Guys! I sat down this morning to choose THE book to share with you. I read a lot of books over the past year and a half, but I was sure there would be one that stood out as THE ONE–the powerhouse that must be reviewed and shared. And I found one. And then another, and another and another. So rather than be paralyzed by the inability to choose, I’m just going to pick one at random and go for it. The exciting thing is that there are lots more reviews to come, plus I’ve got a bunch of new releases coming your way and a catalog of backlist reads to work through! So let’s get crackin’!
A complimentary advanced reader copy of this book was provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you!) My review was in no way influenced by this consideration.
I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like Above Us Only Sky. It’s an odd little book: It features an old Lithuanian grandfather, a shiftless musician, a girl with wings, a possible angel, a quirky photographer, and a boy who can see things that aren’t there. It is not a fantasy. At heart, Above Us is a family-driven historical fiction, with some unexpected details that weave into the storytelling seamlessly. I found myself surprised and intrigued by it, all the way through.
Young-Stone’s ability to write relationships and unusual yet realistic characters is lovely. I appreciated her strong voice throughout, and now that I’m reviewing the book, more than a year after reading it, I am amazed that I’m still completely capable of recalling her characters and the curious and graceful magic she created. I find I’d like to read it again; high praise, indeed. 4 stars.