Feb 27, 2014

Review -- Falling From The Sky

17609249Falling From The Sky
Author: Nikki Godwin
Release Date: February 21st, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 217
Format: E-book, Purchased

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Synopsis:

All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy's life crashed and burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a reputation for devouring straight boys' heterosexuality for breakfast, alongside his chocolate chip pancakes. 

Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes him up on it. Still, Ridge can't decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he knows is that he hasn't felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well – for Micah.




My Review:
Let me first start off saying "Nikki, I'm so glad you published this book. It needed to be out in the world! Never doubt your writing. It is wonderful!"

Okay, now that I got that out, I will continue with my review :)

This is the story of Ridge McCoy. He has to go through the pain on not only losing his dad, he lost the rest of the family in the process. He just seems to be floating by in life, just doing enough to get him to the next day. As he goes to basketball camp for the summer, the last thing he expects is to find a way to make himself feel whole again. But as the summer goes on, he knows exactly where he wants to be....

This book, wow. I have a love for all of Nikki's work, but this one is definitely amazing. Every one of her books I have gotten a good meaning from, but the biggest one in this book I got is to be yourself. I know a lot of people hear that, but this book goes into good detail. It shows that no matter who you are, who you love, or what you do in your life, you will always find someone to love you back. Things don't always go as planned, but you don't need to give up, because there is always a way to get your life back on track. Even when you have something planned out for how you want your life in order to be happy, there is always something unexpected that will come along. There are times when you need things that you really don't know you needed until they are right in front of you. We all worry so much about labels and what people think of us that it drags us down. It doesn't matter if you are straight, gay, black, white, we are all the same and I truly believe that. I feel like this book is also trying to say the same thing.

You follow Ridge through the story. You see all his ups and downs. I like that it is written in his point of view because you get to watch how his feelings change through the story. You get to watch him go from an empty shell of a person to someone with life within them once again. It is such a refreshing thing to read.

Then there is Micah. I lived in Clovis, New Mexico for 2 years. Out there, there are a lot of Indian reservations, so I was able to see quite a bit how they lived out there. The fact that Micah was Indian sucked me in even more. I was able to picture things the way I already saw it from the time I lived out West. Then I got to add his personality to the mix of it. He is such a wonderful caring character. He would do anything for most people, in fact he pretty much does this throughout most of the novel. He was there for anyone that came along. I do have to say, I am mad at Micah though. He mentioned chocolate chip pancakes and now I won't be able to stop until I get some of my own. I guess there could be worse things to be mad at him for :)

This book spends most of its time in 3 different places. The reservation (Micah's house), basketball camp, and the mall. I know this sounds pretty weird and in no way look like they would go together, but they definitely do. It all works out, I promise you this.

One thing I love about Nikki, as well as her sister Emily, is they tie parts of each book into their stories. There is Sebastian's Shadow that is mentioned in all of the books so far, a band very important to both of the sisters. There is also Mutilated Arteries, a band that is in Emily's book. I loved that as I read through the story I could pull out the different ties to the other stories. It made me happy that I read the other books so I could actually get that within the story. It makes me now want to run and re-read all of the books again. Which I have a feeling I will be doing again very soon.

This is also a LGBT book. I am a supporter of this community and love to find new books that breach on the subject. Some books tend to overdo this part of the book though. They think they have to throw it into your face to where it is overwhelming. Most people that are a part of the LGBT have normal relationships just like everyone else. They have ups and downs and go through spans of confusion and questions of the heart. We are all like this, no matter who you love. This book follows progression throughout a story and helps you see how people can change and be together and not have it thrown at you. This is definitely the best LGBT book out there that I have read. I think if anything likes to read books on that subject or likes to help promote the community, this is the book for you.

I have been trying hard to put what I want to say out there for this book, but it has proven to be very hard. I don't want to ruin or spoil anything for anyone that decides to give this book a shot. I will just simply state that this book is beautifully written with such a wonderful message put into between the words. Anyone can read this and walk away with such a different outlook on life.



Couldn't Put It Down!!


3 comments:

  1. Ah, just realised that this book is already out!! Yay!! Can't wait to get my hands on it. Lovely review!

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    1. You definitely NEED to get your hands on it!

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  2. Sound lovely ! And the cover is so beautiful 😍😍 thank you so much for this awesome review , i cant wait to read it xx

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