Sunday, March 15, 2015

Review: Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle

Where Sea Meets Sky 
by Karina Halle 
New Adult Romance
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.90
Published by: Atria Books 
Published on: March 31, 2015
Pages: 384 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


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.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I thought that this novel was intriguing and well written, but several parts of the story seemed to lag for me. It wasn't quite as gripping as I wanted it to be.

Having said that, I did enjoy the novel. I thought it was well written, and I loved the travel aspects behind this novel. I loved the backdrop of New Zealand and how the book showed their travels throughout the country. Halle really dove into the culture of New Zealand and I loved that.

As far as the characters go, I really liked Josh. Yeah, he was kind of crazy to go to New Zealand for a girl, but hey crazier things have been done in the suit of love. 

Gemma was a more complex character. At parts, I wanted to beat her over the head and knock some sense into her, in other moments I perfectly understood her, and so forth. She was interesting to read about.

This book had me laughing out loud at moments which is always something that I highly enjoy. 

This is one that I'd recommend for fans of travel books or new adult. 

So why 3 stars? It lagged in some parts. I felt like the pacing could have been faster.

Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language, sexual content, and drinking. For 17+. 

The Wrap-up: A fun book about traveling, adventures, love, loss, heartbreak, and self-discovery. 

Love,

Danica Page

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