Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Patrycja's Review: Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle


Title: Where Sea Meets Sky
Series: can be read as a standalone
Author: Karina Halle
Release Date: 31st March, 2015
Rating: 3 stars

A new adult novel that perfectly captures the existential angst of your early twenties with raw wit, fresh insight, and true feeling from a critically adored USA TODAY bestselling author.

Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can't get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.

It's not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma's name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go even when you know you have to say goodbye.

Joshua Miles is trying to figure out his life and future, when he meets Gemma Henare, young woman on a trip across the world. They immediately click and share passionate night together that changes them. When the morning after comes and Gemma comes back to New Zealand, Josh still cannot stop thinking about her. Few weeks later he’s on a plane with plan of finding the beautiful girl who seemed to steal his heart.

If you’ve read Love, in English you sure know who Josh is. He is the little brother of Vera. Artistic, maybe a little bit weird, yet funny and sexy guy who in romantic fever decides to jeopardize his whole life to look for love.

Where Sea Meets Sky is a story full of heartbreak, suspense and adventure. Filled with drama, angst and funny characters, Josh and Gemma story should appeal to readers who enjoy reading about travelling or road trips as well as for those who seem to like complicated, explosive relationships. The plot is packed to the brim with thrills and spills. There is certainly no chapter to get you bored. Things are happening to quickly for that.

What I loved the most is the travel aspect. I’ve always wanted to go on adventure just like Josh and Gemma’s. Karina Halle painted incredible picture of New Zealand, she did something wonderful with descriptions of all mentioned places. She made me want to buy an airplane ticket and take a quick, unexpected vacations. It was so inspirational and exciting to read about New Zealanders. This part of the book was absolutely amazing, it was the romance part that fall short to me.

I’ve finished reading Where Sea Meets Sky quite some time ago. Thanks to it, I had a lot of time to think about it and decide wherever I liked it or not. Yet, I am still not exactly sure what to think.

There was time when I used to adore every book Karina Halle’s written, but her recent releases are getting harder and harder for me to love. Frankly, they’re missing the certain ‘spark’. Where Sea Meets Sky is another example of that. Even though, this novel is good and enjoyable read, it’s not something where the level of awesomeness could be comparable to the one from EIT series.

First of all, I had hard time with connecting to the main characters. I liked Josh. He was very admirable and nice guy, but something hadn’t let me understand him better. As for Gemma, I didn’t have patience for her. She wasn’t my favorite heroine. Some of her choices left me unimpressed and I got angry with her often.

What’s more, I felt a little bit disappointed with the storyline, which is in fact really similar with the one from Love, In English. Yes, there are plenty of twists and turns, but in some way Josh reminded me of Vera, falling in love in foreign country with someone who’s not exactly available.

If I am to be honest, there were moments when I started to wonder if this book is just pointless mix of epic drama and sex and oh yeah more sex. I hoped the plot would be more complex and not as dramatic. However, I still liked the book. Maybe it wasn’t stellar read and it definitely lacked in few departments, yet I don’t regret reading it. The charm of New Zealand and romantic adventure in foreign country still made my heart skip a beat.

Three stars for me!

ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley


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