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May 22nd, 2017

Review: Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins

SYNOPSIS:
If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

Book two in the Something in the Way series.

MY REVIEW:
Initial Cover Thoughts:
I was soooooo excited and anxious for this book. I read and reviewed Something in the Way which is the first book in the series and I just loved it and was awaiting anxiously for this one. I even entered all the giveaways the author had for an early release/arc but no luck. As for the cover design, I didn’t fancy the model much. I felt that I had a different vision of Manning in my head and it just didn’t match up.

Read and Reviewed:
I loved it. I anxiously awaited it and it did not disappoint. I really love how Jessica writes in this novel (I haven’t read any other novels of hers but this series). I felt like I was Lake. I felt angry when she got angry and I would cry when she cried especially during the intense/confrontational type of scenes.

This book is all about dealing with the aftermath of the events that occurred in book one. You need to read book one to really appreciate this story.

Lake is a smart girl but very sheltered and naive with how the world works and it has to do with her upbringing. Manning sees this and the readers can as well. Sometimes I want to smack her and be like things don’t work that way BUT she also touches the inner young girl in me who is still a bit whimsical and romantic and she makes me believe everything can be as simple as she wants it to be. So I’m constantly playing tug of war with my thoughts when it comes to how Lake sees things especially her “relationship” with Manning and the future.

Manning is a good guy who has a darkness in him that is created by a bunch of things but protecting Lake really makes that darkness come out and it scares him. He’s a bit more rough in this book as a man than in the first book. Time, heartache, and guilt have really changed him and not necessarily in a bad way but it’s a change that changes his dynamic with the sisters.

I understand Lake. I understand Manning. I understand Tiffany. I see everyone’s point of view and I understand them all and I still find myself rooting for Lake and Manning even if it may be considered right or appropriate to some.. and then I feel horrible for wishing them together because of how it’ll effect Tiffany.

This book made me cringe, cry, and laugh. Manning made me swoon. Lake made me feel youthful. Tiffany made me see her differently. I feel that if I keep talking I’ll just spoil it so I will stop.

I really enjoyed this book. I think I liked the first one better simply because there was so much nostalgia in that book for me with the summer camp and first love. I can’t wait for the third book.

*SERIES READ*
*TEARJERKER*
*FAVORITED*

Quote Me:

“The second book in a beautiful, emotional, and heart wrenching story full of forbidden desire and innocence.”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)

A Taste:
“If you ask me to choose you, I will – even if it could ultimately destroy me.”

Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
Forbidden. Love. Nostalgia. Youth. Sisters. Prison. Secrets. Family. Obligation. Heartbroken.

Book Boyfriend Rating:
8/10

Wishful Thinking:
I wish there were more Manning/Lake scenes or that their current scenes were just fuller. I understand why they aren’t but hey, wishful thinking! I also wish the novel was longer and that I didn’t have to wait until October for the third and final book in this series. haha.

BUY A COPY:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Good Reads Page

RATING:
5 Heart Rating

NOTE TO THE AUTHOR(S) OF THIS BOOK:
Feel free to quote me or any portion of my review to help promote this book. Thank you for writing this piece of work and allowing me to live in your world amongst your characters for a little bit.

April 28th, 2017

Review: Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins

SYNOPSIS:
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

MY REVIEW:
Initial Cover Thoughts:
The cover was sweet and simple. The synopsis grabbed me by the arm and dragged me to get my credit card and order this. It just sounded like such an girly read with a forbidden romance.. totally up my ally.

Read and Reviewed:
I loved it. It had some flaws and sometimes I wanted to smack everyone but I really enjoyed the story and have been highly anticipating the sequel. Why? Because it leaves you with somewhat of a cliffhanger that you want to throw the book or iPad across the room because it’s not May and the sequel is not out yet and you want to know what will happen next. Holy mother of run-on sentences. haha.

The book is true to the synopsis. Lake (16) meets Manning (23), a young construction worker, and she develops a fast crush. The writer wrote her so well. I could read the story and feel like I was Lake and allow the nostalgia of youth and innocence make me see her way of things. She’s a good girl but she’s also naive to the way of the real world and the consequences that await our actions.

Manning is a gentlemen. I feel like that needs to be said because there is such an age difference between them. He’s not creepy or anything.

The sister is a riot. She could be mean, bitchy, kind and then back to being manipulative. But I liked her. As you read the story you can kind of understand why she is the way she is and why the two sisters are so different.

I’d say 1/4 of the book takes place at a summer camp and the nostalgia of 80s and 90s movies (as book one starts out in 1993) was fantastic and bumped this book from a 4.5 to a 5 hearts for me. I would definitely recommend it.

*MARKED: FAVORITE READ*

Quote Me:

“There are not enough stars in the sky for me to rate how much I adored this nostalgic and forbidden read.”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)

A Taste:
“Some invisible tether existed between us. Nobody could see it, not even us, but I felt it. I was sure Manning did, too. As long as we both knew it, that was enough for me. For now, at least.”

Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
Age, Forbidden, Rivalry, Sisters, Secrets, Crush, Lies, Cliffhanger, Felony, Camp

Book Boyfriend Rating:
9/10

Wishful Thinking:
That the book did not end in a cliffhanger and make me want to throw my book across the room. It made me feel stabby.

BUY A COPY:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Good Reads Page

RATING:
5 Heart Rating

NOTE TO THE AUTHOR(S) OF THIS BOOK:
Feel free to quote me or any portion of my review to help promote this book. Thank you for writing this piece of work and allowing me to live in your world amongst your characters for a little bit.

April 28th, 2017

Review: One Day Soon by Meredith A. Walters

SYNOPSIS:
He found me in blood and tears.
I stayed with him through darkness and fire.

We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth.
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew.

We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t.

He ran away.
I tried to move on.

Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot.

Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever.

And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been.

Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted.
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were.

For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

MY REVIEW:
Initial Cover Thoughts:
I had no idea what to make of the cover design. I can see an ocean but I have no idea what the rest of it is. haha. The synopsis grabbed my interest because it was equal parts cryptic and poetic.

Read and Reviewed:
Loved, loved, LOVED this book. Truly. I did not go into it with any expectations and as I read it I could not put it down. I read it in one sitting through the night into the morning hours. Hey, I like to absorb the books. I’m really not THAT slow of a reader. But anyways, did I mention I loved it. Because I do. I’ve read it twice in the span of a few months. It was that good.

The story is told in alternating chapters and tells the story of Imogen (Imi) Conner and Yossarian (Yoss) Frazier. One chapter is the present day and the the next is the past and the story moves parallel in both timelines this way. It was a book that did this way of storytelling perfectly. It was like you were effectively reading two really good stories simultaneously. You would be bummed when the present day chapter ended and equally excited to see what was going on with the characters in the past.

I think my excitement is making me a complete scatterbrain. Let me tell you a little about this story and there will be a 1% spoiler in this (I’m not perfect, blame my excitement!) on the premise of the book.

The story starts with a grown up Imogen who works at a hospital and is reminded about her youth and first love, Yoss, when a beaten homeless man is brought in with no identification. When Imogen was sixteen she runs away from home and meets Yoss who has lived on the streets for many years. She stands out like a sore thumb and he takes her under his wing merely minutes after meeting her. Every other chapter I found myself becoming utterly smitten with Yoss. He’s a good guy, a protector. He takes on obstacles and makes it his burden to protect not only Imogen but a few other homeless kids. He’s the humble hero but he’s not perfect.

I won’t elaborate more on the plot because I literally want to spill it and fangirl with you all. The love story is slow, beautiful, and genuine. If you want a love story that will bring you to tears and make your heart pound in your ears, this book is for you.

The book is a bit raw as it shows the things homeless kids have to do to get by. We forget how harsh the world is for those without a roof over their heads when we are sitting in the comfort of our own homes. This book made me sought out more homeless novels and I plan to share my findings in the future.

First time reading Meredith’s work and I plan to check out her other works. Did I mention I loved this book?

*MARKED: FAVORITE READ*
*MARKED: TEARJERKER*

Quote Me:

“A perfect story that will grab at your heartstrings and not let go until the very end. This book was an unforgettable reading experience and the characters of Yoss and Imi will stay with me.”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)

A Taste:
“Yossarian Frazier wasn’t an overly complicated person. He was smart. He was thoughtful. He was generous and kind. He was loyal to a fault. And he was someone who had been forced to make choices that would shatter some people.”

Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
Love, Beautiful, Heartbreaking, Homeless, Raw, Abuse, Prostitution, Runaway, Teenagers

Book Boyfriend Rating:
10/10 – Yoss, I love you man.

Wishful Thinking:
That the book was longer. The book is long but I just did not want it to end. I wanted more.

BUY A COPY:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Good Reads Page

RATING:
5 Heart Rating

NOTE TO THE AUTHOR(S) OF THIS BOOK:
Feel free to quote me or any portion of my review to help promote this book. Thank you for writing this piece of work and allowing me to live in your world amongst your characters for a little bit.

MY RATING SYSTEM:
- I LOVED IT! I marked it as a favorite and will eventually reread it. I highly recommend this book!

- I felt this book was really good. I wouldn't call it a favorite but I would highly recommended.

- This book was a good read. I would recommend it.

- I felt this book was OK. Would suggest it casually if asked.

- I did not like this book and wouldn't recommend it to others.