October 2, 2014

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN WATER AND SKY by Elora Ramirez Blog Tour {Review/Giveaway}

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.
This is how I dare to move forward and to believe in a new 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.

"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain." Joseph Campbell

I am not sure how I can write this review. My brain, as of late, has been a complete pile of mush. Pregnancy brain mush. But I happened upon this quote above while trying to find some inspiration to write it. And let me tell you that it couldn't have been more perfect for this book. At least to me.

Rameriz writes a story that is absolutely full of hurt and pain. But in the midst of all this tragedy comes something poetic and beautiful. I am overwhelmed by her ability to write something so amazing and yet heart wrenching at the same time. Her words, her sentences are some of the most beautiful I have ever read. I am just in awe of this lady.

While book 2 is not as heavy as book 1, you still have a sense of it lingering over and feeling its weight in SOMEWHERE BETWEEN WATER AND SKY. It is enough to make you still feel the hurt and heart break. When you pick up this book you are reminded once again of all that has happened in Stephanie’s past. But you keep on reading, hoping and praying that Stephanie finds her joy and her happiness. If anyone deserves happiness, it is her.

If you read the first book you know you have to read this one. You have to find out if there is the happy ending or not. You have to see what happened to her old friends after she moved on. You have to see if there really is such a thing as justice. If you haven’t read EVERY SHATTERED THING you can still read this one without feeling lost. I definitely recommend you pick up book one and give it a go. Just keep in mind it is heavy and hard to read at times, but most certainly worth it. 5 Stars!

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. Writing holy and broken is her calling, and pushing back the darkness and pursuing beauty through story is her purpose. She embraces the power of story and teaches women from all parts of the world how to embrace theirs. She has a knack of calling things out , the truth and the detail, the subversive threads that make a life a story. 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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