The sequel to the heartbreaking Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez is finally here, and I’ve reviewed it for you today, and I’ve also posted a giveaway. Enjoy ❤
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.
It has been exactly one year and one month since I sat down to write my review for Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez, and now here I sit again, trying to find the words to write a review for it’s sequel. With the sensitivity needed in the approach of Stephanie’s story, I’ve found myself on both times being nervous of writing about it.
I knew straight away that Somewhere Between Water And Sky would be different to the previous book. There was just so much heartbreak and devastation in Stephanie’s story, and this book was the start of something new. It was for Stephanie to step away and start afresh. I knew it wouldn’t be easy. You can run away from your past but can you ever really escape it?
I loved to see the broken and damaged girl from book one, open herself up and flourish like she never had the chance to before. Whereas Every Shattered Thing had seemingly no room for hope, Somewhere Between Water And Sky is bursting with it! I loved the new characters and the roll they played in bringing colour and life to Stephanie’s darkness, and though we technically know their story already, I would LOVE to see the full story of Jessa and Ren.
I felt that some parts of the story were rushed and underdeveloped; certain scenes could have had a lot more depth and emotion to them, and others just happened too fast, or were resolved too quickly. I also would have liked a bit more focus on the romantic connection between Stephanie and Kevin. But other than that this was a really great read!
I suppose that it can technically be read as a standalone, because there is the outline of the back story retold in this book, but to get the full effect of the events, and the utter brilliance of this authors writing and talent for telling a story, I would absolutely suggest reading Every Shattered Thing first.
Another great book from Elora Ramirez, and I can’t wait to see what she has for us next.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
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.