Monday, May 22, 2017

Book Review for Somebody Else's Sky by Jessica Hawkins



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.

"....because I'm all wrong without you, because I'm in love with you."

It's books like this one, series like this one, that remind me how much I love reading and reviewing. It's books like this one that inspire reviews. It's books like this one that make me so excited about the power of someone's words. It's books like this that renew my passion for reading.....and feeling. It's books like this one that move the book-world.....or grind it to a halt. This is what phenomenal 5 and 6 star ratings are made of.....this book is the REASON we have exclamation points and 6 star ratings.

--> This series is shaping up to be the BEST OF 2017!!!! I cannot say enough how much the book series has affected me so far!!!! Like, seriously....ALL the exclamation points are needed for how much this book made me feel. Whether it's ragey, angry, sad, or giddy, this book made me feel it ALL. Angst in spades. After I finished this book, I sat on the couch staring at the ceiling, just numb. I was completely SPEECHLESS, and if you know me, that's an almost impossible feat. I wanted to cry. I just couldn't. I wanted to yell. I just didn't. I sat there, completely speechless while thinking of all these possibilities and scenarios, and what-ifs that could possibly change this story from where I thought it was going. My heart is heavy. There is an unknown weight just sitting on it and I am not sure my review will allow me to "purge" and move on. I believe this book will be a book hangover of EPIC proportions, and one that I will be talking about for a long time. I'm flustered with my thoughts and ready to discuss them!

"How was it possible to look up and see the same immovable stars I had a year before when so much had changed?"

It's reviews like this that are simultaneously easy and difficult. Easy because you can scream from the rooftops about how mind-bendingly good the book was, and difficult because there is only so much you can say and not give too much away. Am I inspired to write this review? Most definitely. This book had the purest angst in the BEST form possible.....forbidden. The antagonist was probably the best I've read because she's an underhanded bitch with an agenda. The protagonists are completely taken by the other, so much so that their senses are stripped bare but they are combustible when they are around each other. The spark is evident. The innocence Jessica made you feel again.....first love, forbidden love, unrequited love. Oh my gosh, seriously, she nailed this one so perfectly well, and it reminded me of the elation you get, but the pain you feel, in these situations. It was all so real and so true to point. Jessica Hawkins is my favorite author for a reason. I LOVE how much detail, no matter how finite, that she has added into this story to allow for discussion and reflection. So. Freaking. Good. 

I will be honest when I say that I never read cliffhangers if I can help it. I hate them. I do. But holy cow, with Jessica -- I trust her to hurt me oh so good and then to put me back together, in whatever form possible because it will lead to discussions and theories and more book love than ever before. She keeps me guessing with every book she writes and I love that!! I will die a thousand painful deaths while waiting for Move the Stars to come out. Thankfully, the painful wait until October will be quelled by the Somebody Else's Sky Spoiler Room. I needed that as soon as I finished. I think that's what makes this all the more perfect for me, though. I want this pull. I want this heartache. I crave this kind of story because it was REAL. There is so much depth and varied emotion within the pages of this much to think about, to talk about, to feel, to cry over.

I am speechless.....

"She had the power over me that could hurt us both, and I had to be the strong one between us."

You can read my review for Something in the Way HERE.

You can purchase Something in the Way HERE.

You can purchase Somebody Else's Sky HERE.

You can preorder Move the Stars HERE.

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California.

She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that's what you'll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.



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    1. Thanks, Tonya!!! I love to hear this. <3

  2. OH MY GOSH BEE! I love your review! But it's killing me. My heart was beating fast reading it. I'm having that push and pull feeling if I'm gonna read it now or wait for October coz I'm not sure if my heart can take it. But the pull to read is winning. I know I have you to hold my hands and comfort me.

    1. I love that you love my reviews, Bunny. <3