Read: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

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“And when you see those good things–and I promise you, there are so many good things–they’re going to be so much brighter for you than they are for other people, just like the abyss always seems deeper and bigger when you stare at it. If you stick it out, it’s all going to feel worth it in the end. Every moment you live, every darkness you face, they’ll all feel worth it when you’re staring light in the face.”

– Emily Henry, The Love That Split the World

 

Synopsis:

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken. – Goodreads

My Thoughts:

I received this book in my Owl Crate book box a few months ago, and have been waiting for the time to read it. This book as part fantasy, part supernatural, part romance, doesn’t fit neatly into one category of book, and the overarching themes of love and sacrifice (without being too sad) give this book a little more depth than your usual YA read.

I liked Natalie because she’s a protagonist who struggles with who she is and her place in the world, not just as a teenage girl, but as a Native American and an adopted child trying to find her place within her family, and her small town. All of the stories from the First Nations told by Grandmother play into Natalie’s past and her future. You start to dissect the details of those tales to figure out how they apply to the story. There are enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and Emily Henry gives you that nudge that you sometimes need to realize it’s okay to change your dreams.

This is a book that I definitely recommend reading.

Have you read The Love That Split the World? What were your thoughts?

 

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Read: Book Release Alert!

I got on here to set up a book review post, but stumbled upon a video in which Jenny Han revealed that she’s releasing a third book in the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” series called “Always and Forever, Lara Jean!”

Lara Jean is among my favorite protagonists and Jenny Han is a favorite author. Jenny always said the series was meant to be a duology, but anyone who has read it knows that there was so much story left to tell and, thankfully, she agreed. #excited

Read || Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

img_0299Fans have waited for this book since City of Heavenly Fire was released back in 2014 and we got a preview of the new generation of Shadowhunters at the end. If Lady Midnight is any indication, this Dark Artifices Series is not going to disappoint!

Admittedly, I was a bigger fan of The Infernal Devices than I was of The Mortal Instruments, and my opinion is that this series is more in the style of the former. While you don’t need to read any of the previous series to enjoy the book (I haven’t even read any of the Shadowhunter Academy or Bane Chronicles), it does help to build the backstory, and all of our old favorite characters make appearances, so we get a peek into where they are and what they’re doing.

This new series is going to provide enough twists, turns, and mysteries to stand on it’s own and I, for one, cannot wait to read the rest! There is so much I need to know, like right now. If I keep talking about it I’ll spill too many book secrets, so if you want to read a more in depth, spoiler-free review, go and visit fellow WP blogger driftinglexi here. Then after you read, we can talk about all the spoilers and theories! 🙂 

“I’m a Shadowhunter. Quip fast, die young.” – Emma (Cassandra Clare)