Friday, September 26, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Somewhere Between Water And Sky (Shattered Things #2) **GIVEAWAY**

Blog Tour: Review: Somewhere Between Water And Sky by Elora Nicole Ramirez **GIVEAWAY**

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Somewhere Between Water & Sky (Shattered Things, #2)
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Publication: September 18th, 2014

I heard it said once that every human is a story with skin. If this is true, paragraphs would be etched in the scars on my wrists. Whole chapters could be written about the way my heart pounds when I startle awake.And every single one of my tears could fill a book. But stories, with all their promise, only leave room for disappointment. I don’t have room for that anymore. I left it all—the hope, the love, the promise—back in my old life with the ghosts I’d rather forget: Jude. Emma. Pacey. Kevin. This is how I dare to move forward and to believe in a beginning. I let go of the old. I just grab the new and run. I don’t wait around anymore. I can’t. Waiting leaves room for the voices. Somewhere between water and sky, I'll find a way to burn these voices to the ground.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second book in Ramirez's Shattered Things series, starts off months later from the ending in book one. I believe this book could be read without reading the first, especially if your one of the weak hearted, faint-hearted, easily squeamish whatever you like to call it. BUT. The only way to truly grasp and connect with Stephanie's feelings, emotions, and truly understand the depth of hell she went through, then you would not see a word of this book until finishing the first. I like to describe this book as the brighter side of Stephanie's rough-trekked journey. She is finally more in control of things and able to, in a way, start fresh although she is still mentally tormented and constantly looking over her shoulder, too paranoid to really relax. However, things are far from over and the evil she was able to distance herself from was lurking, biding time to strike. The only thing different now is that she will fight back with vengeance to fuel her and no longer cower in fear. Along side her are her true family, willing to be there for her no matter what hell may bring.

I extremely appreciate the lightness of the new characters' personas, even though they have fought their own demons, they came over the other side still being able to smile and have hope. Just reaching out to Stephanie in an a way not many others would've before proved Stephanie's self-condemnation wrong and especially helped her come to know that there are people out there that are good, worth fighting for, loyal, and extremely trustworthy.

With Stephanie's past not wanting to let go, she can't think of anything other than to run at first, but her new friends, Jessa and Ren, get her to stay. Mostly Jessa, because Ren was poking for answers and invading her personal space in the very beginning. Although, that doesn't exclude Jessa being just as nosy, if not more. They helped her try to fit in, experience things and learn that there is more out there in the world to see while living. They convinced her to stay, as well as relieve her anger, and stress. To let go.

The poetry in the story was very helpful and added a mystique aura around things that happened, both good and bad. They poetry was a story itself and completed the prose perfectly.

The storyline finally comes to an end, but not without a few scrapes and bumps along the way....

I wish there was more to read about on the trafficking of the girls and the corrupt authorities, but that was all for the first book. The bad news first, the lesser bad news last. This book was mostly about Stephanie's transformed avenging spirit against the evil of her father, and how much it took for her to be as far from her broken home and the trafficking as possible before it caught up to her face-to-face.

Overall, this read was a great contrast of light to the first's dark, a complete turn-around for the characters that allowed them peace and an amicable ending, I enjoyed every bit and will continue to look forward to more great work such as this original.

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About the Author:

Elora Ramirez lives in Austin, Texas with her chef-husband. At the age of four, she taught herself how to read and write, cutting her teeth on books like Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find the space--including her Fisher Price kitchen set, the pages of picture books and Highlights Magazine. Since then, she's grown to love the way words feel as they swell within her bones. She loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, music, and her husband's lavender liqueur.

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