Thursday, April 23, 2015

Soaring Through Stars~Rajdeep Paulus | Review + GIVEAWAY

Title: Soaring Through Stars (Swimming Through Clouds #3)
Author: Rajdeep Paulus
Genre: YA Contemporary
Length: 257 Pages
Release: April 2015
My Rating: 5/5 Stars

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

“I live in the in between. Between holding on and letting go. Hurt clings to me. Hope teases me. Home. I can’t explain it, but sometimes, I just want to go home.”

Talia and Jesse Vanderbilt have escaped a childhood full of abuse, and when they have a chance to put their father behind bars, setbacks arise from every direction. The siblings can't help but consider the option to walk away and move on with their lives.

Then someone unexpected brings his own secrets, forcing the Vanderbilt teens to revisit their pasts and rethink their plans. Through it all, Lagan and Talia’s Post-it love story blossoms, while Jesse and Summer hit roadblocks.

From the award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones comes a powerful story of freedom and belonging in this final book of the young adult trilogy that began with an invitation on a little Post-it note.

What is there to say about this book? It was a perfect conclusion. The characters were as beautiful as ever and the story just as compelling. So let me share a few of my thoughts. 

What I love about this book is that there isn't just some easy fix to all of Talia and Jesse's problems. They've finally gotten out from under their abusive father and are working to build lives of their own, but the scars he's given them are far deeper than the ones on their skin. Their is a lot they have to face, together and alone. But through all of this you get to see them have hope, develop dreams, test themselves, and grow. 
Talia and Lagan were just as adorable in this final installment as they were in the previous two. I just love the way their relationship began and here it was continued just as beautifully. Talia was so lost and alone before Lagan and his devotion to her is heartwarming. He doesn't ask her to change or share herself all at once, he lets her open up in her own way and in her own time. Watching their love grow was one of the highlights of this story. It was this love and acceptance that gave Talia the courage to finally break free to begin with and it made me so happy, even through all of the painful points. 

The novel is told in dual perspective again, with us getting to see from Jesse and Talia. Jesse faces some tough consequences for past actions and questions his friendship with Summer. Seeing him grow, feeling his pain, knowing his insecurities, it was a perfect way to make the story come to life. Because we all feel these things at some point in our lives and they were depicted beautifully here. 

The relationship between Talia and Jesse is one of the best sibling relationships that I have ever read. Their devotion and love for each other was brilliantly depicted. When people go through the abuse these characters suffered, it can destroy them. What I appreciate here is that Paulus has done such a beautiful job showing that Talia and Jesse have survived for each other. Without each other their worlds probably would have fallen apart, but together they can soar. 

If you haven't read this series, go read it. It really is beautiful. Heart wrenching, but heartwarming too. One of my new favorites. 

Since I loved this series so much, I wanted to give you the chance to fall in love with it as well.  That's why I'm offering a giveaway for a kindle copy of one of the books!
*You must be 18 or older or have parental consent before entering. 
*There will be two winners.
*Once winners are selected, each winner will choose one of the three books in the Swimming Through Clouds (Swimming Through Clouds, Seeing Through Stones, or Soaring Through Stars) series as their prize.
*The prizes will be given as kindle gifts, so keep that in mind when entering.
*Winners will be contacted at the end of the giveaway and must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. 
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