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on July 31st, 2018
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Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Drama, New Adult, Romance
Format: eARC - Source: Wordsmith Publicity
The first time I met Ian Kemp in the sparkling blue waters of St. Thomas, I was six years old and we shared a summer beneath the stars.
The second time I met Ian Kemp, he was a shell of the boy I once knew. Turbulent and infuriating, he refused my friendship at every turn. Like me, he was a casualty of life’s cruelty, but we were planets apart.
We’d both sought refuge on the island, hoping to find our anchor. Instead, we found each other and managed to reclaim our stars...until we both got swept away.
FTC Disclosure: We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.
Book Review: 4 Buffer Fish + Crocky Stars!!!!
There is no other story teller like Kate Stewart. She is a master through and through. With each new book she writes, with each new epic story her heart craves to tell, with each new character she gives life to, she always finds the bull’s eye of my heart. And each time, I am reprogramming myself and my brain.
And just like both with Drive & The Real , I couldn’t put this one down too. It was literately impossible to. Not only the story is extremely powerful, but combined with Stewart’s unique heart-reaching writing, its significance goes through the roof. From the beginning of the book, I knew I was in for a journey after which I would never be the same. There wasn’t a moment in the book that I wasn’t feeling my heart skip a beat and feel utterly affected by it. Ian & Koti were definitely two of the most influential, real and unique characters I have ever read. Each was a galaxy of its own with so many different layers, planets, comets, stars and characteristics that I never stopped wondering how deep those go and what else might be hidden inside them. But when you put them together, the universe they created was explosive and super super cosmic.
My words seriously fail me while I am trying to put into words what this gorgeous book with the epic and so damn soul-felt story and characters rose inside me. My brain is a pandemonium and my thoughts are running around like 3-year-olds on sugar high in the middle of the playground. Though, what made this book even more ground-breaking and as awesome as it is, is the simple fact of the secondary characters that Kate never fail to deliver in perfection. One after another, add so many things and extra emotions into the plot that it’s impossible to read the story without them in it. They are as essential as their leads. And that is one of the things that have made me a huge fan of Kate’s; her ability to deliver a story where everything is in harmony and the lead characters are simply the selected focus point instead of them being the only focus. Each character she adds, s/he has its purpose but also his/her own story which you always get a glimpse of because they are just as important to the story line.
And speaking about what I love about Kate Stewart, another thing that shot her to the high places of my top authors list is that she always adds realness and a huge dose of reality check that we all need from time to time, especially now. She talks about issues that, some times, the society has dimmed “odd” or even “forbidden” to talk about. Issues that affect the people around us daily and we never know about them since we’ve been taught to ignore them and not make them our problems.
One of those issues is the one Koti had to deal with almost all her life, among other things. I felt for her so much and my heart squeezed for her in sympathy. Nothing of what she had to go through was fair and deserved. But life is a bitch like that and she loves throwing curve balls and in general playing a wicked game of cards with our lives. And with both these two lovers/soul mates, especially with Koti, she more than played with her. That poor girl. But being the female that she is, she rose above them all and tried her best to make her own life and deal with her issues the best she could. And that took lots of courage to do and I couldn’t be more proud and awe of her. And adding to the mix what Ian had to go through and the heartbreak that no parent should ever feel, this book was a heart killer undoubtedly. The only that saved me from breaking down and being able to hold me together is the fact that I am still in a funk over a book hangover that I still can’t seem to rise above. But that’s beside the point, really. And no matter what, I was so damn touched by Ian, Koti, Jasmine, Disco, Ella and every other amazing thing this story had to offer.
Disco, Ella & Jasmine. Three of the most incredible, real, and badass characters I ever got the chance to love and find a place for them in my heart. First, it was Disco with her amazing & radiant puppy character that you only needed her name to love her instantly. And she had such a powerful presence in the story and the bond she had developed with Koti & ESPECIALLY Ian was so deep and epic that her few appearances was all it took for her to be memorable. Second, it was Ella; Ian’s teen daughter. To say that I adore Ella would be a huge understatement. She is such a pure, amazing, warm, pure soul and, even though she’s deaf, she never let it hold her back from living the life she wants. I lost count of the moments I wanted to jump in and squeeze her to death; she was that sweet. She is definitely one of my top favorites female characters in the literature world since she is one of the most well-written and fascinating human beings ever written. And last but ,CERTAINLY, not least, it’s Jasmine. OMG!! I need one like her in my life! Her radiance is so freaking infectious! Time after time, she was bringing to life everyone that was down and made every good scene GREAT and so freaking hilarious!! Her confidence was just pouring out of the pages in tons and don’t get me started with her devotion and how f*ucking awesome best friend is to Koti. She is the type of friend that every girl needs. I can’t wait to read her story and HEA in Falling Over Forty.
And one last thing. KATE STEWART HAS ONE HELL OF A TASTE IN MUSIC!!!! Every track she used was simply the perfect fit for the moment it was put in. Absolute completeness of it! Just amazing!! And, combining it with the uniqueness and magic the sign language has inside it, Koti & Ian’s love is a MUST READ through and through. There is no doubt about it!
I could vent for hours over all the things I felt and I would probably always find a new one next time over. It’s just that kind of a book that you 1) never forget and 2) you never stop finding a new reason to love it all over again and…. re-read it :p I really can’t wait to see what’s next with this world because I need it to last longer.