Isn’t this the most beautiful cover ever?!?! I saw this book cover months ago and I just knew I had to read the book. (Yes, I judged by the cover!) So I’ve been waiting months and its finally here!
The author, Autumn Grey, was kind enough to send out ARC’s and I got one. So in honor of my new blog, I decided to make my first review her book.
The book synopsis is below:
Eleven years ago, I saved her. I loved her. But they took me away from her and locked me up. For two years, all I could think about was her. She consumed me. Took up every room in my head and gave me something to focus on, knowing I would see her soon.
Nine years ago, I watched her as she walked down the aisle and into the arms of a man who wasn’t me. My brother. I left my home and never looked back.
Now, I’m staring at seven letters, each envelope stamped with one word in bold, red ink: URGENT.
I have no choice but to go back home. Seeing her will be the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. But in order to reconcile with my past, I have to face my present. Even if the thought of seeing her, knowing that she is out of my reach, kills me.
I have no idea what awaits me, but I can only hope that the demons of my past will finally be buried and put to rest.
**Due to possible triggering descriptions of self-harm, and some sexual situations this book is not recommended for anyone under the age of 17 years old**
This book is incredible. I mean, WOW. From about 2% in, I was already surprised. Not a bad surprised. There has been a lot of promo for this book, so when I was already surprised that quickly, you knew this book was going to be amazing and that Cole and Nor are really outstanding. I was really curious about this book, based on the synopsis. It was nothing at all like I was expecting and I mean that in the most complimentary way.
One of my favorite aspects of this story is that the author starts us with the present. We go through the present to a certain point, but then she takes us back to where things began.
I loved getting to meet the younger versions of Cole and Nor. The book is really well written and it honestly took me back to when I was a teenager and you are experiencing so many feelings with your first love. Now, of course, my first love was not with someone like Cole, (although don’t I wish?), but I felt like I was instantly transported back to their teen years. I could literally see the neighborhood, the tree house, Megs and Simon, and Grandma Phoebe’s in my mind.
One aspect the book touches on is Nor having a past of cutting herself. This can definitely be considered a trigger for some readers and I can understand why. However, I thought this book did a really exemplary job at showing some of the reasons that Nor did that in her past, but also how she moved past it. I think its always hard to overcome your demons, but I liked that the author put it out there. Nor is not a perfect girl and I enjoyed seeing the realness of her. She has troubles, she struggles. She sometimes has to tell herself to breathe in and out and is trying to desperately calm herself back down. That is real life. Even when she has this amazing love in her life, she still has other problems that she has to work through on her own.
Cole and Nor are just incredible characters. They are well-developed, raw, intelligent. I could easily see Cole and Nor being people that everyone could know in real life.
I don’t want to give much away because no matter what I write, Cole and Nor can tell you their story so much better than my review ever can. I can tell you I give it a million stars and I don’t think that expresses it enough. This book is absolutely amazing and I would absolutely recommend taking time to get to know Cole and Nor.
You can purchase “Fall Back Skyward” by Autumn Grey here: