Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time.
I fell for this book so hard that I wish I could eat it up... tiny pieces one by one into my tummy while still staying whole and safe inside. Weird? Yes! But deliciously perfect too. I loved this book from the very first page all the way through... praying all the while for more more more!! There were no slow spots, no iffy bits, no dwindling ardour of any sort just Love from cover to cover. I drowned in the torrent of Feels for this book.
Let me backtrack a little. First, I'd like to shout from the rafters that I am a HUGE unapologetic sucker for a well honed tale of Magical Realism. This book had gentle moments where left brain analytical thinking needed to be malleable... stretched thin like salt water taffy. It had points where the characters were so tangible and real and relateable that I felt as if they were close friends long lost and I was witnessing their lives... eavesdropping on them from above. The world building was breathtaking, achingly surreal. All of this was brought together with ethereally poignant writing. It had writing so touching that I found myself replaying sections of the audiobook, over and over again... enticing me to taste the whimsy, darkness and its sophisticated yet concise prose.
There were times that had me rooted, stuck within painful memories and times that had me chuckling out loud. There were a few squeeee moments and a few sections that had me screaming at my audiobook for June to just open up her eyes and appreciate what was right there in front of her... something so sweet and patient, and smart and yummmy. I yelled "Get Over The Past And See... Not Just Look But SEE The Amazing Things Slowly/Sweetly/Tentatively Blooming In Your Present!!!!" This boisterous reaction obviously didn't go over well with my family in the quiescent house in the wee hours BUT I regret nothing!
Anyway, I'm up to the characters and MAN I have to admit that I LOVED & felt for each and every one of them... secondary and tertiary included. June was an awesome, complex MC that was easy to get behind, easy to root for. All of her relationships were enviable. Her tortured family was definitely broken yet impossibly cohesive... even the magical aspects were done so elegantly that they felt like authentic normal everyday occurances. Then there was Saul. Saul was sweet and patient and understanding and attentive and smoldering and definitely book boyfriend material.
::: moon struck, doey eyelash fluttering, SUPER large heart shaped eyes:::
This book was a balm to my aching soul. Dramatic? Yes! Accurate? Also Yes! If you're in the mood to be swept away... if you're in the mood to have your emotions flung about until they settle back into some semblance of "normal" then I highly recommend reading this book if for nothing else then to meet Saul Angert my new book Amore!