlisa Albano

  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Janice Rupert

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

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    Marielle

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Desinka

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  31. 4 out of 5

    Asya

  32. 5 out of 5

    BookishBelle

  33. 5 out of 5

    Malinda

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