Monday, May 22, 2017

REVIEW: Somebody Else's Sky by Jessica Hawkins




Title: Somebody Else's Sky
Series: Something in the Way #2
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 22, 2017

OUR REVIEW:

Shel: I blame myself for being in the position I am right now:
  • It's after 1 AM 
  • I'm wide awake
  • My heart is pounding from the emotional roller coaster
  • I want to throat punch characters
Shel: I mean seriously, what was I thinking? Why did I think it would be a good idea to start a novel that I freaking knew would consume me at 9 pm? I didn't think; I just couldn't wait any longer. Court: She couldn't. Shel: I knew that this novel would be an emotion-filled roller coaster and I couldn't wait to take a ride on it. Court: She did. Shel: And let me confirm for you that it's a wild freaking ride. And by wild, I mean that I felt so much anxiety about what was going to happen that I don't think I took a breath for the entire four hours it took me to read this novel. When I finished this continuation of Manning, Lake, and Tiffany's story, I wanted to simultaneously tell Jessica Hawkins to fuck off while I hugged her; and then I wanted to tell her that she must never stop writing--even if I feel myself having small heart attacks as I'm reading--because she has me feeling alllll the things and even though her characters and conflicts make me rage read to get to the end, I secretly love that she sparks all these emotions in me. GAH. 

Court: I agree. Jessica Hawkins is a brilliant story teller, and I remembered a bit too late that this one has another installment coming our way but I literally could not NOT read the book....because the first one was literally a hoover sucking me in, and not letting go. I'm not sure exactly what it is about these characters that makes me love them all so...I mean, actually they all infuriate me...but it is the fact that the plot is well rounded, and we aren't rooting for one person in particular that I think makes it special. It is the worst kind of love triangle, and never knowing what will happen is a hard pill to swallow when we just love trying to guess what will happen (sorry, folks...you won't be able to either.) 

Shel: I honestly don't know that I can say anything about Manning, Lake, and Tiffany without spoiling things but I guess what I can say is that at various points in the novel I found myself feeling angry with each of them, sorry for each of them, and disappointed in each of them. I don't think I ever felt wholly satisfied with any of their decisions, even if I sorta understood the machinations behind them (as best as I could). Court: Right? And that's why it is a beautiful story because it makes us feel all kinds of things, and heroes and heroines turn anti- half way through, and then back again...and there are so many ways in which she can end this saga that I may die of suspense before October gets here! OR need exactly that long to prepare. You decide.

She; I, as I'm sure many readers will, have all sorts of theories about what will happen next; some of my theories are so off the wall, I'm kinda embarrassed to even say them out loud and others are fairly predictable; but like many, if not all readers, I do hope that by the end of the series that there's a happy ending (I just for the life of me can't figure out how Jessica Hawkins will make it happen). Court: I think my idea of a happy ending for these peeps is different from yours AND THAT IS EPIC! I want so many things for each of them, and I don't know if what I want will happen but I am an angsty mess trying to hope for it anyway.

Shel: The Something in the Way series is one of the most addictive reads I've read in a while. It makes you hope for things even as you're smacked in the face, repeatedly, with all the reasons why your hope is hopeless. I haven't stopped thinking about Manning, Lake, and Tiffany since book 1 and I know that as the summer progresses I'll be constantly on the look out for the release of book 3. If you haven't started this series, I think it's worth every dime and minute of your time. Court: It is. You should read it, because their emotions are captured and then the point of view changes and you get inside someone else's head and get their side of things...and it is an ever changing kaleidoscope type of story that I can't get enough of. We can't get enough of! It was fun to read, even if my heart was contemplating arrhythmia. So, thank you Jessica Hawkins...you've done it again! LOVE this book! 


Blurb

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, an epic, 3-book saga of forbidden love...






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Author Bio

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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