A Heartbreaking Forbidden Romance [Book Review: Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins]

Somebody Else’s Sky is the second book and sequel of Something In the Way. You must read the first book before jumping on this one.

Book Cover:

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(That’s our man, Manning, in the cover!)

Model: Chase Williams

Blurb:

If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

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Review and Reflections:

Reading this book or this series rather was like putting a ton of gravel into my chest. It seriously affected me whole—emotionally. I’m so sad maybe in a good way because it was written so beautiful!

 

“Maybe one day, Manning and I would challenge fate, defy gravity, and move the stars ourselves. But today was not that day.”

The impact to me was so strong. Maybe because the story made me feel what it’s like to love with all your heart yet the feeling wasn’t enough. Not if the practical reality of life says no.

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“You know it’s true, Manning, you have to. You’ve always known that my heart doesn’t function right without you, that food doesn’t taste the same and air is too thick, and my mind is always wandering back to that night on the lake, because I’m all wrong without you, because I’m in love with you.”

 

It hurts to witness Lake feeling helpless and fate being unfair between her and Manning. Was it wrong to feel right even everything around you dictates that it wasn’t? It’s sick that they can’t do anything but weigh the probabilities of the outcomes.

“You should have the world. Fuck the world—you should have the universe, the sky, and every star in it.”

“I can’t give that to you. I’ll never be able to. I’ve seen too much. Had too much taken away. I can’t be happy enough to make you happy, and I can’t provide for you the way you deserve. You’re at the start of your life, on your way up, and I . . .” He inhaled a breath through his nose, wincing like it pained him. “I can only bring you down.”

 

Here’s my song for this blog: 

‘I Want Tears’ by Michelle Branch

I want tears, I want rain
If that’s what leads me back to you
Even if that means feelin’ the pain, that’s what we gotta do
Let it fall apart, come on and break my heart
Yeah, break it right in two
‘Cause I don’t want to smile if that means losin’ you
I want tears

“Manning had once told me you couldn’t move the stars. I’d thought that meant our love was predestined, written in the night sky, sure as death. Behind my lids, I pictured the two stars and realized for the first time the permanent distance between them. And I accepted that there was, and always had been, a third star. You can’t move the stars. I had tried, and I had failed.”

 

Find out what the fate will bring Lake and Manning in the conclusion of the series entitled ‘Move The Stars’ (Something In the Way #3) to come out on October 2017.

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Purchase your copy of the series in below links:

Something in The Way

> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XBTFR8V/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Somebody Else’s Skyhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XBKPK94/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Move The Stars

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0716XXJJZ/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

 

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“Why does sometimes it feels right to be wrong?” : MY REVIEW for ‘Something in the Way’ by Jessica Hawkins

Blurb and book cover:

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Possible Spoilers!!!

You can’t move the stars.Manning and I were inevitable.

Manning is 6 years older than Lake. The first time they met, Lake was kind of afraid by the overall looks of him—huge and tall. Needless to say, she just tried to hide the good looks of him that she noticed and she gets attracted right away.

Manning cares (a lot) to Lake. By some ways, she reminds him of her dead sister Maddy. However, they may have some resemblance yet there’s something in Lake that he finds different. Lake seems like a little girl but when you know her closely, she got a mature self inside. So that meant, Manning was still unsure but there were moments especially when they’re alone together, where there’s something in him that urges him to care more to Lake than what an older brother should have (or be expected him to treat) to a little sister.

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Manning and I needed Tiffany, but at the same time, there was no denying—she was also something in the way.

Oh! I have to include this quote cause this is the part when the title was mentioned as if everything just started to make sense. (lol)

We often hear the saying, “Age doesn’t matter.” Some would easily say that they agree as long as two persons really love each other, they would find a way to defy it.

In Manning and Lake’s case, there were a lot of things to consider and dealing with Lake’s father was the major problem. Her father has a lot of dreams and hopes for his daughter making him so strict. He wouldn’t let his child become like Tiffany, Lake’s older sister, who paid less attention to her studies and won’t even find a job. Because of that, will being close to Manning—a construction worker in the neighborhood— would do any good for Lake? Her dad won’t even allow them to be friends, what more if it’s gonna be deeper than that?

Another hindrance as the quote mentioned was Tiffany. Lake saw Manning first but it doesn’t mean she have all the rights to own him. Tiffany is sexy and beautiful, and it’s a fact that no one can deny. She get all the guys she wants and meeting Manning is not an exception. And to be closer to Lake, Manning needs to get close to her sister too if that’s what it takes. And since Tiffany was the right one to be with in whatever angle the reality has to say, Manning accepted that as long as he could take care of Lake too.

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Reactions:

To say that I love this story is quite an understatement. I could add a lot of adjectives to say how amazing it is! You can say that I’m exaggerating but who cares? I like it freaking much! I’m so excited for the next book. Those 2 years that decided Manning’s fate are exactly how long Lake’s going to be on school before 18. So the next book will probably covering up the time after 2 years when Lake is already on legal age and Manning will be free.

 

I highly suggest everyone to read this book! There’s something between Manning and Lake’s situation and relationship that will really put a pang in your heart. If you haven’t read it yet, purchase your copy here.

Somebody Else’s Sky (Book 2/3) is coming out on May 22. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon

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 Song for the book: One of These Days by Michelle Branch

I really love thinking of songs for books I read and I can say that this song is perfect for Something in the Way. If you’ll happen to know the lyrics, it could be a message from Lake to Manning.

One of these days
I won’t be afraid of staying with you
I hope and I pray
Waiting to find a way back to you
Cause that’s where I’m home