*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
"In the small, lakeside town of Huntington, the Firelight Festival marks the end of summer. A time to laugh, to live, to love. And for Jackson Grant, it is a chance to begin again.
But there is a darker side to the Firelight Festival, a deadly tradition known as the Firelight Fall. A secret game. A legendary lie. A test of bravery. Those who fall risk everything, and Jackson is on the edge. Until he meets a girl who pushes him over.
For Jackson, falling for Sarah Blake might be as dangerous as jumping in the Firelight Fall. As summer burns away, Jackson and Sarah ignite an unstoppable love game. For her, his heart is on fire. And soon, Sarah shows him life, saves him from loss, and opens his heart to an infinite and wild love found between the stars and sky."
Between the Stars and Sky completely took me by surprise in the best way possible. I don't know exactly what I expected, but it definitely wasn't the magic that I found between the pages.
From the very beginning the story of Jackson Grant was poetry. As a reader I was completely immersed in a world where words flowed from the page like water through a stream. But it was more than just poetry. Because I have never read a poem that tells a story quite the way that Between the Stars and Sky did. The story never flowed too fast or too slow, instead it had perfect rhythm. A rhythm that was easy to get lost in.
The way David James wrote this story made every feeling and emotion bleed off the page. I felt for both Jackson and Sarah as their stories crossed. Each of them were suffering in their own ways, in ways that only each other could recognize.
Between the Stars and Sky was not your typical story. It wasn't told with every detail given from either character or a narrator. Instead the story was written as a poem with the details left up to the reader. David James gave the reader the ability to draw their own conclusions about most of the story. And it was something I thoroughly enjoyed. If I had to make any complaint about the story, it was that it was just too short.
Between the Stars and Sky is a story of loss, sorrow, being broken, and coming back. A story that you can feel as you read. Many have suffered what Jackson suffers. It is a pain very real. In the face of loss it is easy to lose yourself, in Between the Stars and Sky you get to go on a journey of discovery. One that will build you up and help you see that there is always more out there. That there truly is light after the dark.
Simply put, Between Stars and Sky is a one of a kind story that will take your breath away.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer duet, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH'S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. A Legend of the Dreamer anthology, SHADES OF THE STARS, was released July 2013, and includes the exclusive novella, THE ENCHANTER'S FIRE. The final book in the duet, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in 2015. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. David enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Visit David’s blog at djamesauthor.blogspot.com and facebook at facebook.com/djamesauthor to learn more about his novels.