Welcome to the Losing You Release Blitz!! Let Starts things off with my review before we go into the rest, and make sure to scroll through the entire page, because there a great giveaway at the bottom!!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 1/2 stars!
Where do I even start? At the beginning with how my feelings started out? Or how they developed? Or how they ended? I was a jumble throughout this book, a mess of love and hate and confusion, and the best books aren’t clean cut but messy, they really get you into the story and the heart of the characters and can make or break you.
That was Losing You.
At first I honestly wasn’t sure about it. The POVs (Tom, Mia, Lizzy, and Mark) were jumping all around and while it seemed to have jumped right into the story, the beginning was slow, then it went peddle to the metal and so much happened in such a short amount of time, both good and bad.
On top of the pacing confusion, I was mad as H-E-double hockey sticks at Ryleigh because The character pairings seemed so off to me. The proper pairings screamed at me from the first meeting and yet we were denied their romance. But this is thee story. The story of Multiple loves. Of finding it in unsuspecting places or circumstances. For these four characters, their lives are not perfect by any means, but they fit together. Tom and Elizabeth have been best friends since a party when they were kids. Then Mia and Mark came along while Lizzy was at school and working in Colorado, allowing Mark and Tom to develop their friendship and Tom to crush on Mia, and Lizzy to come home to new prospects.
These characters, oh man there is such of diversity of personality and static to dynamic. Watching them change and develop, grow or regress. Mistakes and progress. I mean these are some of the most human characters I’ve read in a while, and I LOVEDDDD it!! It was sexy, it was sweet, it was dramatic with a flair of angst. Did I mention the sexy?
Yeah there was definitely that.
I don’t want to give anything away but I will say that nothing is ever as it seems in this story. NOTHING. And Losing You isn’t just about breaking up and losing the one you love, the heartbreak of separation, but also *slight spoiler* character death *end spoiler*. Yes I cried. Yes I am not talking to Ryleigh Andrews right now. But while I am grieving the story was beautiful and the ending poignant and uplifting, and dare I say fun.
While some heavy topics arise in this story, a light air can always be found just around the corner, nothing drags you into the bog.
This book can be read as a standalone, which is what I did. Admittedly I have not read the other Stars on Fire novels, and while I loved this book without them and it made sense, if you’d prefer it or have already read them, I have a feeling they will give you far more context to situations that arise–or are mentioned regarding the Mia, Tom and Mark’s past–throughout the story, especially featuring Mia.
Read the others or don’t, it truly doesn’t matter, but I urge you to read this one. Losing You is a story that’ll stay with you long after you’ve finished it.
~Let the Ink Run Free
*I receive an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review*
Now The Blitz!!!!!!
Losing You (Stars On Fire #4)
by Ryleigh Andrews
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: April 4, 2016
When you hit the bottom, you have two choices:
Succumb to the darkness or claw your way back to the light.
Staying will be the end of friendships, love and possibly your life.
If you choose to fight, be prepared to falter along the way. Everything will be different. Even you.
If you think the choice is easy, think again.
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About the Author
During the day, Ryleigh is an analyst, but even then, she’s writing, sneakily crafting scenes on post-it notes. She’s been told she’s a bit of a geek…some say nerd. She’ll agree to it all. She loves music. It’s been a force in her life for as long as she can remember. Her love of Star Wars and superheroes has probably been going on just as long…see, this is where the geek/nerd thing comes into play. But, most of all, Ryleigh loves the written word. She’s been writing for a long time. Her first story came to her during one of her history classes. She wrote it in the margins of her notebook in teeny tiny letters so no one knew that she was writing a book instead of taking notes on 16th Century Europe. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband and son, along with her Siberian Husky, Mick Jagger, and her cat, Winston Churchill.