Where The Sea Meets The Sky by Karina Halle Book Review

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Release Date: March 31st

US Amazon Pre-order: http://amzn.to/1IsXGGI

Blurb:

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A new adult novel that perfectly captures the existential angst of your early twenties with raw wit, fresh insight, and true feeling from a critically adored USA TODAY bestselling author.

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.

Melanie’s 5-MAGNIFICENT Stars Review: 

Karina Halle’s novels can be compared to full-bodied wines. They are rich, complex, well-rounded and you feel the flavor of each of her words deliciously linger long after the last drop. Her writing style is what draws me to each and every release and it is what is going to continue to pull me in.

The richness and the complexity of her latest book, Where the Sea Meets Sky is beyond imaginable. Karina takes her readers on a journey; a literal journey where you’ll feel jet lagged and all at once mystified without ever having to pack up your bags and have your passports renewed. She does a sensational job painting such picturesque scenes. You truly get the chance to soak in the very essence and beauty of the adventure that Gemma and Josh take. The words on each page transcends, becoming a perfect shot of each sunrise and sunset at such tempting places in New Zealand without once hearing a camera shutter go off. The author’s talent really shines beyond the normal romance novel, though that area doesn’t fall one bit short either. Every single thing about this book is so visually enthralling, it’s something totally unexpected and like me, you will enjoy every minute of it.

Where The Sea Meets Sky introduces us to new characters and also reunites us with the enigmatic, Joshua Miles. If you remember, Josh is Vera Mile’s younger brother whom we saw glimpses of in both Love, in English and Love, in Spanish. Though his appearances were short in those books, his importance was nothing but small. Josh was Vera’s best friend, her safety blanket in a hostile household and it is the connection with his sister that had my interest piqued. What had me reeling, bouncing excitedly for his story was when the author released the first chapter of this book. What I immediately picked up on just from that first chapter was how different Josh’ inner workings would be from Mateo. Where Mateo was refined and traditional in the “wooing,” Josh was brusque and unfiltered. Now having finished this book, I see Josh to be so much more than just gruff twenty-something with hormones streaming out of his ears. Joshua Miles is also sensitive, he is decisive, and my goodness, the man knows how to love. I was surprised at how well he could identify love, how he could drown in it and revel in it given the lack of it growing up. I most definitely fell deeply infatuated with him and what his character stood for.

Gemma is incredibly special. The vulnerability in her so undeniably strong you as a reader can’t help but want to reach out and hold her hand the entire way. The shroud of doubt and fear that suffocate her were both heart breaking and frustrating at the same time. The Gemma that you first meet in Vancouver is the polar opposite of the Gemma you soon discover in New Zealand. I thought that the author did an outstanding job differentiating both in the same character. How many times have we all become someone else, an alter ego of sorts when we are outside of our comfort zone? Outside of what people expect us to be? Gemma escapes her realities when she backpacks around Northern America and is just as quickly trapped under heavy boulders once stepping back into the tarmac in New Zealand. I was actually really taken aback, fully expecting Josh to be the tormented protagonist in this book but Karina Halle gave me quite the unexpected surprise by turning the tables around and I loved her for that. As with all Cinderella stories, you take pleasure in seeing Gemma progress into THE Gemma in Vancouver—the bold, confident, and sexy woman that won over Joshua Miles that fateful Halloween night. Of course, all without the addicting drama that ensues.

The chemistry between Josh and Gemma is electric. The steamy scenes were the opposite of boring; each one intensely erotic and naughty however remaining poetic all at the same time. Karina Halle takes her time, each moment hypnotizing. I couldn’t get enough of them together. I also loved the familial feel of this book, always taking into consideration both Josh and especially Gemma’s roots which only aided in my connection with these characters further. The beauty in how the author writes, is the immense detail she provides in her storytelling. It gives her readers a chance to feel the rush of excitement in the beginning of the book while getting to know the plot line and the characters, she allows her readers to comfortably enjoy the seamless progression of the story, then to feel like you’ve been lifted up from where you’re comfortably sitting and be thrown against the concrete wall leaving you breathless and aching from the pain of your heart breaking. But what she does after she’s broken you is the best part of all. The healing comes with such meaningful messages that any reader could relate to during a part in their life. There’s no error in rushing her stories that usually leave readers scowling. Rather the author allows such a fulfilling reprieve; languid and satisfying. It’s an art not many could master.

Where The Sea Meets Sky is an adventure of a lifetime, it is a lovely tale of two lost souls who are both so different; one so easy to love while the other proves difficult. Yet when fused together, become as magnificent and breathtaking as looking out to the seaside horizon when the sun is finally setting; when “where the sea meets sky.”

About the Author:

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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

Karina is represented by the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.

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