Monday, 9 April 2012

Tour Stop! Review of Night Sky by Jolene Perry

Title: Night Sky
Author: Jolene Perry
Publication date: March 1st 2012
Publisher: Tribute Books
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Cover rating: 4/5
Content rating: 4/5
Buy: Amazon


Description:
After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.  
As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums - she's way more than distraction. Jameson's falling for her fast.  
But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.
My thoughts:
Wow. This book completely took me by surprise! I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't this. I didn't expect it to be so intense and emotional. I read Night Sky in one sitting because it was just so easy to get lost in the story and captivated by the characters. It's books like this one that make me want to read more contemporary novels. Night Sky was just wonderful!

I was maybe a quarter of the way into the book and wondering where Perry was going to take this. I was worried that the rest of the book would just be Sky and Jameson talking about how much they like each other. But no, we are thrown into a whirlwind of a story without a boring moment in sight. There is so much depth to this book and it's very easy to get emotionally invested in the story and the characters.

Jameson is a seriously likable character! He's going through such tough situations but he doesn't just sit around and mope for the whole book. He throws himself headfirst into life and new experiences and I really admire him for that. He's just a really nice guy who's always looking out for those around him. His relationship with his mom is really sweet and it's interesting to see them take turns at helping each other. Sky is simply brilliant. Her character is so intriguing and complex; I couldn't wait to find out more about her! I liked how their 'honesty pact' brought both good and bad things to their lives.

Finally, I love the title. Before I read the book, I just thought Night Sky was a generic and not so memorable title. However, after reading it I love how much meaning it has. I would never have guessed there was reason behind it and I love that! It makes a lot more sense now. Night Sky is a lovely book that I'd recommend to anyone who loves contemporary novels or would like to dip their toes into the genre!

8 comments:

  1. This looks really interesting. One of the things I look for in a book is a good relationship between characters.

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  2. Nicola, thank you so much for words of praise for Jolene's book. They are deeply appreciated and I'm glad you enjoyed your time spent with the characters.

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  3. I completely agree with everything you said, Nicola! I adored this book and it also gave me the urge to read more contemporary books - which isn't something I do that often. I'm glad to hear you liked Jameson's character too. He's so easy to like, right? :) I thought Jolene nailed the male POV. I will definitely be reading more of her books! Great review!

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  4. Wow. Thanks :-D

    It's always fun to read reviews, but it's extra fun when I feel like the reviewer really got the characters. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my book and have me on your blog!

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  5. I think this is only the third review I've read of this book but you've all agreed that it's a lovely book and I love that it sounds quite unique!

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  6. Great review Nicola. Glad you enjoyed this so much. I love how book titles can take on new meaning after you've read the book. I sometimes find that happens with covers too.

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  7. I do like a book that surprises you :) All for the better too. In the end it's better to read and think that it was great then to go in and dislike a poor book

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