BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Night Sky by Jolene Perry
by Jolene Perry
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Girl I’ve loved, girl I’m falling for. Now that they’re both in view, the problem is clear.
After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.
As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums – she’s way more than distraction. Jameson’s falling for her fast.
But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.
Jameson, or Jay as he likes to be called, is in the middle of soul-crushing heartache from losing the best friend he was in love with to another guy. When all of a sudden, the enigmatic Sky walks into his life and shakes him up. In a very short period of time, he becomes enthralled with her and her “always tell the truth” policy. But as much as he likes being with her, he also must attend to the other things in his life that are falling apart–his dad has an affair and moves out, and his mom is devastated.
Sky becomes Jay’s escape from everything, but he soon comes to learn that he is hers as well…her past is anything but perfect. And when she gives him a revelation that turns him upside down, will they be able to get through it and be together again?
I don’t read much contemporary romance, but what attracted me to this book was the promise of a male narrator. One of my favorite series, [Beautiful Creatures] is told from a male point of view, and it’s a very fine art for a female author to be able to create a believable male voice. I’m kind of on the fence about how Jay was portrayed in this novel. On the one hand, he seems obsessed with sex and trying to hook up with Sky. On the other hand, he seems to be in his own head a lot, asking questions and wondering things…in my opinion, in a girly way. So I’m not quite sure the male voice was perfected in this book.
I sort of liked Jay. He feels the need to take care of his mom, and he gets absolutely furious at the things his dad does. But I’m not sure I got a good grip on his personality. He was too scared for 3 years to tell Sarah how he felt about her, but within seconds of seeing Sky he is taking her back to his house? Hmmmm.
Sky bothered me as well. I liked the way their relationship progressed, and I really felt for her when she told Jay about her past. I even felt my stomach drop when she revealed her big secret to him. But I just had a hard time getting a grasp on why she would insist on honesty throughout their relationship then drop something like that on him at the last minute.
I did enjoy the majority of the book, but after the big secret was revealed, the plot just kind of became a mess, to me. A lot of things started happening in a very short period of time, which all seemed to be wrapped up in a bow at the end. I did really love the author’s writing style. The book was very easy to read and I bounced through it in one afternoon. I look forward to reading more from this author…though maybe not romance. It’s not really for me.
About the Author
Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.
After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.
She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.
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